We're just days away from the Super Bowl and the end of football season. As the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons on February 5, 2017, millions of people will be gathering together to watch.
Show of hands: How many of you start to get tired of the same snacks and drinks at the end of football season? We love our cheesesteaks and beer as much as the next Philly sports fan; however, by February we're ready to mix it up (Although can we bring the Eagles back? We miss you Wentz).
Today, we're sharing our Super Easy Super Bowl Sangria that everybody at the party will love. It's easy to make for a crowd, and puts a creative twist on beer this time of year. You read that right... beer!
It might sound a little different, but how good are ciders and shandy's? Those flavorful and fruity notes are even better when heightened with the fruits themselves. We're using Samuel Adams Octoberfest because it's not too sweet and the caramel flavors are the perfect cold-weather touch. You could use just about any wheat beer for this recipe, although we highly recommend a good craft beer to get the best flavor profile.
ACE's Super Easy Super Bowl Sangria
yield: serves about 4
1/2 - 1 bottle(s) apple cider (you could also use a hard cider for this!)
1 bottle wheat beer
2 apples, sliced
2 pears, sliced
1 orange, sliced
Directions: Put 3/4 fruit slices into a pitcher. Add your apple/hard cider and beer and stir. When serving, pour the sangria over the remaining fruit slices and ice.
* We don't recommend letting this sit the way you would allow a wine sangria because of the carbonation of the beer. Serve immediately.
** If you opt to use a hard cider instead of apple cider, we recommend going with something more tart so that you don't have to stir in sugar for sweetness.
Now that you and your fiancé have an idea of your design preferences, it's time to discuss the overall vision of how the wedding day will go.
We're talking about flow of the day.
Homework: Have a conversation about weddings that you have attended in the past and the pros and cons of each for you.
Maybe you loved that there was a live band, but would personally feel a little uncomfortable doing a garter toss? Make a list of likes and dislikes that apply to you as a couple that you would or would not want to play a part in your big day.
It is also important to consider the elements that are a priority to the two of you. Are you big dancers and want your guests on the dance floor with you? A great DJ or band might be something for you to focus on when you do get started with more of your planning, and it might be an area that you're willing to spend a little extra to have (this will come in handy when you start talking about your budget).
The next step here is to also discuss how you envision the day going. Are you considering something more traditional (ceremony, receiving line, pictures, etc.) or are you hoping to do a First Look beforehand so that you can get to Cocktail Hour?
You don't need to have a timeline in place, but it's good to have an understanding of what you want the day to look like.
Congratulations! I know that wedding planning seems like a daunting task, and if you overwhelm yourself with too much at once, it can be. Your engagement should be one of the most enjoyable and memorable times of your life, and planning for the wedding shouldn't be a negative experience.
Establish a Vision
You may already have boards upon boards of Pinterest wedding-inspiration, but you need to sit down with your fiancé and see if you can pick out bits and pieces that appeal to both of you.
Homework: Make a Pinterest board together or look through magazines to create an idea of your collective vision.
This is not about details... yet. Just take the time to see what design vibe you each gravitate towards (rustic, chic, elegant, etc.). Just work on getting on the same page for an overall theme or concept.
Why are we starting here? When you really get into the start of your planning, selecting a venue is going to be one of the first things you'll do, and you can't do that unless you have an idea of what you're looking for. If you go into the venue selection process blindly, it could get frustrating because if one of you really likes barns and the other ballrooms you'll be stuck with too broad of a list to choose from.