One Week Til Superbowl Sunday!

Working in the hospitality and event industry, I have a knack for party planning. And every year, around Mid-November, I think to myself, “Man, I should really hold a Super Bowl party.” Every year. And what don’t I do every year? Host a Super Bowl party.

But just because I don’t always follow through on my bright ideas, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! And if you’re having a Super Bowl party this year, I thought I’d supply you with a few party ideas that I’ve been saving up. If I’m not going to use them, at least someone can. The Super Bowl is just one week away – still plenty of time to pick up all the ingredients needed!

The key to bringing every party together is just a little bit of decor – especially if you’ve got a theme. And what’s a party without a theme? For a Super Bowl party, the theme is in the title. And the decorations are surprisingly easier than one would think. A fun and easy decoration is turning your dining room table into a football stadium. A green tablecloth, and some white paint, and it’s the perfect setting for your Super Bowl snacks and treats. This cost me $2 at the dollar store – and was so easy to make.

Got a punch dispenser in the cupboard? You’ve got yourself a hydration station for the players.

Every Super Bowl Party comes with an arrangement of snacks, so I’ve done the research for you and come up with 5 delicious snack options for your Super Bowl arrangement!

  1. Honey Garlic Meatballs  from Averiecooks. You can never go wrong with meatballs. Everybody loves meatballs. You can either keep them warm in a crock pot, or put them on a serving platter with some toothpicks for easy grabbing.
  2. Tater Tot Skewers – from Madewithhappy. I love tater tots. Tater puffs are so good. Ask my co-workers. When we have them for breakfast events, I’m all over them. I hide them in my pocket a la Napoleon Dynamite. Basically, how can you go wrong with this recipe?
  3. Slow Cooker Taco Dip  – from Thechunkychef. The easiest recipes for a busy party day are always the slow cooker recipes. All you need are some tortilla chips, maybe a side of sour cream, and you’re good to go. You can even mix it up with different kinds of nacho chips – blue chips, scoops, rolled, anything! It’s a good opportunity to mix it up without causing too much work.
  4. Game Day Party Pack  – From M&M Meat Shops. It’s all about the appetizers for parties. This is an easy bake, easy grab option. They’re great snacks, and they won’t take up too much of your time!
  5. Veggie Platter. I have no link for this one, but you can either do it the easy way, or the harder way. Easy way consists of picking up a pre-made platter at the grocery store. The harder way is prepping it yourself. Good news, you can easily prep it the day before. You’d be surprised at how many people love veggie platters.

After all that salty food, you definitely need something sweet. These two are so simple and easy – but you’ll impress all your guests!

Chocolate Rice Krispie Footballs

3/4 stick of butter
5 cups of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup of cocoa
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 cups of rice krispies
White cookie icing

How To
In a pot, melt butter, mini marshmallows and cocoa together – constantly stirring.
Once melted, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Add the rice krispies, and stir until all is combined.
Remove from heat, and let cool for just a minute or two.
On a baking sheet with parchment paper, make small piles of the mixture.
Once they’re cool enough to touch, roll into a ball. Flatten onto the parchment paper, and shape into footballs.
Decorate like a football & serve!

Chocolate Strawberry Footballs

1 bag of dark chocolate chips (270g bag)
A pint of Strawberries, washed and dried
White cookie icing

How To
In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate, stirring every 20 seconds.
On a baking sheet with parchment paper, dip strawberries in chocolate and place on the sheet.
Complete with all berries, and then place in fridge to solidify.
Once cooled, decorate like a football, and either serve right away, or return to the fridge until ready to serve.

And last, but not least, you just have to make sure you have a variety of drinks. You’ll get the designated drivers drinking soda or water (pick up a diet and a regular), then your beer drinkers (a 2-4 is probably best), and a bottle or two of wine! Most people will BYOB to a party, but as a host it’s always good to have something on hand. You never know who may forget, or who may decide to have just one – as a host, have something on hand to offer!

Try and get everything set and ready before the game starts – prep and cook as much as you can, and keep everything warm. You don’t want to be missing any part of the game by spending it all in the kitchen. Half time is usually the best time to bring out the treat-y foods – maybe even some fruit too! Everyone is ready to get off the heavier food, and sail through the rest of the game snacking on whatever is left.

Let me know if you try any of the great recipes I found, or even gave the treats a go! I have yet to host my own party – I’m going to live vicariously through all of you!

Til Music Monday… XO Oh My Samcake

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