I am leaving town for a business trip on Thursday, which means celebrating tonight on the actual release date would have been tricky. (Plus I have another fantasy football draft, which means I'll be busy picking a team and packing.) So instead, last night I had some friends and family over for an evening of celebration.
To kick-off First & Goal--and the whole Queen of the League series--I went with a draft party theme. The little decor and food all went along with the theme of what I'd offer up if I were to host a draft party at my home.
For decorations, I made a sign that echos the cover of my book. I asked guests to help me complete it by writing one of their favorite football memories on a football-shaped piece of paper, which we attached to the sign.
|Made with the green poster board I've had sitting in my craft pile for|
a year and some nail polish, because my craft pile isn't that impressive.
|Little footballs made with scrapbook paper and a cookie cutter.|
|Put them together, that's a fine looking poster.|
Some of my favorite shared memories were:
"NWU Hail Mary"
"Saw Charles Woodson return a record-tying interception for a touchdown live"
"Game of the century at Oklahoma, 1971"
Each attendee also adopted a fantasy football team name for the evening.
|"Come on, Dad, smile. Maybe Ndamukong Suh |
will see this on Twitter or something."
I'll explore the menu in more detail through a few posts in my upcoming Friday Night Eats series (which begins this Friday), but here's a rundown of the dishes:
Black Bean & Blue Cheese Sliders*
Sweet Potato & Chickpea Sliders*
Cheese Pizza Rolls
Spinach & Artichoke Dip*
Chips & Salsa
Peanut Popcorn Mix*
Black Bean Brownie Bites*
(* will be featured in upcoming blog post)
Having this chance to spend time with some of the most supportive people in my world meant a lot to me. It was a good way to set aside the pre-release jitters I always seem to have. Plus it was just a good time. Thanks to everyone who came!
About the Book
Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.
With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.
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