Whatcha Makin' Now?: Super Bowl Party Time!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Super Bowl Party Time!

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It's almost Super Bowl time, which means parties. But, you don't need to spend a ton of time planning, decorating, baking, and cooking to have a successful party.

Let's take a gander at a few of my tips for throwing a fun and easy-breezy Super Bowl Party...

Save Money
Did you know you can text COUPONS to TARGET and receive Target coupons?? This was news to me and I'm hooked. I'm already a Cartwheel user and Red Card holder so the coupons give me even more savings. And, Target currently has coupons for Sharpie and Rubbermaid! Now you can buy more snacks with that savings! 

Easy and Quick Snack Ideas
Snacks and lots of them are the name of the game. Serve on small plates so guests can graze as they watch the game. Here are a few of my favorites:
  • Chips and Dip
  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa or Queso
  • Fresh Veggies with Dip
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Summer Sausage, Cheese, and Crackers
  • Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
  • Freshly Popped Popcorn (Recipe below)
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Stinky Pretzels (Recipe below)
  • Here's a whole Pinterest board of Game Day Treats for more ideas! 

Serving Tips
I decided to serve all of my snacks in Rubbermaid containers. This worked perfectly for a number of reasons...
  • All of the containers matched! (My OCD smiled.)
  • They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • They all have lids so it makes prepping and storing so easy. They even stack and clip together!
  • Not only will it look nice for your party, but you can use the same containers on a daily basis. 

  • Pick up a plastic tablecloth from the party section at Target.
  • You can also grab party plates, napkins, and silverware in the party section. I found black/white striped napkins for the 'referee' feel. I lucked out and found the fun Touchdown plates and napkins at Aldi for under a buck a set. 
  • I made up a football play printable to play up the football theme. Feel free to click the below image and use for your party, too! 

  • Use Sharpies to decorate the table, Rubbermaid containers, write names on cups, and label snacks. 
  • Toy footballs are another easy and inexpensive item. Plus, you can can in-door football during your party so there's that. 

Create a Game During the Game
We all know your guests will come to your party having the game outcome in mind. Make a game of it and have your guests write down the game prediction. The winner: Let them take home all of the leftovers in the Rubbermaid containers! Not only will this make their night, but you'll have little to no clean up! Win-Win-Win! However.....you will need to go replace your Rubbermaid containers....

Again, keep it simple! I made a quick little sign explaining the contest. Then, cut pieces of paper and used Sharpies to write: Name, Winner, Spread on each piece.

(Also, I was out of colored ink but I was able to use my Sharpies to color in the team logos!)

Now for a couple recipes.

Stinky Pretzels

These Stinky Pretzels get them name because of all the spices. This is similar to my Ranch and Dill Oyster Crackers and No-Bake Snack Crackers with a Kick; lots of flavor with little work.

Stinky Pretzels
16 to 18 ounces Sourdough Hard Pretzels, broken into small chunks 
3/4 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 package Ranch salad dressing mix
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon dill weed

Place pretzels in a large Rubbermaid bowl. Pour olive oil, butter, and spices into a small bowl and whisk together. Pour mixture over pretzels, put lid on bowl, and shake the container to mix. Let pretzels sit for at least 8 hours so seasoning and oil soak in. Shake/stir pretzels every few hours to make sure oil moves around. 

DIY Microwave Popcorn using a paper bag!

I found these super cute popcorn bags at the Dollar Tree so decided to quickly pop popcorn for our guests. This is seriously so easy and works. You could just to brown paper bag (lunch bags) if you can't find popcorn bags. 

DIY Microwave Popcorn 
1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter (optional - you can skip the oil and it will be just like air pop!)
Salt to taste

In a small bowl, mix together the popcorn kernels and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.

Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to release steam. Add salt to your liking and serve in the brown bag or pour into a bowl.

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Don't forget to grab your phone and text COUPONS to TARGET for your coupons! It's kinda like winning the lottery.