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Break out the whistles and the party hats, because it’s time to celebrate THE BIG GAME. We are no stranger to tailgates or weekend football parties, but we found another way to make them a bit more special. With a fun twist on an old family recipe and simple ideas to host a fun get together, this game day party might be one of my favorites we have thrown!
To get the party started, I needed to pick up a few snack time essentials including Cheez-It Crunch’d, Cheez-It Grooves, and Pringles at my local Walmart.
There was a giant tailgate display near the entrance, so I was able to pick up all of my goodies quickly.
We are obviously ready for a party. I tried to get a variety of flavors that all my guests would enjoy. We also needed original Pringles for the main attraction: Pringles Crunchy Shrimp.
Game Day Party Essentials
1. Create an amazing appetizer. Sometimes I go a little overboard with party preparations, so this time I wanted to just focus on what really mattered: the food! I wanted to have something that would really WOW our guests, and my husband got to thinking. One of his Christmas presents this year was a deep fryer, so we broke it out and used Pringles in a way I never expected. We used a batter mix with jumbo shrimp and rolled each piece in smashed up Pringles chips. The results were something totally unexpected and 100% delicious!
- 2 pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1 Pringles Original container
- Old Bay
- Dill relish
- Key Lime Juice
- Beer Batter or other batter mix
- Prepare batter according to package instructions. Once you start dipping the shrimp in the batter to coat, follow up with an extra step. Take a container of Pringles and crunch up in a large bowl. Dip batter covered shrimp into the Pringles bowl to coat. Season with Old Bay.
- Use a deep fryer or a skillet to fry shrimp according to package instructions.
- While the shrimp is cooking, prepare the dip.
- Add 2 tsp of sriracha to 1/4 cup of mayo. Stir in 1 tbsp of relish and 1 tbsp key lime juice.
It’s a Southern thing to coat seafood in chips, but this Pringles and shrimp combination is sure to be our tailgate tradition. Easy to make and serve, they were the highlight of the party!
Pringles Onion Dip
I also made a traditional onion dip with cheddar cheese Pringles as the top layer. It was a cheesy + oniony experience! You can make this dip on your own with 1 onion soup mix packet (which usually requires a cream cheese box) and Pringles Cheddar Cheese (about 1 cup of crunched up Pringles!).
2. Set up a photo booth. Photo booths are inexpensive and can provide fun memories for your friends and family. I created a fast and affordable backdrop with a plastic table cover, and I strung a sports theme bunting on top of it. While my bunting was purchased, you could easily make your own with tissue paper and construction paper. Each flag of the bunting was either green, brown, or black. Add football laces, stripes, and stenciled white numbers and you’ve got your own!
Use props that you already have or try mini footballs, foam fingers, and football beads. These “touch down” headbands were a fun touch, and I also used them at the dining table at each chair.
3. Craft clever centerpieces. Set your party table with creative centerpieces. I usually do fresh flowers, but this party was more casual. I set each table with a black and white striped table cloth, and I topped each either pieces of “turf” to symbolize the football field. I found mini foam fingers at my local party store, and this centerpiece fit the bill!
4. Set up your snack spread. I’m sure you can guess that the snacks table is a big hit at any tailgate party.
I always use a crate to set drinks and cups on. It’s become my “go to” party supply! I also displayed all the party snacks.
I used football trays to store Pringles for the onion dip, and I used a large football platter for Cheez-Its. Cheez-It is dedicated to using only 100% real cheese which is baked into every delicious cracker.
These new Cheez-It Crunch’d were SO good. My guests hadn’t yet seen them in the stores, so they were happy to try them. They were gone fast. ;)
5. Sweets to share. You can’t forget dessert. Set up a sweets table with an easy candy buffet.
I used green, yellow, and black to decorate everything with. Glass jars were from the thrift store, and I love the idea of a “candy vase.” Have you ever seen one before?
You use small candies for the “rocks” inside, and you add long licorice for the “stems.” They are a bright way to decorate a table on a budget.
We also set up a cupcake stand with a few more treats to enjoy. You can create your own cupcake toppers with tissue paper and toothpicks or you can find something similar at a party store.
Top with sprinkles and enjoy!
My toddler DEFINITELY enjoyed the frosting.
6. Serve a specialty drink. Whether you are making a drink for children or adults, create a fun drink to match the theme of you party. I used these “turf” pieces as coasters for green glasses and black and white striped straws.
7. Don’t forget to enjoy the party!
Take a break from the game indoors and snack outside!
How do you celebrate the big game? Do you have a favorite tailgate treat?
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