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Not only do we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, it is also American Hearth Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing nearly 422,000 each year.
Love your Bunco Buds, and bring awareness by hosting a Heart Themed Bunco Night in February. Make a vow to eat healthy, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, be smoke free, and avoid excessive alcohol (except for bunco night) jk.
Try this easy heart healthy desert appetizer and celebrate February Bunco in style.
Dark & White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Skewers
4 oz dark chocolate or almond bark
4 oz with chocolate or almond bark
12 large strawberries
Parchment or wax paper and 12 wooden skewers
Place the dark chocolate and white chocolate in 2 separate bowls and set the bowls over 2 saucepans of simmering water. When melted, dip the pointed end of each strawberry into one of the chocolates and transfer to a sheet of parchment paper. When the chocolate is set, slide the strawberries onto a cookie sheet or large plate and place them in the freezer for a few minutes. After the strawberries have cooled, pierce the large ends of the berries with skewers cut into different lengths. Arrange the strawberries into a dice container, coffee cup, or other serving dish. Serve and enjoy!
I have been drawing a blank lately about which Bunco topic to write about next. My group held their monthly Bunco meeting last Sunday. It was a fun Valentines Day themed game. Anyhow, one of our regular players brought a guest from out of town to play with us. The lady is a member of a Bunco group in her hometown. She made a comment to me that our group was very friendly and welcoming and noted that her group is focused primarily on ‘winning’ the game. It got me thinking, is that how most groups are? I have played with two groups and both have been mainly about socializing with playing Bunco a nice bonus.
I am the organizer of my Bunco group and I try my best to keep the game going and yet have people socializing. For the most part my group is very social but there are a few who prefer not to socialize much. They are usually the ones who say, ‘ding, ding, ding’ when the head table is talking and not starting to play when they want them to. If you play Bunco regularly you know what I am talking about:) Our games usually start at 2 pm on a Sunday and I have a rough schedule that I like to follow to try to keep all personality types happy. People start to arrive at 2 pm and then we have a potluck meal until about 2:45 pm at which time the game starts. We play two rounds of Bunco and then have a dessert break. This break is typically 15 minutes and then we play one more round of Bunco, distribute the prizes and then play an (optional) game of Left Center Right. From start to finish it is about three hours (give or take a few minutes).
Does your Bunco group have a ‘schedule’ that they follow? Are you a group who likes to socialize? Let me know on the Bunco Game Shop Facebook Page.
This month we are giving away a cute pair of dice earrings! The ladies in my group love these! Just head to the Bunco Game Shop Facebook page and tell me about the personality of your Bunco group! Also, if your minimum purchase at Bunco game Shop qualifies, you can add a pair of dice earrings to your cart for free!
Keep Calm & Play Bunco,
February is such a fun month for Bunco themes! Of course the most popular theme is typically Valentine’s Day. This is our fourth February as a group and our first time having a Valentine’s Day theme. Red and pink hearts are fun but I prefer more creative themes for February. Don’t worry we will still talk about Valentine’s Day Bunco:)
One of my favorite themes for February was Souper Bowl Bunco. I hosted this fun event! I love making soup, so I made some of my favorites, chicken noodle, fire roasted tomato and a pot of chili. The rest of the group brought things that go with soup, such as cornbread, crackers, rolls, salad and sandwiches. As usual there was an abundance of delicious food. A football game was playing on the television and football themed decorations and table cloths made it even more festive. People wore football jerseys and t-shirts of their favorite team.
Another out of the box February theme is Chinese New Year. This year it falls on January 31st, so you could do this theme for January or February. Fun decor can be found at party stores. Using red and black dice at each table is really festive. We did potluck for this theme and people brought Asian specialties such as fried rice, lo mein and egg rolls. Of course there were fortune cookies at each table. We had fun reading our fortunes. You can package fortune cookies for each person to take home as a party favor. I found cute takeout containers with Asian designs to put the prizes in. I think the gals liked the containers better than the prizes!
Last but not least, Valentine’s Day Bunco. Red and pink dice at the tables would be perfect for this theme, along with some pink and red chocolate covered candies. These red dice inflatables would be perfect to replace your fuzzy dice with that night for snake eyes or travelling. They could even be used as prizes. You could have a dessert theme along with Valentine’s Day, or a chocolate theme. A chocolate fountain or fondue would liven up the party as well.
What is your favorite February Bunco theme? Let me know on the Bunco Game Shop Facebook page. Also, enter our monthly giveaway!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
One of my Bunco group’s favorite theme is Pajama Party Bunco. What’s not to love? You get to show up in your pajamas, robe and fuzzy slippers and eat breakfast food (when it isn’t actually breakfast time!).
A Mimosa or Bloody Mary (either non-alcoholic or otherwise) would be a lovely way to start out. Breakfast favorites lend themselves perfectly to potluck. Muffins, croissants, casseroles, waffles, cinnamon rolls, sausage, bacon, the list could go on and on. I love all of those things! However, I wanted to shake it up a bit! Oatmeal in a slow cooker with a toppings bar is so much fun! Some ideas are dried cranberries, golden raisins, nuts, brown sugar, honey, chopped apples, cinnamon, you get the idea. This way there is a healthier option that people can customize. Another idea for a crowd is make your own breakfast burritos. Make some scrambled eggs and keep warm in a slow cooker. Have some warmed tortillas, cheese, meats, breakfast potatoes, salsa, sour cream, avocado, etc.so that each person can customize a burrito to her liking. Easy yet delicious and something most people will enjoy. If you prefer not to serve breakfast food, you could go the traditional route and make it a pizza party. That is fun too!
Now onto the actual Bunco game. Some prizes for this theme may include sleep masks, fuzzy socks, fleece throws,a Bunco apron even small packages of cinnamon rolls or muffins. Everyone can vote on who is the most festive and she could win a prize–fuzzy slippers maybe! There could be a fun movie such as, Girls Just Want To have Fun (one of my favs!) playing in the background. We always have a ton of fun with this theme. Some ladies wear pink rollers in their hair and are decked out from head to toe. It is a fun way to start the New Year off!
Has your group held a Pajama Party Bunco? If so, tell me what you did to make it fun on the Bunco Game Shop Facebook page.
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
A fun Bunco theme this time of year is New Year’s. We celebrated New Year’s Bunco in January. Our Bunco ladies wore sparkly shirts and heels, like many people do when they go to a party on New Years’s eve. A DVR recording of the ball drop was playing in the background. When people arrived they were given a necklace with a noisemaker attached to it and a Happy New Year tiara. You have to have a noisemaker (and a tiara) when the ball drops! As you probably know, most Bunco ladies love making noise!
For drinks, we had sparkling cider and grape juice and Champagne for those who drink alcohol. Be sure to break out your champagne flutes or buy some plastic stemware at your local party store. These cute wine charms would be perfect to keep track of whose glass is whose. Bottles of sparkling juice and /or Champagne also make great Bunco prizes.
Everyone brought their favorite appetizer or dessert. There were many delicious savory offerings like spinach artichoke dip, chips and salsa, egg rolls and jalapeno popper dip. My all time favorite dessert on New Year’s Eve is chocolate covered strawberries. Unfortunately strawberries are not in season during the winter but usually my grocery store carries a long stem variety in January and February. These are great for dipping. Chocolate fondue with assorted dippers is another perfect dessert for a crowd. Chocolate cake with a cake sparkler on top would be festive as well.
What is your Bunco group’s favorite theme for games in January? Have you had a New Year’s theme Bunco? If so, let me know about it on The Bunco Game Shop Facebook page.
Happy New Year everyone!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,