Guest Post by Quinn http://healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com/
In homes across the country, preparations are underway for the biggest party of the year. It's not Christmas or New Year's Eve or even the 4th of July. Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and that means free-flowing beer, plates stacked high with chicken wings and meatballs and rooms full of people cheering on their favorite team.
For some people, the game is not even the most important part of the party. Enjoying the company of family and friends, enjoying good food and having a relaxing evening can appeal to almost anyone, whether you are interested in the game or not. The following five ideas can help you host a Super Bowl party that your friends and family will be talking about long after the final touchdown is scored.
Set the Scene
I’ve hosted our family Super Bowl party for the past several years. My husband’s always had a great time, and one year after the party, he gave me a beautiful wooden tray and dip set from here to show his appreciation for the hours of planning that went into the party. We use the tray almost monthly for entertaining friends and family. It’s so versatile that it can hold a cheese ball and crackers for the Christmas party, melted chocolate and strawberries for a backyard BBQ and chips and dip for the Super Bowl party. Having a special serving dish or centerpiece can help set the scene for your party.
Have Some Unique Appetizers
Chips, dip and chicken wings are staples for almost every Super Bowl party. This year, try adding a unique new appetizer to the traditional favorites. Every year, I make bacon-wrapped meatballs. It’s always a hit with everyone and we have friends asking us for the recipe every year. I use the recipe from this site.
Serve Up Memorable Cocktails
While beer and soft drinks are Super Bowl party favorites, I’ve found that serving delicious cocktails makes the party unique and unforgettable. One of my favorites is Winter Sangria. This sweet drink is a favorite among the females that attend the party, but the sweet flavor even appeals to the men as well! This recipe is sure to become one of your new favorites
Don’t Forget the Beer!
Even with the Winter Sangria, beer is still an important part of your Super Bowl party. Serving the beer in a cooler can be far from memorable though…
Instead, try holding a blind beer tasting. Select five different types of beer and put each bottle into a separate brown paper bag. Label each bag from one to five. Offer small tasting glasses full for each type of beer. Have guests try to guess what type of beer it is, as well as choose their least and most favorite from the five available types. Everyone may be surprised at the results!
Have Fun with the Commercials
The Super Bowl is the one time that commercials don’t mean automatically flipping to a new station. To keep your guests entertained during game day breaks, host a game of commercial bingo. Before your guests arrive, create bingo cards full of big name advertisers. During the party, have guests mark their bingo cards according to the commercials that air. First person to get a bingo wins a prize!
Planning a fun and enjoyable Super Bowl party can take a lot of hard work. However, with these five tips, your party will be the talk of the town for weeks to come! Although a word of caution: Your guests may have so much fun that you will be in charge of hosting the party every year!