A {Surprise} 60th Tailgate Bash

Prepare yourself to be shut-out! The big game is this weekend and this festive, surprise 60th birthday bash from Jennifer at Banner Events is overflowing with gridiron goodies and great ideas! From “Hail Mary Honey Bacon Sandwiches” to “Play Action Pretzel Rods” to astro turf table coverings this party was covered right down to the 4th quarter. It was held on the eve of the biggest BYU rivalry game and Dale (the honoree) was one surprised fan with a tribute slideshow, loads of family & friends and a presentation of autographed sports memorabilia from BYU’s starting quarterback, Jake Heaps! What a fun-filled, football-fest!

Party details, as told by Jennifer:

{INVITATION} We kicked off our event with a custom invitation designed by Anders Ruff Custom Designs.  They scored big with their incredible design work, which set the stage for a crowd pleasing surprise event.  The honoree’s college alma mater is Brigham Young University (BYU)–home of the Cougars!

{PAPER PRODUCTS & PRINTABLES} Our party design came to life when Amanda Parker from Shindig Parties to Go, agreed to customize her phenomenal football graphics package for our event.  She was so sweet to work with and did such a fabulous job of tweaking her already gorgeous graphics package to make it exactly what we needed (bottle wraps, cupcake toppers, banner, party flags, centerpiece signs, party logos/signs, football cupcake wrappers and more!  She thought of EVERYTHING!)  The success of our event was largely due to her design work. In fact, she even inspired our dessert table design!

{ATTIRE & ACTIVITY} Guests arrived to our event on the afternoon of the biggest BYU rivalry game of the year!  That evening, the BYU Cougars would host their cross-city rivals, the Utah Utes.  Dale’s immediate family all had custom designed matching navy and white team shirts with Cougars on the front and PRICE and 60 on the back (his last name.) Guests ‘signed in’ on mini printable footballs where they were able to write their name and a little birthday message on the back. They could then tack up their birthday wishes on our football field banner, created by The RPM Studio.

{TABLE DECOR} Guests sat down to tables outfitted to look like a piece of the football field itself. Astro turf was cut to fit round tables.  White ribbon and die cut numbers were glued on to look like yard lines and markers.  Centerpieces were made from coordinating college logo balloons, gift bags, pom poms, footballs and coordinating candy.  Each place setting was designed using eye-catching printable designs.  Notice the custom “60″ water bottle wraps, napkin rings and coordinating pennant straw flags.

{MENU} Hail Mary Honey Bacon Club Sandwiches, Face Mask Fruit Salad, Chips to Cheer For, Buttonhook Baked Beans, Sideline Salad, Jumbo Jello Cups, Shotgun Shrimp Pasta Salad, Half-Time Hot Dogs, Safety Soda, Runningback Root Beer, Wide Receiver Water

{DESSERT TABLE} Striped pennant flags were hung using denim twine.  PVC pipe was cut, assembled and painted to look like field goal posts and held letters which spelled out the honoree’s name:  DALE. Bleachers were fashioned out of foam core board to house delicious ‘quarterback’ cupcakes with custom fondant toppers and one of my very favorite design details, football cupcake wrappers. JP Creatibles outdid herself with the most stunning football cookies I have ever laid eyes on!  Footballs, custom BYU jersey and BYU logo cookies with the most detailed design work I have ever seen, were the talk of the party!  ’Cornerback’ cookies were iced and topped with gorgeous fondant cookie toppers.  Strawberries were dipped in chocolate and decorated to look like their pigskin counterparts.  Beautifully hand dipped and decorated ‘play action’ pretzel rods were prepared.  Notice the cute sugar footballs adorning the pretzels!  No detail was spared!  There where ‘wideout whoopee pies’, ‘blocker brownies’, ‘touchdown treats’ in apothecary jars, maple bar ‘cougar paws’, ‘goal time’ cake pops and more!

{FAVORS} A separate table housed take-home party favor window bags and glassine bags. Each was adorned with coordinating ribbon and printable tags. They were the perfect thing to allow our guests to take home all sorts of desserts!

This party was previously featured on Pizzazzerie & Kara’s Party Ideas.

Party Styling/Jennifer Carver (Banner Events) & Cami Crosby, Custom Graphic Designs & Invitation/Anders Ruff Custom Designs, Custom Printable Graphic Package/Shindig Parties to Go, Glassine Bags, White Window Bags, Football Basket Boxes/Nashville Wraps, Denim Twine/The Twinery, Custom Football Cookies/JP Creatibles, Custom Football Fondant Cookie Toppers & 3-D Fondant Football/Edible Details, Custom Football Fondant Cupcake Toppers & Football Helmet Cake Topper/Two Sugar Babies, Custom Football Pretzels/Pretzels Pleaze, Custom Graphic Designs & Football Field Banner/The RPM Studio, Cupcakes/Cupcake Chic Utah, Football Cake Pops/Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops, Photography/Christine Olsen Photography


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