Guest blogger: Alicia Eisenbise, Social Media Specialist (and Blackhawks fan)
If you’re a Blackhawks fan, like I am, then you’re probably pretty excited about watching the Stanley Cup games. It seems like it’s all people are talking, tweeting and posting about around Chicagoland. The good news is, if you’re planning a party, then we’ve done half the work for you. Here are some ideas for your own Stanley Cup party. Check out our Pinterest board for even more party ideas.
Blackhawks décor. First of all, get up and leave right now for the party store (or after you’re done reading this) because everything red and black will probably be sold out before the final game. There’s lots of party décor options with the logo or you could just use black and red streamers and balloons. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own Stanley Cup. And don’t forget to dress yourself and your furry friends up in a lucky jersey or hat. Ladies, you can even paint your nails to show your team spirit!
Chicago-style food. We are a city that knows how to eat good food, just usually not good-for-you food. So, let’s keep the tradition and make (or buy) some yummy Chicago-style food. Some menu items could include the traditional Chicago-style Hot Dog (ketchup need not apply), Deep Dish Pizza Dip (a twist on an old favorite) and/or Italian Beef Sandwiches (don’t forget the hot peppers)! For dessert, grab a tin of Blackhawks Garret Popcorn, it’s dangerously good. Or I also loved this hockey puck cake idea. It’s both simple and fun!
Drinks. Here is the perfect place to keep it simple. Grab yourself some Chicago beer, like Goose Island’s 312, or pick up some Bud Light, the official beer of the Chicago Blackhawks. Stock up on plenty of pop (that’s what Chicagoans call soda), lemonade and water. And of course, drink responsibly.
A little fun – playoff beard competition. Hockey is known for a lot of things: missing teeth, Zambonis, thick Canadian accents and playoff beards. Whether you love them or hate them, there are a lot of them walking around and some may be at your party. So why not make it a competition? Make categories like: best playoff beard, worst playoff beard, most patchy playoff beard, looks most like Duncan Keith, etc. Then have everyone write down their vote for each category and announce the winners during intermission.
When planning a Stanley Cup party, the most important thing (besides a Blackhawks win) is that everyone has a good time. Let’s all cheer on the Blackhawks and hear those sirens scream.