Are You Ready For Some Football: Hosting a Super Bowl Party


Sunday February 6th marks one of the most sacred days in football: The Super Bowl. Every year Ed and I host friends and family for a super bowl party. This is easily one of our most fun parties to host as all we worry about is food and drink, the entertainment of course is provided thanks to the NFL.

The key to a successful super bowl party is to make it as “guy-friendly” (read: no fuss) as possible.


Game-Time Must Haves:

  • Abundant seating. We bring out the folding chairs and floor cushions to make sure there is plenty of seating.
  • Extra napkins and paper towels. The underdog scores a touchdown and everyone goes wild, which propels a plate of food from someone’s lap onto the floor. With extra napkins on hand, we can clean up the mess without having to take our eyes off the game.
  • Paper plates and plastic cups. Normally I am a big proponent of using real dishes, but during the super bowl all rules are out the window. Use paper plates and plastic cups to minimize your time in the kitchen and maximize your time in front of the tv.
  • Football decor. While certainly not necessary, football decor can add a little extra fun to your day. Some of my favorite accessories are:

And if you are very hardcore:

  • Lots of Food. It definitely makes me hungry to watch the football players work so hard on the field. To curb everyone’s appetites we always make sure to have a plethora of snacks available. The two most sought after snacks every year are the pigs-in-a-blanket and 7 layer dip. If you are looking for some snacks that are sure to be a hit, I recommend trying these out.

7-Layer Dip
Ingredients:
1 head of lettuce shredded
1 can refried beans
sliced black olives (approx. 2.25 oz)
1 3/4 cup shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups guacamole
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 packet taco seasoning (any level of spiciness works)
Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips

Directions:
1. Mix the taco seasoning with the sour cream
2. Using any sort of pan (approx. 9x 13 with at least 2 inch high sides) layer the following ingredients in the following order (first listed on the bottom): refried beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream (mixed with taco seasoning), salsa, cheese and olives.
3. Serve with Chips

Pigs-in-a-Blanket:
Ingredients:
Pillsbury crescent rolls (each crescent roll dough piece cut in half)
hot dogs (each hot dog cut in two)
ketchup
mustard

Directions:
1. Roll a piece of hot dog in a crescent roll.
2. Place on cookie sheet and bake according to the crescent roll instructions.
3. Serve with ketchup and mustard.

Two super easy snacks that will keep your guests coming back for more. The last most important “must have” is drinks. We always have extra soda and water on hand along with beer. If you are feeling adventurous, a “touchdown-tini” would make a fun addition for the female fans. 

Want to learn the rules of the football to impress your friends this Sunday? Check out Sports Girl.

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January 31, 2011. Celebrations, Recipes, Themed Party. Leave a comment.

Recap: How to Host a Puppy Birthday Party

Miss Fang and Bandit preparing to "blow out the candles" on their birthday cake.

 This year’s puppy birthday party was held last weekend – and the party certainly lived up to its yearly standard (although possibly a bit tamer than years passed). There were costumes, decorations and dog-themed food galore. While the puppy-tini and pin the party hat on the puppy game were missing, there were plenty of other new aspects that everyone enjoyed.

After any party, I believe it is important to not only review the details, but also lay out what worked and what different. This allows others to gain creative ideas and learn what they can do to improve/modify the party for their own benefit.  

The Details

  • Costumes: Puppy-visors with kerchiefs

Modeling the Puppy-visors

  • Food: bone-shaped cheese spread (recipe below), chicken corn chowder, rolls and snacks galore
  • Dessert: bone-shaped petit fours and birthday cake

What Worked:

  • Having a sit-down dinner
  • Using dessert to dress up the tables

What Didn’t Work:

  • The costumes in theory were a great idea, but most of the guests found the ears “itchy” so they didn’t last long.

Recipe: Cheese Spread
From the kitchen of Suzan Pfeiffer

Ingredients:
12 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
12 oz. grated mild cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 small onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Assorted Crackers
Raspberry Jam (or your choice)

Directions:
Mix first 5 ingredients together by hand. Put on platter or in a bowl (or you can mold into any shape you want i.e. dog bone). Sprinkle with pecans. Place jam in a bowl on the side or spread on top of cheese before sprinkling with pecans. Serve with assorted crackers.

My family loves this spread – especially with some extra cayenne pepper. The best thing about it, is that you can plate it any way you like and it always look beautiful. Keep this recipe in mind when you start thinking of Super Bowl foods!

January 25, 2011. Celebrations, Recipes, Sit-Down Dinner Parties, Themed Party. 2 comments.

And the winner is…

I couldn’t pick just 1 winner (or I couldn’t let random.org just pick 1 winner, I should say). So 2 lucky contestants were picked. Without further ado, the winners are:

(sorry Mom – while so grateful for your support, I had to remove you as a contender :))

Krista G. & Stacey Brown: Send me your addresses so I can get your gift out to you right away.

Thank you all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. And, stay tuned because some big and exciting changes will be happening with the blog over the next few months.

Here is a sneak preview of what’s on deck for next week:

  • Recap of the puppy birthday party
  • How to host a Bridal Shower
  • Perfect treats for a Housewarming Party

 Happy Friday.

January 21, 2011. Giveaway. 2 comments.

Spicy Sunday

This past Sunday, as I was perusing cookbooks, I came across a recipe that sounded delicious, easy to make and most importantly spicy. I knew I needed to make it immediately, and luckily for me, Ed was hungry. The  original recipe was found in the book At Home by Steve Poses (one of my favorite books of all time). I’ve made a few modifications to the recipe to make it just a little spicier…enjoy!

Wasabi-Edamame Puree on Rice Crisps with Sesame Seeds
Ingredients:
1 bag (approx 2 cups) frozen edamame
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup water
rice crisps (cut into quarters)
black sesame seeds
2+ tablespoons wasabi powder (spice to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
1. Boil edameme until soft (at least 8 minutes – longer then the directions will tell you to)
2. Once soft, strain and rinse edamame in cold water
3. In a blender or food processor, puree edamame, olive oil, water, wasabi powder, salt and pepper
4. Spoon the puree onto rice crisps (a melon baller is the perfect size scoop)
5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds

This recipe was a huge hit in our house. We could barely stop eating it to take a picture.

Don’t forget about the Reader Giveaway – to enter, comment here.
The winner will be announced tomorrow.

January 20, 2011. Menu, Recipes. Leave a comment.

Housewarming Gifts and a Reader Giveaway

Housewarming parties provide a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to enjoy a new space together.  When you are invited to a housewarming paty, it is a nice gesture to bring a gift. The gift doesn’t need to be expensive, but should be something thoughtful.

Here are some housewarming gifts that I think are very creative:

Wood Bottle Bookends (set of 2 $100); Organic Rice Hull Herb Garden ($16); Balsamic/Olive Oil Cruet Modena ($56); Glass Candle Snuffers ($30); Giraffe & Moose Wall Hooks($40); and Agate Wine Bottle Stoppers ($25)

Since I have been shopping for a perfect housewarming gift, I wanted to share the goods with my first Reader Giveaway!

I have an Ashley Nicole Designs hand crafted bottle stopper to give away. All you have to do is comment stating whether your favorite type of wine is red or white. Easy, right?

Winner will be selected by random.org on Friday.

January 19, 2011. Celebrations, gift suggestions. 8 comments.

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