It's that time of year again, when football fans get together for the biggest blowout of the year while comfortably ensconced on the couch watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.
If you're new to football theme parties, take a tip from others who are into entertaining at NFL football games throughtout the year.
That is - think fast and convenient foods and recipes to make it easy on you, and allow your party guests to nosh as they enjoy the game.
As the clock ticks down to the kick-off, it's time to get your game on with these super easy Super Bowl party tips:
Remember that Super Bowl Sunday traditionally starts around 6PM on the East Coast (5Pm Central, 4PM Mountain and 3PM Pacific) so timing is all important when you're planning to send out your Super Bowl party invitations.
If you may want to invite friends over early to watch the pregame show warmup, make sure you plan on greeting them at the door with plenty of finger food already on hand. Chips, dip, celery and carrot sticks, olives, deviled eggs (the kids will them, too), and cheese or nacho platters will all be devoured by game time, guaranteed.
For a quick hot dish, remember that the ever-popular buffalo chicken wings broil up fast. Make it easy by having the celery sticks and bleu cheese dip ready the night before for an instant snack that will also really score lots of points with guests.
For the kids, you can't beat chicken nuggets along with their favorite dip. Sodas or sports drinks, together with hot chocolate and marshmallows will fit right in with your football theme.
And, for the adults what's a Super Bowl game without the beer?
When it's time for the half time show, get ready to seriously chow down with pans of baked ziti, lasagna and other make ahead meals you can freeze and latter warm up on the afternoon of the big game.
Later, don't forget to leave room for dessert. Again, these should be easy to make and to eat, so consider serving up cookies, homemade cupcakes, heaping bowls of ice cream, or try whipping up a quick strawberry shortcake - made from sliced store-bought pound cake smothered in strawberries and cream.
Finally, whether they're favorite team wins or loses, send your guests home happy with a goody bag filled with foam #1 hands, a football player bobble head figure, protein health bars, beef jerky, team stickers, or other small football-themed giveaways.
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