Who doesn’t love this time of year? Madison’s birthday is at the beginning of January, and my favorite football team is in the playoffs! This year I am sick (if you don’t follow me on Facebook, I’ve currently got mono and pneumonia. 2017 definitely started with a bang.). Therefore, I need all the help I can get! I’ve used Peapod for years, so they, of course, were my go to for all my party needs.
- Paper products. There is nothing worse than missing the last quarter because you are doing dishes. My immediate family is over 20 people, so there are no small parties at our house. After spending many years spending hours at the sink, I got smart. We get paper plates and plastic silverware, and I now know who won the gameA!
- Order party trays. There is nothing easier than just pulling out a tray and putting it on the table. I love not having to find a bowl or anything else. They also usually look nicer than anything I could do.
- Cupcakes vs cake. I use to always have cake left over. I have a lot less waste with cupcakes plus my kids request them now.
- For the big game, fun food is always a hit. I know my family loves these Football Cookies. Football Cookies2015-11-08 16:04:08Write a reviewCookie Ingredients
- 5 C flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter
- 2 C granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 2 C powder sugar
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- Brown & black gel food coloring
- Candy eyes
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
- Add all 4 eggs at one time...Continue to mix. -Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
- Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
- Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
- Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
- Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter. (if necessary).
- Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
- Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
- Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
Basic Directions for icing
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
- If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
- Pull out 3 bowls and begin to divide the icing.
- Bowl #1, put 4 TBSP of icing in , add several drops of black gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #2, put 4 TBSP of icing,keeping it white. Bowl #3, put the remaining icing, adding several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
- Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips.... twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
Cartoon Football Cookie
- Follow the colors and accent colors as displayed on each cookie.
- First step for each cookie is to outline them .
- Allow the icing outline at least 30 seconds to dry before filling the body of the cookie in with the other icing*. ( After outlining all of these cookies you squeeze some the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency .) Leave some of the icing in the frosting bag for additional accent work on each of the cookies. Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
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- Outline the football in brown.
- Using the thinner icing fill in the football. Allow to dry slightly.
- Add two white thick lines at each end of the cookie resembling the two lines on the football.
- Using the black icing add the different mouths and eye brows,
- Place the two candy eyes under the eye brows.
- Allow 5-10 hours to dry.
- Make lists. Check them twice. Seriously, a list will save you. I make a grocery one and a cleaning one. Then I cross off things as I get them.
- Self serve. Beer and wine can be ordered from Peapod, and we just throw them in a cooler. (Check local delivery options to make sure this option is available in your area) Everybody can help themselves to whatever they need and/or want. For the kids, we get juice boxes!
- Ask people to bring things. Everyone always asks — take them up on their offer. Less for you to do means less stress for you!
- Order from Peapod. Why spend time in a grocery store when you can have your items delivered right to your door? They have great delivery times (and you don’t even need to be home for all of them!). If you are home, they carry everything right into your kitchen! Plus, they take coupons!
These are just a few things I do make a party as stress free as possible. Since Peapod made this party so easy, I have a great promotional code you can use to save $25 off any order $90 (new customers only) or more. Use code SHOPSHARE25 when you check out (this expires 12/31/17.)
What are your tips to a great party for The Big Game?