I think I've mentioned it before, but my husband is an athletic trainer at one of the local high schools. He's been doing this for as long as I've known him and I know I'm a proud wife, but I really must mention that he's SO good at what he does. Not just his knowledge about injuries and treatment, but he's amazing at building relationships with his student trainers. We miss him so much during football season when his days and nights are long and we don't see him as often as we'd like, but we know his school kids need him too and we're happy to share him for the season :)
Now that my schedule is a lot more flexible, I've gotten to know a lot of his kids and they are the sweetest. Such good kids who work hard and deserve to be treated :) I love surprising his kids with little treats throughout the year. Nothing crazy fancy or anything like that, but the teacher in me really does love doing cutesy little things especially now that I don't have my own classroom.
The first official home game of the season called for such treats.
These would be great for birthday parties or game days, too! So I wanted to share in case you need a few fun little treat ideas also :)
Making these football treat bags is super simple and just requires a white paint pen, a pair of scissors, brown paper lunch bags, and a little patience. Just cut off the tops of the bags (it looks even better with jagged edged scissors) and use a white paint pen to draw on the football lacing details. Simple, right?!
You can fill the bags with anything, but I filled ours up with some candy, a bag of goldfish with a tag that said, "It's oFISHally football season!", blue gatorade bottles (our team colors are blue and white), and a few little football themed paper goods (napkins and paper straws).
One year I had some extra time on my hands and even wrapped the gatorade bottles with this great football textured scrapbook paper (I drew the lacing on those, too). Extra time doesn't seem to be happening very much lately so this year the kids just got the gatorade bottles :)
As you can see, I also attempted football shaped chocolate rice krispie treats that year, too. This should be in the "Pinterest Fails" category. Looks like my 8-year-old tried to decorate those!!! Ha!
In addition to the treat bags, I made the kids some game day cupcakes this year. Y'all...these were SO easy! I went ahead and just used a box mix for the cupcakes, but there's nothing quite like homemade frosting, so I used one of my favorite chocolate buttercream recipes to top these off. I baked these in green cupcake liners and used a mini closed star cupcake decorating tip for the brown piping. I used a mini round cupcake decorating tip for the white piping. They're not the prettiest attempt at cupcake decorating, but not a total fail either :)
All of the paper goods (straws, napkins, coasters) are from Wal Mart. Right now they have the best game day paper goods!!! I picked up lots of extras for the season in case they stop carrying them. We love hosting Sunday Funday and these will make for some fun little touches.
If you're looking for a great chocolate buttercream recipe, these two are the absolute BEST!!! You can't go wrong with either!!! I used the Two Sisters Crafting recipe for the football cupcakes and it got RAVE reviews!!!