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It’s that time again…Super Bowl mayhem! Are you ready for some football?
No matter who you cheer for, game-watching is always better when paired with good food and friends. If you’re planning a Super Bowl party, check out this playbook for some helpful tips. You’ll go long on flavor and fun!
Football parties lend themselves well to creative decorations. For instance, you can do a lot with artificial turf. Buy several yards at your local hardware store and consider these simple décor plays:
Turn your table into a football field. Just drape the table with turf, and use white electrical tape to create yard lines. Print out both teams’ logos, and tape them at the end of each tablecloth “end zone.” Step it up another notch by covering glass drinking bottles with black and white striped paper to resemble referees running on the field (or look for referee Koozies from your local party supply store). The photo above is a great example on how to do this from JackieFo’s Football Party Dips and Tricks post.
With leftover turf, cut out circles to use as drink coasters.
Also, when prepping your food for serving, football helmets make great decorative bowls for dry goods like chips, popcorn, and pretzels.
Foam #1 signs, also available at party supply stores, are a perfect way to show your spirit. Cheerleading pom-poms are another must.
Need centerpieces? Here are some ideas:
Fill some glass beer mugs with crumpled yellow tissue paper, and place a small bouquet of white carnations on top to resemble beer foam.
Add floral foam to the inside of a small hibachi type grill. Then add flowers in various team colors, and cover the foam using charcoal or wood smoking chips as filler.
And don’t forget the fan-related fun:
Give serious watchers some yellow handkerchiefs to throw at the TV when there’s a bad call.
Print out football pool cards and instructions (available online), so guests can place bets and win prizes.
If the pool is too complicated, or you don’t have enough players, just ask guests to predict the winner of the game. Have them write down their guesses, along with a predicted final score, on note cards when they arrive. Whoever’s guess is closest to the actual outcome wins a prize.
Don’t forget the prizes! Choose anything from a simple bottle of wine or six-pack of beer to a nice football, a team jersey, or even a custom trophy.
Big Game Menu
When hosting a Super Bowl party, be sure the food you serve can be enjoyed while sitting or standing around the TV. In other words, nothing formal.
Dips are always a hit, to be served with just about any finger food—including chips, vegetables, chicken wings, and pita bread. Give these crowd-pleasing favorites a try:
Seven Layer Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Want something a little more filling and munchable? Sandwiches and sliders are typical football party staples. Here are a few suggestions:
Pulled pork sandwiches
Meatball mini burgers (Featured recipe)
And don’t forget the dessert! Individual servings are best when feeding a crowd. Mini Chocolate cheesecakes, cupcakes, and Mini Burger Cookies will keep them coming back for more.