Football fans everywhere are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday, and it is coming fast! Diehard fans have been watching as teams have been eliminated, bringing us to Sunday’s game where the final two teams will bring their best games in hopes of winning the title.
What do you have planned for the 46th Super Bowl? Are you hosting a party? Attending one? Anyone want to hazard a guess as to how many homes will be full of fans, cheering and cursing as the game plays out? If you’re hosting a party, or have offered to pitch in as a guest, we’ve got some ideas to make the most of the day. And if you have kids underfoot, or are taking them with you to a party, we’ve got some special tips just for you!
First, let’s talk about the food. Yes, these parties tend to be all about the game first, food second. Okay, maybe it’s about the game, beer, and then food, but you get the point. All that excitement, all that energy – it needs fuel, and we’ve got some great suggestions for you.
What to serve? Yes, you can serve chips and pretzels, but you can do so much better than that. We want you to bring your best game! Think of weighty appetizers like Loaded Baked Potato Dip, Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks, Sriracha Honey Buffalo wings, or Asian Turkey Meatballs then round out these hot and savoury treats with simple crudités and snacks.
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What about hungry kids? For the most part, our kids are happy nibbling whatever we are eating, and it helps build good habits of trying new foods! It’s not usually necessary to make alternate foods if you are expecting a group of kids. I am happy to see my kids curious about new flavours, and you never know what they’ll try when other kids are eating something interesting! So don’t hesitate to offer appropriate amounts of the food you are serving the adults in the room, though you may want to watch spicy foods like chicken wings, or make sure the food is served in a way kids can enjoy safely (cut up, bones removed, etc.) If I know kids are coming over, I sometimes will make sure to have a few simple items like crackers and cheese and fruit or veggies so they can round out their plate with something familiar. (And who knows, you may have guests who like to nibble on lighter or simpler foods, and that’s okay too!)
Pro tip! Start your cooking early, and be sure to plan out your timing for any cooked foods. Look for shortcuts or “prepare the night before” hints in recipes. Stay on top of the clean up as you prepare foods; clear garbage and recyclables before the party starts and be sure to run and empty the dishwasher before your guests arrive! It’ll fill up fast so don’t forget it – and with kids around, dirty glassware is safest in the dishwasher, not scattered on coffee or end tables!
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Back to the game! Now, what makes for a perfect game day? A room full of people ready to celebrate and commiserate together, attention fully on the game. No, you can’t walk in front of the television. No, you can’t have the remote so you can record your show. Most of us who socialize without kids can manage this kind of focus, no problem, but what about when kids are included? We love to welcome them, but how to keep them busy and entertained so the adults can watch?
Entertaining the kids – a good offense is your best defense. Why not ask your sitter if she might be willing to sit for a few hours to keep the kids busy with a few activities, or playing in a playroom far away from the game? Or if you or one of the guests have a preteen or teen, see if they’d like to step into the role – great practice for inexperienced sitters because parents are always close at hand. It’s a shame to always leave the kids behind especially when we often have family joining us, but this is a nice way to include them while also giving parents a rest from toddler-chasing and kid-wrangling.
And once they’ve had enough to eat, why not plan a special dessert just for them? (Psst: this can also be an activity!) Make cupcakes ahead of time, then let them frost and sprinkle to their heart’s content. Or let them help make something like these Apple Nachos – remember, if you have a sitter or teen willing to be your extra set of hands, it becomes much easier!
So here’s to Super Bowl Sunday! Hope good food and good company fuel you through the afternoon, and that your team nabs the title.
And keep it friendly now, but I have to know – are you backing the Patriots or Giants?
Don’t miss our Valentine’s Day post coming after Super Bowl Sunday! Guys, don’t get caught off guard – you now have an easy way to remember the sweetest of holidays that might slip your mind otherwise. Super Bowl, then Valentine’s Day! Every year. You’re welcome.