As mentioned in my Tea Cup & Martini Glass Flower Centerpieces post, the hubs was having a poker night and I just couldn’t help myself – I needed to cook, bake and entertain! Plus, I justified it all by saying it was practice for a big future game night or casino themed party. I mean, who can resist a theme?
First things first, I always think it’s important to have something at the entrance to set the theme for the event. I’ve done everything from signs in the yard to decorations in the entryway. For this, I went with this simple little setup of the martini glass centerpiece and additional flowers on our entryway table.
Next, I set the food and goodies up on the island in our kitchen by using a simple red tablecloth, an assorted collection of my silver and white depression ware serving pieces as well as some antique cigar boxes to add some levels. To finish the look off, I added one more martini glass centerpiece and then used a free beer glass we had on-hand from Lakewood Brewing Co. when we went for a friends’ bday.
We’ll get into all the food in a bit, but first off – let’s focus on one of my FAVORITE details – the quotes! My mom has always been a big fan of personalizing water bottles by adding themed labels to them so I took a cue from her and added my spin to it. Since this was a poker night, I looked up quotes from poker and gambling movies to create my labels. The guys LOVED them and how easy would it be to do this for any game night or casino party?
-Download these water bottle labels for FREE – link at bottom!-
Finally, since we live in a suburb area outside of the main city, some of the guys were staying the night so they didn’t have to drive back home. So, I took what is commonly seen at bachelorette parties and did a hangover station complete with water, Advil PM (to take the night before), Gatorade and additional Advil for the morning.
sausage cheese dip
- Cube up the Velveeta and get it melting (I actually microwaved mine for a minute before putting it into the crockpot).
- Cook sausage in skillet until browned and pulse a couple times in food processor until broken apart
- Mix sausage and Ro*tel into crockpot with Velveeta
brown sugar & bacon wrapped sausages
- Wrap each sausage once around with bacon, using toothpick to secure. Lay a bit apart in a baking dish.
- Generously sprinkle with brown sugar and bake at 400 for 45 mins. Cool before serving.
–Original recipe by Hello Homebody–
texas hold’em chex mix
- 1/2 a large bag of pretzels
- 1 box of Cheerios
- 1 box of Rice or Wheat Chex
- 8 cups salted mixed nuts
- 1/4 lb butter, melted
- 1/2 cup bacon dripping grease
- 1 1/4 tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt
- 3 tbsp Tobasco (I use half this amount – depends on your spice preference)
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour out on a large baking sheet (may need two)
- Make sauce out of remaining ingredients, stir well and pour evenly over baking sheets.
- Bake at 225 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 mins.
chocolate covered pretzels
I do these for almost every event we have at our house. Here is what I have recently found to be the easiest way to prepare these: purchase these candy melts from Michaels, heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then just plop in some pretzels, shake them off and lay on a parchment paper lined plate to cool. NOTE: do NOT add food coloring to these, make sure to actually buy the color you want if you’re going for that look! I learned the hard way 🙂
mini almond butter & strawberry muffins
You may recall these from the Garden Party Bridal Shower post. If not, you can download the recipe card from there OR, I’ll do you one better and give you a VIDEO TUTORIAL staring yours truly and you can see just how to bake these yummy treats.
Water Bottle Labels – fonts include KG Be Still And Know, Jenna Sue, Eight Fifteen, Pea So Lovely, TakeMeOut, Pea Shally
Food/Place Cards – font used was Jenna Sue
Download the free handwriting fonts I used and more here!