June 22nd, 2015

All-American Backyard Baseball Concession Stand for Independence Day

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We love inviting people over to celebrate Independence Day because our back yard is a prime viewing spot for the local fireworks display. We don’t even have to leave the house, and we get to hang out with great friends and enjoy great food. This year, I though it would be fun to plan our celebration around the all-American past time of baseball, and the best way to do that, of course, is with a back yard concession stand!

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Since we usually have guests later in the evening, a selection of ballpark-style snacks will be perfect for our party, but if you’ll be feeding your guests dinner, you could definitely go all-out and add things like hot dogs and nachos to your spread.

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We all have our favorite treats in my family. My husband’s all-time favorite candy is Twizzlers Twists, and since they’re the perfect color for July 4th, I knew I had to incorporate them into our concession stand, along with other classic ballpark snacks like peanuts and popcorn.

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With a few simple craft supplies, it’s so easy to make these patriotic candy cups. They’re perfect for serving a variety of Twizzlers Twists. We filled ours with Strawberry Twists, Strawberry Lemonade Filled Twists and Red White and Blue Pull N Peel.

To make these fun party cups, all you need are some small plastic cups, scissors or a paper-cutter, some festive card stock, clear tape, and embellishments like ribbon or washi tape.

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I cut strips of card stock about 2.5 inches wide and 7 inches long, but you may need to adjust that to fit your cups. I decorated some of my card stock with washi tape before wrapping it around my cups and securing it with clear tape. I tied ribbon around some cups, but you could also embellish them with stickers, glitter, or whatever you like. Then simply cut your Twizzlers in half and fill your cups!

You can also use your card stock to create pennants to decorate your party table, as well as wraps for soda or bottled water.

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For these root beer bottle wraps, I used strips of card stock about 3 inches wide and 9 inches long, but again, you’ll want to measure against your bottles to be sure. I used the same washi tape and stickers for decoration, but ribbon would be cute here too. My circle punch also came in handy, although you could certainly create your wraps without one. Just secure your wraps to your bottles with some clear tape and you’ve got a simple but impressive addition to your Independence Day decor.

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Since pennants go perfectly with a baseball theme, I decided to use my paper scraps to create a handful of them to add to my decorations.

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Simply cut out triangles, decorate with stickers, and attach to sticks with a bit of glue. You can use sucker sticks, wooden craft sticks, or even toothpicks–which would make the perfect sized pennants for cupcakes! I added my pennants to our popcorn buckets and bags. This is also a fun, easy decoration for kids to help with.

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Of course, when it comes to a party, I’m all about the food! So I just couldn’t resist creating at least one special snack for our concession stand. I decided to combine Twizzlers Cherry Bites (because that color is just so perfect for July 4th!) with white chocolate and popcorn for a super easy and delicious party treat. 

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This popcorn took about 10 minutes to make and we couldn’t stop eating it! I can’t wait to make it again for July 4th, but I honestly don’t know how there will be any left by the time the fireworks start! All you need is some popped popcorn, white chocolate chips, sprinkles and Twizzlers Cherry Bites.

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White Chocolate Twizzlers Popcorn

Preparation 5 Cook Time 5 Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 3-4 tablespoons red, white and blue sprinkles
  • 2 cups Twizzlers Cherry Bites

Instructions

  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute at 50% power; stir. Repeat at 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the popcorn and stir to coat well. Spread the popcorn in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and immediately add sprinkles over top. Stir gently as necessary to evenly incorporate the sprinkles.
  4. When popcorn has set, place in a large bowl and toss with the Twizzlers Cherry Bites. Enjoy!
Regular or caramel popcorn are also great additions to a baseball style concession stand. And of course, you can’t forget the peanuts! I found some adorable burlap bags at Walmart that were perfect for peanuts, and just added a bit of patriotic flare with some paper scraps and my circle punches. The cute clothes pins are from Walmart too.

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Since I used a picnic table for my concession stand, I was also able to use the seat for a few additional snacks, like beef jerky, sunflower seeds, chocolate bars, and more Twizzlers! It’s a good idea to re-package sunflower seeds into smaller bags, since most people won’t eat an entire bag themselves.

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If you’d like to give out party favors, baseball cards are always fun. We decorated small envelopes (also from Walmart) for our cards, and it would be fun to slip in a few glow sticks for the kids too! Glow sticks definitely keep my kids entertained while they wait for the fireworks to start.

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Speaking of waiting…..it’s a good idea to have a few party games planned to entertain the kids and the adults. Of course, with a baseball theme, you can always break out some balls and gloves for a friendly game of catch. You can also make a super simple tin can knockdown game with supplies you probably already have.

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I simply wrapped some cans with card stock to match my other decorations and set them up on a wooden crate. Empty cans will be easier for kids to knock down, but for a real challenge, you can use full cans. Although they might get dented, so if you have any expired canned goods, I’d recommend using those.

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I always like to keep a few bags of Twizzlers handy during the summer, whether for summer celebrations or for our late night outings to the drive-in. Yes, we really have a drive-in here. It shows double features all summer long, and I can promise you we never go without our Twizzlers. I think I’ll be making a batch of White Chocolate Twizzlers Popcorn for our next trip to the drive-in too!

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I found my colored card stock at Walmart, along with all of the stickers, ribbon, washi tape and other craft supplies I used for this party. I found the burlap bags for my peanuts in the wedding decor section, so be sure to look there for a great selection of fun party bags and boxes.

I also picked up all of my party snacks while I was there too. The Twizzlers Twists, Bites and Pull N Peel were all available on a special display near the front of the store. Although my husband and I are fans of the classic Strawberry Twists, my kids really love the Strawberry Lemonade Filled Twists! They even had black licorice, which is my all-time favorite!

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One last thing I have to share. I didn’t make the framed chalkboard backdrop for my concession stand, but it was handmade from an old cabinet door that was painted with chalkboard paint. I thought it was a brilliant idea, if you happen to be remodeling your kitchen! I just printed the sign with my home computer and added a card stock border.

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Now that I’ve share my ideas for incorporating Twizzlers into your July 4th celebration, I’d love to hear about your great ideas for using Twizzlers to put a twist on your summer fun.

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Comments

  1. The cutest party EVER Danelle!

  2. This turned out so adorable! The perfect all American classic and I love how it would be perfect for everything from a 4th of July party to a birthday! I think my kids would looove that popcorn, they’re huge Twizzlers candy fans! #client

  3. This is perfect, Danelle! I love your creativity!

 

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