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Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Everyone knows the real star of a Super Bowl party is the munchies with the commercials being a close second. The line-up of apps is a much anticipated topic in our household and this year, Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn is the leading contender. Who doesn’t love bacon? And mixed with caramel and popcorn – it’s enough to make you rethink your current Super Bowl menu.

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
25 Minute/s
total time
45 Minute/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • 5-6 slices of bacon
  • 12 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (14oz) bag of Kraft caramels
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place bacon strips, side by side, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes until crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from oven and place on paper towels to cool, then chop bite-sized pieces.
  3. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the popcorn into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Unwrap caramels and place the caramels, butter, water, and cayenne in a large saucepan. Cook on low heat until melted, stirring frequently.
  5. Quickly fold the bacon into the caramel mixture, then pour onto the popcorn. Toss the popcorn like a salad until caramel is thoroughly mixed in.
  6. Pour the popcorn onto prepared baking sheet, then flatten and break into clusters while the mixture is still warm. Let cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Recipe: SMP Living

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DIY Football Field Tray

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl gathering or even heading over to a friend’s with munchies in tow, this DIY should be a part of your goodie bag of tricks. It’s a glamorous version of an app display with a cute kitschy feel. Meet the DIY Football Field Tray. Your favorite lucite number will be a hit all dolled up for game day. For even more, catch our Puppy Bowl inspiration photographed by Ruth Eileen right here.

MaterialsClear lucite tray
Gold spraypaint
White duct tape
White number stickers (we found ours at Michaels)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks


step-1Cut the astroturf to snugly fit the bottom of the tray.

step-2Spray paint the astroturf gold and let dry ½ hour. Place the astroturf in the tray.

step-3Cut a strip of duct tape slightly longer than the width of the astroturf. Fold the duct tape in half lengthwise, so it is smooth on both sides. Then cut into strips about ¼” wide. Repeat until you have 5 (¼”) strips.

step-4Lay out each of the 5 strips on the astroturf until they are evenly spaced, to form the yard lines. Hot glue in place.

step-5Lay out the yard line number stickers. Place on either side of the yard line and both sides of the tray. You may need to hot glue in place if the stickers are not sticky enough.

step-6Your tray is Super Bowl-ready! And when the big game is over, you can pop out the field and use the clear tray year-round.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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DIY Fringed Letter Backdrop

Welcome to the most versatile party DIY you will ever meet. The Fringed Letter Backdrop isn’t just for puppy bowls but it sure does look cute back-dropping it’s way through our version of a super bowl party. Imagine it at a birthday celebration, as a banner behind a well styled bar cart or just because in a nursery. It’s the jack of all DIY trades and it’s easy. Need we say more?

MaterialsPaper mache letters
1-2 packs gold foil tissue
Fringing scissors
Stapler and staples
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Clear fishing line
Neutral baker’s twine
Gold, white, and kraft cardstock paper


step-1Unfold the foil until the sheets are still stacked but no longer folded. Cut the gold foil into long strips about 2” wide. Staple either end of the strips so all the sheets stay together.

step-2Fringe the length of each strip with the fringing scissors, then remove the staples to separate the fringe layers. Leave a few strips unfringed so you can use it to patch any tricky spots on the letters.

step-3Wrap each letter in fringe strips, starting from the bottom of the letter and working your way up. Using one layer of fringe at a time, hot glue to secure around the letter and cut off any excess fringe. Place the next layer of fringe about ½” higher than the last layer of fringe and repeat.

step-4In the tricky areas of letters like the cutout of an A shape, lay the fringe straight across like normal and glue in place, then trim any fringe that is in the cutout space and add extra fringe around the sides. Along the horizontal bar of the A, line the top of the fringe along the top of the bar, then trim the fringe to match the rest of the fringe pattern.

step-5Cut triangle pennants out of the cardstock paper that are roughly 1.5” tall and glue onto strands of baker’s twine. Tape the strands of twine to the wall.

step-6Use the fishing line to hang the letters from the ceiling, or use masking tape to tape the letters to the wall. If hanging, use a drill with a small bit to drill small holes in the top of the letters to string the fishing line through- make sure to drill the holes on both sides of a letter like W so it will be balanced when hanging.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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