3 Ways to Use Coke for a College Football Rivalry Themed Party

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3 Ways to Use Coke for a College Football Rivalry Themed Party

When we moved back to Kentucky, one of the first things my husband did was put a flag up outside our front porch representing his favorite college team from Michigan. We were not even unpacked yet! Our new neighbor across the street, who we were friends with prior to moving away, told his wife that he thought that we moved into their neighborhood after noticing a facebook post with the flag. The funny part is that he is a BIG fan of that popular team from Ohio. Even though our husbands’ have their differences in college team allegiances, they can still set aside their differences and agree on a few things which includes great game day food.

College Team Rivals

For a fun college football rivalry theme, I created Coke Pork Carnitas for the main course. This recipe sauce is one my favorites that my mom used to make. I honestly loved getting to see her handwriting again from a recipe book that she gave me at my bridal shower. It means even more to me now that she is gone.

The recipe is super easy.

Coke Pork Carnitas

Pork Coke Carnitas

1 Can of Coke

1 Cup of Ketchup

Meat of Choice

I chose pork for this recipe.

Salt, Pepper, and your favorite Seasonings

Add to Slow Cooker in low setting for 4-6 hours

Shred afterwards

Create additional Sauce if desired with same ratio of 1 can of Coke to 1 cup of ketchup

Pork Coke Carnitas

Pork Roast

Pork Carnitas

The carnitas were served with the option of corn or flour tortillas along with two types of salsa, shredded cheese, cilantro and limes.

Flour tortillas

Coke Pork Carnitas

Carnita toppings

The carnitas scored well among adults and kids alike!

Coke Slow Cooker Carnitas

The kids were also excited about the Maize and Blue Tortilla Chips served with queso.

Tortilla Chips

For the drink area, I created a very simple football themed ice bucket.

Football Ice Bucket 2

All you need is a brown ice bucket and labeling tape.

Football Ice Bucket

Football Ice Bucket 3

The labeling tape is easy to remove and adjust which makes minor adjustments stress-free.  You will need to cut one long strip and 5-6 shorter strips that create the look of the stitching.

Football Ice Bucket 4

I love when I can repurpose items to make party planning easier.

College Team Rivals 2

I used a can opener to cut off the tops of the empty Coke cans from my recipes as straw holders and Spirit Stick holders (Chocolate Covered pretzel Sticks with Team Colored Sprinkles) for the opposing teams.

Coke Can straw holder

Pretzel Spirit Sticks

Spirit Sticks

The 28 pack from Sam’s Club came in handy to pull double duty for the main dish, decor and dessert. Make sure that you take advantage of Sam’s Club easy Order Online and Pick Up feature where you can order your items online and then pick them up instantly in the store to save time.

Sam's Club



For dessert I used another simple recipe for cupcakes that used 1 Can of Coke and a cake mix.

Coke Chocolate Cupcakes

Coke Cupcakes

Rival Cupcakes

For the Blue team, I made Maize and Berry Cupcakes with Vanilla Cake mix, blue food coloring for the cupcake, yellow food coloring added to vanilla icing with blueberries on top.

Maize and Berry Cupcake

For the Red Team, I made chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. I added red food coloring to the frosting and a chocolate covered peanut butter ball to the top of the cupcake to represent the team.

Peanut Butter Cupcake

It was really fun to play off of the rivalry theme between the state of Ohio and the state of Michigan. In our house, the Blue Team is always a BIG winner!


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