If you are to be the host for an upcoming super bowl party, here are some festive party plays that are sure to score you some points with your guests, and won’t break the bank:
Tackling the menu
Buffets are great for Super bowl. Offer a casual service, allow guests to nosh at their own pace on their game day favs. The planner in me LOVES a fabulous and festive tablescape (more about this in a minute) to showcase your eats. The idea is that no matter how casual or upscale the buffet, make it easy for you (yes you, it is never a good thing to have a frazzled hostess greeting guests), and your guests to serve and enjoy.
A few of my game day faves:
*Crisps, chips and dips always score major points and have the widest fan base Fresh, raw veggies (carrots, celery sticks, broccoli, cauliflower and cherry tomatoes are great options and provide a variety of color) and assorted chips. Pita, tortilla and two varieties of kettle brand chips (like sea salt & vinegar and original) are my go-tos Serve with hummus and ranch dip. I like to offer one basic hummus and one specialty, roasted red peppers is a great one to try. Rather than bowls serve the dips in hollowed-out bell peppers for added flair.
*Chili or tortilla soup
Crock pots are not the most attractive of serving pieces, so wrap yours up in team color fabric, or even a boa (if you use a boa, try a black and gold one if you are a saints fan)
*Beef tenderloin on mini rolls with horseradish is a great option. Arrange in an abundant display on a festive platter.
*Assorted specialty pizzas (offer two at a time, and feel free to change up the selections throughout the event)
*Potato wedges, with jalapeno cheese dip. I can eat potatoes anyway you want to prepare them, but wedges with this dip is delish! Arrange the wedges on a football shaped platter. Serve the dip in a potato skin placed in the center of the platter.
* Sundae Night Football! For a fun and interactive way to give guests what they want, setup a make you’re a perfect time to serve is during half time. Display two- three ice cream flavor choices complete with toppings of nut pieces, assorted sprinkles, cherries and of course whipped cream!
*Beverage: Soft drinks, water, bottled beer and maybe even a little wine will round out the menu nicely.
Important party tip: Label the food on your buffet. Guests will really appreciate knowing what they are eating. Small photograph stands make great label displays. If you do not any have available, simply folded tent cards cut out of a brown paper bag (bonus if they are shaped like footballs) are also a great option.
Now for the part I really LOVE! The tablescape Whether you will be serving gourmet selections, or if you prefer a more casual menu, be creative with the display of your food. The buffet is a perfect place to express a competitive festive atmosphere, design your own buffet spectacular using a few of these fun ideas:
*Green linen or better yet a few squares of sod make a great table foundation.
*Next, drape your team’s jersey (or both if you will be entertaining s house divided) over the table. Let the majority of the jersey(s) hang off the front of the table for maximum impact. Not to worry, serving pieces will hold the jerseys(s) in place.
*Create a festive centerpiece with florals in team colors, or use helmets and footballs.
*After you artfully arrange your food on the table, accent the display with flags, mini-footballs, and pom-poms.
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