Use Up Holiday Leftovers for These Snacks & Family Games!

Think “holiday leftovers” and the first thing that comes to mind might be leftover food – but when you’re gathered with your family (and we are hopeful that 2021 will bring PLENTY of family reunions once more!!), why not simplify the cooking and instead use up the leftovers of other things…like plastic Solo cups and candy canes to play some fantastic, fun, holiday games? It’s the perfect way to bring in a barrel of laughs, and with a quick and easy Crock-Pot recipe for Bavarian meatballs, you can have a great night of finger foods and silly games with the family when you’re staying at Holly Shores!

Let’s get started with the Bavarian meatballs. These tasty little guys are SO good and SO easy to throw together in your Crock Pot!

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Bavarian Meatballs


  • 32-oz package frozen (fully cooked) Italian meatballs
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 12-oz beer

You’ll also need…

  • A Crock Pot. Literally, that’s all you’ll need!

Let’s go!

  • Combine all ingredients in your Crock Pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. That’s it!

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These sweet meatballs are so good as a party food. And when you have party food, you need party games. Don’t throw away your leftover candy canes and plastic cups…use them in some holiday games! Every year, my sister organizes several “Minute to Win It” games. These are cheap, easy, and use up those holiday leftovers of plastic ware and decorative items!


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You’ll need:

  • 40 Solo cups in 2 separate colors (20 of each)

How to play:

  • Choose 2 players to square off. Set the timer for one minute.
  • Each player gets a stack of 20 cups (19 of one color with the top cup being the opposite color)
  • On “go!” each player removes the bottom cup from the stack and moves it to the top.
  • Keep doing this through the stack until the colored up is back on top! For an extra twist, switch hands each time you’re moving a cup.
  • Whoever makes it through the stack first, wins!

Candy Cane Pile Up

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You’ll need:

  • All those leftover candy canes!
  • 2 bowls

How to play:

  • Choose 2 players to square off. Set the timer for one minute!
  • Each player holds the long, straight end of a candy cane in their mouth.
  • All other candy canes go in a pile (think pick up sticks) in the center of the table.
  • Without using hands (hands stay behind back), players lean forward and try to transfer the candy canes, one at a time, by using the candy cane in their mouth as a hook. They have to move each candy cane to their bowl.
  • Whoever has the most candy canes hooked and collected in their bowl at the end of a minute wins!

Who’s ready to play? And who’s ready to stay at Holly Shores in one of our RV campsites or rentals? Contact us today to schedule your reservation for your much-needed family reunions and vacations in 2021!

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