What mommies do after everyone else has gone to bed.
A lot of people complain about being busy in December, but if you are a party person, your February is probably jam-packed too! Not only is the Super Bowl this Sunday, but Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day are coming up, and they’re within days of each other. In the spirit of this fun month, I turned to Pinterest to see how other people are celebrating.
For sports-related parties, I would keep it fairly simple. Most of the invitees are there just to watch the game, after all. Skip the photobooths and elaborate decorations and focus on the food.
Dips are great, and this football field dip is sure to have something for everyone. Make your own version, or check out the original recipe here.
Got a good cheese spread recipe? Mold it into a football shape and serve. Considering I don’t know a single guy who doesn’t like a good cheese spread, I can say with confidence that this will be a hit.
Sometimes food presentation isn’t always practical, but I can still dream that I’d have the time to make and ice a football brownie, can’t I? Considering the trouble Gael went through for this football, it looks pretty fantastic.
If you’ve got younger kids coming, it’s a good idea to have some activities for them so they don’t get antsy. I love these coloring pages of football helmets and football players Care.com also has some great activities for kids while the game is on.
Make Mardi Gras accessible to kids with a fun costume party. Make it a movie night by watching Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, which takes place during this fun carnival event!
You can go out and buy invitations, or find free ones to print out on the internet.
Beignets would be a sweet treat for your attendees. It is not, however, sweet to spell. Beignets. Those crazy French words.
Get some plain masks at a craft store and let the kids decorate them. Feathers, glitter, paint, and rhinestones can all be used to make something fabulous – but be sure to have a way for the kids to stay clean while they work! My mom always made me wear an old dress shirt of dad’s when I was painting, but in a pinch you could make ponchos out of trash bags.
Kick off the party with a parade/dance line of party-goers. “When The Saints Go Marching In” is a popular song during carnival season, and you can find lots of dixieland arrangements of it on YouTube, making it a great song to parade around to.
Thankfully, kids will get plenty of Valentine’s celebration in school, but what should you send with your kids that isn’t more candy? Personally, I like these fishbowls, but with original or whole wheat Goldfish crackers instead of gummy fish. I also like the valentines on this page with the graham cracker bones. How “dog-gone” cute!
What about the people I talked about in my LFTE – the people who aren’t our significant others or our kids or even our closest friends? Personally, I love food gifts. They can be as easy or as complicated as you want them to be, and you can almost guarantee that someone will appreciate the gift. If chocolate-covered pretzels or cookie sticks aren’t your thing, there are tons of great soup or pasta recipes that won’t take much time either.
How many parties are you going to this party season? Are you hosting any? Tell me about them on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +! And send me your Pinterest pins if you make anything. I love to see other people’s creativity!