Super Bowl Get-Together Ideas

A Super Bowl get-together is a tradition for the football loyal, and Super Bowl get-together ideas buzz is all around.  What team will you be rooting for to become victorious as Super Bowl LII champions?  Our beloved Saints were so close, but ultimately, defeat was to be.   I do not have a dog, Saint, Eagle or Patriot in the fight, so the focus of my Super Bowl get-together ideas is on what drives the party down the field to score a win for the movers, shakers and Super Bowl get-together partakers.

Scrumptious foods.

Halftime show extravaganzas.

Commercials of advertising gold.

The commercials have been known to be more must see tv than the game itself.  Super Bowl commercials make for interesting post-game observations and Monday morning quarterback conversations.  Country Living Magazine features The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time.  Can you guess my favorite?

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I’ve selected Super Bowl get-together ideas and items with comfort zone wow factor in mind.

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Sleek style teams with full, rich sound with the VIZIO sound bar.  Enhance the entire Super Bowl experience by boosting the audio experience.  Comfortable seating options are essential game watching components and score big points in the comfort zone.

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Toddman High-Back New Velvet Club Chair  ||  Crimson Red Eco Leather Club Arm Chair  ||  Isabelle Square Tufted Ottoman  ||  Eclipse Series Home Theater Recliner (Row of 2)

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Comfort is the name of the game at the buffet, coffee, and decorative side table as well.  The America’s Plate-by-Plate Game Day Food Lineup infographic shows popular Game Day recipes pulled from Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Tablespoon websites.  Favorite game day foods in each state shows just how much Super Bowl game watchers love their game day snacks.  Sliders, tater tot casserole, cowboy caviar, stuffed mushrooms, root beer chicken and butter cake bars deliciously represent our sister states coast to coast, region to region.  Crab au Gratin represents Louisiana as the favorite game day dish.  Chicken and sausage gumbo rules the game day buffet table at our house, but I don’t believe anyone would object to a tray full of crocks housing individual servings of Crab au Gratin.

C’est si bon!

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Crabmeat Au Gratin 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

½  cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

2 teaspoons ZATARAIN’S® Creole Seasoning

Hot pepper sauce, to taste

1 pound lump  crabmeat

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium-low heat.  Add onion and parsley; cook and stir 3 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add flour; cook and stir until lightly browned. Slowly stir in milk; continue cooking until mixture begins to thicken.

Stir in ½ cup of the cheese, Creole Seasoning and hot pepper sauce.  Reduce heat to low; cook and stir until cheese is melted.  Gently stir in crabmeat. Pour mixture into greased 1-quart baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble around the edges.  Makes 3 cups.

~Zatarain’s

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Play off team colors when selecting tableware, serving pieces, and home decor accessories to accent Super Bowl spirit.

Super Bowl Get-Together Ideas

Super Bowl get-together ideas and decorations need not be an exercise in difficulty or expense.

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For a centerpiece, grab a vase or jar, fill it with vase fillers in team colors, add mascot appropriate embellishments, and let the centerpiece games begin.  Fill in the blanks with cuttings from nature’s arts and crafts store (your yard) or floral gatherings from the floral department at the local market.

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Scrapbook paper makes great placemats.  There’s a time and a place for china, silver, quality linens and crystal glassware.  A Super Bowl get-together is not one of those times, in my humble opinion.

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Football Field Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

Repeat after me my Super Bowl get-together ideas entertaining mantra:

Casual.

Comfortable.

Easy.

You can find plenty of party items that fit the casual, comfortable and easy bill online as well as local dollar and discount stores.

Inexpensive.

Yep, that’s another point scored on the Super Bowl get-together ideas scoreboard.

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Footballs Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

You can’t go wrong with items that avoid team colors or logos.   Granted, some Super Bowl get-together items are one-time use winners, but I like to buy some items that easily fit with other occasions and themes.

tablewaresFinger foods and disposable wares go with sporting events and concessions, so why not incorporate that theme into your menu and party decor?

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Black and White Popcorn Boxes

I love this look!  These black and white striped popcorn boxes make a good call for serving popcorn, nuts, and party mixes.   Paper scoop cups with newspaper design add an extra! extra! snack all about it! fun to the food festivities.

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Choice Large 7.5 oz. Paper Scoop Cup with Newsprint Design – 50/Pack

Menus will vary from Super Bowl get-together to Super Bowl get-together, but serving delicious food is the goal.

Soup.  Chili.  Beef stew.   Yes, please.

Fries.  Nachos.  Mozzarella sticks.  Onion rings.  Yum!

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Pulled pork sandwiches.  Fried catfish and hush puppies.  Slow-cooker Southern barbecue chicken.  Creole French fries.  Ice cold beverages with just the right amount of fizz.  Mardi Gras King Cake.   What time do we eat?

Frozen pizza.  A large salad made from fresh ingredients.  Barq’sRoot Beer or Cocoa~Cola ice cream floats.  A drop by the supermarket spread made for good times and gathering friends.

Whatever works for you works best for your Super Bowl get-together. That’s the winning point of these Super Bowl get-together ideas.

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Team, Table and Tap: Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 marks a milestone deserving of an epic Super Bowl celebration.  There is a lot riding on Super Bowl 50.  Record breaking attendance, Monday morning quarterbacking the plays, the buzz surrounding the commercials and critiquing the halftime show performances of Beyoncé and Coldplay.  The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will meet for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium with A game aspirations for a Super Bowl 50 championship victory.  Never underestimated the pomp and circumstance leading up to the Super Bowl. It’s a football force to be reckoned with.

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The Louisiana loyal are Manning up to show support for our man Peyton. There’s a Southern football family tree with roots that run New Orleans Saints, University of Tennessee and Ole Miss deep!  Papa Archie was a New Orleans Saint, Peyton a Tennessee Vol  and Eli an Ole Miss Rebel.

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We would love to see the Broncos win so Peyton Manning, if what the general football nation says is true and he is going to retire, could finish his NFL career on a career high note.  I think it is safe to assume Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will not be sentimental to Peyton or a shrinking violet opposing team to play.  Any way you cut it, what a difference an impressive winning season makes. The pomp and circumstance leading up to the game is already at a fever pitch.  My job as Super Bowl party coordinator comes complete with a set of game day party rules, and those game day party rules are as follows:

The Man Cave Comforts of Home

Dave the Builder’s man cave is a come in and stay awhile game room for any and all.  Sir Kitty Cat loves to hang out in the cave, and it is the favored space to hang out in when the son, nephews and nieces come to town.  In fact, my youngest nephew recently informed me he was willing to take both sofas off my hands in the very near future.  He does not sit on the sofa, he melts into it.  The sofas are very comfortable as sofas should be, and for that exact reason will be staying right where they are for several more years.

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Club chairs capture the art deco style in Great Gatsby fashion.  I like the Peyton club chair for obvious reasons.  Of course I selected a club chair named Peyton!

Let The Music Play

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These record coaster always put a fun and nostalgic spin on the fifty, thirty and twentysomething conversations.  Remember when?

Disposable is doable

There’s a time and a place for china, silver plate, quality linens and glassware.  A Super Bowl party is not the time nor the place. Repeat after me:  Casual. Comfortable. Easy.  You can find plenty of party items that fit the casual, comfortable and easy bill and stay in Super Bowl theme at your local dollar and discount stores.  Inexpensive.  That’s another point on the Super Bowl party scoreboard.

Put Your Money Where Your Serveware Wow Factor Is

Entertaining can get expensive.  Quality serveware pieces pay for themselves over time.  Interior designer Miles Redd says it best.

“Buy the best, and you only cry once.”

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The Games Big Boys Play

Attention spans have been known to dwindle on the other side of halftime and first run commercials. Great eats-n-drinks and a seasoned trash talk session can only take a party so far.

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I keep a games big boys play themed basket of playing cards, related reading material and wooden travel peg games in Dave the Builder’s man cave for just this reason.

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Simple is Simply Delicious

This food for thought quote from Nigella Lawson speaks volumes toward the position food plays at a Super Bowl game day party.

“Food is about memories.  It’s rich and messy and anarchic- much like life.”

~ Nigella Lawson 

I learned years ago the game day menu is almost as important as the point spread. Speaking of spreads-my dad was an avid sportsman with a love and appreciation of the game of football first on the roster.

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My dad got to attend two Super Bowl games, and he regaled us with his “there’s nothing like being there live and in person” stories of the game. For the other 48 times, he watched the game from his favorite armchair. His game day snacks starting lineup always included celery sticks and Fritos served with a bowl full of pimento cheese made from my paternal grandmother’s recipe.  Willie’s pimento cheese recipe ingredient list consists of only three ingredients, and is guilty as Southern sin of omitting the house staple of the South, Duke’s mayonnaise.  I don’t believe Willie or my dad would object if a ½ cup of Duke’s mayo found its way into the ingredient list.  Simple and simply delicious.

Willie’s Pimento Cheese

Ingredients

1 pkg (32 oz ) Velveeta®
4  4 ounce jars pimento; drained
pepper to taste

Directions

Allow Velveeta to soften at room temperature. Place the Velveeta and pimentos into large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash Velveeta® and pimentos until smooth  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

What Beer Goes with What Chip

Wondering what beer pairs with potato chips, a Super Bowl menu must have?

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What’s on team, table and tap for your Super Bowl 50 party?

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Big Flavor For The Big Game: Super Bowl Party Recipes

Big flavor for the big game comes from tailgating good times and delicious Super Bowl party recipes.  Regardless if you are parked in the stadium lot or at home in front of the big screen, Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with good times, great sports and tasty team food!  Dine & Dash asks the question, “ are you ready?”  You know we are, especially when it comes to Super Bowl party recipes starring your Pepperoni Pizza King’s Hawaiian Bread.

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This Super Bowl tailgating party favorite recipe from How Sweet It Is for Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos is on our gameday menu radar.

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Did someone say spicy hummus?  We’re digging and dipping this quick and easy recipe for spicy hummus from PopSugar.

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If it’s January in Louisiana, and it’s Super Bowl Sunday, you can bet it’s a party and a shucking good time for a crawfish boil.

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Up next in our Super Bowl party recipes suggestion box is a Places In The Home house favorite, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges with Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce.

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Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

4 medium sweet potatoes, washed, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into thick wedges

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 ½  teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.  Cut potatoes into wedges of desired thickness.  In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg,  garlic powder, sea salt and pepper, coating potatoes evenly with all ingredients.  Cover and marinate at least two hours.  Lightly coat large baking sheet with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon.  Place marinated sweet potato wedges on baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until tender.  Serve immediately.

Places In The Home Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 ½  tablespoons honey

1 ½ tablespoons barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt and mayonnaise to incorporate flavors together.  Add the honey and barbecue sauce, whisking all ingredients together. Last but not least, whisk in the fresh lime juice.

Wait a minute!  What about something sweet?  BeanTown Baker (Patriots approriate) scores with her yummy recipe for Samoas Rice Krispies Treats. This sweet treat is reminiscent of the taste of one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies and a snack classic, the rice krispie treat.

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Enjoy the game, the Super Bowl party recipes, the camaraderie and all the fun and festivities of Super Bowl Sunday!

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Contests and Olioboard: A Creative Tool Of The Trade

My weekend fun has reached beyond recipes and preparing for Super Bowl XLVI.  Olioboard, moodboard creator site extraordinaire, is a valuable creative tool for designers and decorators.  Creative expression and client essential interior moodboards can be beautifully created for presentations, portfolios, and for pure fun.  Olioboard allows you to create 2D and 3D interior design moodboards, share, participate in contests and interact with an extremely supportive online community.  Joining Olioboard is as easy as email address, username, password, and password confirmation gets. Contests and Olioboard are on tap this week. Speaking of on tap…

I am currently participating in the Spirit of Sports Man Cave design contest. The Places In The Home username was taken so design98 is how I’m known on Olioboard.  It has been a fun week of creating, tweaking and consulting.  My nephew came by last night and was fascinated with the man cave entries from all the participants.  Man Caves have mass appeal with more and more homeowners embracing the concept and design possibilities.

It was fun to conduct my own survey this week asking male family members and friends between the ages 19 and 82 the following question: What would you put in your ultimate Man Cave?  Here’s the results of this totally unofficial but madly informative survey.

1. Televisions- yes, more than one

2. Beer Fridge

3.  Multiple Game Systems

4. Leather Recliners

5. Theater Quality Surround Sound System

6. Pool Table

7. Wireless Internet Connection

8. iPod Docking  Stations-again, more than one

9. Hot Dog Machine

10.  Craps, Blackjack, and Poker Tables

Outdoor kitchen, foosball table and fully stocked kitchen rounded out the requests.

Mars and Venus~

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