Game Day Fun!

Whether it’s the Super Bowl or a pre-season game, score some extra points with your football lovers! These suggestions are clever little additions to your atmosphere when hosting the game-day party, in part borrowed from Kroger’s circulars.

Prevent Party Fouls
Stock up on yellow paper napkins, the color of foul flags. Place groups of them in cups or buckets labeled “Penalty Flags”. Simply tape the labels to the cups, fill them with napkins, and place them around the buffet table and the sitting areas.

Lace it Up!
The laces on a football are a recognizable symbol for football fans. Use garnishes like mozzarella, sour cream, and icing for the sweets in a football lacing pattern to add a touch of football to almost anythng – from a bowl of chili to cupcakes. a good example is topping devilled eggs with chive or pimento “laces”.

Share Playbook Secrets
Use a clean chalkboard as a cheese tray. Cut parchment paper patches to place the actual food on, or foil cups for wet items. Arrange your board and label each variety of cheese, craacker or other goodies with chalk. Throw in some dotted lines, X’s and O’s to make it look like an authentic play.

Maintain Fan Hydration
Use Mason jars as your drinkware. Make laces out of white tape to enhance the resemblance to footballs. Top them off with colorful straws. Make penants to tie around the lip to use as a nametag – so your guests can track their drinks!

No Huddle Snacks
Try out these no-bake bite-sized appetizers that will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time.

Endzone Endive Bites
Reduce a salad to bites by separating endive leaves, then top them with blue cheese crumbles, bacon bits, and a drizzle of ranch.

Touchdown Trail Mix
Toss together popcorn, pistachios, dried pineapple and apricot chunks. Finish with a drizzle of melted chocolate for a celebration of sweet and salty flavors.

Buffalo Hummus
Spice up your hummus by mixing in a little buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese crumbles.  Top it with some finely chopped celery and serve with carrot sticks.

Not-cho Average Nachos
Create individual portions of queso or salsa by dropping a large dollop into cup-shaped tortillas, then top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and sliced black olives.

Make your game day festivites fun and foodie-tastic!

— Ann Cathey

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