Throughout Mac's four years of cheering we have hosted eight team dinners during football season. Usually each squad has their own dinner, but for the last three years we have hosted both the varsity and jv squads for the Homecoming dinner. It is amazing to see the energy (and make-up and hairspray) that forty plus cheerleaders can bring into a house.
Last year I actually had the idea for this year's dinner. It seemed like a crazy idea, but what's new around here.
I wanted to pack picnic dinners for each of them. Which had some practicality since we could feed everyone easily once the dinner started and everything was contained for them as they scattered around the house to get ready for the game.
And of course they had to be all school colors and cute.
We made turkey cranberry sandwiches, cut carrot sticks and cucumbers to go with a veggie spread, made ten pounds of loaded baked potato salad and red velvet cupcakes. I made little menus for each box explaining the contents.
Then we prepped the boxes.
The sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper, the potato salad and veggies each got their own little container, the cupcake was packed into a cup decorated with punched patterned paper, and a fork and mini spoon (for the cupcake) where bundled with a napkin.
The box was tied with twine and a tag and was put into the fridge until dinner started.
I am not going to lie, it was a good amount of work to get this all together, but once the dinner started it was amazingly easy. Totally worth the crazy idea effort.