The Big Game Party Planning - Throw an Epic Party on Game Day with Recipes, Printables, and DIY Projects!

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As I shared in my most recent party planning post, I'm excited to be hosting a party next weekend and as you probably picked up on if you read that post - I'm prepping for The Big Game this year, in a big way!

With everything from "championship rings" and gift cards won from participating in silly party games to Double Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cup Brownie Touchdown Sundaes (jeeeez, that's a delicious sounding mouthful of a name isn't it?) and DIGIORNO® Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza, my party is going to be the bomb dot com... and today I'm sharing all the printables, game ideas, recipes, DIY crafts, and decorating tips that are going to make my party so amazing, so you can host an epic game day party as well!

The Big Game Party Planning - Throw an Epic Party on Game Day with Recipes, Printables, and DIY projects!
Whether you typically host a party on a whim or are a professional party planner, be prepared to take notes and turn your printer on because these recipes and printables are sure to win the hearts of all your guests!

Double Chocolate Brownie Touchdown Sundaes
made with Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Sundae Touchdown Recipe


3/4 cup baking cocoa     
1/2 teaspoon baking soda    
2/3 cup butter, melted, divided    
1/2 cup boiling water     
2 cups sugar    
2 eggs     
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour     
1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
1/4 teaspoon salt 

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Sundae Touchdown Recipe

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend 1/3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water; stir until well blended. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining butter. Add flour, vanilla salt. Stir in Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis and chocolate chips. Pour into lined cupcake pans.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of "cupcake" clean. Cool and apply a helping of Limited Edition Edy's Grand Touchdown Sundae ice cream to the top!


The next item on the menu for my Big Game party is sure to be a crowd pleaser and since it's so easy to make, you'll be left with minimal clean up efforts! More time to play, less time to worry thanks to DIGIORNO® Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza!

Always be prepared for your game day party with freshly baked pizza straight from your oven - Can I dare to even call this "Pre-Giorno"-ing instead of pre-gaming? I think I might. Pizza and Football heaven for your guests and a quick, easy clean up for you! Life is good!

Other items on my menu include homemade and delicious gluten-free breaded and heavily sauced garlic hot wings (I'll be sharing the recipe soon),my healthy spinach dip recipe, and of course, the staples of any adult party - beer and party punch!
Now that we've gotten the food situation figured out, it's time to get down to business... Just a heads up, if you attend my game day party this year - you will be joining in on the fun! The good news is, the game is actually entertaining and I'm giving out candy and gift cards as your prizes... any objections? I didn't think so!

If you want to host a Big Game party that everyone will enjoy (including women who don't really get the football hype and children who just simply can't sit still long enough for the game), then plan an interactive game that's stimulating yet uncomplicated - like my Big Game Party Game below! Print off a copy of the rules, if you'd like and get your game day started out on the right foot!

The Big Game Party Game:

Rule #1:When your guests enter the party they'll receive a warm hello, a sticker, and a team assignment (Team Blue or Team Green). Regardless of whether or not they will be watching the Big Game on TV or actively participating in the Big Game Party Game, they will receive their sticker and team assignment.

They will also be notified of the word you can't say during the entire game, such as "touchdown" or "field goal." If someone hears another person say the word, they can and should take their sticker. The team with the most stickers at the end of the game gets an extra 100 points.

Rule #2: Each time a player scores a touchdown, members of the opposing team must sit down wherever they are in the house. So if Team Blue scores a touchdown, then all members of Team Green must sit wherever they are - whether they are out on the patio or getting a drink at the bar, booty must hit the ground! For each person that doesn't sit on Team Green, Team Blue gains 10 points.

Rule #3: Each time a team achieves a first down, everyone should try to be the first to set their drink down in the designated area. Points rewarded are based on the age of the person who sets their drink down first. For example, Team Blue achieves a first down in the big game, that means all players from both teams should try to set their drink down within the designated area. Whoever sets their drink down in the area first stipulates the amount of points the team will receive based on their age. So let's say Sally, your 79 year old grandmother who is on the Blue Team, sets her drink down first - Blue team is awarded 79 points! WIN!

Rule #4: This rule is commercial based and the most fun and simple! When commercials start, grab a (soft and foamy) football and start tossing it around the room! This portion of the game is a little like hot potato, you don't want to be caught with the "potato" in hand when the game comes back on or your team loses 20 points!

If this game sounds a little too involved, just play one portion of the game like Don't Say It or Touch Down, Drinks Down - it's your party, after all! Do what makes you happy!

Football Bouquet Centerpiece:

Speaking of things that make you happy, I've created the prettiest football themed flower center piece ever and just have to share my simple DIY video to make a bouquet that will make even the toughest football fan wish he was sent this bundle of flowers! All you need is a few decorative straws and a paint swatch from a hardware store to make a pennant, check it out -

Once your center piece is finished, find a home for it and get to decorating the rest of your place! I made a few items, bought almost all of my decor and food supplies from Walmart, and then bought the rest at a local store. You can find awesome deals at Walmart right now, especially on the items in my recipe today! DiGiorno is on rollback for $5.95 and you should be able to score a coupon for a $1 off until March 31, 2015!

You can find all the free printables I made for the labels, flags, pennants, stickers, and more here. Be sure to pin link back to me if you decide to use any of these at your party and take pictures, I'd love to see them in action at your party!

 Punchbox & Party Favors:

Now that you know how you can achieve the look of my party, I'm going to share how I plan to reward the winners of my "Big Game"! Each member of the winning team will get to retrieve their prizes in a super fun way - a punchbox! Check out how you can make a punchbox like this one for your guests here.

I also made adorable "Good Game, Dude" graphics to go on top of baggies full of Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cup Minis - the most delicious goodie bag in the world!

So that's how you throw an epic party to celebrate The Big Game in style! What tips do you have to make your party even more amazing? I'd love to hear all about your plans!


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