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Alright party people it’s countdown time. I’ve been getting you ready for the Big Game for the past 2 weeks and now you’re just about set with Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, festive Party Popcorn, and a Spicy Crawfish Dip that will stop you in your tracks (and got me 5 seconds on the Rachael Ray Show- holla!). Today we’re going to wrap things up with some easy Big Game snacks with plenty of time for you to make your shopping list.
Down. Set. EAT. Get it? Instead of Down. Set. Hut.
Do they say that for real?
With minimal effort, I’m going to show you how to rock your game day leaving your guests thinking you stressed for days.
Ready to get started?
Let’s get to it.
For starters, I’m going to need you to think beyond traditional tablecloths, or worse, plastic table coverings. I know the plastic stuff is economical and easy to clean up and throw away, but if you’re savvy you can purchase my satin striped fabric covering my buffet table for not much more than you’d spend on that tablecloth you’re going to toss. $2.99 a yard, friends. When costume fabric is on clearance at the local fabric store and it just so happens to be black and white like a referee’s uniform- you buy it. So it’s satin? You’re just setting the tone for a swanky football watch party. And better yet? You can use it again next year. And heck, you can even cut some fabric strips off and use it for Coke Float decoration (coming later in the post)
Now that you’ve got your table covering figured out, you’re going to need to work with a color palette that will work well with the stripes. The key to a beautiful setup is having a plan while you’re out and about shopping. If you start throwing in every single football related product into your buggy, you’re not going to achieve the “oh my goodness, look how cute she made football look!” effect. You’re going to get the “oh my goodness, she bought every single thing with a football field on it” effect. We’re going for the cute effect.
I like decorating for football to not look so, well, um, football-ish. Using neutral colors accomplishes a couple of things: 1. your team stinks and didn’t make it to the big show so you don’t want to decorate in their honor, and 2. neutral colors mean you can use the leftovers (napkins, cupcake toppers, plates, etc) at your next football bash.
Once your decor is figured out, it’s time to think about what people are going to stuff their faces with. A quick trip to Walmart will have you ready to wow in no time. I used to have this thing about shopping at Walmart but when I started comparing the prices, it’s a no brainer for party preparations. For example, the DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust® Pizza is on rollback and costs less than $6. An entire stuffed crust pizza! I digress.
I’ve given you some options in previous posts about sandwiches and dips, but today we’re going to keep things pretty simple. Since we were talking about pizza, do you know how magical serving a couple of Digiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust® Pizzas is? Toss the boxes and set the pizza out on pizza stones and people won’t even question that it’s not homemade.
You’ll have no delivery guy giving you away, your house will smell amazing…and you can spend your time on other things. Like continuing the pizza vibe with the dessert. A fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust, layered with cinnamon cream cheese looks great and is a great alternative for someone wanting a snack but not wanting to wreck the waistline.
What’s a party without Ritz Crackers crackers? Seriously. The buttery taste of those things are so addictive. I’m going to give you two options for your Ritz crackers. Option 1 is the easy peasey pepperoni & cheese tray football platter. Looks festive and can be whipped up in a snap.
Did you see my fun video on Instagram showing you how fast you can whip this Ritz Cracker Cheese Platter together?
Here’s the tutorial: Ritz Cracker Cheese Tray DIY
All you need is Ritz Crackers, assorted cheese slices, sliced pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese. I simply sliced a mozzarella stick (I call them string cheese) to make the football laces.
Option 2 is if you’re wanting to bring out the big guns and impress the socks off your guests.
I give you Lisa Talber’s Spicy Creole Shrimp Crackers with New Orleans Style Pig Candy crackers. The recipe is in The Traveling Apron Cookbook and I’ve talked about it before, but it is hands down one of my go-to party appetizers. When people gush over them, it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage them to buy my cookbook- lots of hidden gems in there.
Last but certainly not least, a party isn’t a party until you’re serving up the beverages. You can’t go wrong with Coca Cola products, and when the game is dragging on and on and on….pull out the ingredients to make Old Fashioned Coke Floats. The kids will think you’re the best hostess on the planet and the ladies will enjoy the distraction from the loud guys yelling at the television.
Fill up your glasses with ice.
Pour the Coca Cola along the side of the glass (reduces the foam).
Top with a heaping dollop of whipped cream.
Pop in a pretty straw.
Holy cow, are you still here? I’m so sorry I bombarded you with such a lengthy post but I just got to rambling about how to make your party cute and not football tacky, then snacks to score big (see what I did there?), and before I knew it I’m getting alerts telling me I’m at the end of my word allowance. Ok, there’s really no word cap, but man I’m betting you wish there was.
I knew I shouldn’t have promised this would be the last time I talked about football party prep for a while. Clearly, I have much to say about the topic.
So I’ll leave you with this: have an extraordinary weekend and happy game day party planning!