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Score a Touchdown With These Game Day Watch Party Tips

January 7, 2015

With Superbowl XLIX right around the corner, it’s time to start planning those Super Bowl watch parties and football fiestas! While there’s no one way to do a Super Bowl party, there are a few simple ways to add an extra something that’ll really take your event to the next level.

Turn your table into a football field. No matter what you serve, your spread will instantly add a kick to the atmosphere when you turn your tabletop into a field of food! All you need is green fabric or felt (large enough to cover the tabletop), white tape and white vinyl numbers. Arrange as appropriate and you have instant football genius.

Serve treats in coolers. Serving your foods and treats in plates and bowls is fine, but if you really want to score a touchdown with your party, arrange appropriate foods in coolers around the room! Use styrofoam blocks to to make sure the food lays nicely at the top of the cooler.

Serve football-shaped foods. All you need is a football cookie cutter to turn your favorite game days foods into festive treats! Turn sandwiches into football sliders. Cut raw dough into football shapes and bake into mini pizzas – the possibilities are endless! Check out more football shaped food inspiration over at Celebrations.com.

Use festive food labels. Pair these with creative names like “touchdown tacos” or “game day guacamole” for some added food fun.

Create layers in your food spread. Use cake stands and decorated boxes to create layers in your spread. This will not only add to your aesthetic, but make it easier for guests to dig in to the delicious snacks you’ve prepared.

Send guests home with a kickin’ party favor. Whatever the results of the game may be, end the party on a sweet note by sending them home with a party favor they’ll love! Cheryl’s football cookies are irresistible, festive, and come individually packaged for a seamless treat for them to grab on their way out.

Represent the host city. Give a nod to the city of honor hosting the big game for a fun twist! This year is in Glendale, Arizona – how about some cactus-inspired decor?!

If you’re tailgating, you’ll want to do some extra preparations. Check out our list of tailgating tips here!

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Score a Touchdown with these Tailgating Tips

August 21, 2014

From concerts to sporting events, there’s always a good time to tailgate! Make your tailgate a fun and flawless event with these simple tips and ideas.

football-cookies-tailgating-tipsFreeze water bottles for chilled food AND drinks. Pop several water bottles in the freezer the night before. The next day while packing your cooler, use the frozen water bottles as ice packs! Throughout the day, the water bottles will defrost, leaving your tailgate party a refreshingly cool drink to stay hydrated with.

Pack single serve snacks. Rather than bringing an oversized bag of chips or loose desserts along, pre-pack your snacks into single servings. Alternatively, you can purchase treats that already come individually packaged (in case you were wondering – yes! Cheryl’s cookies DO come individually packaged).

Pre-pack utensil sets. Prepare ready-to-go utensil sets wrapped in a napkin so friends can simply grab and go. This will eliminate everyone gathering around in the same area at the same time to sort through the utensils for the ones they need.

Know the venue. If possible, head out to the area the beforehand and take note of the layout. That way, you can take note of the areas with the most shade, pick out the best spots to park in, and be aware of all exits to help plan your exit strategy.

Bring a distinguishing flag or pole. Especially in the case of larger events, it may be difficult for your group to find their way back to the car. Attach a tall, unique flag or pole that stands out from the crowd so they can spot your car from miles away. This is also a good idea if you are meeting up with others; just describe your flag and they’ll be able to find you no matter where they are parked.

Slice burger toppings beforehand. Skip the mess that comes with slicing onions and tomatoes, and slice them the morning of! Lay them all out in a large aluminum tray and you have mini portable build-your-own-burger-bar.

Brings snacks for sharing with neighbors. Part of the fun of tailgating is encountering all the like-minded people surrounding you. Bring extra snacks for sharing with your neighbors; who knows – maybe they’ll have some delicious eats they’ll share with you in return!

Cleanup as you go. Rather than leaving all of the cleanup until very the end, place several trash bangs around the area so guests can clean as they go. This not only saves times on cleanup in the end, but will help you avoid the rush getting out as the rest of the cars are still busy tossing their trash.

Bring bug repellent. This is especially important when tailgating in the summer. Prepare bug repellent such as citronella candles or spray. Candles work best to keep insects from the food, and spray can be applied directly to the body to help avoid those unwelcome bug bites.