Super Bowl Party Popcorn Bar Tips

We’re a week away from the big game and if you’re looking to put together a quick party, here are some fun tips, tricks and ideas to make it easy!

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Party Tip: Prepare your supplies in advance. Gather and group the necessary items together so you can see what you have and what you may need to purchase – platters, trays, cake stands, platesglasses and straws! Football party props are easy to buy or make. I purchased the Football Essentials Set from Hello My Sweet on etsy but indoor grass and white electrical tape work great too!

Party Plates, Straws, Props

Party Tip: Use solid, neutral colors. If you don’t have a favorite team to base your party theme around, I like to use the black and white cabana stripes or what I call “referee” print to keep the colors coordinated without picking sides!

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Party Tip: Snacks and finger foods work great for people to move around and mingle. A popcorn bar is fun, inexpensive and will keep them coming back for more! I was able to find a wide selection of popcorn flavors in both sweet and salty varieties.

Party Tip: Use simple clear glass containers. These are made by Anchor Hocking and I’ve picked them up at both Target and Walmart. They are very sturdy and they nest inside one another for storage. You can even buy replacement lids if you accidentally break one!

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Party Tip: Befriend the dollar bin! These bright green scoops are from the dollar bin at Target. The popcorn boxes were from the dollar bin at Michaels. Ribbons help to “tie” your theme together.

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Party Tip: Office supplies make great party supplies! I printed party labels on 5×8 index cards, plain white card stock or white labels.

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Party Tip: For sports themes, buy them some popcorn, “peanuts and cracker jacks.” These are the classics for a reason! Everyone loves them!

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Party Tip: Cupcakes and other treats make it easy for guests to grab and go – right back to the TV. We tried an Oreo “cake tower” for this party and it turned out to be a big hit – especially with the kids!

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Party Tip: Use props to make your party pop! I used a fake cake from Cake by Heather that I accented with black ribbon and a striped flower. I used striped paper tape to accent my black glass cake stand. Hobby Lobby, etsy and ebay are great places to find fake cakes, cupcakes and pastries! Note to self: Watch for shadows when you’re taking a picture!

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Party Tip: Self Serve Beverage Stations mean less work for the hostess! Keep it simple with water, lemonade, beer and wine –  or serve a themed party drink in pretty pitchers. If you’re serving wine or beer, make sure to set out openers.

Party Tip: Use drink charms or use cute tags and markers for guests to personalize their glasses.

Beverage Bar Super Bowl Party

Party Tip: Use pre-printed signs to tell guests where everything is located – beverages, food, and even the restrooms! Less questions = a relaxed, happy hostess!

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Party Tip: Enjoy yourself! Have a glass of your favorite beverage! It’s a party, after all!

Super Bowl Party on the Patio

We hope that this helps inspire you to host your own Super Party! We’d love to see your pictures and hear about your favorite party tips too!

Note: These photos were taken from an actual event – the Super Bowl Party that I hosted in our home last year (2014) for approximately 60 guests.

Cupcakes & Cake by Cake by Heather, Football Party Essentials Set by Hello My Sweet, Styling by Girlfriend Galas Party Boutique

Ooh La La! Paris Art Party

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Oui, oui and finally, here are some of the fun snapshots of the setting from our Paris Art Party. To set the stage, we created a Parisian candy bar with apothecary jars, hat boxes, rhinestone tiaras, Eiffel Tower centerpieces and other assorted goodies.  We transformed our multi-purpose garden cart into a mini flower stand for the beverage station. Pink lemonades for the little girls and Ooh La La Wine for the ladies. The torrential rain and winds the day before made our cafe’ backdrop a little saggy but it served the purpose of setting the stage! Eiffel tower centerpieces, party cups and fancy fold pink napkins made the tables look really festive and sweet.  Gorgeous ruffly confections – pretty custom cupcakes and more ruffles on the cake for cutting – from Cake by Heather.  This pale pink glass cake stand is my very favorite display option for a beautiful cake. They say, “Happy girls are the prettiest girls!” How could you not be happy in cute Parisian berets and pink Eiffel Tower headbands? The littlest guests loved the fun tutus, jaunty scarves and Parisian berets. The birthday girl loved her custom party sash too!  Party Styling: GirlfriendGalas, Photography: Alyssa Campbell Photography, Cakes: Cake […]

Outlander Love – The Latest Gossip!

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We have a confession – and a new OBSESSION! We’ve fallen face-first into the Outlander Book Series – all 8 whopping 1000 page books! Thank goodness for the Kindle or we’d practically have carpal tunnel from holding the hefty tomes! Although maybe it would’ve been a good arm workout – hmmmm! We know that we’re very TARDY to this particular party since the first book was published in 1991. We’d heard about it for AGES, but never made the leap. When we saw the show was coming to Starz, we decided we’d better get to it. We adored the gorgeous Starz mini-series, “The White Queen” based on the Phillipa Gregory books which we totally devoured one right after the other. The book IS always better than the movie but there’s nothing like watching your favorite characters come to life onscreen. And Jamie and Claire – SIGH!!!! The books are incredible and totally addicting and we have absolutely jumped on the bandwagon! Like so many others, we have become all about Outlander! When we saw this fabulous article in Vanity Fair about tomorrow night’s episode, “The Wedding” calling it “some of the year’s sexiest television,” we got positively GIDDY with excitement! We’ve enjoyed the first […]

New Girlfriend Getaway Car

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 Now this calls for a ROAD TRIP! This week, I took my cute little sensible car in for an oil change.  I left the dealership with a Mini Cooper. OOPS! I know many of you are mothers, maybe even {gasp} grandmothers with more concerns about car seats, cup holders and storage than an itty bitty European sports car allows. I get it. I respect it.  But I happen to be a different part of the equation.  While my sister and bestie, Janna, deals with tumbling, tennis lessons and field trips, it’s just little ole me in my household.  My niece is big enough for shotgun now, so I’ve ditched the booster seat that once resided permanently in the back seat.  I can officially move to awesome, cool, favorite aunt mode! There is NOTHING sensible about this unexpected purchase other than it makes this single, childless 30-something feel like a wild and crazy gal! Will I regret it? As I organized a trunk the size of a postage stamp, I wondered that myself.  But you know what I was organizing?  – an emergency kit I hope I never need, shopping totes I usually forget to take into the grocery and a […]

Super Summer Reads – by Kristine the Librarian

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Hey girlfriends! Hope that your summer is going GREAT! We’re gearing up for a Girlfriend Getaway next week and pondering what books to pack in our beach bag! We sent a quick note to our girlfriend, Kristine the Librarian. Yes, she’s really a librarian! So cool, right!?! We’ve known her since middle school and still turn to her when we need a good read! She graciously offered to share some of her faves for the summer! Read on! Have you already planned your summer vacation? I have. My vacations are either jam-packed with activities and sight-seeing or spent sitting in a porch swing looking out over mountains or relaxing by the pool. The latter always involves a….BOOK! When I am ready to relax, I relax fully. I take this time to clear my mind by reading something entertaining; nothing too heavy, something sweet, probably silly, even funny. Sit back, yes relax, and check out this summer reading list – there is something for everyone… I love chick lit. I know it can be fluffy, but, my blood pressure goes down, my lips curl UP, and I sleep through the night (or afternoon). Marian Keyes is a champion of chick lit; her books […]

Happy Mother’s Day from the Girlfriends!

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 To all of the fabulous moms out there, we hope that today is filled with the many wonderful gifts of family and friends.  xoxo,  Janna & Joli  

To Our Favorite Peeps Today!

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Hope that you all had a happy Easter Sunday! Wishing all of our favorite peeps much happiness today and every day!

Girlfriend Galas featured in HGTV Magazine

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We were thrilled to have our hot pink melamine cake stand appear in this month’s HGTV Magazine! Rumor has it, we may be in upcoming issue as well. We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, here is the feature! Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers, Janna

Mardi Gras & Masquerade Party Ideas

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We love everything about Mardi Gras and are so excited to share some fun ideas for Mardi Gras and Masquerade parties. This is a great theme that can be used throughout the year – not just on Fat Tuesday! As you prepare, think bright, bold colors and rich textures! Mardi Gras colors are traditionally gold, deep purple and bright green. I add touches of hot pink and fuchsia too! I love to use velour or velvet fabric swatches, sequined table runners, feather boas and beads. Add some inexpensive masks, feathers and props and you have decadent and rock star cool party decor!  If you are unfamiliar with Creole or Cajun cuisine, the menu might seem intimidating but is actually very easy. Almost any grocery store will have the necessities! Zatarain’s makes boxed side dishes that you can whip up in 30 minutes or so. My fave is red beans & rice but they have jambalaya and gumbo mixes also. Add onions, peppers and andouille sausage and it makes a great meal.  A seafood gumbo (stew) is another simple one pot option! If you want an authentic Southern vegetable dish, greens are easy to cook too. You can usually find bagged collards or turnips in the salad section. […]