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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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Welcome, fall. Or shall we say, Crockpot and football season.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 9, 2015

 

Goodbye, summer heat—and our fixation on salads, grilling, and anything that doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Fall kicks off the season for tasty, hearty fare that warms up your belly, soul, and sometimes, happily, your kitchen too.

Now that the Denver Broncos are back in business, why not gather with your fellow neighbors over a football game and, perhaps, a crockpot full of barbecue? In honor of our Shea Colorado communities, so well-known for its friendly get-togethers, we have created several Pinterest boards for you to explore—to get your mouth watering with seasonally inspired recipes, and your creativity awhirl with ideas for crafty autumn party décor. Here are some highlights.

Starting with crockpots, here’s a board devoted to the art of fix-it-and-forget-it. If you are operating under the impression that slow cooking menus are limited to soups and beans, check out the recipes for a savory and light sweet potato gratin, Chinese-style barbecue, and lasagna described as “the easiest lasagna you will ever make.” Sold.

Lasgna

On Shea Homes’ Welcome Fall, you’ll find more slow cooker recipes, as well as many other kinds. You’ll never miss your summertime grill with this Peppered Corn on the Cob…wrapped in bacon. Want another barbecue variation, maybe on the sweet, Southern side? Here’s Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce. And should you need some festive ambiance to go with all that good food, check out this board, 39 Clever Tailgating DIYs To Get You In The Spirit. Think pennant-shaped cupcake toppers, downloadable party invitations, and custom drink labels.

Pulled Pork

You’ll find another board that’s unabashedly devoted to the Broncos. Snag a recipe for a Denver Broncos cocktail made of blue Cucacao, vodka, and blood orange soda. Or some irresistible orange and blue, candy-studded Broncos cookies. Or how about a whole Broncos-inspired menu, from appetizers to dessert?

Broncos Cookies

Hungry yet? If not, then check in often. Pins are always being added, so be sure to take a look before your next gathering.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Throw the Perfect Summer BBQ

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 27, 2013

 

The kids are out of school, the temperature is rising, and that can only mean one thing; summer is here! We recently showed you how to prepare your home for the hot summer months; now it’s time to start preparing to entertain! California summer evenings are warm and the sun doesn’t set until 8:30pm which means it’s prime BBQ time.

Prepare for your first summer BBQ by securing your BBQ space. In the Bay Area it’s common to have a backyard, but it’s also common to have a small patio, balcony or community outdoor area that allows for public BBQs; each offer unique opportunities for a fantastic get together.

The Decor

Backyard BBQs are all about simplicity. Whether you have a large space to entertain guests, or an intimate setting for a few of your favorites, it’s important to set the mood. Get innovative and reuse items you have around the house to keep your get together cost effective.

  • Use a wheelbarrow to display cold beverages – just fill it with ice and gently nestle bottles and cans inside to keep them cool.

  • Old wine bottles are great to use as vases for the tables – place daisies or sunflowers inside them for pops of color. You can also clean out a few of your old wine bottles and use them as chilled water carafes. Spice up those bottles by wrapping them in colorful scrapbook paper.
  • Mason jars are great – fill them with rocks, flowers, sand, or a candle for center pieces.
  • The food table is obviously the focal point of any good BBQ – place a colorful table cloth on the buffet table to draw your guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food

Let’s be honest, BBQs are all about the food. The mood is set with the decor but everyone came over for the ribs, chicken, steak, etc. that you cooked for them.

  • Start the party off with delicious Caprese Pasta Skewers the recipe can be found here.

  • Sometimes a simple BBQ chicken dish is all it takes to get your guest’s talking here is Michael Symon’s delicious recipe.

  • Who doesn’t love baked beans? Here’s a simple and absolutely delectable recipe!
  • And last but certainly not least, why not serve your guests this beautiful Watermelon Sorbet?

Top off your evening with a board game, a round of charades or battle it out with a game of croquet. Whatever it is that you do, we just hope you have an amazing and relaxing time.

Do you have any Summer BBQ tips or tricks? Share in the comments! And as always, you can find all of this and more on Pinterest!

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