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{TRENDS} Awesome Football Parties

With the Super Bowl coming up, I had to highlight some of the terrific football parties on our site. (Click on the photo or link to see all the photos from the party!)

Nancy P's Football Party

Keisha's Tailgate at Home

Melissa N's Are you ready for some Football?

Valencia's C's Alden's Football Party

 Michele B's Backyard Football Bash

Catherine W's Pierce's 6th

Laura M's Football Party

For even more ideas, don't forget to take a look at our football Pinterest page!

And check back in a few weeks where we'll be unveiling our new set of Super Bowl party printables!

{RECIPE} Chicken Habañero Nachos

I was asked by Velveeta and Rotel to incorporate their Queso Dip Recipe in a football tailgater.

I thought it would make a great nacho cheese sauce, and what better food to serve at a football party than nachos! They're casual, fun, snack-able, tasty, and just a little messy.  Plus, they're simple to make (it's all about the layering).

Here's how I made my yummy nachos...



For the nachos

  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 2 small or 1 large chicken breasts (shredded)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese (crumbled)
For the cheese sauce
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 16oz package of Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 habañero pepper (seeded and finely minced)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (pressed or finely minced)


Spread tortilla chips out on a cookie sheet.

Make sure the black beans are well drained. You want to minimize the liquid to keep the chips crunchy. Spoon the beans over the chips.

I sprinkled the crumbled Cotija cheese on top.

Next, shred the chicken breasts; I just pull them apart with two forks. I like to season the chicken with a little lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Spread the chicken over the chips.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350F.

For the cheese sauce, cut the Velveeta in 1 inch cubes, and add to a sauce pan with the Ro*Tel, garlic, and habañero. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheese melts and everything is well mixed.

Be careful working with the habañero, wash your hands and wash off your cutting board with soap after you mince it. I only used half of one habañero, and I would say the sauce came out medium-hot. You can add the whole pepper if you like spicy food.

I took this picture before I added the cheese sauce.  I used a spatula to move the chips from the cookie pan to my serving tray. (Don't you like my football dish?)

I poured about half of the cheese sauce over the top. I put the rest in a bowl for dipping.

I garnished with guacamole,  salsa, and a little cilantro on top. This is my favorite simple salsa recipe:



  • 1 large or two small tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 large onion - diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon diced green chili pepper (I like to use a Poblano)
  • pinch of kosher salt

Chop the tomatoes, and dice 1 quarter of a large onion and mix them in a bowl  Add the diced chile pepper, cilantro and lime.  Stir , salt to taste - about 1/2 teaspoon.

To give the nachos a "football party" feel, I added some of our free football printables to the setup. I like to use tented cards to let my guests know what I'm serving.

I also added cupcake toppers to mini vanilla cupcakes to make them more fun!

Here's my "touchdown" banner.

And right now I can't get enough of the in-season satsumas at the farmer's market. I love putting out bowls of delicious fresh fruit at my parties and added fun and unexpected decorations.

Who are you rooting for this season? I'm looking forward to watching Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Go Cardinal!

The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.


FREE Football Tailgater Printables from 9 to 5 Mom

We interrupt Halloween to bring you this cute set of free football tailgater printables from Brady from 9 to 5 Mom.

Now you can easily (and cheaply) add some style to your next football party. The collection includes: party circles, cupcake toppers, tented cards, and a "touchdown" banner. Thank you, Brady for this fun collection.











To learn more about Brady, and see more of her designs please check out 9 to 5 Mom.

TRENDS: Awesome Football Parties on Catch My Party

It has become quite evident based on my husband's TV habits, that football season is officially here.

So for those of you thinking about incorporating football into your next party, take a look at these ideas from the amazing football parties we've seen on our main site.

Some of my favorite details are, of course, the variety of party printables. They're such a simple way to add that extra touch to your party and so inexpensive. I also love all the ways sweets can look like footballs. And who knew we had so many creative Steelers fans for members?! Take a look...

Holly's NFL Game Day




Carrie L's Football Birthday Party





Amanda P's Chap's Football Party




Kate P's Go Steelers! Party



Spaceships & Laser Beam's Football Fun



This is just a sample of all the football parties people have added to our main site. To find more inspiration, check out all these great football parties.

Simply Chic Shop
Fancy That Loved
A Little Treasure
Becca Lee Paperie & Design
Novel Concept Designs
Piggy Bank Parties
Bird's Party Shoppe
Confetti Prints
Bubbles and Buttons


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