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Looking for an amazingly creative way to entertain guests with a tasty snack bar? Why not try popping some Orville Redenbacher® popcorn at your next Football Game Day Gathering!
My guests had the biggest smile on their faces when they saw how cute everything turned out. Keep reading to see all of my clever decor ideas and popcorn treats. I chose to go with two sets of team colors, Red and Blue + Green and Yellow!
I got all of my supplies at Walmart, and got ready to set up my Game Day Popcorn Treats and All Star Snack Station. Using both teams' colors really made a big impact for guests - a little friendly competition to see who could decorate the cutest treats was a lot of fun.
I used the Orville Redenbacher® Movie Theater Butter popcorn for this party, and guests LOVED it!
For this party and game day treat setup, you will only need a few items, some of which you may already have! I shopped at Walmart for everything, and found everything I needed and then some!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Orville Redenbacher® Movie Theater Butter popcorn
Candy Melts in Team Colors (For my yellow, I had to use white chocolate melts + gel icing coloring)
Candy Pop Sticks
Bowls to melt candy melts in
Disposable (or regular) baking tins to mix popcorn and candy melts
Other fun party decor (like balloons in team colors)
To make football decorations (colorful cardstock or greeting cards and tape)
Set out sprinkles and coordinating team colored candy melts for guests to decorate their treats!
DIY FOOTBALL DECOR
I created these adorable and festive football decorations by cutting their shapes out of a package of greeting cards! I loved the colors, and simply searched online for a football shape, cut it out of one piece of card stock, then traced it onto the greeting cards. I then cut the football laces from the back white part of the cards. To do this, I simply cut rectangles, then notched out the lace shapes with scissors. You could string them up as bunting, tape then around the party space, or attach them to the wall, like I did!
Head over to the snack aisle at Walmart and grab your popcorn!
I was so pleased to see such a large amount of popcorn in each bag of Orville Redenbacher®. I used one bag for each color, and it made the perfect portion for this party. I love the taste, and can't get enough of the buttery goodness!
I found that 2:20 minutes on full power was the perfect popping time in my microwave, and the house smelled amazing, yum!!
After popping the popcorn in the microwave, melt your colored candy melts in paper disposable bowls as directed on the packaging (1 minute on medium power, stir, then another 30 seconds or so worked well for me). I used half a bag of candy melts per bag or popcorn and it covered perfectly! Stir the popcorn and candy melts with 1 or 2 spoons, and coat evenly. Then, get ready to make the popcorn balls.
These disposable roast pans/tins were PERFECT to mix up each color! I was so pleased! You could even leave popcorn and serving spoons like this for guests to use if you don't have time to make the popcorn balls.
Next, heat 1 package of marshmallows, 1-2 Tbsp of butter, and a bit of Caro syrup in a sauce pan and stir with a large plastic spoon. This will become the "glue" that holds the popcorn balls together.
Once the marshmallow mixture has melted, place a hand full of each color of popcorn into a plastic bowl, add a bit of melted marshmallows (CAREFUL, IT'S HOT), stir to mix, then form popcorn balls with your hands. I also used rubber gloves for this part, it's super messy. I just didn't want to photograph my hands in rubber gloves, LOL!!
Insert a stick into each popcorn ball, and set aside to firm up. These turned out incredibly well!!!
Pour a bit of colored popcorn into small glasses, and then insert the popcorn ball pops into the cups. I actually had to stick each pop into a marshmallow to make then stand up, but if your cups were a bit taller, you may not have to do this.
If you want to provide some party fun, with your remaining candy melts, feel free to heat them up and let guests dip their popcorn ball pops into the coordinating team colors and then cover in sprinkles. This added SO much to the look of the treats, and is a super fun activity for guests to do while watching the game and celebrating their teams.
I also cut out the letters to spell I HEART GAME DAY and stuck them to the cabinet doors, making sure to tape them so the doors still opened :) How cute!
How will you be celebrating your next Football Game Day Party?