Today’s blog will be all about your favorite sports teams and making this Superbowl Sunday an event to celebrate. We have the Pittsburg Steelers and the Greenbay Packers battling it out for the right to be the NFL’s champion team. Now as hostess’ with the mostess’ we have an obligation, a duty, bred into our American genes to plan and properly execute an amazing, yes-amazing beverage and food filled football day!
It’s like Thanksgiving all over again-cept the food is in miniature and your guests will be yelling, grandma is drunk at the table, and oh wait, I guess it is more like Thanksgiving than I realized (sorry-couldn’t help but joke there!)
I’ve compiled some ideas to help you use as a starting point:
Pick a theme. Choose your colors carefully 🙂 Minimal decorations, keep it simple, so that you will have less to clean up after your guests leave.
Ask your guests to wear their team colors, and to bring a side-dish, salad, or dessert (if you feel comfortable-ask in advance what they are bringing to avoid multiple’s of the same dish). I’ve listed some more ideas below to help get you started on your way to a fun and organized event, oh yeah, and drink recipe’s.
Designate a food area or table.
2.Put brightly colored plastic bins filled with ice underneath or to the side of the tables.
3.Give two to three beer options in one or two bins, and keep the non-alcoholic beverages to a separate side (no drunk kids at the party that way!).
4.Keep a towel near the tables for quick clean-ups (the spouse/the kids-yeah, we all know how that works!).
5.Put plastic utensils, cups, plates, and napkins on the table (fun to have these be in your favorite team’s colors).
6. If possible position the table to accommodate people on both sides (buffet style).
7.Make sure that each scoopable item has its own serving utensil.
Turn the heat down a little, bodies + alcohol+ sports=extra heat.
If someone is planning on grilling, give enough time to be finished at least 30 minutes prior to the game.
Have a football ready in case a half-time home game is necessary 🙂
Pets can be overwhelmed by yelling (even joyful yelling) and large groups of people, so finding a safe and quiet spot can help lessen their stress.
and my last tidbit is to Enjoy Yourself Responsibly! Go Team! and now for the game day drink recipes—
1.5 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
6 oz. clear soda (I prefer Sierra Mist Natural or Fresca)
6 oz. Rose’s Mojito Cocktail mix
Add the ingredients to a shaker and shake it up!
Pour over ice and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
Voila–yummy and light all in one cup.
JALISCO HIGH TEA
1.5 oz. reposado tequila
1.5 oz. lemon verbena tea
.25 oz. cherry heering liquor
.5 oz. simple syrup
splash of lime
Add ingredients to shaker, shake away like it’s a shake weight, strain it over ice, and serve. (Note-this was served at the Patron superbowl party in Miami last year.)
1 oz. orange rum
1 oz. triple sec or vodka
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. Red Bull
Mix well and enjoy.
PINK POWER RANGER (not just for kids anymore)
1 oz. of citrus vodka,
6 oz. of club
1 oz. of watermelon pucker
Combine the vodka and club soda in a highball glass with ice. Sink the watermelon pucker to the bottom of the glass and serve with 2 straws. Drink the entire beverage at once, keeping the straws at the bottom of the glass to drink it bottom to top. (Sorry-no image available.)
Screwed-Up Screwdriver (picture at top of page)
1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup orange or tangerine juice
2 oz. black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for garnish
Place ice in a highball glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice. Slice ends off a licorice twist and use as a straw.
And with that my friends, I am off to enjoy a perfectly shaken Mojito.
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