The big game is just a few short days away, and it’s time to prep for the watch party. With just a few party hacks, you can be end zone ready.
Start with the food
Try a build-your-own food bar for customizable flavor. A taco bar is always easy. Brown ground beef or turkey on the stove top, then place it in a crockpot on the warm setting. Next, prep all the fixings, such as lettuce, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, low-calorie cheese, hot sauce and salsa; then place them in bowls and allow your guests to create their own taco, burrito or salad.
A chili bar is sure to be a hit too! Cook our delectable sweet potato chili ahead of time, then leave it simmering in a pot to keep warm. Next, get your toppings ready: low-calorie cheese, Greek yogurt, chives, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado.
My favorite BYOB (build-your-own bar) is a baked potato bar. This one has many of the same toppings as the chili bar, but they’re placed inside a hot baked potato. To prepare the potatoes for your sports fans or commercial lovers ahead of time, individually wrap each potato in foil and place in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. Then, guests can simply take a foiled potato, open it up and top it off.
If you’re concerned about a fumble with picky eaters, try a healthy take on game day chicken. Here’s one of our crowd-pleaser recipes: oven-fried chicken.
Game day decor
Fun decorations always help bring the game day experience together. Pick up yellow napkins and arrange them near a sign that says “penalty flags.”
Keep a full pitcher of water on hand so your friends and family don’t cheer themselves into dehydration. Add a sign above it that says “water break.” Go for the two-point conversion by making the pitcher orange. Your guests will really feel like they’re on the sidelines of the game.
Lastly, your well-fed super fans will inevitably need to use the restroom. Decorate the door with a locker room sign to top off the look.
With these touchdown-worthy snacks and hacks, you’re ready for kickoff—ready, set, eat!