Who says you can’t hold a good party once the Holidays are over? And Super Bowl Sunday seems perfectly timed to celebrate. The trick is to plan ahead and get as much done as possible as early as you can.
First on the list is deciding what food you are going to be serving. Do you want a formal dinner with everyone gathered around the table, or a more casual seating arrangement?
Keep that in mind when you consider which of our three Super Bowl menu ideas will serve you best.
Super Bowl Menu 1
.Ham & Pickle Pinwheels
.Hearty 3-Bean Chili
.Sweet Apple Carrot Coleslaw
.No-Fuss Rocky Road Brownies
.Pina Colada Punch
Super Bowl Menu 2
.Simply Divine Seven Layer Dip
with Homemade Taco Seasoning
.Tex Mex Sliders
.Red Potato Salad
.Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
.Broiled Angel Food Cake, Berries & Whipped Cream
.Raspberry Beer Cocktail
.Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
Super Bowl Menu 3
.Spicy Hummus Dip
.Honey Pecan Chicken
.White Bean soup
.Buffalo Chicken Salad
Take a look at our recipe selection of great game day drinks and decide which you want to offer.
Then check out the game day finger foods recipes which would best complement those drinks. Game day dips are a no brainer as they make healthy football snacks, are easy to prepare and can be done ahead of time. Plus let’s face it: there’s no denying that Super Bowl and nachos go hand in hand. You don’t want to go and disappoint your guests, do you…?
Our Super Bowl dinner recipes offer something more substantial like soup and/or chili, as well as salads and homemade bread – most of which can also be prepared earlier, even the day before so that you can enjoy yourself too.
And to round up this feast, what better than a Super Bowl cake made from scratch or better yet, a store-bought lovingly ‘finished’ at the last minute. Or just stick with individual sweets: brownies or macaroons, anyone?
First Super Bowl Game Day Tips
No need to panic! It can be intimidating when you’re expecting a bunch of friends and family to descend on you for a day of fun and excitement. So here are a few tips to help you plan ahead of time and make sure you’ve got everything handled without any last minute panic.
After the game itself of course, food is without a doubt the star of the party. So start thinking about which party snacks you would like to offer and make a list. Have another list going for the ingredients you will need to make those football dishes.
Make sure you make as much food ahead of time as you possibly can – you want to enjoy the game and the company too!
Decide whether you will allow alcoholic beverages or not. BYOB is very nice, but definitely not advisable in every situation. It’s your home, you make the rules. Other drink options would be a nice punch, lemonade or soft drinks. You don’t want to have to worry about people driving home safely after the game.
Make it easy on yourself and minimize cleanup by using disposable paper cups, plates and napkins.
Finally, if you find yourself teetering on the edge of overwhelm or even stressed financially, don’t be afraid to ask your guests to contribute to your chosen game day menu – sort of a ‘cost of admission’!
On Game Day, make sure you take care of the following:
. set up your food and drinks in the same room where people will be watching the game. No one wants to risk missing anything important, plus it’s a drag having to tear yourself away from all the excitement to go refuel;
. ensure any grilling is done before the party starts. It is uncomfortable for guests to watch a host miss most of the game in order to serve them;
. have plenty of seating space available, even if you have to borrow some chairs or use big floor cushions for the younger crowd.
A final word to the wise: have a super successful game day party, and be prepared to become the go-to host for all parties to come…