Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Are You Ready For Some Football

If you watch football at our house, don’t be surprised if there are massive amounts of yelling with the occasional projectile being launched towards the TV and LOTS of food!

Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner and what better way to watch the BIG game than to throw a football party for your friends and/or family? But, as with any party, you have to jazz it up with a theme!  But, gentlemen, potato chips and pretzels are not a theme. 

Here are a few recipe and décor ideas to lead you in the right direction when it comes to throwing a great ‘football’ party.

There’s nothing worse then going to a party that has terrible food, or lack thereof. Appetizers or a Food Bar are usually a good bet and you don’t have to plan anything complicated. Try several dips, such as Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip. (Angee’s Tip: Mix everything together in a crock pot and let it simmer on low for about an hour.), Guacamole, Crab Queso Dip,  and Jalapeno Popper Dip. You can even shape a few into footballs, like this Cheese Dip or Peanut Butter dip for those with a sweet tooth. 

Easy finger foods are great for guests to grab and go. Some of my favorites are: Ham & Swiss Sliders, Baked Jalapeno Poppers, and Stuffed Mushrooms. The same idea goes for dessert. Make things such as cupcakes (iced black and white with a toy whistle topper or team colors), cakepops, or cookies (cut in football shapes). 

Food Bars should be DIY and stocked with plenty of options. The sandwich, taco and chili bars are my top three favorites for entertaining. They are all easy to adjust to the number of guests.  

Drinks, whether you decide to provide them or have BYOB, require plenty of ice, soda, tea and water chilled in metal buckets. I always like to set out the ingredients for a signature drink where guests can mix their own. Try one of these football themed cocktails

No matter what you decide to do, you need a good game plan. A football game lasts over three hours, so it’s a good idea to make sure everyone can nibble as they want. 

For your décor, make sure there is football going on everywhere.  Whether or not you like to watch it doesn’t matter because it’s not your house anymore… it’s Football’s house now. Go to your local garden store and buy enough ‘turf’ (indoor/outdoor carpet) to cover your serving area and turn it into a football field using white paint. Serve chips or crackers in helmets or plastic megaphones, scatter pompoms and whistles all around. Add football picks to your flower arrangements. Display your utensils in recycled soup cans covered in brown construction paper to look like footballs. If you’re really crafty, or have a handyman in your life, build small bleachers to display your cupcakes. 

The most important tip of all is BE SAFE.  Get togethers are all about having fun, but it’s also a good idea to be responsible and make sure that your guests don’t leave under “inebriated circumstances.”

For more décor tips, recipes, and fun ideas, check out my Are You Ready For Some Football? board on Pinterest. 

Go team!

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