Are you a Cheesehead?
Parent-Packer fans can probably commiserate with me, here: There’s almost always the struggle of keeping the kids entertained or involved long enough to be able to watch the game– let alone enjoy it. Luckily, we’re on top of things for you to prepare in time and not only enjoy the game yourself, but harvest the same love of a good tailgate party and game for your kids as well. Between indulging in an amazing official team cake and fun arts and crafts, everyone in the family can get on board with these ideas and feel ready to celebrate this football season! After all, who doesn’t love cake?!
Football Mason Jars
What you need:
- Mason jars
- Acrylic paint in your favorite team colors
- Newspaper to cover the table
- Paint brushes
- Fun straws
Bring out the mason jars and paints and (depending on the ages of your kiddos) sit down to join them! Lay out the newspaper to protect your table and keep a wet rag nearby in case of an accident. Once the supplies are brought out- it’s simple. My kids LOVED doing this craft and thought that it was the coolest to be able to drink from their very own custom mason jar cup.
Pack a Punch
What do you put into the new mason jar football mugs? A custom Packers (kid-friendly) drink! Drinking a bold green, sparkly drink made it exciting for the kids and it really tasted great! You can get adventurous with your own discovery or you can follow our recipe.
- 1 carton lemonade
- 1 2L Sprite
- A few drops of blue food coloring
- 1 drop of yellow food coloring (depending on the color/ingredients of your lemonade, you may not need it)
- Add in ice and cut lemons to serve
Football Bingo is one of the best ideas to keep the kids entertained and involved in the game! You can find a printable and instructions here on The Shirley Journey.
Be the Ace of Cakes
My favorite game-changer tailgate treat: CAKE! Toddlers are picky eaters and creating your favorite appetizer tray seems like a lot of work if half of the audience [kids] aren’t touching it. But of course everyone is a fan of cake– and it makes the party feel even more like a celebration.
One thing that I learned after a few failed attempts of sad birthday cakes– leave it to the experts when you can. Lucky for me, and especially for the occasion, there are NFL Officially Licensed cakes available at almost any bakery near you! They have both cake and cupcake decorations. We grabbed one from the Festival Foods in Madison and it looked perfect plus tasted great!
Create a Snack Stadium
We found this adorable snack stadium tutorial that you can follow from Upstate Ramblings– all by using those old cardboard boxes from soda cans! Re-purposing cardboard into an adorable centerpiece that holds tasty snacks would be so much fun, and if your kids are older they can help construct the masterpiece. If you’re short on time or not feeling crafty, I also found them for sale at a few local hardware stores just by a quick google search!
Add these steps into your tailgate party and you’re sure to impress the whole team. Involving the kids is one way to cultivate a new family tradition that each person gets excited over, and in the end, a family that cheers on the Packers together has something to bond over for a lifetime. Go Pack Go!