On February 4, chances are you’ll be tuning in to watch the big game! If your home has been designated Party Central this year, score a touchdown with these creative party-planning ideas.
Be sure to offer a variety of foods that are easy to eat in front of the TV. Finger foods and submarine sandwich wedges are the smart way to go, so nobody misses any on-field action in between bites. Small paper sacks of snacks like popcorn, nuts and pretzels also fit the bill for stadium fare.
Get everyone in the spirit by decorating in team colors. Lay out plastic cups, plates and napkins in the right shades. Party-goers can show their support by choosing a side and sticking with that color all evening. Drumming up some healthy competition only adds to the fun!
Make up some simple bingo cards that replace numbers on the squares with themes or products that are likely to pop up during the commercials – perfect for those who don’t particularly care about the outcome of the game, but stopped by for the good food and great company. Then again, everyone loves to watch the commercials, so it’s the ideal way to keep the party atmosphere hopping in between pass plays.
If the gang is clamoring for chili, check out this crowd-pleasing recipe from the folks at Southern Living magazine. They suggest plating the chips, but switch things up a bit: Serve it straight out of the Frito bags and give your guests something to really cheer about!
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 cups frozen whole kernel yellow corn, thawed
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 (9-oz.) package garlic pork sausage links, casings removed
1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16-oz.) bottle salsa verde
2 (4.5-oz.) cans chopped green chiles
1 (16-oz.) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
6 small bags corn chips
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese
Toppings: cilantro, radishes, avocado
WHAT TO DO:
1. Sauté corn in 3 tsp. hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until corn begins to char. Remove corn from skillet.
2. Sauté sausage in skillet over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
3. Sauté onion in remaining 2 tsp. hot oil in skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salsa, chiles and sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 7 to 8 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in beans, lime juice and corn.
4. Split single-serve chip packages down the long side of the bag. Spoon sausage mixture over chips; top with half of cheese. Serve with toppings and remaining cheese.
Note: We recommend Herdez Salsa Verde (medium) and Fritos Original Corn Chips