Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl party decor and an easy recipe for taco dip!

Hello hello and happy Monday!  Did you guys watch the Super Bowl yesterday?  I have to say, it was pretty exciting.  I wasn't rooting for one team in particular so I really only paid attention during commercial breaks.  After all, that's what the Super Bowl is all about, right?  We had 15-20 people over and pretty much stuffed our faces all day long.  I kept the decor pretty simple, but I did throw together a cute little backdrop for the food table.

Supplies:
Dowel rod (optional, depending on how you want to hang it)
Curling ribbon (in the team colors!)
Scissors


I didn't really know the direction this thing would take when I started so at the beginning, I was measuring 4 arm-lengths of ribbon, curling it with the scissors, and then attaching it as follows:

Find the center point of the ribbon and fold it in half so you have a little loop.


Loop the loop around the dowel rod.


Pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull tight.  Repeat, alternating colors, 1,052 more times.


And the final product!  After spending forever curling 6+ yard sections of ribbon, I decided to change my tactic and cut 2 arm-length sections of ribbon and just attach it to the rod, no curling. I actually like the straight sections better.  I also made some cute little buntings to show some team spirit!


Oh, and once I brought my cute little curling-ribbon-hanging-thing downstairs with the intention of hanging it from the drop ceiling, I realized that wasn't going to work (dadblastit) so I scrounged up some black duct tape, stretched it across the ribbon and taped it to my 99-cent-tablecloth-turned-wall-hanging, then cut the ribbon off the dowel rod.  If you want to do something similar but don't want to hang it from a dowel rod, it's still really helpful to use one for positioning, and then super easy to cut the ribbon off afterwards.  Oh, and the tablecloth is just attached to the wall with loops of painter's tape.

A look at the whole table setup.  Pardon the craptastic picture, but there's no way to get a straight-on shot in this little foyer area of our basement.


If you're interested, I made:


Crock Pot Taco Dip

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 onion
1/2 cup mild chunky salsa
1/2 cup frozen corn
Mild taco seasoning
4 oz mild green chilies
4 oz sliced black olives
Shredded Mexican cheese blend

Mix all ingredients, except for cheese, in a small Crock Pot and set on low for 1-2 hours.  Add cheese and stir just before serving.  Serve with Scoops tortilla chips!  Delish, I tell ya.


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