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Chili cook-off party invitations

by: Chica

Chili cook-off party invitations
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As much as I hate to admit it, summer is winding down. The only good thing about that is that it means it’s almost time for us to host our annual chili cook-off with our friends! This is, without a doubt, my favorite party of the year, because it’s so fun and easy and the food is always terrific. After last year’s party, I shared a bunch of ideas and tips for hosting a chili cook-off with you, including our voting ballots and scoring/sampling trays.

This year, I’ve got a new party item to throw into the mix — chili cookoff party invitations that look like a crock pot full of chili! The finished invitations are sized to fit perfectly in a standard size 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ invitation envelope.

chili cookoff invitations

Cute little crock pot, right? Guess what happens if you pull up on the lid?

chili cookoff invitations

What a fun way to reveal the party details!

chili cookoff invitations

If you like these invitations, you can purchase our template to customize and print your own. It’s part of our Chili Cookoff Printables collection that’s available on Etsy. This collection lets you make:

If you’re hosting a chili cook-off this fall, we’d love to hear all about it! And if you’re looking for some ideas for decorating, we love these festive chili pepper dishes for condiments like cheese and sour cream, and decoration is easy with chili pepper garland and chili pepper confetti. And who doesn’t love a pinata?

Fiesta Chili Pepper Serving DishesFiesta Chili Pepper GarlandChili Pepper ConfettiChili Pepper Pinata

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22 comments so far:

  • 1
    Rachel 09/07/2009 at 5:32 pm

    ARGH! That is the cutest invite ever! I love the lid. I’ll be linking.

  • 2
    Lysana 09/08/2009 at 10:40 am

    Oh GEEZ. That is ridiculously cute. My only question is, what if people, um, can’t figure it out? Heh.

  • 3
    Chica 09/08/2009 at 10:48 am

    Thanks Rachel!

    Hehe Lysana! I did think about that when designing this, but I couldn’t bear to put a pull-tab or arrow on the lid and ruin the cute effect. If you think folks won’t be able to figure it out, you can always write “PULL” or draw an arrow on the cardstock, right above the lid :)

  • 4
    trek 09/09/2009 at 7:53 am

    Clever without being too cutesy!

  • 5
    Chica 09/09/2009 at 8:00 am

    Thanks trek!

  • 6
    ginger 09/13/2009 at 6:14 pm

    This is so cute, thank you so much that’s awesome.
    relinking you monday from my blog you rock!!!

  • 7
    Denise 09/14/2009 at 1:40 pm

    Your ideas are awesome! Thank-you so much for sharing them.

  • 8
    Laura B 09/21/2009 at 4:54 pm

    We do a chili cookoff every January for my husband’s birthday. We’re toying with the idea of separate categories, but otherwise we do it a lot like you guys. Thanks for the ideas!

  • 9
    Susan 10/21/2009 at 1:52 pm

    You guys know how to host a party. I would love to hear about your other themed parties for inspiration. Planning on hosting my own chili party this weekend.

  • 10
    Chica 10/21/2009 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Susan. We’ve written up projects from a few of our themed parties in the past. For example, for a zoo-themed birthday party, we did zoo animal cupcakes, zoo animal invites, frozen banana treats, and drawstring giraffe backpacks filled with animal-themed goodies. We also have fun every Kentucky Derby with a betting pool and traditional Derby food.

    Check out our parties category for more fun ideas, and we hope something inspires you!

  • 11
    Erica 10/27/2009 at 10:59 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait to use it! On the bottom of your invite, you write, “see back for rules.” Just curious what you write as the rules. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!!!

  • 12
    Chica 10/28/2009 at 7:11 am

    Hi Erica. For the rules, you can include anything that suits your party. For example, things like like:

    – Your recipe must be homemade
    – Chili is not required to have meat
    – Chili is not required to have beans
    – Bring your chili in a crock pot and bring a ladle
    – Prizes will be awarded for most traditional and most creative chili

    I’ve even attended one cook-off where your chili had to have a name and you had to bring the recipe to share with everyone.

    Hope that helps!

  • 13
    Chica 10/29/2009 at 12:00 pm

    Readers, be sure to check out madcity girl’s blog. She used our template to create her cook-off invitations, and they turned out great!

  • 14
    LOU 01/15/2010 at 12:27 pm

    Great Template! I will write on the bottom of the backer card stock…”Lift the lid to see whats cooking!”

  • 15
    Chica 01/15/2010 at 4:16 pm

    LOU, that’s such a cute idea. I love it!

  • 16
    Emily Campbell 09/27/2010 at 9:40 am

    Chica & Jo –
    Love all of your thoughts and suggestions for the Chili Cookoff. I’m the president of our PTL for St. Peter’s Lutheran School (Ft. Wayne, IN) and I’ll be hosting our first (hopefully annual) St. Peter’s Chili Cookoff this coming January (2011). I have already “stolen” so many of your ideas!

  • 17
    Chica 09/30/2010 at 9:58 am

    Emily, that sounds like a wonderful fund-raising idea. Please come back after the event and let us know how it went!

  • 18
    Julie Lueck 08/25/2011 at 2:03 pm

    I just found this. I am not a crafty person but I have had so much fun putting these invitations together. I put little steam squiggles around the lid with the middle one having an arrow. This is my first “Friendly Chili Throwdown” hope it is a great success.

  • 19
    Jo 08/25/2011 at 3:42 pm

    Julie, what a great idea to put the steam squiggles on there! We would love to see a picture. Glad it was simple for you to do and we hope your first chili party is a success!

  • 20
    Kelly 01/22/2013 at 11:15 pm

    These are cuter than cute!! I’m having a neighborhood chili cook-off in a couple weeks and you’ve made it so much easier for me. Love all the templates and practical ideas and suggestions. People will think I’m the creative one, but I will tell them it was Chica and Jo who did it all. Thanks so much!

  • 21
    Chica 01/23/2013 at 8:28 am

    So glad we could help out, Kelly, and thanks for spreading the word!

  • 22
    Grace 07/15/2013 at 12:38 pm

    These are the cutest thing ever! I posted my invites on Facebook including your URL!

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