If you’re looking to personalize your Super Bowl party, these simple ideas will do the trick!
Make these fun projects for Super Bowl Sunday.
As the ultimate event in American football approaches, plans are getting sewn up. You’ve got an array of Super Bowl dips for guests to choose from along with a ton of Super Bowl party foods, and even a few ready-made appetizers worth serving.
While the food is absolutely essential for your Super Bowl party, so is the atmosphere. Fired-up fans need an impressive backdrop to help them get in the spirit. Instead of buying an unreasonable amount of decorations, why not try making them for an extra “wow” factor? Mr. Handyman, an expert in all home crafts, has few great ideas to give your Super Bowl party a makeover with easy and fun DIY projects:
Football Field Table: Forget the generic plastic football tablecloths and create your very own field. Use plywood to fit to an existing table and attach green outdoor carpet. Make a few lines using white artist’s tape, and your field is ready to go.
Field Chalkboard Table: Allow your guests call their own plays on a homemade chalkboard table created with plywood and chalkboard paint.
Football Throw Game: Cut a circle in the center of leftover plywood from your chalkboard table and make a fun corn-hole-esque game that everyone can enjoy.
Football-Themed Bar: Use finished plywood to cut a football shape for front of the bar. With the remaining plywood, create a box on the back and top with green outdoor carpet.
PVC Goal Posts: If you really want to go all-out, make your own goal posts in less than 30 minutes and play a little pre-Super Bowl game in your back yard.
Host a winning Super Bowl party with creative cocktails and easy recipes
I love throwing a Super Bowl party because it's so much fun to take the football theme in all sorts of creative directions. Whether your favorite team is playing or not, all of these game-day goodies are sure to score a touchdown with guests.
You want your guests to all feel like they're making an entrance at your party. This banner is so simple. Take long construction or butcher paper and draw your design, or you can make a design on your computer and take it to a printing store to print to the size of your door.
Once it's been designed and printed, take your scissors and cut strips starting from the bottom and repeat until you've made "streamers" out of the whole design. Use Command Strips to tape the streamers to the door jam as they won't leave a mark when they are removed. Your guests will get to walk through the streamers and will set the tone for a really fun party.
Make your guests feel at home with this "Home Sweet Mahomes" doormat! This is a great way to get the party started right when they walk in the door . and who doesn't love a good pun?
Food flag are a must on any table so that guests know exactly what they're getting! These are so simple. All you need is mini chalkboards and Chiefs and 49ers stickers. I suggest using a white chalk marker because it makes it so much easier to write instead of standard chalk.
30 Best Super Bowl Drinks to Toast to the Big Game
She's not alone in those sentiments, of course. For many people, game day represents an opportunity to indulge in all of their favorite Super Bowl snacks, appetizers, and desserts. But there's one Super Bowl menu item that sometimes falls by the wayside: Super Bowl drinks!
Yes, it's true that you could just dole out a few cold ones and call it a day. But where's the fun in that? Here, you'll find far more inspired, out-of-the-box recipes, including a smoky, mezcal-based Oklahoma Prairie Fire, an icy Blackberry Margarita, and tons of sangria ideas. After all, if you're going to be serving rich, heavy food, you'll want to make sure you balance things out with a light, refreshing cocktail recipe&mdashone that's as fun to look at as your Super Bowl dessert recipe of choice.
At the end of the day, whether your team wins or loses, these best Super Bowl drinks will be a touchdown with you and your guests.
Score a healthy touchdown with your family’s party food on Sunday
One of the best things about watching the Super Bowl is the game-day food, but football favorites are traditionally not the healthiest. Cheesy dips, fried finger foods and decadent desserts are a calorie- and fat-packed punch. The good news is that it is not hard to score big points in your house by lightening up the game-day indulgences a bit, while keeping the flavor. Here are a few ideas and lots of links to explore for healthier recipes that are easy to make and will keep you on track with your healthy diet.
- Breaded and baked chicken tenders tossed in hot sauce: A tasty alternative to the standard deep-fried chicken wings that gives you that Buffalo-wing taste you love. (Find the recipe at this link.) Pair them with low-fat blue cheese and lots of crunchy vegetables. These Oven-Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites also deliver that buffalo taste in veggie form.
- Turkey chili: The fans will love this hearty fiber-rich option loaded with beans and tomatoes. Lean turkey meat has about half the fat of ground beef, too. Top it with low-fat sour cream, cubes of avocado and a sprinkle of low-fat cheddar cheese for a yummy dish that is perfect for serving a group. (Also, click here for an Easy Four-Bean Vegetarian Chili that’s simple to make and sure to please.)
- Chunky vegetable-packed guacamole with baked chips (see recipe below): By making your own chips you get the same crunchy flavor, without all of the saturated fat of regular tortilla chips. The guacamole is rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats add lots of veggies like corn, tomatoes and sweet onion and you have a winning team.
- Flatbread Veggie Pizzas: Skip the takeout pizzas loaded with lots of cheese and meat that is high in saturated fat and calories, and opt for an easy-to-make flatbread pizza loaded with fresh, crunchy veggies. Choose low-fat cheeses, and if you want meat, go for Canadian bacon. You can make a flavor play with fresh basil, too. Try the Flatbread Veggie Explosion Pizza recipe below and here’s another pizza idea if you’re firing up the grill.
- Moist and chewy brownies made with applesauce: Most brownie recipes and mixes call for oil, which contains approximately 120 calories and 12 grams of fat per tablespoon. With only about 15 calories and negligible fat per teaspoon, unsweetened applesauce is a great substitute for oil and allows you to have your brownie without the guilt. When substituting applesauce for oil in baking, it is a 1:1 ratio, 1/4 cup applesauce for 1/4 cup oil. Your brownies will be moist, chewy and better for you.
Try these treats for your Super Bowl viewing this Sunday. Your family members who are focused on eating healthier will appreciate it, and those who don’t will never know the difference, because they taste so good!
Flatbread Veggie Explosion Pizza
This heart healthy pizza will make the football fans go crazy. Get creative with your favorite veggies and be sure to make more than one!
Makes: 1 pizza is six pieces, and three servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
3/4 cup green, red and/or yellow peppers, sliced in thin strips
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 flat bread (often called Naan bread)
Approximately ¼ can of pizza sauce (I prefer Cento)
1 cup baby spinach
Fresh basil, washed and ribbon cut (optional, but so good)
3 slices of Canadian Bacon, cut to bite sized pieces (optional)
Approximately 4 ounces low-fat Mozzarella cheese
1. Sauté the peppers and olive oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat until they are slightly soft about 5 minutes.
2. Add the mushrooms to the pan, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
3. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5 more minutes, lightly tossing everything.
4. While the veggies are cooking, place the flat bread on a cooking sheet or pizza baking pan. Cover with the pizza sauce.
5. Add the cooked veggies, being careful to drain any liquid that has accumulated in the pan while cooking.
6. Add spinach, basil and bacon to the top.
7. Add cheese to the top.
8. Bake at 400 degrees in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted (or grill on lowest setting).
9. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Chunky Guacamole with Baked Pita Chips
Makes approximately 3 cups of guacamole. Total time: 20 minutes
4 ripe avocados, skinned, pitted and diced
1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, or 1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes
½ cup canned corn, drained and rinsed
½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup sweet or red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
Juice of 1-2 limes, depending on how juicy
Fresh cilantro, chopped coarsely (optional, but really makes the recipe better)
¼ teaspoon salt, if desired
1 package of Pita bread (white or whole wheat)
Approximately 2 tablespoon olive oil
Finely ground sea salt, optional
1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, cube and put in a bowl. Mash slightly with a fork.
2. Add all of the other guacamole ingredients and toss gently to mix.
3. Cut pita bread into triangles and lay on a cookie sheet.
4. Brush lightly with olive oil on both sides.
5. Sprinkle on one side with garlic powder and a bit of salt.
6. Bake at 350 degrees. When chips are crisp on one side, flip them. Each side takes about 10 minutes once cool, store in an airtight container.
Stacey Kendrick, MS, is a health educator with more than 20 years of experience in wellness and population health. She spent much of her career at Vanderbilt’s Faculty/Staff Wellness Program and in Strategic Marketing at VUMC. She is mother to two adult daughters. In her free time, she teaches healthy cooking classes, runs, gardens and enjoys backyard bonfires.
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Throwing a Super Bowl party? 12 ways to score extra seating
On StubHub, a ticket for a suite-level, sideline seat at Super Bowl LI in Houston had been priced well into the six figures.
Fortunately, scoring seating for a viewing party in the comfort of your own home only requires a game plan.
Depending on the size and nature of the celebration, finding seating for guests can mean getting creative with what you already own, adding new key pieces, getting crafty with DIY, or going the rental route.
Check out the following 12 ideas that tackle the issue of seating for the big game on Sunday, Feb. 5:
Showing the game on more than one screen will allow the party to flow between spaces, provide additional seating areas and maximize square footage. Take the party outside if weather permits.
Look beyond the living room for chairs, benches, ottomans, bean bags, patio furniture and even stylish step stools that can be re-appropriated to the viewing areas. Bonus points: with advanced planning the pieces you pull out will coordinate with your home’s overall décor when you need them.
Tucking a bench beneath an entryway console, behind the couch, or at the foot of a bed is a clever way to store additional seating. For parties, place where needed.
Firmer and more structured than a bean bag, a “pouf” is a ball-shaped floor pillow that offers seating with style. When not in party mode, decoratively position the poufs beneath a coffee table or console, or to accessorize a bedroom or den.
Available in a range of fabrics, colors and styles, cube-shaped stools can be used for additional seating or as small end tables. Group together to create a larger surface, or place where needed.
For casual crowds, thickly padded floor cushions provide comfort and bohemian charm. Stack and store when not in use.
The MVP of seating, stools are functional, flexible and easy to move around. Everyday uses abound (Think: plant stand, side table, garden seating or table). And some designs fold, stack or nest for storage.
Replace the coffee table with an upholstered ottoman for multipurpose flexibility: seating when you need it, a table when you don’t.
Not the ugly kind. Director’s chairs fold for easy storage, and sidewalk café chairs can be stacked or hung on a wall via small bicycle hooks (trés cute) when not in use.
Transform a folding chair
Yes, the ugly kind. Blogger Jenn Menteer of My Fabuless Life blog, has easy-to-follow directions for reupholstering the padded backs and seats of folding chairs and spray painting the metal frames. (For instruction go to: MyFabulessLife.com/foldingchairs.) Touchdown!
A popular idea with the blogging community, milk-crate seating offers the same creative affordability for parties as it does for classrooms. The project: use a sturdy plastic milk crate, like those found at the Container Store, cover a wooden board with thick foam and upholstery fabric (in team colors if desired!) and attach it to the opening. For directions, go to LiteracyLovesCompany.com and enter “Classroom DIY: Crate Seats” in the search bar.
Cheater version: simply flip the crates bottom-up and add chair cushions. Stack and store for future gatherings.
Think beyond the warming tray. Many party-rental services also offer home furnishings such as upholstered ottomans, long benches, decorative stools, cubes and even sofas and armchairs to help fill in the gaps.
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These Virtual Super Bowl Party Ideas Are Total Touchdowns
It's time to think about the most highly anticipated football event of the season: your Super Bowl party. No matter what team you're rooting for, celebrating Super Bowl Sunday consists of quality time with your squad and, of course, great food. Super Bowl 2021 is no exception, and these virtual Super Bowl party ideas will make a touchdown with your friends as you watch the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7.
Even though a virtual Super Bowl party is quite different from how you traditionally celebrate with your favorite people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses that virtual activities pose the lowest risk of potentially spreading and/or contracting the coronavirus. So, grab your laptop, rock your jersey, and cheer on your team as loudly as you'd like with these virtual Super Bowl party ideas.
Before putting on your game face, don't forget that food is one of the most important parts of Super Bowl Sunday. You and your crew can show off your appetizers via Zoom and vote on whose presentation is the best. After you've had enough pizza and wings, consider playing football-themed trivia or Bingo for some friendly competition. As long as you and your friends plan one or more of these virtual Super Bowl party ideas, you're sure to have a tailgatin' good time.
Game day food is the tastiest part of Super Bowl Sunday, so make sure it takes the spotlight during your virtual celebration. Before getting on Zoom, have each household chef up their fave game day dish, from football-shaped pizza to jalapeño poppers. The most broadcast-worthy voice in each group can show off their creation. The most creative dish will score a touchdown among your group.
The fun doesn't stop during game breaks. Super Bowl commercials are so entertaining to watch, and you can really take them to the next level by playing a fun game of Commercial Bingo. Purchase, download, and print some Super Bowl 2021 Bingo cards ($4, Etsy) so everyone's ready to play.
Get the party started by testing everyone's knowledge of football history. Quiz the group with some trivia questions about football and see who will earn the game day trophy.
6. Play Football!
A long football game where kids have no vested interest (either because their team’s not in it this year or they just don’t love sitting for a long time watching) means heading outside to get out pent up energy is always a good idea. Why not play football? It’s what we’re all here for! Break the kids and adults into teams and go head to head in some friendly scrimmages. TOUCHDOWN!
Game day play
Not to worry, the kids will have plenty of fun games of their own to play on Super Bowl Sunday!
Designate a room in your house as the game room and fill it with tons of game options. From football-themed video games (think: Madden NFL) to pin the football on the field goal, the kids will be entertained for hours so you can be focused on how many touchdowns your team is scoring &mdash and take in all of the commercials without interruption.
Tweens: Set up the Xbox, the Wii, Nintendo or all of the above. Once the consoles are turned on, you won’t hear from your child again for hours! Add in some snacks and a cooler with drinks and your tweens will be in heaven.
Little kids: Play football bingo. There are tons of free printables available online or you can make your own. Get the kids in on the action and let them help design the cards and think up the prizes. You can even make the bingo chips edible like professional photographer and blogger, Michelle DuPuis did.
You can also take it outside during the pre-game show and have a game of football with the little ones. Use a soft football and make up silly rules. They get a bit of exercise and you get to watch them laugh.
Toddlers: Play pin the football on the field goal. DuPuis and her husband designed their own game using painter’s tape and construction paper. Blindfold your child, spin her around and let her try to pin the football between the goal posts. Any football that makes it between the uprights earns a prize.
Check out these fun kids’ party games >>
Call on your little performers to put on their own halftime show for you. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the stars of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, so challenge your children to come up with an act that is centered around music and dance. This activity is sure to keep them occupied during the first half of the game as they practice their performance and also during the second half when they prepare for their encore! Get your video camera ready as your children’s entertainment will certainly be just as entertaining as the Red Hot Chili Peppers &mdash but DVR it to watch later.
Tweens: Your tween can be the manager, the choreographer, the lead singer or all of the above. From lip syncing to actual singing, you’re sure to be entertained by any performance your children think up. If they are familiar with songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruno Mars they might have fun spoofing a few of their hits. Give them free reign to come up with their own fun ideas.
Little kids and toddlers: The little kids and toddlers can be your tween’s back-up dancers, singers or musicians. They can also help design the set and decide on the costumes. During the performance the little ones can join the audience or be on stage &mdash and they are sure to have fun assisting the bigger kids.
From easy to hard, think up a wide range of trivia questions so children of all ages can play. You can either focus the ideas around this year’s Super Bowl, which will make it more of a guessing game (Who will win? How many points will the Super Bowl championship team win by? Which team will score first?) or you can ask about past Super Bowls or football in general. Here are a few ideas for questions you can ask:
15 Quick and Easy Super Bowl Appetizers
15 Quick and Easy Super Bowl Appetizers – Score a Super Bowl party-food touchdown with these delicious, quick, and easy Super Bowl appetizers!
These Super Bowl appetizers will have your football fanatics coming back for more and more!
The BIG Game Day is almost upon us, friends! What will you be doing? Where will you be watching? Whether you’re throwing a party, attending a party, or just enjoying the game from your own couch, you’re going to want to have some of these amazing appetizers on hand.
Truth be told, I only show up for the food AND the half-time show. UNLESS. ⚠ The B e a r s are playing. Then I am glued to the big screen TV, screaming and yelling at every call. I’m a hothead when it comes to MY teams.
Whether you actually watch the Super Bowl or you’re just there for the food, these game day recipes will keep the party going!
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Bacon and Chives Cheese Balls – Easy, cheesy and bacony bite-size appetizer ideal for your game day party!
Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Glazed Meatballs – Delicious, juicy, homemade Meatballs prepared with a sweet and tangy Pineapple Barbecue Sauce.
Pizzadillas – All the gooey and cheesy pizza toppings inside of warm flour tortillas.
Avocado Egg Salad – Mayo-free, chunky and delicious egg salad with avocados, crunchy bacon, green onions, dill, lime juice and yogurt.
Pesto Ham and Cheese Rollups Recipe – Quick, delicious, easy party food with refrigerated crescents dough, ham, cheese and basil pesto.
Southwestern Chicken Bread Boats – Stuffed french bread with a hearty, warm and delicious chicken-mixture with tomatoes, black beans, and corn.
Caprese Cheese Bombs – Soft and flavorful ready-to-bake biscuits filled with a delicious Caprese mixture of sliced tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini – Zucchini halves stuffed with an insanely delicious mixture of cheese, bacon and corn!
Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips – An incredibly flavorful, crispy, and absolutely delicious snack!
Mediterranean Tortellini Salad – An easy and delicious cold pasta salad made with tortellini, olives, red peppers, and feta cheese.
Vanilla Spiced Nuts Recipe – Sweet, crunchy and absolutely irresistible nuts coated with a perfect blend of spice and vanilla.
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip – Delicious, lightened-up creamy fruit dip made with cream cheese and plain yogurt. Simple, yet SO GOOD!
Crock Pot Blueberry Crisp – Packed with blueberries and oats, this simple, super delicious Blueberry Crisp is made right in the crock pot!
Moscato Fruit Salad – Prepared with colorful grapes and berries, this light, boozy, and delicious fresh fruit salad makes the perfect accompaniment to your party nights!
Strawberry Pom Mojito – Refreshing cocktail made with rum, strawberries and pomegranate juice.