After the week I've had, I needed an excuse to get together with friends and have a great big party for absolutely no reason. A month or so ago, I was fortunate enough to be selected to host a Digiorno Pizza and Hoops House Party. All you have to do is check out the House Party website and apply to host any parties that interest you. If you're chosen, the manufacturer of whatever product is sponsoring the party sends you a party pack with tons of cool freebies. You invite your friends and share the product.
We eat a lot of frozen pizza at our house, and a pizza/basketball party sounded like a lot of fun to me (and low stress--with toddlers and their friends on the guest list, this is a HUGE consideration), so when I saw the upcoming Digiorno party, I applied to host it. I had to fill out an application and complete a long survey, but it was worth it. Digiorno sent us an awesome party pack to share with our friends:
-coupons for six free pizzas
-$4 off pizza coupons for our guests
-an over-the-door basketball hoop and basketball
-brackets to fill out for our "shoot out"
-a pizza cutter
-a basketball shaped potholder
-a basketball shaped oven timer
-bam bams for each guest
If you've never hosted a House Party before, I highly recommend it. We had a TON of fun last night.
The party was centered around some of Digiorno's newest products: Pizza and Wingz, Pizza and Breadsticks, and Pizza and (Tollhouse) Cookies. They come in one box and are prepared together in the oven. It was fun sampling all the different flavors. The pizza was delicious, as it always is. I really liked the boneless wings--the buffalo sauce was really spicy and tasted great. I never got to try the breadsticks or the cookies because they were scarfed up as soon as they came out of the oven, but from what I was told, they were delicious as well.
I did find the portions of the wings/breadsticks/cookies to be awfully small for a party-sized crowd (although they were perfect for a family of 4). The next time I have a party, I'll cook two pizzas/same sides at a time.
The only thing I was sad about was that I wasn't able to invite more friends. We've been so lucky in New York to have made so many good friends so soon. Since this party was designated for a certain date, our house is not exactly palatial, and our backyard is still snowy, there were limits to how many people could physically fit in the house (and how many children could safety play together in the playroom together without injury). But we had such a good time, that as soon as the weather warms up, we'll have another one. (I'm thinking southern food all the way--fried chicken, barbeque, and all the fixins'... who's in?)
Tuendi really seemed to enjoy socializing with everybody, too.
Make butterscotch pudding.
Break up angel food cake in small pieces.
Put angle food cake pieces in bowl (or cups for individual servings).
Pour pudding on top of cake.
Add sliced bananas.
Drizzle with caramel sauce.
Cover with cool whip or whipped cream.
Create another layer of angel food cake, pudding, bananas.
Cover with cool whip/whipped cream to sides of bowl/cup.
Drizzle with caramel and almond slivers.
It turned out really well, even though half the crowd at the house didn't like butterscotch, caramel, or bananas. I decided to make them because they were going to be orange--which went well with our basketball theme. And I had hoped to make some artsy caramel swirls on top resembling the outline of a basketball. That didn't work out at all as I'd intended. Caramel is runny and uncooperative. So then I just made basketball-esque caramel circles. That worked out only slightly better. I have many talents, but food artisan is not one of them.
We finished the night with a rollicking game of Apples to Apples, which has quickly become one of my favorite games ever.
I think everyone had a great time. I can't wait to do it again!