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Much to Rob’s dismay, I’ve never been much of a football fan, but when it comes to the Super Bowl, I’m all in. Probably because this game is more than just a game, it’s an event and a perfect excuse to get all your friends together for a day.
Of course, if it’s your team that makes it to the finals, it’s even more fun, but either way, it’s a blast! And let’s be real, do I really care about the final outcome?! Not really… don’t hate me.
The tough and overwhelming part about throwing a party is actually prepping, but as long as you go in with a game plan, it’s a breeze!
Send invites early so you know how many guests will be coming and how much food you’ll need to prepare. In this day and age, the quickest way is to send an email or evite to easily keep track of who’s coming, who’s not and who hasn’t replied.
After you know how many guests you have coming, do your shopping early. I usually shop two days ahead. Anything fresh that I’ve bought will still be good by game day and it spreads out the work and makes it seem less daunting. Having your shopping taken care of leaves you more time to prep for your actual party.
Of course the game is a big part of the entertainment, but for those who aren’t as into the sport, having other fun things to do makes the party a little bit more lively. Before the game starts, have your guests fill out these fun little printables and have them drop theirs in bucket of the team they think will win. At the end of the night, draw one name out of the winning team’s bucket and give them a prize!
The day before the big game, I like to get a few more things prepared. If you’re like me, you crave something sweet after meals. I made these bite-size cheesecake bites topped with crushed Snickers & M&M’s! Did you know that Snickers is an Official Sponsor of Super Bowl 50? They’re refrigerated, so I can easily pull them out the next day!For those who aren’t as into chocolates, they can grab snack bags! I made the bags from old grocery sacks and stuffed them with two of my favorite candies — Skittles and Starburst. The best part? I got all of these goodies at Target which is super close to my house.
Rather than your traditional nachos or burgers, I wanted to switch things up, so I made sliders topped with ‘fancy’ ingredients like caramelized onions, blue cheese and arugula. I also made baked parmesan fries because why not? Our friends appreciate good food, so I love making something that’s a bit unexpected! I plan on prepping these the day of. It’s easy to form patties in the morning and prep the remaining ingredients for easy assembly once my guests start arriving.
I always keep things easy when it comes to presentation. White plates and serving dishes let the desserts and snacks take center stage.
Keep it Simple
Like I mentioned earlier, party planning can be stressful, so keep it simple. Instead of making 10 dishes, keep it to 2 or 3 really special dishes so that you’re not running around like a crazy person. Plus, guests always ask what to bring, so delegate some of the other items to them.
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