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reward your cheering squad

Defense, offense, defense, offense! A little friendly competition never hurt anyone…

Complete your game day menu with a cheering section on the table.

Game Day Signs
8.5” x 11” card stock

1. Print signs on 8.5”x11” card stock.
2. Cut signs out on dashed lines.
3. Tape toothpicks to sign backs.

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– By Ananda Spadt, photo by Dan Johnson

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stuff your game face

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. Even if you don’t watch the game, it’s a great excuse to throw a shindig and eat! Here’s our game plan for the big day.

Deviled Eggs with a Kick
serves 12 • 30 minutes

1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Horseradish
1 teaspoon
smoked paprika
Kosher salt to taste
garnish with sliced fresh chives

1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise; carefully remove yolks.
2. Mash yolks; stir in mayonnaise, horseradish, and smoked paprika until blended.
3. Spoon yolk mixture into plastic sandwich bag.
4. Snip one corner and use as a piping bag to distribute yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves.
5. Sprinkle evenly with desired amount of salt. Garnish with fresh chives (to look like the strings on a football!).
6. Chill until ready to serve.

The rest of the menu (with download cards!):
Deviled Eggs with a Kick
Any Given Sunday Spinach Dip
Halftime in Heaven Pretzel Bites
Pre-Game Poppers
Fan Favorite Zucchini Fries

PS–Our Fan Favorite Zucchini Fries and Any Given Sunday Spinach Dip made Inspired Taste’s 46 Super Bowl Recipes list. Hooray!

– Recipes by Ben Spadt, photos by Dan Johnson

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day 10: paper peony wreath

Tissue-paper flowers form a dazzling holiday wreath. This no-glue project is a perfect project to use up all the tissue paper that was “just too pretty to throw away” from past years.

Paper Peony Wreath
6×6-inch tissue squares in three coordinating colors
floral wire
wire wreath frame (find at local craft store for about $3)

1. Accordion fold five layers of tissue. 
2. Notch the center of the tissue. 
3. Create petals by rounding the ends of paper with scissors.
4. Secure center with floral wire, leaving an inch of excess wire.
5. Fan out the folds on one side, carefully pushing toward the middle. Repeat for other side. 
6. Fluff layers to form a flower shape. Make about 30 flowers. 
7. Using excess wire, twist-tie each flower to wreath frame.

Download the how-to here!

– By Ananda Spadt

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day 9: candy stocking stuffers

Make it harder to get into that chocolate with these candy wrappers. Fun for kids, practical for adults!

Candy Stocking Stuffers
sewing machine

1. Fold paper in half.
2. Lay out the candy you want to hide and draw your desired shape around it, leaving 1/4 inch room to sew.
3. Set candy aside and cut out shape.
4. Sew around the edges of shape, leaving one side open to slide candy inside.
5. Tuck candy inside and sew opening side shut.
Note: Start with simple shapes like circles and squares to perfect your technique before attempting a star shape.

Download the printable how-to here.

– By Ananda Spadt, photo by Daniel Johnson

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day 7: kid’s table

With kids, any decoration you use for their table will turn into a toy … or a rocket. So put those little hands to work creating their own centerpiece. Make sure each place setting has a supply of pipe cleaners and let the creativity flow. We also put out crayons and brown butcher block paper with stars for the kids to color. The teenagers at the table thought the activities were “lame” but soon were giggling at their creations.

– By Ananda Spadt, photo by Daniel Johnson

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