Super Bowl Party Popcorn

It’s officially Friday and we’re now just two days away from the most exciting night in football…not that I’m counting or anything. Do you have big plans for the Super Bowl? Mine are actually pretty low key. I’ll be hosting a small group at my home but I still have plenty of prep work ahead, so my goal is to keep the menu fairly simple. This can sometimes (or all the time) be pretty difficult for me, considering that I’m not really a simple gal, but I’m relying on many of the recipes I created at last year’s Super Bowl celebration, which will definitely make things much easier on me.

Since I’m from the PNW and a serious Seahawks fan, I want to be able to make ahead as much as possible, so I’m able to relax and actually enjoy watching the game come kickoff.  If you can relate and are looking for last minute treat and snack ideas for Sunday, I have you covered with this simple party popcorn recipe.

All you need is a few quick ingredients and M&Ms in shades of your favorite team’s colors. Warning….this will require some color sorting, but it’s totally worth doing to achieve a team themed look! If you have kids at home, sorting is a really fun job for them to take part in.

I cannot forget to mention the DIY miniature footballs. Seriously how adorbs right?! They literally take seconds to make and although tiny, they add so much festive fun to recipe and a taste that’s touchdown worthy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn

Sweet and salty popcorn mix made with coconut oil, almond butter, M&Ms mixed nuts and pretzels. perfect party food and for celebrating your favorite team during Super Bowl Sunday! Go Hawks!!


Popcorn Popper (I own one and love it but you can also make your popcorn on the stove or in the microwave.)

1/3 organic popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp orgnaic smooth almond or peanut butter (I use Trader Joes brand)

1 tsp agave nectar

3/4 pretzel bites (TJ’s pretzel sesame squares were used in this recipe, but any pretzel will do)

3/4 cups mixed nuts

1 medium sized bag of regular chocolate M&Ms sorted (colors blue, green and brown for the Seahawks)

mini paper serving cups

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs


Make popcorn in popcorn maker. While popping melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or on the stove for 30 seconds. Once melted, add in your almond or peanut butter and agave nectar to the oil and stir until completely blended.

Mix together popped popcorn and mixed nuts until fully incorporated.

Pour oil/butter mixture over the top of your cooked popcorn and mixed nuts. Stir well until coated.

Add in pretzels and stir to incorporate.

Set aside for 30 minutes so the popcorn mix has time to set, then add your colored chocolate M&Ms.

While your popcorn is setting, you can make your mini footballs. Instructions below!

Serve your party popcorn in individual containers for your guests.

Grab and enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

DIY Mini Footballs

Mini chocolate footballs made using brown peanut M&Ms and piped white chocolate for the laces.

1 oz white chocolate

sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms

sheet of parchment paper

1 ziplock bag


Place all sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms on a sheet of parchment paper (M side down).

Place your white chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip the tip. Make sure that the tip is small enough to create a thin line on each M&M.

Holding your hand steady, pipe one straight line down the center of each peanut M&M.

Complete the look of the football laces by piping 3 crossed lines over the straight center line.

Allow 1 hour to dry.

Once M&M footballs have dried, place one to two in each individual container of party popcorn for a winning finishing touch!

DIY Mini Footballs | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

So honored to watch our hawks play again this Sunday! Their energy is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see them on the field! I’d love to hear what your plans are for Super Bowl Sunday and I hope you give this recipe a try.

Happy Friday and GO hawks!!

Much more to share soon.


This specific recipe for Super Bowl Party Popcorn was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Melon & Mint Margaritas

 The weekend is here, the Seahawks beat the Panthers last Sunday and I just recently finished 2nd place in my all girls fantasy football league. That means there’s much to celebrate over the next few days and I’m looking forward to every moment of it! Now tell me, do you love football as much as I do? If so, who’s your team and who will you be cheering for this weekend? Since I’m a Washington gal it’s the Seahawks all day for me! I’m so thrilled that they made it to the NFC Championship game and one step closer to the Superbowl, as predicted!

Since today is “blue friday” (a day designated by our Mayor to honor our team by wearing hawk colors,)  I’m showing some love to the hawks by sporting my ultra glittery football nails, and concocting a new bevvy inspired by the Seahawks and the 12th Man (aka the Seahawks fans). A light and refreshing homemade Melon & Mint Margarita, finished with blue paper straws from the Posh Shop, and a festive 12th Man flag. Color inspiration blue and green.

celebrate. defeat. rePete!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man)

Honeydew melon paired with tart lime, mint leaves, patron and cointreau. Refreshing, and lightly sweetened with no added sweeteners. Party perfect with rePete’s necessary!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs


2 cups fresh honeydew melon, cut into chunks or removed with a melon baller if you’re fancy like that.

1.5 ounces (1.5 shots) fresh squeezed lime juice

2 ounces (or 2 shots) premium tequila

4-6 mint leaves

a splash of cointreau

lime wedges for garnish

sea salt for the rim

Navy paper straws

12th Man flags (I simply made mine in photoshop using creating rectangles in Seahawk blue and adding the #12).


Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs


Place 2 cups of melon into the freezer and allow to chill for an hour

Once chilled and frozen, place in a blender with the next 4 ingredients.

Blend together until smooth.

While blending, rim each glass with the wedge of lime and dip into sea-salt.

Pour your blended margarita into each glass and garnish with lime.

For the paper straw flags, simply print your flags and cut them out, then wrap 1 piece of tape around the straw, leaving enough of an edge to adhere each 12th Man flag.

Place 1 in each melon margarita and enjoy!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

This is a super simple and delish beverage option for your football parties this sunday. These could also be made for other teams by changing the fruit and paper straws, but I’m a hawks fan so I’m not even gonna go there.

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Is it Sunday yet?!

Go Hawks!

Cheers and thanks as always for reading!

Nail color: Essie’s Lots of Lux + white decorating art pen for details.

This specific recipe for Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Make: Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Before I get to today’s post, how many of you tuned in to the NFC championship game? Well, being that I’m a native Washington girl, of course I was reppin’ my team, with a 12th Man Mojito in hand. They ended up being quite the lucky cocktail for the afternoon, considering that the Hawks pulled off a win with just a few seconds left in the 4th quarter. Whether you’re a fan of the hawks or not, and whether you agree or not, they are deserving of their spot in the Superbowl! Statistically, they’re one of the best teams of 2013 and I’m thrilled that they made it! I’m also thrilled that they’re going up against the Broncos, because I like them as well! Not quite as much as the Seahawks, but honestly I couldn’t see it any other way! The Broncos have an incredible offense and that paired with the top defense in the league means we’re in for a fantastic game!

I’ll be hosting a very quaint Superbowl party at my home this Sunday and one of the drinks on the menu is a light and refreshing sangria which I’ve appropriately titled Superbowl XLVIII Sangria. I’m a big fan of the recipe because it’s simple and I can make it ahead of time, with easy refill options as the day goes on. This Sangria is also wonderful because it’s very versatile. Of course, I’m a Seahawks fan so the version I’m sharing with you today includes fruit in a blue and green color scheme, topped off with Wild Lime Soda DRY Soda….you know, the less sweet all natural soda that just happens to be my favorite, and is also local to Seattle. What a fitting way to represent our team this Sunday!

Superbowl score!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - PLD

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Superbowl XLVIII Sangrai - By PLD - Go Hawks!

This recipe is ideal for those non beer drinking Seahawks fans like myself. Light and refreshing with subtle sweet and tartness. The addition of blueberries and fresh honeydew melon matches the color scheme of our team, and the football cutout shapes add a touch of whimsy making this beverage a fabulous option for your Superbowl Party! The local soda from DRY adds a tasty finishing touch! 

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Feel free to switch out the fruit to match the team you’re cheering for. For example cheering for the Broncos? Use Oranges and Blueberries.


1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.

4 key limes. Slice two into rounds, and 2 into quarters for the drink’s garnish.

1/4 of a honeydew melon cut into 1” rounds and then cut into football shapes using a mini football cookie cutter (optional)

1 cup fresh blueberries washed.

1 bottle of your favorite Riesling or Chardonnay. Use Riesling if you like your beverages a little sweet.

1/2 cup Cointreau.

2 bottles Wild Lime DRY Soda chilled.



Place lemon juice, and sliced limes in the bottom of a large pitcher and stir together, muddling the limes a bit to release their juices.

Add in remaining fruit and stir.

Pour in the full bottle of wine, and Cointreau. Stir and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Add chilled soda right before serving!

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - PLD

Serve over ice and enjoy

While searching for a glass to serve this beverage in, I came across some Heritage Collection Ball Mason Jars which just happened to be in blue!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!


Vintage Blue Mason Jars

What a great way to tie in the Hawks color scheme. I chose to use mason jars instead of wine glasses because I felt like they fit better with the Superbowl theme, but feel free to serve this cocktail in any glass that you’d like!

You can garnish with green paper straws, quartered limes and fresh blueberries. The straws can be found in my Etsy shop. The Seahawks logo was attached using stickers that I found online.

Vintage Blue Mason Jars - PLD

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Do you have plans for the Superbowl? A few months back I predicted that both the Hawks and the Broncos would go all the way and since I’m a fan of both teams, I’m excited to see how it all plays out! Of course, I’ll be cheering for my Hawks and I’m hoping this cocktail is just as lucky as my last one! Today while at the grocery store to get items for Sunday, I attempted to pickup some bags of skittles in honor of Marshawn Lynch and they were completely sold out of the original flavor. I guess that just shows you how serious the 12th man fans are!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

More to share soon.


This specific recipe for the Superbowl XLVIII Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Make: 12th Man Mojito

I know this may sound crazy to some, but I LOVE football! If you’ve only been following me on Posh for a short period of time, I’m sure this isn’t what you’d expect from a girl who writes about all things sweet and chic, but it’s true! I’ve been an avid fan since before my hubby and I got married and every Sunday, we enjoy watching all the games together as a family. Since I’m local to Washington State, of course the Seahawks are my team and you have to admit they deserve some recognition this year! Breaking records, going 13 and 3, home field advantage and the NFL division championship game, yes finally some love for the Pacific NW!

And since the Mayor of Seattle has declared the Friday before each hawks game, “Blue Friday”, and about 90% of the State of Washington is already in celebration mode, I’ve got the perfect cocktail to complete your weekend of football fun. This bevvy is inspired by the Hawks colors, in shades of blue and green and features a homemade Blueberry infused Rum (yummy!), fresh mint leaves, lime juice and raw sugar. Oh yes, it’s a true winner…. just like our hawks!

12th Man Mojito - by PLD


In honor of our Seahawks, and the fans, I’ve appropriately named this cocktail after the “12th Man” (aka Seahawks fans,) Mojito. The blueberry infused rum adds a subtle twist of fruit and a touch color to tie in the Seahawks hues.

Fun fact: The fans in the hawks stadium are known to be the loudest in the entire NFL, causing multiple false starts and making Century Link field one of the most difficult stadiums in the league to play at. They recently registered a reading of 137.6 decibels during a game against the Saints back in Dec., setting a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records. We are serious about our football in the PNW!


3 fresh mint leaves

1 to 2 tablespoon raw sugar (or equivalent simple syrup)

2 – 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

4 to 6 fresh blueberries (washed)

1.5 shots Blueberry Infused Rum (see recipe below) If you don’t have time to make the infused rum. Regular light rum will do!

Seltzer water



Muddle sugar, lime juice together.

Add in mint and lightly bruise the leaves, but be sure not to over muddle them.

Top with rum.

Finish with seltzer water and ice.

Garnish with blueberries, mint leaves or the 12th Man Garnishes (instructions below) and these babes are ready to enjoy!

12th Man Mojito - by PLD


The flavor and color of the blueberries infuses the rum adding a subtle hint of fruit, making it choice addition to any cocktail recipe!


1 Bottle of your favorite light rum. I used Bacardi.

1 cup washed Blueberries.

1 glass bottle with secure lid.


Rinse blueberries and place in the bottom of the glass bottle.

Pour the entire bottle of rum into the blueberries and seal with fitted lid.

Place in a cool dark place and allow 1 week to sit.

I actually ended up using mine after 4 days, but you could already taste the flavor of the blueberries in the rum.

Blueberry Infused Rum - PLD


This garnish is great as a drink topper, but can also be used as a simple fruit skewer or to be served alongside snacks at a tailgating event this weekend.

The triangle flag was made in Photoshop using the colors and numbers that represent the 12th man flag. I simply cut the shapes out and threaded them through clear plastic cocktail skewers that I found at bevmo (starting them with a thumb tac).

12th Man Garnish - By PLD

Then I took slices of kiwi, and cut them into football shapes using my mini football cookie cutter.

I skewered 1 blueberry and 1 kiwi below the 12th man flag to create a garnish in green and blue to rep our hawks..

12th Man Garnish - PLD

 I then placed one garnish on the top of each cocktail glass for the finishing touch.

12th Man Garnish - PLD

You could certainly have fun with these skewers, using alternate fruits and colors if there’s another team you’ll be celebrating this weekend.

Oh and for those of you who play fantasy football, I haven’t had the chance to mention yet that I played in an all girls Fantasy league this year and won the entire season! I actually did way better than my husband this year, finishing at 11-3, but with running-backs like Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy it was difficult to go wrong! I plan on doing a little bit of shopping this upcoming week with my much deserved winnings!

I have to say, It’s been a really great season and I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as we do this weekend! Happy Blue Friday! Seahawks for the Superbowl!!


This specific recipe for the 12th Man Mojito is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Game Day Cupcakes

Superbowl Sunday is a week away and even though neither of the teams I was rooting for made it (Seahawks…sigh) I’m still looking forward to tuning in and enjoying a good game and some good food. How many of you plan to serve beer at your Superbowl party? Well after having such success with the Mini Champagne Cupcakes for NYE, I thought of an alternative way to serve beer at your Superbowl celebration…in the form of a cupcake. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing to those of you who dislike beer but if you had one of these cupcakes in front of you perhaps you’d be intrigued enough to try it. I actually really enjoyed the cupcake myself and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t drink beer. My hubby however, that’s a different story. Like most men he loves beer which is where I got the inspiration to make the cupcake in the first place.

So since this cupcake is inspired by my hubby, it’s only right to make them using one of his favorite brands of beer (Blue Moon) along with a twist of orange since Blue Moon tastes best that way. The combination results in a sweet cake with hints of hops and caramel, brightened up by the notes of orange in the frosting and pulled together by the dark chocolate garnish. Touchdown!!

The recipe is also soy and dairy free (with the exception of the white chocolate laces on the football garnish.)

Game Day Cupcakes

Game Day Cupcakes


12 cupcake liners
12 cupcake wrappers in your choice of color (a posh way to dress up a basic cupcake)
Muffin tin

1 1/2 Cup All purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut spread, vegan butter (or regular butter)

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 egg whites

1 cup of your favorite beer

Orange zest from 1 orange (optional)

Preheat oven to 350

Place liners in your  muffin tin pan.

Zest entire orange and reserving half for frosting.

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Beat coconut spread and both sugars in a mixing bowl until fluffy.

Add vanilla and orange zest and beat in egg whites.

Mix in dry mixture and beer in thirds alternating each time.

Teaspoon batter into liners and bake for roughly 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick comes put clean.

Allow cupcakes to fully cool.

Cupcake recipe adapted from: 20 Something Cupcakes

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

1 Cup Vegan Butter softened (I use Earth Balance brand. You can use regular butter if you choose.)

2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Remaining orange zest

2 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice

Festive sprinkles.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together vegan butter and sugar on low-speed until fully incorporated (approximately 3 minutes.)

Add in orange zest and orange juice and mix until blended.

Place in ziplock or pastry bag.

Use right away or keep chilled in fridge until ready to frost cupcakes.

Once cupcakes are frosted decorate each with festive sprinkles and a cute football garnish (recipe follows.)

Lastly, add the cupcake wrappers.

Dark Chocolate Football Garnish


1 bar of soy and dairy free dark chocolate

1 cube of bakers white chocolate (for laces)

2 sandwich sized ziplock bags

parchment paper.


Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals or place over a a double boiler until fully melted.

Allow five minutes to cool and spoon into ziplock bag.

Snip corner of bag and pipe 3 inch ovals (footballs) onto parchment paper.

Fill ovals by drizzling chocolate in a back-and forth motion to complete the design as seen below, making sure that the interior chocolate drizzle connects to the outer edges of the footballs.

Place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.

When chocolate ovals are completely chilled, melt white chocolate in the same fashion as mentioned above.

Spoon melted chocolate into 2nd ziplock and snip the end of the bag.

Add a half-inch vertical line of white chocolate to the center of the footballs followed by 3 horizontal lines across the vertical line to create the laces.

Place back in the fridge until completely chilled.

Garnish the tops of your game day cupcakes.

keep chilled until ready to serve.

Game Day Cupcakes

My favorite part of making these game day delights was prepping the football garnishes and of course dressing each cupcake up with pretty wrapping. The wrappers not only add a posh factor and nice finishing touch, but they tend to hide the fact that I’m not the greatest at piping frosting onto cupcakes (working on that.) The color blue you ask? Well I chose it with the Seahawks in mind but perhaps that worked against me? Either way, please don’t expect me to root for the 49ers…that would just be wrong.

Ravens all day!

Looking for more Superbowl party ideas? Click here for inspiration.

Remember to check back soon for more from posh.


Super Bowl Soiree

You probably wouldn’t expect that someone like me who obsesses over all things adorable and chic would love football but I do. For years now I’ve been watching it with my hubby on Sundays…and Mondays, Thursdays and (sometimes Saturdays.) In fact what I look forward to the most during NFL season are our lazy Sundays, which consist of football, pajamas, a little brunch, more football and some pinterest…perfection!

Our favorite team is the Seahawks (reppin’ where we live) and this year I hand it to the rookie. Russel Wilson has been magic! He is truly something special. Incredibly talented and dynamic. I personally nominate him as rookie of the year! And if things keep going the way that they have, I can see them making it all the way to the Super Bowl. I’m putting it out there now…Seahawks for the Super Bowl.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, I’m pretty sure we’ll be a attending a friends party this year, but if you plan on throwing one of your own, you’ll appreciate this inspiration for a chic Super Bowl Soiree that’s masculine with some feminine touches.

I took a less literal approach for this board. The color scheme is inspired by the ref’s uniforms, black and white. The football confetti (there is a god) and tassel garland that’s reminiscent of cheerleader pom poms are a must. What to serve? How about your favorite appetizers, or if you’re short on time try a potluck. And if you aren’t a baker, consider dressing up store-bought cupcakes with some fitting football wrappers. For refreshments, choose simple bottled drinks in a tub filled with ice and put out fun party straws for sipping. Foil wrapped chocolates would make the perfect party favor. Lastly, add in some game day invitations (an Etsy find) and free printables from the fabulous HWTM and you have a Super Bowl XLVII Soiree on your hands.

super bowl inspiration

Source: I. Football Chocolates II. Football Confetti III. Tub of Beer IV. Free Printables V. B&W Paper Straws. VI.Game Day Invitations VII. Tassel Garland VIII. Football Cupcake Wrappers.

Btw…I have never been a fan of beer, but my husband is. Check back soon for a unique treat inspired by football that combines beer and something sweet. Here’s a hint…I made a similar goodie for New Years.

p.s. Did any of you join a Fantasy Football league this season? This was my first year in an 8 person league and things got a little out of hand. How does one manage to get anything done whilst in a FF league!? No joke. I ended up doing entirely too much research and got a little carried away checking scores and points but apparently this paid off for my hubby because he came in 1st place winning the grand prize by just 6 points. I have to take credit for the ‘W’ because if it wasn’t for me telling him to bench Matt Ryan and put in Russell Wilson in his place (who was surprisingly still on the waiver wire) he would have come in 2nd. So with his winnings he’ll be buying me something special. I see a new handbag in my future 🙂

I came in 5th place…not bad for my first year playing!