REESE’S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball OREOS for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!

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Host the ULTIMATE Basketball Party with OREO Basketballs, Slam Dunk Coke Floats, and REESE'S Three Point Popcorn! College basketball season is in full swing and I’m sure there will be parties aplenty while everyone roots on their beloved college basketball team.

But sometimes throwing a party can a tad daunting, especially if its a sports-related one. No one sits down and eats a steak dinner during the major tournament, so party food has to be on point for it to be successful, am I right? And chips & dip, while delicious, are kind of predictable. So I’m going to show you how to throw the BEST Basketball Party without all the stress & fuss so you can spend more time eating… or, you know, watching the game 🙂

First up – party planning, obviously. No one just has color-coordinated plates and napkins lying around unless you live inside of a party supply store. I did most of my shopping at Target, where I purchased my ingredients for all of the treats you see above as well. Target has a great party supply selection with tons of different colored plate, napkin, and utensil items, and lots of fun decorations for any theme you could think of. Sports was an obvious one for this party, so I picked up some fun basketball confetti, these cool basketball plates and cups, and the basketball bouncy balls – party favors that no kid can resist.

MM1Bonus that all my ingredients were on sale at my local Target! Score!

If you don’t want to go with a generic basketball theme and would rather stick with your favorite college team’s colors, that would be great, too! Or if you know of two particular teams playing one another, you could go with all four colors to make it really festive and spirited.

DSC_0714AI found these super cute orange paper treat boxes and knew I could doctor ’em up really fun for this party. I simply drew on a couple of arches on either side, a line down the middle, and one through the center for a basketball lining’s shape. Easy and SO cute… and of course, the perfect vessel to hold my REESE’S Three Point Shot Popcorn. It’s pretty awesome, you guys… so let’s talk about that for a sec.

3 Point Shot PopcornThis popcorn is the perfect sweet-and-salty treat for munching during the game and it couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I don’t know about you, but when eating something mixed up, like trail mix or chex mix, I’m always searching for my favorite component to eat first, and these REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis are that! They’re so adorable and the perfect miniature size for this popcorn.

(Psst.. if you have Target’s Cartwheel App, there’s a free coupon for REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis available from 3/15-4/4. Download it!)

DSC_0717ANext up? OREO Basketballs! Adorable basketballs made from OREO Cookies. Don’t cringe from intimidation – I promise these are a breeze to make. They do require a little bit of a steadier hand, and a disposable piping bottle, but they’re so worth the smidgen of extra effort. Not only do they look the part, they taste awesome. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate-covered OREOS? No one, that’s who.

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DSC_0738A(BTW, you can find a small piping bottle like this in the baking aisle of most stores, or sometimes even the craft aisle!)

Slam Dunk Coke FloatsLast up: my Slam Dunk Coke Floats. These bad boys are delicious, thanks to Coke Zero. Their motto is ‘you don’t know ZERO ’til you’ve tried it‘ and that’s so true. It tastes just like regular Coke but without all the calories and sugar. And did you know that Coke Zero and Target use special “drinkable” advertising and technology so people can try out Coke Zero for themselves with a free 20 oz coupon? Starting April 2nd, download the Shazam app to participate in these unbelievable experiences at a drinkable TV spot, jumbo-tron, or at CokeZero.com.

DSC_0723AThese are like your traditional Coke Floats but made with Coke Zero instead. I used fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt for the “dunks” of ice cream, but any icy-cold ice cream will work! They’re the perfect, refreshing way to indulge while watching pivotal, #unbelievablemoments during the game.

DSC_0708AANow back to the spread. Again, I went with a general basketball theme here but team colors would be a fun and festive touch should you throw your own Ultimate Basketball Party. I like to lay all of my components on the same table so guests know where all the good stuff is 🙂 I like putting the packaging behind some items where people may not know what’s what, so as to offer better clarification. You could also put up cute placecards with the food or drink item’s name on it so folks know what they’re eating.

Also, when throwing parties, I don’t like to set out everything I have. Much like a retail shop, I keep some stuff out on the floor and some stuff behind so when something leaves the table, I can replenish it. This keeps the table from looking too full of busy and keeps me working off those calories from all the popcorn I’ve been eating 🙂

DSC_0731AI also like how everything is arranged on the table and a little scattered about. Don’t get me wrong; I love things tidy and orderly, but having a couple of straws left out (BTW, paper straws are a must!) keeps it lively. Scattering the basketball bouncy balls and plush basketballs about keeps your eye darting around and makes things interesting. And experiment with height – top OREO Basketballs on a medium-sized cake stand, the REESE’S Popcorn in tall treat bags, and use shorter cups for your Coke Floats. It keeps the table balanced, even if there are different shapes and sizes.

But most importantly… Have fun! It’s a freakin’ party, man. And even if your team loses, there’s still Coke Floats to fall back on… and that’s never a bad thing!

DSC_0732ANow, who wants some REESE’S Popcorn and OREO Basketballs?!

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REESE'S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball Oreos for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!
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Recipe type: Treats
 
Ingredients
  • FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  • 1 pkg OREO Cookies
  • 2-3 pkgsorange candy melts
  • 4 squares chocolate bark
  • Piping bottle
  • FOR REESE'S THREE POINT POPCORN:
  • 8 cups popped popcorn (unflavored)
  • 1 pkg orange candy melts
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 pkg REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Minis
Instructions
  1. FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Prepare the orange candy melts according to package directions, until melted. Dunk each OREO into the candy melts, covering completely and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining melts.
  3. Melt the chocolate bark until smooth. Pour carefully into the piping bottle. Using a steady hand, draw basketball piping onto the surface of each coated OREO. Allow the piping to set before serving.
  4. FOR REESE'S POPCORN:
  5. Melt the candy melts according to package directions, or until smooth. In a large bowl, toss the chocolate with the popcorn, candy pieces, and REESE'S Minis. Lay out in an even layer on a flat work-surface covered in wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden. Once set, break into pieces and serve.

For more info on Mondelez products, such as OREO Cookies, be sure to visit their site and enter to win their ULTIMATE Basketball Prize! And visit Coke Zero’s site for info to get a 20 oz Coke Zero for FREE starting April 2.

Thanks for stopping by! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some popcorn to eat.

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Toffee Apple Cake & The (Ultra Busy) Friday Roundup!

Howdy doody, friends!

Before I begin my usual shenanigans, I’d like to direct your attention to that redonkulously sexy looking cake up there ^. You can find the recipe over at Back For Seconds, where I’m guest posting for today.

If you’ve never been to Back For Seconds blog, you need to check her out. She’s got insaaaanely yummy stuff like Single Serving Skinny Apple Pie and Samoas Bars. I meeeean, she should be your new best friend, if we’re being honest.

Whatcha waiting for? Pop on over for the recipe for this Toffee Apple Cake and say hello to her for me while she’s hanging out with Mickey and Minnie 🙂

This week, I baked my brains out.

I actually ate brains. Of zombies. Zombie Truffles.

I made some creepy cool donuts and hosted another fun donut giveaway. Enter by 5pm tonight!

I stuffed some fall goodness into some unsuspecting cookies.

I made slime cute.

I showed everyone the softer side of peanut butter cookies.

And I topped cookies with cookie dough. Need I say more?

BlogLand was baking, but maybe not with brains. Still, check out this yumminess: 

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Toffee Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Funfetti Cake Batter Pies from Crazy For Crust
Fluffernutter Oatmeal Cookies from Something Swanky
Salted Caramel Chocolates from Heather’s French Press
Biscoff Buckeyes from Bake Your Day
Toffee Apple Pie Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

1. Last weekend was busy, busy. Not at all the “relaxing” weekend I had planned. I spent 6 hours straight (!!) baking my little heart out. And then I promptly collapsed, excited to relax.. until I realized I needed to photograph and blog everything.
2. No, I’ve not gotten around to reading my novel, why do you ask??
3. However, I did manage to squeeze some time in to make this creepytastic Halloween wreath!

If you guys didn’t know, I’m kinda sorta obsessed with making wreaths. This was my first Halloween one and it was SO fun to make! I got all my picks and embellishments at Michael’s and was able to use a 50% off a single item coupon and 20% off my entire purchase coupon, too. Score! So this puppy was made roughly under $25 thanks to those coupons.

2. My sister, Chloe, makes bows (if you didn’t already know) and has been sewing up some seriously adorable Halloween bows. They’re all available for sale at her store, Bows To Go, and all under $5. Here’s a sneak peek at one of my faves.

3. Do you know Dorothy? She’s one of my real-life and bloggy best friends and today is her birthday! Eeeeek!! Be sure to pop on over and wish her a happy birthday!!

4. It’s finally starting to cool down here and I’m SO EXCITED. While blogland has been filled with Instagrammed pictures of boots and scarves, I am trying to contain my outrageous jealousy. And now I can almost feel the boots on my feet. Just a couple more weeks and I’ll be sitting pretty in chunky sweaters, fashionable scarves and motorcycle boots. Yay me.

5. I need to take a poll (hey, Jenney, if you’re reading this, scroll on down!). I’ve been invited to a one year old boy named Cooper’s birthday party next weekend. Haaaaaalllp. What do you get a one year old?! When I asked my parents, they told me “a box” and that “kids love boxes.” I shot them a dirty look and imagined myself giving him a box. Then I imagined myself being unfriended by Jenney. So, help me??

6. A few days ago I stopped by Bath & Body Works (irresistible during this time of year) and picked up some sampler fall candles. OH. MY. GAWD, I am stupidly OB.SESSEDDDD with their new flavor, Mahogany Teakwood. It smells woodsy and sexy, like the sexiest lumberjack you’ve ever seen. Or something. Anyway, I need a lifetime supply puhlease and thank you.

Well, I think that does it for this week. Besides baking (per usual), I have no other plans this weekend, so what are your weekend plans?

Catch ya later!

xo, Hayley

Christmas Wreaths 101–A Tutorial

Well, I guess I wouldn’t be “The Domestic Rebel” if I didn’t ever do crafty things… right? Maybe not. Maybe. Whatever.

Crafty or not, I made Christmas wreaths! I’m kinda sorta obsessed with making them.

I made my first wreath in 2008 and got hooked. Problem was I had no one else to make wreaths for after I made a wreath for a family friend, my grandma, my grandpa, and my mom.

But the itch couldn’t be left alone, so I made two more.

Each year, I post the wreaths on Facebook and get lots of responses from fellow friends–questions about the mechanics of making their own wreath, and compliments on how awesome they look.

But because the questions keep coming, and because Christmas is coming, I figured it was time to do a Wreath 101 Tutorial for anyone who’s been bitten by the crafty bug, and anyone who wants to make a beautiful wreath from scratch that trumps any store-bought wreath any day. The best part is that these wreaths are completely versatile-you can customize them any way you like, with any colors you like. Your imagination is your only limit! And at around $30-50 (depending on materials, etc) these wreaths will make an amazing, one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas, or will be a beautiful display in your own home. Simple!

So, let’s get started!

You’ll need:

1 medium-size/standard-size wreath (in my opinion, the perfect size, but if you’d prefer to go smaller or larger, budget your picks)
About 18-20 picks in assorted colors** (I like choosing a variety of types, like acorns, flowers, and bell baubles, but I’ve seen gorgeous feathers, beads, birds, leaves, etc)
One large bow, complementing the colors of your wreath
One large flower, in one color of your wreath (if desired)
Wreath hook
A hot glue gun, plus glue sticks
Small wire cutters
Newspaper
Patience & creativity!

**When choosing picks, choose 3 colors: 2 main colors, and 1 complementary color. It doesn’t matter if the colors “match”, but make sure you keep it streamlined. For this wreath, I chose a rich purple and a hot pink as the main colors, and gold as the complementary color. You could also do hot pink and lime green with silver; rich purple and emerald with gold; gold and maroon with bronze; or blue and silver with light green.

First, line your work space with newspaper to catch the glitter and hot glue strands that inevitably fall and get everywhere. I made my wreath, as shown, in the kitchen. I like doing it here because I can open my cabinet door and hang my wreath from a wreath hook to assemble it standing up. I find this is easier than laying the wreath down, as when it’s hanging it’s easier to see it as you normally would. Also, you’ll need to fluff your wreath out! Simply pick at the pine fronds until it looks voluminous and not flat.

Then, spread out your picks, flowers and bows.

Unwrap any packaging/remove tags if needed. If you’d like, begin to trim your picks now. I like leaving about 1-2″ of the stem and trim away the rest. If you don’t trim it, the stem will hang awkwardly out of the back.

My only REAL advice is to PLAY AROUND FIRST! Do not hot glue anything until you truly love the placement. When the picks are trimmed, it’s easier to place them around to find a pattern you like. I like nestling my picks into the wreath to get placement ideas before I commit.

My personal preference is trimming my large flower (I like poinsettias) and placing it on the top left side of the wreath. I also prefer putting the bow on the bottom center; this ensures the stems of the bow don’t get in the way of the wreath.

 Then, begin your placement and hot glue it when you love it. I like using larger picks to nestle around the larger pieces, like so:

The gold bell bauble pick and the purple acorn are secured with hot glue (top left, flanking the poinsettia) But I’m messing with placement here (as shown with the large purple ornament and gold flower)

When you’re hot gluing, make sure you coat the bottom of the pick evenly with hot glue–and make sure your glue is actually hot! Then, once you’ve figured out your placement, gently nestle the pick into its place, holding it for about 15 seconds to hold. Work quickly so the glue doesn’t dry up.

I love that the picks are so glitzy!

In general, I like grouping my picks in colors. It makes the wreath ornamentation look fuller, and spices it up. I like using the colors sparingly throughout the wreath (e.g., a cluster of each color here, a cluster of each color there, but no two same colors together), and I like to frame things (a large ornament in the top right and a large ornament in the bottom left). It keeps the eye looking over the entire wreath–a true visual treat!

Some more advice about buying picks: Look for picks in varying shapes as well. I like mixing two large ornaments with a couple 3-packs of smaller ornaments. Smaller ones are easier to cluster by color; larger ones work as larger pieces. If you buy all large picks (bell baubles, large ornaments, large flowers, etc) it’ll easily look cluttered. Similarly, if you buy all smaller picks (small flowers, small ornaments, etc) it will look sparse. Mix up shapes and sizes for the best look.

Once you’ve found your perfect placements and glued them in, you’re done!

You’re done! (NOTE: I ended up buying one more small hot pink flower to place on the right middle by the purple acorn and small gold ball; and another purple acorn to place on the left middle, just behind the small gold ball, next to the poinsettia. Amendments are not shown in this picture).

Because I crave routine in life, I like making my wreaths with the same pattern (generally). The colors in this one are some of my favorites, but I have also made these over the years, starting with the most recent one:

Sparkles are super necessary.

And this Mardi-Gras-ish one for my grandma, circa 2008:

I used two blue poinsettias here, plus a bow. Told you, I like routine.

And this gorgeous, exceptionally-fall-looking number:

Kinda makes you want to eat those pears, even if they are covered in glittery beads.

And this one, for my grandpa. While I’m not a huge fan of the feather in retrospect, I still love the colors.

Perfectly winter wonderland (and a dirty dish towel–such is life).

And one of my favorites, my mom’s wreath, which I made last year:

Hot pink, bright purple, and silver. Doesn’t it just make you smile?

Remember, because of the delicate picks, the glitter and embellishments, and the glue, these wreaths are best for indoor only. If you’re jonesing for an outdoor wreath, it’s best to stick with items that don’t have glitter/glitz/embellishments, like silk flowers or plastic fruit.

I hope my wreath tutorial offered enough information to help you create your own beautiful wreath at home.

Remember, as always, the point is to have fun and play around! There are no right or wrong answers, only creativity to mess around with. That’s the best.

Plus, unique, handmade gifts are always better than store-bought. Especially when they’re this gorg.

Happy Crafting!

xo, Hayley

(Question go unanswered? Feel free to comment below and I’ll reply ASAP with your wreath-making Q’s)

(PS–Wanna save money?! Easy! All of the things I purchased for my wreaths were bought with coupons from my local craft store. Just search your craft store plus ‘coupons’ in Google and print out the latest ones–sometimes for up to 20% off your entire order, or 40% off single items–great for the more expensive bows, and the wreaths!)

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