Big Football Bash & Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies

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It’s time to pull out the pom-poms, megaphones, and cowbells.  It’s football season and here in the south, we know how to throw a football party.

Tailgating is fun, but more often than not, you’ll find me at home watching the game on the big screen with lots of food, Diet Coke and all my friends and family.  We can pause the game when the conversation gets a little rowdy. And we often rewind & play it back real slow if we witness a bad call by the ref.

Casual is Always Best

Football parties should be casual, fuss-free and easy clean-up. You won’t find fancy centerpieces or uppity tablescapes when we gather for game day, but you will find good food, a big football bash & Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies.  If you’ve never had pecan tassies, you’re in for a treat.

Big Football Bash

When entertaining a crowd, even when it’s informal, I like to set up food stations.  It keeps traffic from coming to a standstill and everyone piling up at one table.  No one likes to stand in line forever to get another Coke.  Usually, three stations will suffice – Snacks, Desserts, and Beverages.

Plan Your Menu

Y’all know I’m a planner and list maker, so after I’ve planned my menu and made a list of what I need, I head to Sam’s Club to stock up on everything from paper plates to drinks and food.  To really save time, you can go to Sam’s Club online, choose everything you need and it will be ready and waiting for you at your local store.  How cool is that?

I found everything I needed at Sam’s Club, including 28-can packs of Coke Classic and Diet Coke on the beverage aisle.  Trust me, you’ll need lots of drinks on hand.

Big Football Bash featuring Coke

Helpful Hint:  For a big football bash, I don’t serve anything that needs eating utensils other than your hands.  Hand-held food is more convenient and easier to enjoy when you’re relaxing on the sofa or up on your feet jumping and yelling for your favorite team.

Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies

I always make my pecan tassies the day before the big football bash.  That way, there’s not a lot of cooking on the day of.  They’re really easy to make and everyone loves um!

The dough is made with cream cheese, butter and flour; rolled into balls and chilled for an hour. After pressing the dough into mini muffin pans, the pecan filling is whisked together and spooned into the mini tarts.

Pecan Tassie Recipe

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Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Coke Classic
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Coke Classic
Instructions
  1. Beat 1 cup butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed.
  2. Shape mixture into 48 balls, and place on a baking sheet; cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Place 1 dough ball into each lightly greased muffin cup in mini muffin pans, shaping each into a shell.
  4. Whisk together brown sugar and next 6 ingredients. Spoon into tart shells.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until filling is set. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks 20 minutes or until completely cooled.
  6. Whisk glaze ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle onto cooled pecan tassies.

Big Football Bash

Tassies and Fruit

Decor

For tabletop decor, simple is always better when planning a football party.  I used a roll of black kraft paper as a table runner and my husband used a chalk pen to draw football plays.  It’s rustic, inexpensive and if the kids get bored, they can draw more plays. A megaphone and pom poms complete the look.

Runner for Football bash

Decorating the table is a good way to get the kids involved.  I asked Logan to make goal posts from his building blocks.  Man, was I impressed with his building skills.

Big Football Bash

Goal Post

Check out my menu and some photos of the three stations:

Football Bash

 

Beverage Station

Snack Station for Football Bash

Big Bash Football

 

Big Football Bash

Dessert Station

Beverage Station

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Football Bingo & Free Printable

Whenever I’m throwing a big football bash, there’s always a few guests who don’t know each other.  To break the ice, I like to play a game of Icebreaker Football Bingo.  At first glance, it looks like a regular Bingo card, but the cards are identical.  To play the game, you have to mingle and find a person who has done whatever is written inside the squares. The first person to call BINGO wins. Everyone gets to know each other a little better and it’s a whole lot of fun.

The best part of Icebreaker Bingo is when someone has a row of squares almost completed and they can’t find anyone to complete the last square, then they have to go in a different direction.  I’ve included a FREE Printable so your guests can play, too.

Grab a Free Printable

(Click Football-IceBreaker-PDF to download)

Big Football Bash

Be sure and download the fun Bingo game, make my coca-cola pecan tassies (delish!) and use a few of my tips the next time you host a football viewing party.  Don’t forget, you can click here to buy now and pick up at Sam’s Club.

What’s your favorite game-time snack?

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About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. I am so ready for football to start. Hubby just asked this morning if we were stocked up on “football food”. I will have to try your recipe. We both love pecans.

  2. You always do such an incredible job Alli. Great idea of serving only finger type foods! I like the idea of adding coca cola to the pecan tasties. I love them and could literally eat about 10 in one setting. They are the perfect size.

  3. Oh my, these pecan tassies look AMAZING! I would never have thought to use Coca-Cola in the recipe. Your entire football party is so cute and looks like a blast. Love the icebreaker. LOL

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  4. Wow! This recipe looks amazing. I love the entire party setting. The bingo game was a really nice touch.

  5. I’m going to have to try out your Pecan Tassies!! My husband loves pecan pie, but being diabetic, a slice of pie is just too much, but one of these would be perfect! Can you use Diet Coke (we never buy the regular stuff, too much sugar) or do I have to make a zillion of these and freeze them just to use up the Coke??

  6. These look SO yummy! I’ve never actually cooked anything with Coca-Cola as an ingredient but this recipe has definitely inspired me to try it!

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    This sounds like a great big football bash indeed. We love pecans so these would be something I would love to make for sure. I am going to be making these this weekend. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a fantastic menu! I’m not big into football but love hosting so these are great! I love your tip about serving finger foods!

  9. Interesting recipe using Coca-cola. It really sparked my interest. Football season is with us again and your recipe will be tried and tested in my kitchen. 🙂

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  11. These look delicious! And your photos are so beautiful, love i!

  12. This looks like a fantastic party. The food all looks so delicious. I will have to try making these tarts for my kids.

  13. How fun is that?! We are not fans of football, but I know that your ideas would also be perfect for a fun baseball viewing party. And usually, we just snack on either candies or nuts or cookies or chips. 🙂

  14. The Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies look and sound delicious in every sense of the word! I’ll definitely have to try them sometime.

  15. I definitely need to try these Coca-Cola Pecan Tassies! They look so good.

  16. Oh, my yum! I am coming to your house for game day. I love pecan pie so I need these in my life!

  17. These look delicious, and like my kind of treat…bite-size, ooey and gooey. I find it interesting that these are made with Coca Cola.

  18. These look very tasty. saving this for later.

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