superbowl trophyWhether you’re planning a fiesta for forty in your new entertainment room or an intimate gathering of bros in the basement, make sure your party receives more buzz than the most clever Super Bowl advertisements. From food to guest list to games, everything must come together for your party to be a hit. The Super Bowl is less than one month away, so now is the time to plan your menu and invite guests.

 

Party Snacks

Finger foods and apps work well for Super Bowl parties. Not only are they fun, they are often easy to make and they require little other than durable cookware and pot holders. Capture the spirit of the epic game with classic Super Bowl fan faves that are hearty, flavorful and quick. This buffalo chicken dip from Burp! Where Food Happens was a fan favorite in the food blog community, for the way it combined classic game-day flavors in a new and expected way. The dip contains hot sauce, chicken, cream cheese and cheddar and is served with celery sticks and crusty bread.

 

bacon monkey breadTrick your guests into thinking that you slaved over the oven with a pull-apart bacon monkey bread that uses pre-made biscuit dough as a little cheat. Stuffed with bacon, cheddar, sauteed peppers and onions, the monkey bread tastes rich and flavorful and is easy for a crowd to tear into. To make, cook the bacon, onions and peppers. Toss the filling and cheese with cut pieces of biscuit dough, then pack everything into a 10-inch bundt pan and bake.

Try lighter fare alongside these rich crowd-pleasers. Homemade popcorn is low in calories, crunchy and flavorful. Serve in parchment paper cones or portion into quart-sized mason jars so each guest can grab a jar and snack. As an extra touch, wrap the jars in scrapbook paper patterned with end zones.

For health-conscious guests, incorporate lighter dips that can be served with fresh veggies, crackers, baked tortilla chips or whole wheat bread. Store-bought hummus makes this a snap, but you can also experiment with homemade edamame or avocado hummus, white bean dip, jalapeno popper dip or a skinny hot spinach dip.

Have a couple of game-day sweets around, such as football-shaped whoopie pies or cupcakes decorated as footballs. Don’t forget the brews, a Super Bowl essential. Stock your coolers with ice and pop some cold ones in there to greet guests upon arrival. Print football-shaped drink tags so guests can find their brew on a crowded table.

popcornParty Games

Games give guests that don’t know each other a way to mingle and buy you some time to bring out food, clean as you go and greet newcomers. Plus, everyone’s competitive spirit is riding high on Super Bowl Sunday. If the weather’s warm, consider hosting a pre-party pickup game for all ages. This gives kids an outlet for excess energy that can keep them from getting rowdy as the game goes on, and allows everyone to burn off some calories before eating. Create a sheet of predictions –who will be the MVP, who will score the most points — and have all guests fill it out. Whoever gets the most trivia right wins a prize.

Decorate your home with streamers, balloons or tissue paper pom poms in team colors to get ready for the big day. Have plenty of trivets and pot holders on hand to hold warm dishes. By creating a warm atmosphere, using games to encourage mingling and serving fun and flavorful food, you’ve addressed all the essentials of a wonderful party.

 

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