Planning a Super Bowl Party!

Planning a Super Bowl Party!

Planning a Super Bowl Party!

Super Bowl Sunday is a fine excuse to throw a great party. You and your guests can cheer on a favorite team, laugh together at outrageous Super Bowl commercials and last but not least, catch up while enjoying the all-important food and drink. Follow these tips to plan a fun, casual Super Bowl Party:

  • Make your guest list and invite your friends with a football-themed e-vite. They can RSVP and get maps to your home online.
  • Purchase football-themed party goods and decorations at a party supply store. Pick up napkins, plates, cups, streamers, etc in your team’s colors. If you are on a tight budget, concentrate your decorating on the table where the food will be served.
  • Prepare the Chili Boats with Fixin’s the day before the Super bowl and simply re-heat. These savory chili boats are tempting because guests can customize their own bowl with corn chips, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro and fresh sliced jalapenos. Enjoy this easy recipe from my book, Easy Entertaining for Beginners. Add a crunchy salad and a few sweets such as fudgy brownies, chewy cookies or cupcakes decorated with a football theme.
  • Ask each guest to bring their all-time favorite munchies for your snack table. Set up Lifetime’s 37" Card Table in the room where the main television is located. Some snack suggestions: guacamole, 7 layer dip, chips, and nachos, hot wings with blue cheese dressing, sushi, taquitos, and pot stickers.
  • For beverages, offer an assortment of soda, juice and bottled water.
  • Spoil your guests by setting up a second television in the kitchen or dining room by the main buffet table so no one will miss any of the game action.

Chili Boats with All the Fixins
Serves 8
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds ground boneless beef chuck
1 large white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 cups (one 14-ounce can) beef broth (soup aisle)
1 tablespoon salt
2 cans (15 ounces each) small red beans (pinquitos) or pinto beans
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bag (9 3/4 ounces) Fritos corn chips

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups sour cream
2 limes cut into wedges
3 large jalapeño chilies, sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the vegetable oil and brown the ground chuck. Drain the fat from the meat by carefully holding the lid with potholders slightly askew and pouring the fat into a mug. (Don’t pour it down the sink). Add the onion and green pepper and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the tomatoes, cumin, oregano, chili powder, cayenne pepper, beef broth, and 1 tablespoon salt. Simmer for 1 hour over low heat. Add the beans and salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 5 minutes.
To serve, put a handful of Fritos in the bottom of a bowl. Top with a ladleful of chili and let guests add their own toppings.


Bachelor Party Ideas

3/9/2010 10:01:23 PM

Great ideas, definitely loved the chili suggestions.  Thanks for sharing.


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