Get your guacamole recipes fired up because the Super Bowl is nearly here! America loves football and that means Super Bowl parties. PlanHero is ready to help you organize your event so you can send out supply lists to your guests without blowing up everyone’s phone or starting another annoying “reply all” email chain. Click here for a sample Super Bowl signup.
And now, confession time: I do not like football.
I do not watch sports.
I had to Google when the Super Bowl airs (February 4, 2018 for those living under the same rock as myself).
I would rather stick a rusty fork in my eye than watch a game on television from start to finish, and in fact find the mere sound of sporting events to be somewhat soporific, which is my way of saying I almost instantly fall asleep if there is a game on.
If you are with me, thank you. If you’re not, I understand and please know I do enjoy a good football movie. I’ll watch The Blind Side over and over again because who doesn’t love a good Sandra Bullock movie?
I have four men in my house who totally disagree with me, however; so much so that I suspect they believe I suffered moderate brain damage at one point because what other possible explanation could exist for my nearly un-American stance on our nation’s favorite sport?
That said, I am a BIG believer in snacks and entertaining, and if you’re looking forward to watching the big game, we’ve rounded up a list of fabulous nibbles to share. And for those who get me, make the Super Bowl snacks anyway and stay here for a rundown of all the things you can do during the sporting event that don’t involve actually watching the game.
The Pioneer Woman has a knack for getting comfort food exactly right; I have never made one of her recipes the men in my family didn’t love. Her famous Queso Fundo dip looks like it won’t last long.
- The epicureans over at Food & Wine have a yummy spin on kebobs that looks delicious (even for…gasp…non-football events).
- Buzzfeed has twenty recipes that all look easy, tasty, and low-cal. Ha! I threw that last bit in to see if you were still with me. Nothing consumed at a Super Bowl party is low-cal. Except perhaps water, and even I know there aren’t vast amount of water being imbibed at these things.
- Speaking of beverages, Food Network has 30 game day cocktail recipes you can serve, on the off-chance water isn’t the number one choice of guests.
- When you’re sending out your invites with PlanHero, you’ll want a handy checklist nearby of items to have guests bring. Real Simple has a useful Super Bowl checklist of things to remember to have on hand for a stress-free event.
- Want snacks that are truly over-the-top? Think Tex-Mex guacamole popcorn and cheesy chicken pretzel pops. The good people at Bustle have a snack menu for varsity snackers.
And for those of you who aren’t football fans, this can be a great day! If you’re social and love a good crowd and have family members who look forward to the NFL’s pièce de ré·sis·tance then by all means, throw a party. Make some fabulous food and busy yourself with that. Chat up your guests when they’re not glued to the screen. Maybe pick up a few key phrases to interject during the game…hint: when everyone in the room cheers, you do, too. When something happens that incites anger or disbelief, maybe let loose with a well-timed oh, the humanity! Or something.
Shopping on Super Bowl day is possibly the lowest-hassle day of the year to do so. Nobody is out. You’ll find prime parking pretty much wherever you go. I remember hitting the mall one year in search of a winter jacket and made the mistake of asking the sales clerk where everyone was. Surprise, they were home watching football.
Go on a run.
Grab some noise-cancelling earphones and read a book.
Schedule a spa-day.
Start a craft project.
Call your BFF who also hates football (we tend to stick together).
Catch up on pretty much everything!