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Who else loves football?! We are just starting to get into it. Growing up in Canada, it was never as big a deal for us. But having lived in the states for the past eight years (wow… it sounds so long now that I think of it) we have lots of friends who have inspired us to start loving football the way they do.
I love the culture and fun surrounding the game, the family gatherings and the way everyone gets involved. Mostly I love all the food/party aspect though. I will take any excuse to have a party and football is a particularly good one.
For our last big game party we got Pop Secret® Popcorn, Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels, 100% fruit juice boxes for the kids and a fruit and veggie platter. I got everything from Walmart, but you can get this stuff at most major retailers.
We also made a delicious snack that I wanted to share with you all because it was so easy. It is a two in one recipe for BBQ Popcorn Flavoring and BBQ Dip. It is SO simple that I can tell you how to make it in a few sentences.
BBQ Popcorn Flavor & Dip Combo Recipe
Mix together 1tbsp each of chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix it all together, divide it in half. Sprinkle half on the popcorn and add 1/2 cup of ketchup to the other half to make your dip. I love that you can make two yummy snacks in just a few minutes with this one recipe! The dip tastes delicious with the Sourdough Pretzels.
Zoey isn’t as into football as we are, so I have had to come up with some ways to entertain her during the game. Here are a few things I have came up with to entertain your toddler during the big game.
Four Ways To Entertain Your Toddler During The Big Game
I mean, obviously! Bring some of their favorites out of the bedroom or playroom and create a little toy zone near the TV. Last time we watched a game we got balloons as well, although they were supposed to be decorations, Zoey played with them a lot of the game!
2. Mini Snack Bar
Zoey loves having her own little snack table. I put a cute towel over my piano bench and used that as the toddler snack bar. Juice boxes, a fruit and veggie platter, broken pretzels pieces and popcorn made the perfect selection for Zoey!
Puzzles are even better than toys, because they entertain for a longer time! Zoey loves it when we do puzzles with her, and I can do puzzles while watching the game.
4. “Touchdown Treats”
Involve them in the game by teaching them to identify touchdowns and give them a treat every time they recognize one (for either team). This is Zoey’s favorite thing ever. We used candy canes because we had so many left over from Christmas. If you want to make it more fun include treats for field goals and extra points as well!
Having kids doesn’t mean you can only do kid-friendly things for the next 18 years. I have noticed that Zoey actually doesn’t mind tagging along for things Kris & I enjoy like watching the game, she just likes being with us. So long as we have a few simple things ready to help entertain her, like I mentioned above, we are pretty much set.
Does your family love football? Do you have any fun traditions tied to the big game? Let me know in the comments. Check out some more fun game day ideas from a few of my blogger friends here.
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