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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.
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It’s the time of year to indulge. Many Bunco get togethers will center around good food and desserts (cookies!). A delicious seasonal beverage is a perfect accompaniment. My group has had three December Bunco games so far throughout the years, with a fourth coming up this Sunday! The first year we met at a Mexican restaurant, played Bunco and drank margaritas. The second and third years we met at a members home, who along with her best friend are awesome at entertaining. It is a not to miss event each year. They go all out with non-alcoholic punch, soda and delicious Champagne Punch. These wine charms would be great to keep track of whose cup is whose.
Hot beverages are popular during the winter season. Even in the Southwest we are in the mood for a warm beverage. One of my favorite ways to serve hot chocolate is in the slow cooker. Drinking hot cocoa can be even more fun with a toppings bar. The presentation can be beautiful and festive. I always get compliments and comments saying it looked like I worked so hard to put it together. The truth is it is so easy to do! You can let them think it is hard to do. Mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, candy canes and mini chocolate chips make perfect fixings for hot chocolate. For those that enjoy a spirited beverage, Irish cream can be added as well.
Some other festive beverages for this time of year include Egg Nog, Spiced Cider and Mulled Wine. What is your favorite seasonal Bunco beverage? Is there a tried and true favorite your group loves? If so, please let me know on the Bunco Game Shop Facebook page. While you are there enter to win this month’s giveaway!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
One year in November my Bunco group held a Formal Bunco. It was so much fun! We all dressed up. Some of us were fancier than others but we all wore dresses. Our potluck was done differently as well. We had people sign up for food which included a variety of appetizers, salads, bread and dessert. The hostess provided pasta as the main dish. For added fun we had a sit down dinner instead of our usual buffet.
For dessert we had a chocolate fountain. People brought decadent dippers for the fountain. Cheesecake pieces, cookies, pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows and dried fruit all tasted delicious dipped in the chocolate. For my small fountain, it takes two packages of chocolate chips melted and mixed with 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. I love a mix of premium bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate, yum!
Typically we use paper plates, plastic utensils and plastic cups at our Bunco games. Formal Bunco is the time to break out the fine China, actual silverware and glasses. It really was nice for a change. We spent extra time socializing and enjoying each others company.
Whenever someone rolls a Bunco we pass around a necklace, usually one that pertains to the theme. At this Bunco we passed around a feather boa for a more formal touch.
The prizes were for pampering the Bunco Babe. Bubble bath, shower gel, mud masks and nail polish were some of the items that people won that evening. Formal Bunco was a fun time for all. It was a nice change from the casual approach we usually take and a wonderful indulgence, especially for a busy mom like me.
Have you ever attend a Formal or even a Black Tie Bunco? If so, please tell us about it on The Bunco game Shop Facebook Page.
Keep Calm & Play Bunco,
14 ounces Can artichoke hearts
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Mayo
1/2 cup Sour cream
8 ounces Cream cheese
Garlic salt — to taste
Dill weed — to taste
Drain and chop artichoke hearts finely and set aside. Mix remainingingredients until smooth and creamy. Add artichoke hearts and mix well.Place in long shallow dish that has been greased or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 F. for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. Serve with Ritz crackers, or dipping cracker of your choice. Keep warm while serving. A little dipper slow cooker would work perfectly!
Another book called, Dice with Spice would make a great gift or prize for a Bunco Babe. Each recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It is a time saver and the recipes are delicious! Since the holidays are upon us, check out the video tutorials by The Bunco Game Shop for Winter Wonderland Cocktails and Chocolate Cherry Hot Fudge Cake.
What is your favorite snack or appetizer to make for Bunco games around the holiday season? Let me know on The Bunco Game Shop Facebook Page. While you’re there, enter our monthly GIVEAWAY!
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I started my Bunco group 3.5 years ago, I didn’t know anyone at that game. Now, quite a few of those players are friends of mine. Our very first game was a Hawaiian theme. It still comes up in conversation occasionally, it was really fun. Of course everyone needs to wear a lei, the hostess can provide one at the door or each person can wear their own. A Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt is a nice touch too. There is always the fun-loving Bunco Gal who will wear a coconut bra!
Food is also key for a successful Hawaiian Bunco. Think tropical: teriyaki, pineapple, coconut, macadamia nuts (chocolate covered please!), even SPAM. Drinks are important as well. The Blue Hawaiian, a frosty alcoholic concoction is festive and delicious. For those guests that do not drink alcohol, here are some recipes for some mocktail treats such as Pina Coladas, Mai Tais and Sunny Hawaiis. Don’t forget the mini umbrellas for the drinks! I made these Sweet Sandal cookies to our Flip Flop Bunco and they were a big hit!
Some fun variations of a sunny tropical Bunco theme include Flip Flop Bunco and Beach Blanket Bingo Bunco. For Flip Flop Bunco have guests wear their most blinged out Flip Flops, the most bedazzled pair wins a prize! We had some very creative ladies with mad glue gun skills at our Flip Flop Bunco night! For Beach Blanket Bingo Bunco we played Bingo along with our Bunco game. There were prizes for both games. Of course for any tropical theme Bunco, ladies can wear beach attire (floppy hat, shorts, tank top, etc.). To make this theme even more fun, you can switch things up and hold a tropical theme Bunco in the winter! I live in the desert, so winter is the best time of year here. In other parts of the country, ladies may need to wear a jacket over their shorts or wear boots and change into flip flops at the party. It is a great diversion from winter and a reminder of what’s to come in the future.
Has your Bunco group had a warm weather themed Bunco party? If so, let me know about it on The Bunco Game Shop’s Facebook Page.
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
I asked our Facebook followers to let me know what their favorite fall themed Bunco ideas were. There were some very creative ideas! The most popular fall themes were Pink Ribbon and Halloween Bunco. Some groups do a variation of Halloween theme, such a Howloween and Buncoween. A group does Halloween with a Pink Twist. That sounds so fun! I think I will give that a try next year since I already have our Pink Ribbon Bunco planned for this month.
One Bunco player said that she hosts a Football Bunco each fall. How fun! I have seen some cute football themed plates, napkins, bowls, etc. at discount stores. Guests can wear their favorite football jersey, t-shirt, hat or colors. It would also be fun to have a game on in the background (perhaps your hometown team). The best thing about Football themed Bunco is the food! You can’t go wrong with dips kept warm in mini slow cookers along with some tortilla chips and crackers. My favorite dips to make (and eat) are Spinach and Artichoke and Buffalo Chicken. Both are really easy to make. However, I have a sweet tooth and my favorite food at a Bunco game is usually dessert. Salted Caramel Cake Pops would be a delicious addition to any fall Bunco theme (or any time of the year!).
Salted Caramel Cake Pops
1 Yellow Cake Mix baked in 13×9 pan according to package and cooled
1/3 cup canned vanilla frosting (or homemade)
1/2 cup salted caramel (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
1 bag chocolate melting wafers
1 cup white chocolate melting wafers
1 cup caramels (such as Kraft) unwrapped
1 tsp. water
Sea Salt for topping
32 lollipop sticks (available at craft stores)
styrofoam block (available at craft stores)
Shred the cooled caked and add frosting and salted caramel, mix well. Shape mixture into balls. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate melting wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and then stick it into the cake ball. Line small cookie sheet with parchment paper and put all 32 cake pops on the cookie sheet (use two if you need to). Put cake pops into freezer for about an hour. When you are ready to dip the cake pops, put the remainder of the chocolate melting wafers into a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second increment until desired consistency is achieved. Dip the cake pops one at a time into the chocolate mixture. Stick the dipped cake pops into the styrofoam block and let dry. Microwave white melting chocolate at 30 second increments until thin consistency. Put a small dollop of white chocolate on each pop. Next, put caramel and 1 tsp of water into microwave safe bowl and stir every 30 second until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cake pops. Finally, add a light pinch of sea salt onto each cake pop. Enjoy!
Do you have a sweet tooth? What is your favorite dessert to make (or eat) at a Bunco game? If you prefer savory food, what is your favorite? Please share your answer on our Facebook page. Let me know if you make the cake pops!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,