Posts Labeled ‘Super Bowl’

Super Bowl Party: Chips and Dips

Whether you are a Broncos’ fan, a Seahawks’ fan, or just in it for the commercials, it’s not too early to start thinking about your Super Bowl Party. The best place to start is with everyone’s favorite snack: chips and dip. Here are some different takes on the great classic. Bon Appétit!

 

Instead of store bought Sour Cream and Onion Dip try Sweet Onion Dip via Martha Stewart

Instead of Hummus, try White Bean Dip with Herbs via FoodandWine.com

Instead of Charcuterie try Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip recipe via Epicurious

Super Bowl Entertaining Ideas

One of my favorite days of the year is just around the corner: the Super Bowl! This year is even more exciting as my New England Patriots are playing! As you prepare for Super Bowl Sunday, here are some fun Super Bowl party decoration ideas, including a variety of printables from Hostess With the Mostess.

Go Pats!

football garland via Better Homes and Gardens

football brownies via Better Homes and Gardens

Super Bowl printables via Hostess with the Mostess

Football field runner and coasters via Martha Stewart

Touchdown! Super Bowl Party Tips

Of all the sports out there, football is by far my favorite. I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl, watching games with my father and my brother. So I am always excited for the Super Bowl — even if the Patriots did not make it in!

Here are some tips, recipes, and decor ideas for celebrating the Big Game.

Rice Krispie Football Treats

Buffalo Chicken Tenders via Martha Stewart; tenders are often much easier to eat than wings

referee cupcakes via Hostess with the Mostess; simple and fun!

Hostess with the Mostess Decor Ideas; felt cloth and iron on numbers make a great tablecloth

Super Bowl Centerpiece on Hostess With the Mostess via InStyle Parties; I love the use of wheat grass as a football field!

Super Bowl Football Cake via Celebrations.com; more wheatgrass.

 

Warm Up Your Next Party with a Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot cocoa bar (photo via Food Network)

We are in the midst of the Snowpocalypse here in the DC area. At our house we have at least 30 inches of snow outside. We’ve already shoveled the driveway three times and will certainly be out there again before all of this is over. It’s good exercise, I guess. But let’s be honest, shoveling is not fun!

What will make this all better, I ask myself? Hot chocolate will help. Better still? A hot chocolate bar!

Hot chocolate bars — where you can make your own custom hot cocoa with a variety of “fixings” — are becoming very popular. They are great on a snowy day at home, but even more fun at a party. Guests love the interactivity and the ability to create their favorite cooca concoction. Try it at a winter engagement party, a SuperBowl bash, or a birthday party.

Set out some mugs.

These celebrity-designed mugs are not only whimsical, but they also help raise money for Whatever it Takes, a charity to raise money to combat the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
Celebrity-designed mugs available at Neiman Marcus

Celebrity-designed mugs available at Neiman Marcus

Pillivuyt has such classic tableware. These extra large mugs are no exception — and would leave plenty of room for making the perfect cocoa creation.

Pillivuyt Eden extra large mug, available at Geary's

Pillivuyt Eden extra large mug, available at Geary's

Make a few batches of hot chocolate.

A batch of regular hot cocoa for the base is a great place to start. This recipe for Creamy Hot Chocolate from Epicurious would be perfect. I’d recommend offering a couple of other bases, as well, like white hot chocolate or peppermint hot chocolate.

Provide some add-ins — offer both liquid and dry.

Dry:

  • Crumbled peppermint sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate-covered marshmallows (like these from Bissinger’s)
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Orange twists or peel
  • Chopped up candy bar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramels

Liquid:

or for the adults…

  • Kahlua
  • Bailey’s
  • Creme de Mint
  • Grand Marnier
  • Peppermint Schnapps

To top it off:

  • Whipped cream
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder

Set out some stirrers.

  • candy canes or peppermint sticks
  • cinnamon sticks
  • artisan stirrers (like this tempting one from Knipschildt — white chocolate with butterscotch and whiskey)

knipschildt stirrer -  white chocolate with butterscotch and whiskey

Enjoy!!

Super Fun Super Bowl Invitations

I came across these playful, fun invitations by Checkerboard today. How fun would these be for a Super Bowl party? I love how the invitation comes complete with an origami football, football field, and bright yellow upright — getting folks in the competitive spirit even before the Big Game!

Football-themed invitation from Checkerboard

Football-themed invitation from Checkerboard

fold-out field with pop-up upright

fold-out field with pop-up upright