It’s that time of year again–Super Bowl madness has taken hold. Even my friends, who don’t show any interest in football until February comes round, have been placing bets on FanDuel. Everyone is geared up for the clash of the titans, a spectacular halftime show, a food and drink extravaganza and those often-controversial Super Bowl commercials that, reportedly, 78% of Americans like better than the game itself. (USA Today, 2016)
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, two things are crucial.
- You want your guests to have a good time
- You want to protect your house from those guests having too much of a good time
So, we’ll start with the all-important food and then cover some helpful hints from the sports fans at Tailored Living® for hosting an unforgettable Super Bowl party!
It really is all about the food
Yes, there is a game on, but Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food. Chances are, everyone will eat the food but not everyone will watch the game. Strike a balance between “walking around” finger foods and mealtime favorites to ensure that your guests have a great day regardless of how the game plays out. They can pace back and forth in front of the appetizers, grabbing bites as they coach the team, or they can settle in comfortably with a delightfully full plate and eat like a normal person.
Super Bowl parties are synonymous with mountains of junk food, but a discriminating host or hostess will serve up a variety of delicious and nutritious appetizers, main dishes and sweet treats. Take into account that not everyone is a meat eater and have a selection of vegan or vegetarian choices as well.
Here are some fool-proof Super Bowl menu favorites to serve, with links to some of the recipes.
- Crispy wings with dipping sauces of all kinds, sweet, spicy and tangy
- Bacon-studded Mini Corn Dogs (epicurious.com)
- Meatball Sliders
- Seven-layer Taco Dip (allrecipes.com)
- Deviled eggs
- Loaded potato skins
- Beer-battered onion rings
- Jalapeno poppers (epicurious.com)
- Chips of all kinds with guacamole, onion dip and hot offerings like Baked Crab and Spinach and Artichoke dips
- Veggie Tray with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli buds, pickles and black olives
- Bowls of nuts, candies, popcorn and Chex Mix (Chex recipes)
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese (myrecipes.com)
- Chili–Texas Beef or Turkey Chili
- Pulled Pork BBQ (epicurious.com)
- Vegetable Quesadillas with Fresh Salsa
- Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions (delish.com)
- Grilled tri-tip, chicken and kielbasa
- Cauliflower Parmesan (cooking.nytimes.com)
Desserts and sweet treats:
- Chocolate Brownie Cookies (epicurious.com)
- S’mores Nachos
- Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars (tasteofhome.com)
- Chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal cookies
- Cinnamon Roll Dessert Pizza (therecipecritic.com)
- Cherry Trifle (realsimple.com)
- Fresh fruit
An all-appetizers party is not unusual; just make sure you have enough to keep the platters full for the duration of the party. You don’t want to end up having to pacify crazed and hungry fans. (FYI…talk on the street is 10 to 20 wings per person.)
Prepare for a successful Super Bowl Party
Any party takes planning and preparation so here are some helpful hints for ensuring that Super Bowl Sunday comes off without a hitch. Get that garage Man Cave or family room ready, stock the pantry with snacks and drinks and let the games begin!
- Don’t invite more people than your house can hold.
- Have a big screen TV for easy viewing with enough seating for everyone.
- Decorate with your team’s colors using banners, pillows and inflatable footballs. If you feel especially brave, have face paint in the teams’ colors so your guests can express themselves.
- Remove expensive rugs; bare floors for spirited touchdown dances and spilled drinks will make cleanup easier. (Click here for the NFL Best Touchdown Dances.)
- Have a well-rounded menu incorporating the three main food groups: cheese, bacon and wings.
- Set up coolers of ice for beer, sodas and water, plus a drinks station with ice and cups for lemonade, tea, wine and spirits.
- Use disposable and unbreakable trays, cups and dishes (don’t put your good stuff at risk) and invest in lots of napkins.
- Remove any breakables from the room in case of over-exuberance.
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