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Sunday February 1st is the day of the big game, the mother of all football battles, Super Bowl XLIX. I am always looking for any reason to get family and friends together. I welcome the holidays, and events such as the Super Bowl, as opportunities to do just that.


Entertaining can sometimes be cumbersome and rather expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. A good party plan that involves simple and inexpensive menu items and handmade decorations or even a potluck style get-together can be just as fun (if not more) than a swanky dinner party.


This Super Bowl Sunday try one of these shoestring budget ideas to host a party to cheer on your favorite team.


Have an informal get-together with this easy and quick Super Bowl party menu

Touchdown Buffalo Chicken Sliders, End Zone Veggies, and Tailgate Strawberries.


Touchdown Buffalo Chicken Sliders
1 Rotisserie chicken (pulled and shredded)
1 bottle buffalo sauce (your choice)
Package of Hawaiian rolls


Mix chicken with buffalo sauce. Serve on rolls with garnishes of red onion, coleslaw, or pickle, if desired.


End Zone Veggie Tray
To compliment your buffalo chicken sliders…
Celery Stalks
Baby Carrots
Sugar Snap Peas
Ranch and Blue Cheese dressing for dip


Tailgate Strawberries
Large red strawberries
2 pkg of dipping chocolates – I use dark and light brown


Rinse and dry the strawberries. Dip in melted chocolate. Use lighter colored chocolate on the dark dipped berries and darker colored chocolate on the light dipped berries to pipe on football seams/stitching to make them resemble a football.


Have a Souper-Bowl Sunday Potluck party – Make your favorite chili and a soup. Serve with all of the garnishes such as cheese, onions, crackers, etc. Invite guests to bring their favorite bowl. Have some fun with it and have them get creative with their bowls. Have a small contest as to whose bowl is the “Souper” bowl!


Tara’s Favorite Chili
1 lb ground beef (browned and drained)
½ white onion (chopped)
1 can black beans, 1 can light red kidney beans, 1 can dark red kidney beans, 2 cans chili beans (all not drained)
1 can Rotel ®
1 large can tomato sauce (as much as you prefer to add)
1 can whole kernel corn (drained and optional to add)
1-1 ½ packets of McCormick Chili Seasoning (I prefer the HOT version)


Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Serve with garnishes.




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