Even if you’re not a football fan, there’s no excuse to throw a a party like a big game. This Super Bowl, we have your party planning covered with Jess Ceresino of The Sports Brat, a site that offers everything from tailgate-inspired recipes to game day fashion and interviews. As the self-proclaimed ultimate girl’s guide to game day, Ceresino aims to help girly girls to take Sundays by storm.
With the biggest football game of the year on the line, follow her simple party planning tips and your Super Bowl bash will be sure to score touchdowns.
Even if you want to keep the focus on the game, it’s fun to pull together a few simple, DIY decorations to keep your party feeling festive. “My football serving ware holders and my football field tablecloth are easy, fun and add the perfect touch to your table,” said Ceresino.
How To: Make Football Cups
Pick up a few mason jars from your local grocery or craft store. Paint them brown, using whatever paint you can get at your local art or hardware store and then let them dry. When the brown paint is fully dry, use white paint and a smaller brush to paint stitch lines on them in white. Remember: laces out.
How To: Make a Football Field Table Cloth
Purchase one piece of green astroturf from your local hardware store. Using white spray paint, spray some white lines on the material so that it resembles a football field. “Cut out a few mini footballs to lay as decoration on the field,” said Ceresino. “Just like that you have a mini football field to display your snacks and drinks.”
To make goal posts, use PVC piping, also from your local hardware store. Ceresino suggests using ½ inch PVC Pipe, two 90-degree elbow connectors and one “T” connector for the center. “Cut the pipe into two 12-inch sections for the uprights, two 5-inch pieces for the middle and one 9-inch piece for the base using PVC pipe cutters,” said Ceresino. For the base, use a white wall cover with a hole cut in the center. “You can easily connect the ends to create a mini field goal to place at the end of your table.”
Game Day Recipes
Before you get cooking for the big game, plan out your menu so that you’re organized in advance. “You don’t want to be running back and forth to the kitchen when you should be enjoying the game…and the best commercials of the year.” Ceresino said. We look for recipes that you can either prepare ahead of time or recipes that you can set in the crockpot and forget about until they’re finished cooking.
“Come game day I want easy-to-make recipes so I can enjoy the game,” said Ceresino. “My favorite is my Game Day Buffalo Lettuce Wraps. You can prep the lettuce and the filling the day before in the crockpot (or early the morning of the game), and you’re done! They taste great, have that game day flavor and save you a few calories.”
Game Day Buffalo Lettuce Wraps from The Sports Brat: Game day is chock full of football, fun, and calories, but it doesn’t always need to be. If you want to keep your game day menu lighter, try this recipe instead of fried, greasy wings that are full of empty calories. Add blue cheese or ranch dressing if you want to indulge a little without all of the morning-after guilt.
Red Quinoa Bruschetta: If you’ve caught onto the quinoa craze, use up leftover quinoa and tomatoes with a healthy twist on a classic appetizer. Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes can be a healthy and filling snack perfect or game day to to start off any weekend dinner. Save this for the summer, too, when your garden or farmers’ market is overflowing with fresh tomatoes.
Slow Cooker Soy and Lime Chicken Wings from Spoonful of Flavor: Skip the butter and the deep frying and make flavorful wings in your slow cooker. Your fingers will be less greasy and as an added bonus, your kitchen will smell pretty amazing for your party guests. Because these are cooked in a crockpot, they yield tender, fall-off-the-bone wings. Use tongs to remove them from the crockpot before you enjoy.
Sweet Potato Chips with Garlic Aioli from Life Tastes Good: If you’re a chips and dip lover, you can make a healthier version of your favorite flavors. Skip the bagged chips and the store bought dip and whip up a homemade aioli to go alongside homemade baked sweet potato chips. The chips are baked to with the skin on for added health benefit and nice, crispy edges.
Three Cheese Mini Potato Skins from Simply Sated: If you want all of the flavor of potato skins without the high calorie count, then make them mini. The perfect bite-size appetizers, you can serve these loaded with three cheeses plus your favorite toppings: bacon, sour cream, green onions and any other fixings that you love.