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Updated chili cook-off voting boards

by: Jo

Updated chili cook-off voting boards
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It’s almost that time of year again — time for us to host our annual chili cook-off!  This is one of our favorite parties, mostly because we get to sample all of the yummy chili recipes!  Two years ago (has it really been that long?) we showed you how we made out chili voting and sample boards. Remember these?

chili cook-off voting boards

These have worked great the past two years, but they don’t LOOK so great anymore.  When I pulled them out this year, you could see signs of chili stains from years past — YUCK!  Even though I washed them right after the parties, it still didn’t rid them of these stains.  I had to do something about them for this year so as not to gross out myself and my guests.  Here’s what they looked like before:

The fix was fairly simple. First, I took some black gloss acrylic paint and painted the front of the board. I debated between brushing the paint on or using spray paint, and decided on brushing because I didn’t want to risk getting spray paint on the the metal clip.  Then Chica made me some chili pepper images and I printed a bunch of them in different sizes and cut them out. (You could also use chili stickers if you like.)  I arranged the peppers across the board and then used a gloss Mod Podge to adhere and seal the cut-outs to my boards.

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I finish the board off by coating the entire front with a smooth coat of Mod Podge and then I painted the back of the board black. I also removed the ribbons holding the pens to the boards and replaced them with new red ribbons. Don’t they look a lot better? And, with the coating of gloss Mod Podge, I will be able to easy wipe off any chili spills!

chili cook-off voting boards

If you like these chili pepper printables, you can purchase our template to print your own in three different sizes. They make great decorations for many elements of your chili cookoff, and are 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! We can’t wait for our party, and have already picked out a few awesome decorations. I got some 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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10 comments so far:

  • 1
    Steve 10/18/2010 at 8:46 pm

    Looking to having a desert contest how should i go about this thanks.

  • 2
    Jo 10/18/2010 at 9:30 pm

    You can use most of the same stuff and ideas for our chili cook-off party just replace everything with desserts! Good luck.

  • 3
    Jimmy 09/09/2011 at 4:52 pm

    Loved your website, very informative and helpful!
    I learned a couple of good ideas today.
    Thank you,

  • 4
    Lisa 09/17/2011 at 11:40 pm

    I am so stealing your chili cookoff idea. I’m planning ours for next month. I can’t wait. Thanks for the very informative website.

  • 5
    Sierra Sebring 11/05/2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wow…My club is doing our “FIRST” Chili cook off and your website was very informative..I passed your website around to all my committee members and this will definitely help us kick off a good chili contest.

    Thanks a Bunch

  • 6
    Chica 11/05/2011 at 4:47 pm

    So glad we could help, Sierra. Here’s to a cook-off so successful that you end up doing it every year!

  • 7
    Thomas Murin 02/02/2012 at 4:15 pm

    Great info on the site. I’ve put together a few chili cook-offs but I love the idea of clip boards to hold 3 sample cups. Thanks for all the info. Great job!!!!

  • 8
    Linda K. 03/07/2012 at 5:54 pm

    You’re website is great! You have wonderful, fun ideas and they will really help me. I’m planning two chili cook-offs (work and church) so your tools will be extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing them!

  • 9
    Jessie in AZ 01/07/2013 at 11:52 pm

    Always a great site to refer to. I used it last year for our 1st party and we are now getting ready for our 2nd Annual party. This year I’m going to make the clip boards!! So glad I caught your ‘update’.

  • 10
    Gena Hassett 10/22/2013 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you so much for all your great ideas. I think you both are amazing! We are about to host our 3rd annual cookoff, with all your reproducibles and you are our inspiration! Thanks for the links, I bought lights, and so many things from those links! Thank you thank you!!

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