Whether you’re rooting for the Atlanta Falcons, cheering for the New England Patriots, or just excited to watch the must-see Half-Time Show (with an over-the-top performance by Lady Gaga), one thing’s for sure – you’ll probably be enjoying the big game this weekend with friends and family. To celebrate this annual extravaganza, why not host a game day get-together at your home by throwing a Super Bowl party?!
Super Bowl Party Ideas From The Pros
To help you host a memorable and fun-filled Super Bowl party, today’s Game Day Entertaining Guide shares must-read party tips, delicious recipes, and unique ideas from celebrity event planners and caterers, renowned restaurateurs, and notable party pros.
Send Super Bowl Party Invites
To get things started, nothing sets the stage than themed party invitations. Greg Jenkins, partner and co-founder of the award-winning event production company, Bravo Productions, recommends sending out invites well in advance of the big game. “Come up with a clever invitation that you can create free online and email gout to your guests. There are companies such as Greenenvelope and Evite that you can use to get the word out. Perhaps, send invites to your guests by creating a Facebook event.”
Go For Super Bowl Party Decorations
When it comes to setting the stage for your Super Bowl party, festive decorations make it a party. Jenkins recommends using “Falcon and Patriot team pennants and flags to decorate the ceiling. You also can get team imprinted balloons to make it festive.
If affordable, rent a popcorn and pretzel machine to serve hot snacks that your guests can serve themselves, while adding that football game experience. You also can purchase individual bags of peanuts and snacks at stores such as Costco and Smart & Final.
Perhaps, purchase mini football helmets to place peanuts or dips in and pom-poms to all the guests as party favors. You can find inexpensive paper/plastic helmets online or perhaps at your local party supply stores.”
Cook Flavorful Super Bowl Party Foods
This year, kick-up your Super Bowl party food a notch with a few special dishes that will score you major points with your guests. To help you cook up a feast, here are some winning recipes from top restaurants and caterers around the country.
Having catered events for A-Listers including Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Fallon, and Billy Joel, celebrity caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs in New York knows how to serve up flavorful dishes that party guests will rave about. She recommends whipping up tasty appetizers like Frankfurter Lollipops, Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Taco with Spicy Pink Slaw, and Classic BLT Cups.
Below is her recipe for Frankfurter Lollipops.
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 cup cheddar cheese – shredded
- ½ cup egg wash with Dijon mustard
- 6 beef hotdogs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Flour table and put puff pastry down on flat table.
- Add cheddar cheese to half of puff pastry sheet.
- Fold over other side of puff pastry to cover cheese.
- Take floured rolling pin and flatten out dough to incorporate cheese and make pastry into a rectangle
- Cut puff pastry in half-length wise and cut the length of hot dogs (Should get three across)
- Brush pastry with egg wash.
- Add hotdog and roll up pastry around the hotdog.
- Put in freezer for at least 2 hours. Cut each roll ¾ inch thick and place on parchment covered sheet pan.
- Bake for 8 – 12 minutes until golden brown.
- To serve stick each hotdog round with a 10-inch-long skewer.
- Stand up skewers into a 6-inch glass cube filled with dried black beans.
Richard Doucette, executive chef at the Lighthouse Grill at Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard shares his scrumptious Super Bowl Beef Chili recipe below, which would make a great main dish option.
- 28 oz. ground beef
- 4 Spanish onions (diced)
- 1 head of celery (diced)
- 8 red bell peppers (diced)
- 2 bunches cilantro (chopped)
- 2 jalapenos (seeded and diced)
- 2 cups Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- ½ bottle Cholula Hot Sauce
- 111 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 111 oz. ketchup
- 111 oz. canned red kidney beans (drained)
- 111 oz. canned black beans (drained)
- 12 oz. canned chipotle peppers in adobo
- 2 cups ground ancho peppers
- 1 tbsp. granulated garlic
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 tbsp. whole cumin
- 2 tbsp. black pepper
- 4 tbsp. dried Mexican oregano
- 4 tbsp. smoked paprika
- Kosher salt – season to taste
- Combine all liquids, set aside.
- In a large pot on medium-high heat, brown ground beef. Strain off excess fat.
- Add all vegetables and cook until tender.
- Add all spices and toast until fragrant.
- Add beans and all liquids. Reduce heat to low.
- Cook slowly for two hours.
Serve The Right Beverages
To accompany your Super Bowl party food, refreshing beverages are a must-have. Home entertaining expert, TV/media personality, and founder of the popular eatery – The Farm of Beverly Hills, Fran Berger recommends stocking the fridge with the right beverages.
Berger says, “If your guests are more into sodas and beer than a full bar then get a couple of coolers, fill them with ice and bottles of soda (more sophisticated than cans) and a few types of bottled beer (perhaps a Belgian style ale, a local craft beer, and a lager) and have it be serve-yourself.”
Christophe Kubiak at La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events in the Bay Area reminds us that “the host should be having fun too, and not slaving in the kitchen. Prepare 2 signature cocktails ahead of time, each of them representing the two teams going to the Super Bowl. For Atlanta, you can use ingredients like Southern Comfort and peaches. New England has a long history with rum, as well as maple syrup, so you can use these ingredients to build a yummy cocktail. You can encourage your guests to take the drink that represents their favorite drink.”
Well-known mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler created two team-inspired Stoli cocktails to help you and your guests celebrate the Super Bowl (no matter who they’re rooting for).
Inspired by Atlanta’s most iconic soft drink, here’s a cocktail to serve Falcons’ fans.
- 1.5 oz Stoli Vanil
- 3 oz Coca-Cola
- .5 oz dark Jamaican rum
- Lime wheel
- In an Old Fashioned glass, add Stoli Vanil and cola.
- Fill glass with ice and float rum on top.
- Garnish with lime wheel.
Inspired by classic Cape Cod, here’s a signature cocktail to give Patriots’ fans.
- 1.5 oz Stoli Citros
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 2 oz sparkling apple cider
- Lemon wedge
- In a Collins glass, add Stoli Citros, cranberry juice, and sparkling apple cider.
- 2. Fill with ice and garnish with lemon.
Last but not least, let’s not overlook the frequently-forgotten (but totally necessary) extra steps to ensure your guests feel comfortable in your abode… making sure your bathroom is clean, tidy, and smelling fresh.
Lifestyle blogger and best-selling celebrity author, Katherine Schwarzenegger, shares her tips on how to get your guest bathroom ready for game day.
Get Your Guest Bathroom Game Day Ready
Katherine says, “You remembered the decor, the snacks and the fan gear. Everything looks perfect, but you may be forgetting the most important room of all…your bathroom! No joke. It’s the one, statistically proven place America unites on game day for the anticipated Halftime Bathroom Break, but a recent survey shows 62% of people watching the Super Bowl are most likely to forget bathroom supplies when planning their party (Survey fielded January 2017, ORC Intl)! I always like to make sure my bathroom looks nice, smells nice and has a little bit of a personal touch. Some ideas: Put a Febreze small Spaces on top of your toilet tank to continuously defend against any odors, put out chic white guest towels (maybe even game day themed for a fun touch!) and stock up on Charmin Ultra Strong to make sure you have plenty of toilet paper for your guests.”
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