It’s game time! If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, now’s the ideal time to order all the gear you’ll need for your guests and to start planning your menu.
Start by creating a festive atmosphere to get everyone in game mode. The perfect launchpad is the Party Pack ($69.99) from NFLShop. This 96-piece kit can be ordered to represent the team of your choice and contains all the basic necessities for entertaining a party of eight, from invitations and plates to balloons and cups.
Game Day Grub
For your cheeses, be sure to order the Picnic Time Asiago Folding Cutting Board ($49.99) from NFLShop. The rectangular wooden board is available with the team logo of your choice and includes four brushed–stainless steel cheese-cutting knives. A magnetic strip displays the utensils when the board is unfolded, providing convenient access.
Serve up chips, dip or crudité in the Memory Company Game Day Chip and Dip Tray ($39.99) from NFLShop. This ceramic server has a built-in dip bowl and segmented sections for easy munching. (Get NFLShop coupons.)
For a main course, chili is always a safe bet. “And what’s not to like?” says Gifts.com men’s editor Dan Tower. “It’s got meat—or at least I think most chili should. It’s got serious bold flavors, and it’s got beans—and all their magical powers!” He loves this Chili Vanili recipe from the Gifts.com blog. Note: Tower does not advise waiting till February 5 to experiment with new dishes. He suggests giving recipes a whirl before the big day. Your family will surely be willing guinea pigs.
Tower recommends providing your guests with the reusable Go Plate ($34.99 for 21 plates), which will hold chili, chips and other snacks. The best part? This plastic party tray, which is available at Amazon, fits right over your drink. Your our guests can serve themselves without the hassle of balancing a drink and plate in both hands, and it’s less work for you!
Wondering what to serve for dessert? The NFL’s official “homegating” expert Tami Beitz has a great recipe and creative decorating tips for football-themed cupcakes. Just visit the NFL GameDay blog, click on Tami’s Tips and scroll to Week 13. She also has fun suggestions on ways to keep your guests entertained in case the game gets a little slow.
Get Blitzed (Responsibly)
Avoid trips to the kitchen—and missing the big plays—by keeping a cooler right next to the couch. NFLShop sells the Coleman 48-Quart Cooler ($59.99), which can be ordered with your favorite team’s logo and features a leak-free drain for after the ice melts. (Get NFLShop coupons.)
Stock the cooler with your favorite beers. For your wine-loving friends, avoid pesky glasses and corks and go with FLASQ Wines (12-pack for $84). FLASQ is the first
U.S.-produced wine packaged in 100 percent recyclable, quick-chilling, aluminum half-bottles. They are shatterproof, which is great for when things get rowdy. FLASQ wines are available in chardonnay, merlot and cuvée blanc blends from California. Click here to find a local retailer.
Another handy way to avoid leaving the couch is with Brookstone’s Clicker Bottle-Opening Universal Remote ($24.99), which does everything your regular remote can do, and it also opens your longnecks! This rugged bottle opener has 800 presets, is compatible with most cable and satellite boxes and can be programmed to control up to eight devices. (Get Brookstone coupons.)
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