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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
1 pkg (32 oz ) Velveeta®
4 4 ounce jars pimento; drained
pepper to taste
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?
What’s on team, table and tap for your Super Bowl 50 party?