This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.
In our house, we love college football! We have our favorite teams that we love cheering for, but what we love more than college football is homegating together WHILE watching college football!
What is homegating?
Homegating is one of our favorite things to do at our house! It is basically having all the fixings you know and love while watching the big game at home! We have been homegating for years (even before it became a thing this season!). We love getting to spend time with our family while sharing good food, watching the game, and creating memories together.
Sometimes we invite people over to watch the game, but 9 times out of 10 it is just our family and to be honest, I love it that way! The memories we are creating at our Saturday homegating parties will last a lifetime!
Homegating does not have to be overly complicated especially with Walmart and General Mills helping us!
I am going to show you exactly how to throw a homegating party for you to enjoy with your family as you kick back and watch some college football this year!
7 Simple Steps to Homegating
1. Decorate for Game Day!
Decorating for game day is key to homegating! It sets the mood and tone for the whole night. I love to decorate using generic game day decorations. I do this so I can pull it out every Saturday and get ready for our party no matter what team we are cheering for that week.If you want to decorate for your favorite college team, grab some streamers in your team colors and some other college football decor to really set the mood for college gameday.
2. Prepare ahead of time
Gameday always includes food of course! So you will find me at Walmart grabbing our favorite General Mills snacks like Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls™, Old El Paso™ Stand N Stuff Shells filled with yummy taco meat and toppings, Chex Mix™, Bugles™ , Corn Chex™, Gardettos™ and the best sweet treat ever, Betty Crocker™ Fudge Brownie Mix so I can make Team Spirited Brownies. Thanks to these great snacks we can have a game worthy feast while we watch and cheer on our favorite teams.
Thankfully General Mills makes it so easy with all their great munchy snacks. You too can grab these treats ahead of time to help prepare you for your big homegate. Also, be sure to submit your receipts after purchasing 3 qualifying General Mills products in the same transaction from 8/14/20-12/11/20 to receive a $20.00 Fanatics Code while supplies last*.
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3. Prepare your Game Day Recipes
On game day I love making Team Spirited Brownies. They are quick, easy, and totally customizable for the game we are watching. I especially love that they are easy enough that I can let my little ones help!
To make these brownies, you will want to grab Betty Crocker™ Fudge Brownie Mix at Walmart and make the brownies as directed.
Expert tip: Use foil in the pan! Place a piece of foil down, spray it and then pour in your brownie mix and spread. Cook like normal. Then when your brownies are done, let them sit and cool. Once cooled, just lift the foil out of the pan and you have brownies ready to go. If the edges are a little off you can trim the sides.
Next, cut your brownies into squares.
Now it is time to decorate. Grab your Betty Crocker™ frosting, dye it your favorite team’s color and spread it, or pipe it onto the brownies. If you are really creative, you can draw your team’s mascot. Or if you want to be simple add sprinkles or colored candies.
Can you guess our favorite team based on the colors? 🙂
4. Keep it Simple
I know it is so easy to go overboard when it comes to homegating, but keep it simple.
Buy snacks that you can easily add to a bowl, quickly cook in the oven, or even serve in the bag. Bugles™, Chex Mix™, and Gardettos™ all are perfect snacks to load up on for gameday.
We love making tacos with Old El Paso™ Stand and Stuff Shells on game day because they are easy and fill everyone up really fast! Oh, and we can’t forget Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls™.
For dessert of course you can’t go wrong with Team Spirited brownies using Betty Crocker™ Fudge Brownie mix. These scream amazing! Try to keep your meal prep to under an hour total.
The last thing you want to do is spend all day in the kitchen and get too exhausted so that you don’t enjoy the festivities with your family.
5. Play games
Homegating is not just about the football game, but it is the whole atmosphere! So get the darts out and the horseshoes and play games before the game starts and during halftime.
This is of course my favorite part of the day. I love watching my kids hang out and get along with one another.
To me, there is nothing better than Saturdays in the fall thanks to homegating and college football because I get to spend it with those I love the very most, and thanks to Walmart and General Mills they make it so much easier to enjoy it!
6. Hangout with the family
As a mom, it is so easy for us to get caught up folding laundry or cleaning up with the game on, but sit down and cheer on your favorite team with the kids. They will love spending time with you!
7. Have Fun!
And of course, have fun! Homegating is all about having fun as a family. Sit, kick back, let the kids jump on the couch if they must when their favorite college team scores a touchdown, and celebrate with your favorite team as they make the game-winning throw into the end zone!