Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Super Bowl Fun

I don't really like football.  And by football I am referring to all kinds- soccer, rugby union, rugby league, Aussie rules and American grid iron! 

That's not a big secret or anything and I don't think it'd surprise many who know me.  Watching sport in general just does nothing for me.

But, I am the mother of four boys and Boys Love Football.  It's just gotta be inbuilt.  My six year old comprehends more about the rules that I can ever hope to understand.

So why did I watch the Super Bowl?  Here's the thing... If I were to "leave them to it" and only interact with my boys doing the typical mum things like cooking, role playing and craft- I'd be missing out.  Big time.  I'd be missing out on a huge part of who they are and what they do.

So, I've decided to engage with them in their passions the only way I know how - with themed snacks and decorations!

This is our third Annual Family Super Bowl Party, and it's getting bigger ever year.  This year was especially fun because, this year, we had Pinterest!  You can see my collection of ideas here.

The Super Bowl plays on a Monday morning here in Australia, so we record it, avoid all media reports all day long and watch it when everyone gets home from work and school.

So, we did a bit of food and some decorating...

 These paper chain garlands were easy (and look so cute!)...

Because the Super Bowl goes forever for a while, we planned our snacks in order to continually graze throughout the game.  Our now traditional starter - a seven layer dip - got a football-shape makeover this year.  (Please note the napkins and forks in Ravens colours.)

 Baked potato skins with sour cream.

I made traditional buffalo wings which, apparently, must be served with blue cheese dressing and celery.  I was a bit dubious about the combination but, now I'm a convert.  These were my favourite of the day.  I followed this recipe for the wings and this for the dressing (though, this recipe makes a lot of dressing!  Note the 49er themed plates.)

We also had a football themed pizza but the boys ate it up before I could take a photo!  It looked a bit like this one...
Superbowl Sunday - Homemade Football Pepperoni Pizza
via Pinterest

The helmet-watermelon-fruit salad-bowl was by far my three year old's favourite.  We had to have many, many conversations about why he couldn't actually wear it!

The chocolate coated strawberry footballs looked so much better on Pinterest!  Darwin heat and chocolate don't mix.

But they tasted good... (Rohan, Hamish and I were supporting the 49ers.  This is the closest shirt I could find!)

The brownies were made into footballs too...

Ice cold drinks included Budweiser for Matt and the cutest little bottles of soft-drink for the kids. (The usual sugar free rules clearly go out the window on special occasions!)

It was a pretty close, exciting game too- even I must admit that.  Add in a blackout and some Beyonce booty shaking and it was pretty darn enjoyable!  I still don't understand the game...  What is a 49er, anyway? Fake kicks, really? BUT- I got to spent time with my gorgeous family...Win!


  1. Goodness, you are more dedicated than I am, half a world away. We watched about half the game before I brought Sabine home to go to bed. (Dustin stayed to watch the whole thing, he's an avid fan, and trying to convert Sabine!)

    FYI- 1849 was the California gold rush, hence the San Francisco 49ers.


    1. I told my boys Sabine had a Broncos Jersey (do you call them jerseys? They are in rugby!) ...They were a bit jealous!
      Hamish wants a helmet. His favourite team is The "Pastry-ots". I was disappointed when they didn't make the Superbowl because it's just so cute to hear him call them that- and I can't bring myself to correct him!
      Thanks for the history lesson xx I meant to google it... Sometime there just aren't enough hours in the day!

  2. I have told you before what I thought of this night! Awesome, awesome awesome!!! Simple as that.
    Your boys are v v v lucky x


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