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Happy is Football Sunday #HeinzHappyContest

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There are many things in my life that make me happy: my wonderful family, my awesome job and being able to help our community. One thing that makes me VERY happy is throwing a party — especially during football season! Gathering our family and friends for delicious food, great company and cheering for our favorite team is a great way to spend the weekend! This year, I’m preparing for our Super Bowl party which promises to be a great time for all involved. Preparing a football themed party that will wow your guests doesn’t have to be hard… and I promise: you can remain happy while preparing!

Football Party Ideas for the Super Bowl #HeinzHappyContest

Free Football Sunday Printable

First, I created a fun printable to include as part of our party decor. {You can download the free printable here.} I created easy decorations by printing and framing the printable to use on our food table. I also tied in the same happy message in our free printable cupcake flags as well. {Download the free printable cupcake tags here.}

Free Printable Cupcake Topper for Football Party

Free Printable Football Themed Cupcake Flags

Printable Football Cupcake Toppers

Cute Football Party Drink Ideas

Football Party Drink Ideas

For our drinks, I used some white electrical tape to make our mason jar drinking mugs look like footballs. This is such a simple idea that even kids can help with it!

If you have little ones to keep busy during the big game, there are several ways to help keep them occupied if they aren’t into watching the whole game. Here are some of my favorites:

• Offer coloring pages with crayons and markers.
• Jars of Play-Dough or fingerpaints.
• If you live in a warm climate, encourage them to go outside to play football. {Bonus: they’ll burn off some of that energy!}
• Offer jigsaw puzzles or crafts.
• Create a scavenger hunt the kids can do indoors or outdoors.
• Give bigger kids a book of mad libs.
• Set up plastic bowling pins and give the kids a football to knock them over. {You’ll want to get any breakables out of the room first!}

Cute Football Party Food Ideas

For our main course, I served a filling but simple meal: “Pigskin” pulled pork sandwiches and homemade French fries with Heinz® Tomato Ketchup. I love that these can be made ahead, leaving me more time to entertain guests.

Pulled Pork Recipe for a Football Party

Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

{from Taste of Home}


• 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
•   1 cup Heinz® Tomato Ketchup
•   2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
•   2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
•   1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
•   1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
•   1/4 teaspoon pepper
•   4 rolls, split


1. Cut the tenderloin in half; place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper; pour over pork.
2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker; heat through. Serve on rolls.
Serves four.

You can easily increase the recipe for the number of guests you have!

Fries and Ketchup for a Football Party

Homemade French Fries

{from Ree Drummond}


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
  • Sea salt


  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes. Then cut them into sticks by cutting the potato in 4 or 5 vertical pieces, and then cutting each piece into sticks.
  2. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak, 2 to 3 hours. (You can also stick them in the fridge and let them soak overnight.)
  3. When you’re ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay the potatoes on 2 baking sheets lined with paper towels. Blot with paper towels to dry them.
  4. Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. In 3 or 4 batches, cook the potatoes until soft, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. They should not be brown at this point! You just want to start the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain on new/dry paper towels.
  5. Once all the potatoes have been fried at 300 degrees F, turn up the heat until the oil reaches 400 degrees F. When the oil’s hot, start frying the potatoes in batches again, cooking until the fries are golden and crisp. Remove the potatoes from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt and dive in!

Heinz Ketchup

Heinz Happy Ketchup

This really is a great meal for a football party as it’s hearty and easy to serve. All the guests raved about the sweet and tangy pulled pork sandwiches as well as the crispy fries. I know they were made much more tasty thanks to Heinz!

Heinz How Do You Happy? #HeinzHappyContest

As we get ready for Super Bowl season, Heinz is conducting a national contest revolving around their limited time bottle. The bottle asks “How Do You Happy?” and their contest offers the chance for 100 people to win up to $5,700! Entering is easy: share when you are happiest. You can upload a six second (max) video to Twitter, Instagram or Vine and tag the video with #HeinzHappyContest or submit your answer at HowDoYouHappy.Com.

Cupcakes for a Football Party

I hope this Super Bowl season, you’ll enjoy the time with special people in your life… and take a moment to think of the things that make you happy!

Don’t forget: get your entries in now for the How Do You Happy contest!

No purchase necessary to enter the Contest. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, who, as of the date of entry, are 18 or older. Void where prohibited. The Heinz® Ketchup How Do You Happy Contest starts at 12:01 am ET on 12/29/page/14 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on 2/23/15. Sponsored by H. J. Heinz Company, L.P. For Official Rules, visit

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.