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Tips for a winning Big Game party.

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 25, 2016

 

This year’s Big Game, a milestone worthy of a bit more than popping open a fresh can of French onion dip. Regardless of whether your favorite team is playing this year (sigh), why not celebrate five decades of thrilling football, over­the­top halftime shows, and cutting­edge advertising with a little extra oomph? Fire up your Big Game party planning with the ideas below.

Let’s start with the food since, somehow, watching all that physical effort works up a big appetite. Make your first stop the Shea Homes Colorado Broncos Football Pinterest board.  Here, you’ll find all kinds of tasty recipes, from lighter fare, such as Baked Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips and Tomatillo Salsa to heartier offerings, such as A & W Root Beer Ribs and Bacon Jam.  For dessert, surprise your guests with some inventive Chocolate Ice Cream Tacos.

Zucchini Chips AW Ribs Ice Cream Tacos

Real Simple offers suggestions for beverages, including signature cocktails and creative ways to serve beer, such as drink tags and mini-­helmets atop the bottles. Or try these pomegranate spritzers from the Broncos Football Pinterest board.

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Apple cider, leaves turning, warm fires and cozy sweaters. All of the staples of fall. And no city welcomes fall with such delight as Phoenix, Arizona. The end of a hot summer is here fellow Phoenicians, and the best way to celebrate cooler weather just might be a casual, cozy backyard party.

Whether you love the bohemian look with tossed pillows and blankets or an evening outdoors watching the football game, we have some ideas to help you throw a backyard fall party to remember.

Let’s start with necessities. Regardless of your style or extent of your guest list, every fall bash needs the following:

1. Warm Drinks… Nothing says fall like a big pot of hot chocolate or spiced apple cider. Get the timeless recipes here:

2. Warm Fire… Well, I suppose a warm fire might help those warm drinks along. It is getting below 70 degrees these days. Here are some ideas for building a cute fire pit in your backyard. Or just pop by your local home improvement store for a pre-built option!


3. Warm Desserts… Are you sensing a theme here? But seriously, is there anything better than a big pan of apple crisp or brownies to make it a true fall party? Your mother will be proud and your friends will thank you (unless you eat the whole pan like we wanted to) after you try one of these easy recipes:

4. Grab a few blankets and pile on the pillows to give your backyard a warm (yep, there it is again) and inviting appeal. We love these unique ideas.

If you want to get creative and bring in some extra ambiance, try a few of these comfy additions:

5. Bring out some sweet sparkles with stringed lights. Every yard is different, so take a look at these creative ideas and see what might work for you.

6. Or go for more of a garden glow with some of these lighting ideas.

For a little extra fun or an added theme:

7. Turn it into a movie night with a DIY projector and yes, you guessed it… even more blankets and pillows.

8. Or liven things up with a host of backyard DIY games. There are lots of adult and kid friendly options depending on your crowd.

And if you’re feeling artsy:

9. Here are some lovely chalkboard ideas. (If you can do them by hand, we’re inviting you to come and decorate for our upcoming fall party.)

10. Finally, if you do make those brownies, be sure to invite your good friends at Shea Homes, or maybe just a new neighbor or two. Brownies and fire pits have been known to start a few good friendships.

Check out the ideas above and more on our Backyard Fall Party Pinterest Board!

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