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Score a fabulous party touchdown at your next Super bowl bash!
Super Bowl Kick Off
Let’s face it, Superbowl is all about food, fun, and the BIG GAME! When I asked my husband what kind of decorations we should put up, he just looked at me and said,”Decorations? We don’t need decorations, just lots’ of food! It’s all about the food baby!” Well, I took his statement into account and decided to decorate anyway, despite his comment.
I wanted a smooth and easily accessible set up, so there would be NO INTERRUPTIONS during the game, because we all know men (some select women), an intense football game and unwanted interruptions definitely don’t mix! Well, I think we pulled it off! Less time in the kitchen and more time to eat fabulous foods…oh, and watch the game!
A green table cloth with strips of white ribbon became our football field. I found these green clearance Christmas paper plates that I knew would be perfect for this party. Football cocktail napkins made the perfect pair. Simple, yet fit for men on a football mission!
Our focus for this party was of course, the food! Our minds began to race when we thought of all the decorations we could use. We could pick a team and use their colors. But, I had to keep in mind that our party goers were split between teams so we choose to be fair. We decided in the end to use both teams colors, and keep it simple and neutral. Flags and pennants became our theme for each of our food bars.
Recently, Chris and Heidi took a trip to Las Vegas and ate at the Burger Bar. This gave us the perfect idea for our Super Bowl party. So we set up the bars and let the food fun begin! Here, we used a simple brown table cloth to drape over our appetizer bar. We placed different sized tables and bar stools together to help with space, and create plenty of room for more food! A yellow pennant strand spelling ‘FIRST DOWN’ was draped across the ‘bar’!
The Super Bowl is a family affair and our potlucks are never lacking. Here are just a few of our fun family favorites. Check out our tasty appetizer recipes you might want to try for your next party!
Ivanna’s Layered Taco Dip
I don’t know what she does but Ivanna’s dip is my favorite. Layer a BIG dish with all these ingredients, throw in a few bags of tortilla chips and you’ll have an appetizer score!
7 Layer Dip
Seasoned ground beef
Sour Cream (can mix with packet of Taco Seasoning for extra flavor)
(She garnished the top with a few slices of lime, green onions, and some fresh Cilantro)
Frank has an awesome salsa recipe that was handed down to him by his Momma, and when you look at the ingredients for this recipe, you’ll see how easy it is and have to try it out!
1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
1 clove garlic peeled
1/2 bunch cilantro finely chopped
4 – 6 jalapenos (Now if that sounds like too much heat, just take a few out)
In a hot pan, roast jalapenos until browned on edges and you can start smelling the spiciness!
In a blender, add roasted jalapenos, garlic clove, cilantro, and just the juice from the canned whole tomatoes. Blend well, and lastly add your tomatoes. Push the chop button a few times. It all depends on if you like it chunky or smooth. (Canned tomatoes are a great way to have fresh homemade Salsa anytime of year, and are great for flavor since the tomatoes are canned at the peak of ripeness)
Heidi’s Sweet and Spicy Wings
Cook your Chicken Wings (I like the Frozen to get the smaller size). Then toss with my favorite Sweet and Spicy Sauce.
Mix together one bottle of your favorite Cayenne Hot Sauce (most use Tabasco, but I like Frank’s Red Hot) with 1 lb. of Brown Sugar. Mix together until sugar dissolves and toss with cooked Chicken Wings.
Chris’s Salami Rolls
Now, if the men on a football mission are wondering what they can bring to a Super Bowl potluck, here’s a creative and easy way to spice up that package of salami.
It only takes a little prep time, and your guests will be impressed with your skills!
Patty’s Bacon Wrapped Smokies
I made these Smokies a few years back, and they have been requested at every Super Bowl party we have. Unfortunately, they never last past half time, so I always have my share before the party…shhhh!
1 14 oz. package of Lil’ Smokies
2 packages bacon, slices cut in half
Wrap each Smokie with half a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Place in crockpot. Add enough brown sugar to cover the top of the Smokies, about 1 package brown sugar. Cook until browned and crisp! It’s a must that I double and often times triple this recipe so everyone gets a chance to try these out.
Favorite Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
1/2 cup frozen spinach, drained
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Romano cheese
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. basil (fresh) or 1 tbsp. (dried)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
dash of pepper
Cream the cream cheese, mayo, cheese (except mozzarella), garlic, basil, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix well and add artichokes, spinach, and mix until combined. Pour into a well greased pan and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 until top is browned. Serve with bread or crackers.
Keeping this area stocked is very important in order to wash down all that great food, so you can dig in again and again! We decided to make this our referee table with a black and white striped material. It let our guests know just where to go for a refreshing drink!
The burger bar was our main meal. We decided on mini sliders simply because the FIRST DOWN appetizer bar could be a meal in itself!
Again, we decided to decorate with both team colors and pennants became a simple on going theme.
Build your own Slider!
With an array of toppings to choose from, there was no limit to what kind of slider could be made, and no one could eat just one! Thank goodness for these mini burgers!
Fries in a cup!
Prep a few cups filled with french fries, or even sweet potato fries (or both) for your guests to enjoy along side their sliders.
There’s always room for dessert!
Create your own Ice Cream Sundae Bar!
Just fill your table with loads of ice cream toppings, and your team winners will gladly fill their sundae glasses with sweet victory. Even the defeated team won’t pass up a chance for a DIY dessert.
Ivanna’s Football Rice Crispy Treats
Our friend Ivanna always gets in the spirit of the celebration, and though we planned for a simple ice cream sundae bar she decided to throw these footballs in that were a big hit with the kids, and the big kids too!
Have fun kicking things up at your next Super Bowl Party!