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Hey party peeps! Today’s trend alert is all about the hot new rage…adult coloring books! EVERYONE is getting in on this hot new craze and I must admit, I didn’t think I had much time to sit down and color, but WOW, I did it recently and it was such a creative and relaxing outlet for me! I had so much fun doing it by myself, that I decided to turn it into a PARTY…of course! Check out my latest TREND ALERT: “THE WILD SIDE” ADULT COLORING PARTY!
SET THE SCENE FOR A WILD SIDE PARTY!
My favorite coloring sheets are ones of tribal animals so I decided to do the party with a “Wild Side” theme. Decorating for this was a breeze for me since I have modern safari decor elements sprinkled throughout my home’s decor. I decided to set up the party on my photo gallery wall which is grounded with a sofa table that I used to hold the food. I pulled my bar cart next to it to hold all the coloring supplies. I left two of my photo frames on the wall and replaced them with 2 coloring sheets to bring in the theme. I simply moved the silver giraffes, bling tree, ceramic elephants and black and silver candlesticks from all over my house to the party table to concentrate the modern safari decor pieces in one place to create a Wild Side themed table design. I already own zebra and cheetah print linen in my party stash which I used as runners. How cool do they look layered on top each other. I used to be afraid of mixing bold patterns, but this totally works! It’s all about living on the wild side, right?
GIRLFRIEND TIP: When planning an adult party in your home, consider your home’s color palette and decor before coming up with a theme. It is much more economical to use a color palette for your party that compliments your existing home’s decor AND you can use some of the decor you already own to decorate the party!
WILD SIDE FOOD BAR!
Sometimes when I host an adult dinner party, I like to mix it up a little bit and instead of serving a sit-down meal, I will set up food stations so my guests can try different foods in mini-portions served in individual serving containers. It makes it fun and allows for a cool wow factor for your party. I love making homemade baked macaroni & cheese but wanted to add something “WILD” to it to jazz it up for the party. While shopping in Walmart, I found the new Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages in Original, Jalapeño and Cheddar flavors in the refrigerated section (by the hot dogs)…PERFECT! I decided I would make all three flavors of Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausage and serve them as kabobs AND dice up the Jalapeño flavored ones to top my mac-n-cheese for a spicy and wild kick! This was my first time trying them but when I saw they were made with premium cuts of beef & pork, contain no added MSG or fillers, are high in protein and gluten free…I knew these were worth a try. Boy, am I glad I did! YUMMY! Now…let’s get cookin’!
MINI BAKED MAC & CHEESE TOPPED WITH GRILLED JACK LINK’S WILD SIDE JALAPEÑO SAUSAGE & SAUSAGE KABOBS!
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Original Flavor
– Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Jalapeño Flavor
– Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Cheddar Flavor
– 1 box elbow macaroni
– 1/2 quart half & half
– 1 stick butter
– 5 cheeses (1 cup each: diced velveeta, shredded sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, monterey jack and 4 slices diced muenster)
– 1/2 tablespoon season salt
– 1 egg
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT:
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to the water. Pour in the entire box of elbow macaroni and stir. Cook pasta until tender.
STEP 2: Dice one cup of velveeta cheese and 4 slices of muenster cheese and add to the shredded sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and monterey jack cheese in a mixing bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the shredded cheeses in a separate bowl (you’ll need this to sprinkle on the top).
STEP 3: Drain the pasta. Add butter to the hot pot then pour drained pasta back into the pot. Mix in the cheese blend, season salt and half & half. Stir well until fully mixed.
STEP 4: Pour the cheese mixture into a 9×12 baking dish and sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese mixture on top. Place a few butter pats on top and bake for 30 minutes. When done, remove from the oven and let cool.
STEP 5: Trim a small section of the Jack Link’s Sausages off the long end to create a flat surface. Be sure not to cut them in half as you will need the chunks big enough to fit on a skewer.
STEP 6: Add the sausages (flat side down) to a large heated skillet, coated with vegetable oil on medium heat. Cook (uncovered) for 6 minutes without moving them to get a caramelized grilled texture. Turn and cook on the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan to a cutting board.
STEP 7: To make the Sausage Kabobs – cut the sausages into 5 evenly sliced chunks and place them on a skewer. To serve, place each flavor in a separate serving container and put a sign on them so guests know which ones are which.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Jack Link’s Sausages are perfect for entertaining as they are just as yummy hot or can be served room temperature!
STEP 8: To make the Sausage topping for the mac-n-cheese, dice a few of the Jalapeño flavored sausages into small bits. Using an ice cream scoop, fill mini bowls with mac-n-cheese and top with the diced sausage. To serve, place the mini dishes on your Wild Side Food Bar. Don’t forget to set out forks and napkins too.
THE WILD SIDE COLORING STATION!
I used my bar cart to set up the coloring station. Before the party, I downloaded a few Aztec Animal clip art graphics that I loved, added a few inspirational words to them and printed them out on my printer. I was able to print a few of each for each guest to color during the party. Place the coloring sheets on clipboards so that everyone has a flat surface to color on. These clipboards are actually cardboard folders with a clip on the outside to hold the sheets while coloring and a pocket and notepad inside to place their finished coloring sheets. These also doubled as a take home party favor for each guest! Gotta LOVE that!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ADULT COLORING TREND? INSPIRED TO HOST YOUR OWN COLORING PARTY?
To get you started, be sure to pick up your favorite flavors or all three flavors of Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages at Walmart where they currently have them on sale with Rollback pricing of $3.48 (now through Memorial Day).
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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I am not on board with this trend, but I know so many people seem to really get into it 🙂 Great party theme.
Kathy Kenny Ngo says
I’m so envious. I love coloring and coloring parties look like so much fun. I wish I could host one. It would be pretty awesome.
Natasha Mairs says
I love adult colouring and I have quite a few books but never thought about having a colouring party!
Heather lawrence says
I haven’t gotten into the whole Adult colouring pages but I did pick up a colouring book and some smelly pencil crayons for my oldest for Christmas (She’s in university and this was a good way to help her relax. I really should get my own stash… I used to colour for hours when I was a kid!
Amanda Love says
I got an adult coloring book last year but still have yet to use it. BTW while I’ve tried Jack Links Beef Jerky, I still have yet to pick up those links. Will have to.
Rebecca Bryant says
What a fun way fro adults to enjoy an event. I love to color adn this looks like it be a fun time.
Ana De- Jesus says
This is literally the coolest party ever, I adore the decor and your photography is on point.
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
WOW what a neat idea. You could do this for a girls night out…or even a birthday party. Awesome idea!!
This looks like one amazing party! I’m in love with the coloring books and the food looks delicious! Where’s my invite;-)
Helene Cohen Bludman says
I have gotten into the adult coloring books and it is so relaxing. It really takes my mind off everything.
Your decorations are fabulous! We love Jack Links in our house. The kids gobble them up.
Michelle Jones says
I haven’t been into the adult coloring books, but I would love to color The Wild Side. Granted I just finished a Frozen book – but it wasn’t for adults.
I see adult coloring books all over Etsy, not sure if I would every buy one but it would be an easy way to make your own wall art with them! The food looks really good!
YES!!!!!!! I need to have one of these parties!
I work in a bookstore, and you can pretty much close your eyes and touch a coloring book. I am amazed at what you did with your party and your recipe!
tara pittman says
A coloring party sounds so fun. I love the zebra prints.
Junewarren C Bordas says
I think I need this for my son who is fun in coloring something he likes. It would also boast his ability in painting like me.
Liz Mays says
I’d totally go to a party like this. Your food picks were perfect and I just love the black and white coloring book theme.
Lois Alter Mark says
This is an amazing – and timely – theme. Be careful that guests don’t start coloring in those gorgeous zebra prints too!
What a fabulous party! I’d love to throw a girls night in just like this!
a friend of mine from Australia told me that adult coloring books were becoming a thing. She wanted to know if they were a thing here too and i said no but apparently i’m wrong. the food at your party looks great!
laura londergan says
this is really such a great party theme. Can you imagine doing this with your girlfriends and having a few cocktails as well – how much fun!
Carol Bryant says
A good friend and I were talking about coloring books recently for adults and we want to do some. I would love to have a party. The sausages sound too yummy.
Amy Jones says
what a cool concept, i feel like painting and eating now =) hehe
Elizabeth O. says
That is quite the party. Yep, it’s true, everyone is going crazy for adult coloring books. It’s really addicting and therapeutic!
Dawn McAlexander says
Adult coloring books are so much fun. I have several of them. That looks like a super fun party.
Ashley @irishred02 says
I love coloring! I never thought to have an adult coloring party- so fun!
I love to color and would be so excited to go to a party like your Wild Side!
What a magnificent and FUN idea! Coloring with girlfriends sounds like a fun evening. Pinned this to my Mom Party Ideas Pinterest Board. The food ideas are amazing as well. Who doesn’t love sausage?! 🙂
Ashley Sparks Mullins says
Such a cute party idea! I love it! My mother-in-law is really into the adult coloring books, she would enjoy a party like this! Everything is so creative! Love all your parties!
What a cool theme party! So fun! Love the decorations and your amazing photos! I want to make some of these for my home!
Jonathan Key says
I just know my wife would love this kind of party! She’s really been into adult coloring books lately. Sharing this with her!
Summer Davis says
This is a GORGEOUS soiree! I love how you used the Jack Link’s sausage to throw some spice into your party! *client*
Haven’t been to any adult coloring party but it seems interesting
I’d love a party like this one. My mom goes to an adult coloring class once a week and she loves it.
How adorable and beautiful everything looks amazing. Love the color choice and theme.
I want to go to a colouring party! Especially with the lovely food on offer
Yona Williams says
I knew that adult coloring books has really taken off lately, but I would have never thought of it being used as a party theme or idea. Cool…definitely makes for a relaxing, creative gathering.
Shannon Peterson says
I’ve never actually heard of an adult coloring party but it sounds like so so so much fun!