Okay, this was something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Because I’m crazy, I guess. I didn’t want to just have some friends and family over for the Big Game, I wanted to build a replica of a football stadium with food. Football snacks. Including the parking lot…
So I began to build it…
We used styrofoam from a box that had fortuitously arrived in the mail. Plus shoeboxes, weighed down with heavy things so it wouldn’t collapse or get pushed around. Also used a wire turkey roaster thingy holder…thing. YOU know, one of those!
We started by putting down a green plastic table cloth from the party store so we wouldn’t wreck the table. Built up the sides, added some napkins, taped down with blue painters tape to TRY and blend in…right!
Then we added trays I bought from out local deli, reusable and recyclable and compostable for the most part.
Mr. Jones decided he wanted to sit in one of the boxes so that was retired.
We used tall margarita glasses to hold dips at each corner and smaller champagne glasses in front of them to hold nuts and candy, as well as some chinese take out boxes for wrapped candies-so the kids could take them home afterwards. Healthy snacks for the kids went fast. I admit I was surprised at how fast the veggie and dip vanished!
Added liquor…also used plastic bins (from the Dollar Store) to hold beer and cider on ice. These we moved into the living room beside each chair and couch so there was no need to get up and miss anything (OR walk in front of the TV during a crucial play-I thought of everything)
We begin adding food that doesn’t need chilling and covering everything as we go…and I start cooking the hot things…Teriyaki chicken wings for the end zone, Hot Wings for the other end zone, sausage rolls (veggie sausage of course) bbq keilbasa, goat cheese puffs, crab rangoons, spanokopitas etc…All prepared over the course of the previous week and frozen in portions of 8 to 12 pieces. I bought a foot long sub that was cut into slices as well. Didn’t make those!
(Mr. Jones got outside somehow (bad kitty!) and caught a bird and brought it inside and ate the WHOLE thing, head, beak, feet and feathers. ALL of it. yurg…on my bedroom rug. His version of chicken wings?)
Note: used the cut off lid from to go boxes for entry way roof and covered it with Sea Hawk napkins. Used the bottoms to hold dry snacks like chips and nuts. Also used bamboo cutting boards for entry way and to hold cookies…built the parking lot out of brown paper and masking tape for parking slots and used mini candy bars as cars. Also gummy bear people but…That lot was full, but by the time I got the whole thing assembled little fingers had begun to ‘steal’ the cars. There was also a ‘bus’ that had haribo gummy bear people that mysteriously vanished!
Five cheese lasagna playing field with a layer of pesto for the ‘grass’.
Pepperoni goal posts on each end…
Green and blue Jell-O shots made with vodka and wine shots made with orange jello with a fresh cherry for a handle! Turned out great! Kids also got Jell-O shots made plain with skittles or fruit inside. They went fast-no photo’s available. (Shades of the gummy bear bus!)
The entry way, parking lot…and the timing was perfect. The game began just as I set out the wings…
Some of the guests, cheering on our Sea Hawks!
…or fixing things.
We WON!!! Big victory parade in downtown Seattle tomorrow. I’ll definitely be there!