Team Senior Night Ideas

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 This week marked the end of the league game season for the high school softball teams in our area, and since I am the team mom for my daughter’s school I was put in charge of coming up with some Senior Night ideas to honor the players who were graduating this year. Here are some of the things that we came up with for our team, and even more fun Senior Night ideas we collected from the team that we played.

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1. Senior Night Gifts  — The team we played on Senior Night pooled their money and got each graduating player a sweatshirt from the college that they would be attending next year. For our team, we asked each non-Senior player to contribute a note and/or small gift to be put into a Senior Night gift basket. The gift ideas could be anything from gift cards to small items with personal meaning for each player. Here are some of the gifts ideas that went into our Senior Night basket:

  • Framed team photo  senior night gifts
  • T-Shirts with the team logo
  • Small items from the college each player would be attending
  • Softball key chains and eye black
  • Glass candy jar with players’ favorite candies, personalized with their name and college written in college colors
  • Humorous items from jokes throughout the season
  • Personalized CDs with the team walk-up songs
  • Gift cards

2. Senior Posters and Banners — A great idea that the other team put  together was posters for each girl with their name, graduating year, and a collection of Senior Night posterpictures including one from when they were little, one team picture, one picture with the coach, and a few action shots. These looked great! For our Seniors we made a big banner to hang on the backstop , as well as colorful poster board softballs with each graduate’s name, uniform number, and graduating year.

3. Senior Night Decorations —  Decorating the locker room and around the field can make Senior Night even more special. Here are some ways to make your game area look great!

  • Hang banners
  • Use balloons
  • Write messages for graduates on walkways using sidewalk chalk
  • Spray paint the Seniors’ names and numbers in the outfield
  • String streamers in the locker room and hang a star with each Senior’s name from them
  • Write the Seniors’ names and numbers on the field using line powder
  • Set out big cardboard stand ups of each Senior near the spectator area

Senior Night Decorations

In the locker room where we played out last game, the home team has a huge beam painted in their team colors. As each class of players graduates, it is a special right for them to get to sign their name and class with Sharpie pen on the beam.

4. Senior Night Activities — Including some special activities can make Senior Night really memorable. Here are some things we did for our graduates:

  • Each Senior was walked onto the field with her parents, where she was presented with balloons (*I made special balloon weights by drilling a hole through a softball and running the ribbons through), her gift basket, and flowers for mom. Then first the coach said a few words about each girl, and after that each player got to speak, thanking her parents and coaches, and offering some words of wisdom for the younger players on the team. (This was really sweet, and I have to say that there were very few dry eyed in the parent section of the bleachers during this part of the evening!)
  • The National Anthem was performed by a volunteer player on the team (Also very touching)
  • After the game we had a potluck taco dinner for everyone, with lots of amazing food and desserts. This turned out to be a highlight of the evening because the girls got to unwind, laugh about memories of the season, look through their gift baskets and generally goof around.
  • Another fun idea was to show a musical slideshow of the season, with a special section dedicated to then and now pictures of the Senior players.

Senior Night

In all, it was a really great night, and a great way to commemorate the last home game for a wonderful group of Senior players.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by gathering your amigos for some great Mexican food and drinks. Here are a few easy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes for appetizers and margaritas with a twist!




Cheryl’s Awesome Guacamole

Of all the guacamole recipes I’ve tried, this one is definitely one of the best.

Combine:

  • 4 large avocados
  • 2-1 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
  • ½ -1 finely chopped serrano or jalepeno pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes
  • the juice of 1½ limes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • cotija cheese (to garnish)

Smash avocado with a fork, mix in other ingrediants, squeeze fresh lime juice liberally, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheese on top to serve.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients :

  • ½ of a small onion
  • ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions:
Finely chop one half of a small onion. Mince ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, cilantro or parsley, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Makes 2 ½cups.

Jose Cuervo Pomegranate Margaritas

(from the Jose Cuervo website)

  • 1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 tbsp. Coarse Salt or Sugar (optional)

Directions:
Combine tequila, margarita mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled Margarita glass. Rim glass with salt or sugar if desired. Garnish with lime wedge. **Tip: Use red sugar on the rim of your glass for an extra festive Margarita.

fiesta theme partyFor more great Cinco de Mayo party ideas, be sure to visit the fiesta page on our website, Creative Party Themes.

Just add friends and you’re ready to fiesta!

Healthier Super Bowl snacks — Are you ready for some football?

It is Super Bowl weekend.  Here are four healthy options for your game time snacking!

Healthier Super Bowl Party Snacks

I just made a trip to the grocery store for dinner tonight, and couldn’t believe the displays of potato chips and soda pop beckoning soon-to-be Sunday Super Bowl watchers. Are you looking for something with a little more flair for the big game? Want some healthier Super Bowl snacking ideas that will keep the gang satisfied? Here are three great recipes that are sure to score this Sunday!

Here are some Healthier Super Bowl Snacks

 

 

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We’d love to hear from you, and share with our readers, some of your healthy Super Bowl snack recipes for the big game! Please feel free to comment below and share your favorite recipes for game day.

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Unique Halloween Party Themes

party of the week bannerHalloween is coming — yay! Still trying to come up with fun Halloween party ideas for you and your friends? Here are a few of our favorite unique Halloween party themes to help inspire you. Just click on any of the photo or text links to find lots of ideas for hosting a vampire party, a superstitions themed party, a masquerade party, or celebration with a heaven and hell party theme.

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Vampire Party

Vampires continue to be one of the coolest of the Halloween gang. Why not invite your friends for drinks and some small bites…  Our vampire party page has lots of ideas for invitations, decorations, activities and more. Here are a some of our favorite ideas for vampire themed food and drinks:

FOOD:

  • Vampire Cupcakes — Give your cupcakes some love bites. Start by baking your favorite cupcakes in vampire cupcake wrappers. Cover with white icing. Then add fang marks by dipping a wooden skewer into cherry pie filling and poking it into the top of your cupcakes. Drag a line of filling from each “bite” to look like dripping blood.vampire party food
  • Batty Sandwiches — Use a bat shaped cookie cutter to transform your favorite sandwiches into a vampire themed snack.
  • Roasted Garlic Spread — See who is the bravest vampire at your party by serving up some roasted garlic cloves and warm french bread.
  • Deviled Eggs — Add a dash of red food dye to look like blood droplets.
  • Bat Wings — Serve your favorite chicken wing recipe.
  • Bloody Jello Shots — Serve cubed red jello in glass goblets.
  • Red Velvet Cake — let your guests cut into this traditional, blood colored favorite.

DRINKS:

Vampire Venom (Can be served either with or without alcohol)

  • 1 can (46 oz.) red punch
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    Personalized bottle labels make a fun party addition

    1 can (46 oz.) apple juice

  • 1 bottle (48 oz.) cranberry juice
  • 2 liters ginger ale
  • **Optional: Berry vodka and orange liqueur

 

Vampire’s Kiss

  • 2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 2 ounces Chambord raspberry liquor
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Red sugar for rimming glass (serve these in martini glasses)

Bloody Marys

  • 1 oz. vodka in a highball glass filled with ice.
  • Fill glass with tomato juice
  • 1 dash celery salt
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. horseradish (pure, never creamed)
  • Dash of lemon or lime juice




Superstitions Party

Halloween is a great time to play on everyone’s secret superstitious fears. Black cats, broken mirrors, ladders, and open umbrellas can all be fun party decorations that go with a superstitions party theme. Activities can also make your party really memorable. Here are some fun activities that would work well at a superstitions theme party:

  • Horseshoes — Set up a game of lucky horseshoes in the backyard.

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    Hang open umbrellas as chandeliers for a superstitions themed party

  • Ouija — Break out the classic board game of Ouija and see what is revealed!
  • Magic 8 Ball — Have a question you are dying to have answered? Ask the Magic 8 Ball.
  • Fortune Teller — If you are looking for an entertainer and your budget allows, you might consider hiring a fortune teller to come give your guests some insights into the future!
  • Lucky (or Unlucky) Movies — Find a movie where the fates seem to lend a hand. Consider “Freaky Friday” or “Just My Luck“. For the brave, there is always “Friday the 13th“.

Masquerade Party

Halloween is all about costumes, so what better theme to go with Halloween than a masquerade party! This is a great theme that can be done either informally or taken all the way to a fancy masquerade ball. The most key element to any masquerade party is that everyone comes masked. You can use masks in your decorations, and also hand them out to guests as they arrive.

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Masks make great decorations and party souvenirs at a masquerade party

Heaven and Hell Party

An angels and devils, or heaven and hell themed party, is another of the great unique Halloween party themes. Let your friends show their true natures in their costume choices, and mix up a party theme with ethereal blues and whites in some parts, and reds and blacks in others. In addition to the heaven and hell party ideas you can find on our website, we found even more inspirations to go with this theme at Rachaelraymag.com

 

Heaven and Hell party ideas from Rachael Ray

No matter how you choose to celebrate next weekend, hope you all have an amazingly fun Halloween!

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