6 Ways to Get Ready for the Big Game

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
February 1, 2020

Today, onΒ Redhead Mom, we are sharing about 6 Ways to Get Ready for the Big Game
as part of a partnered post with Voortman Bakery.Β 

Football Cake

Every year, football fans across the country look forward to watching their favorite teams compete in the big game of the year! With this special event comes funny commercials, memorable moments with family and friends, and delicious food! So how do you get ready for this big event? Check out our 6 ways to get ready for the Big Game.

6 Ways to Get Ready for the Big Game

1 – Location. The first thing you want to do is make sure you have a location with a working television and plenty of seating if you’re inviting family and friends to join in the viewing fun. Be sure to have the heater ready to go or fans if it’s warm outside.

2 – Decorations. One of my favorite ways to prepare for the Big Game is to find the decorations. You definitely do not want to leave this until the last minute. As soon as I start seeing football decorations at the store, I buy them. Some of my favorites include the football-themed napkins and plates. You can find these at big box stores or dollar stores.

3 – Drinks. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand, as well as soda or juice for the kids and adult drink makings. You may want to also consider buying a bag or two of ice if your ice machine doesn’t make a lot of ice or is slow in making ice.

4 – Appetizers. If you’re inviting family and friends over to view the Big Game, you may consider making it a potluck and having each person or family bring an appetizer to share. There are lots of easy and yummy recipes out there to make and enjoy. Chips and dips or cheese and crackers are always a big hit!

5 – Main Dish. If you have a lot of appetizers, you may decide against a main dish. However, casseroles or taco bars are crowd pleasers. I personally love making the Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole for these types of get-togethers.

6 – Dessert. I personally think you should always have a dessert or sweet dish when hosting a get-together. For our viewing of the Big Game, we’re going to enjoy a football brownie dessert. Thanks to Voortman Bakery, we received a variety of yummy cookies and wafers in time for our viewing event.

Football Cake

Football Brownie Dessert


  • Brownies
  • Green Frosting or Icing
  • White Icing in a tube with #3 tip
  • Voortman Bakery wafers
  • Toothpicks



1 – Bake your brownies. I used 2 family size boxes of brownie mix for our dessert and baked it a 9×13 pan. While the brownies are baking, you may want to start coloring your icing or frosting. Or you can even buy already colored icing from your local bakery. I made green icing for our dessert.

Football Cake

2 – Frost the brownies. Once the brownies are cool, you’ll want to frost them. I tried to do a layer that was thick enough to cover any of the raised brownie parts, but not too thick.

Football Cake

3 – Draw your lines with white icing. I bought a tube of white icing and used a tip to draw the lines on our dessert. The lines turned out pretty straight for the most part.

Football Cake

Football Cake

4 – Create your football goal post. To create our football goal post, we used the Voortman Bakery wafers and toothpicks. We then used toothpicks to hold it in place in the brownies.

Football Cake

5 – Create your football. I used the Fudge Coated Chocolate Wafers from Voortman Bakery and the white frosting in a tube with tip #3 to create our footballs. I think they turned out really cute!

Football Cookie

I love Voortman Bakery cookies and wafers and was excited to use them in our Football Brownie Dessert. Not only are Voortman Bakery cookies and wafers yummy, but they are also baked with real ingredients! At Voortman Bakery, they believe in real ingredients. Simple, real ingredients are what make their cookies so remarkably delicious. Their wafers and cookies have no artificial colors or flavors AND no high-fructose corn syrup.

At Voortman Bakery, they believe in the art of baking. Plus, their bakers love to bake! From creating new and exciting flavor combinations to constantly reviewing their recipes, their bakers are real cookie connoisseurs! They believe that cookies should taste delicious. I love that Voortman Bakery is committed to giving uncompromising quality, flavor, and simply better cookies to their customers. At Voortman Bakery, they believe the REAL bakes better.

Voortman Bakery Cookies


I enjoy learning the history behind brands that I love and Voortman Bakery was one of them! Voortman Cookies began in 1951 when two young Dutch brothers, William and Harry Voortman, opened their first bakery in Hamilton, Ontario. It took five years of dedicated baking and hard work before a Canadian grocery chain agreed to give Voortman Cookies shelf space in their stores!

Even though their name has changed, their commitment to using simple, real ingredients has not. At Voortman Bakery, quality and taste has always been and always will be their top priority From their classic Windmill cookies to their new Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, they’re constantly reinventing what delicious tastes like!

I love the cookies and wafers from Voortman Bakery and have loved creating recipes and fun projects with them and my family. I can’t wait to see what new flavors they come out with!

What are your favorite flavors of Voortman Bakery wafers and cookies?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

12 Responses to “6 Ways to Get Ready for the Big Game”

  1. Antoinette M says:

    This looks pretty good. What a fun recipe!

  2. Hihi….it looks like Voortman Bakery has everything ready for every big game! The idea is to have everybody in and comfy for a great time cheering on their people.

  3. Heather says:

    This is the first year I didn’t go “all out”. I just didn’t have time. We made some appetizers and a dessert, but nothing fancy.

  4. Matt Taylor says:

    That is a cool football brownie dessert! Very creative indeed! πŸ™‚

  5. I love your football field! Your big game party must have been a blast! Very creative!

  6. We buy VOootman products all the time. they are so delicious. They have it all packed down!

  7. Those are some great tips yo keep in mind. That Football Brownie Dessert looks so cute and tasty.

  8. This is such a cute cake. Love it.

  9. this one is reaaaaaly cool and cute! i love to try this one. it looks yummy!

  10. Wow! Great list! I usually go for desserts! It’s fun to have a sports themed dessert!

  11. I don’t really care for football just the half time show lol. But I love a themed party and this was so great!

  12. angelina says:

    Oh my, these ideas are so super cute. I love how creative you are! great tip!

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