Hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of fun. Especially when it includes friends and family, a competitive game, an entertaining halftime show and commercials people will be talking about the next day. But as the host, how many times have you been stuck in the kitchen, warming up food, replacing napkins and utensils, or cleaning up messes?
This year, make a resolution to actually enjoy your football party by following a few simple pre-game steps.
- A crockpot is your best friend. Set it and forget it, whether you’re serving mini meatballs, wings or your world-famous chili, using a crockpot helps food stay warm throughout the game and you can prep the ingredients many hours before your guests arrive.
- Create a menu that includes food you can make the day before the party. Better yet, don’t cook at all! Order party trays from your favorite restaurant. At Miracle Mile Deli we have fresh options like the seasonal fresh fruit tray, hummus and pita platter, and the cocktail sandwich buffet complete with potato salad, coleslaw and an assortment of veggies and pickles. These light and healthy items will be a refreshing treat as compared to the standard football fare of pizza, wings, chips and dips.
- If you want to really lighten your load, look for a restaurant that will actually deliver your trays so you don’t have to worry about a single thing when it comes to the food. Give my team at Miracle Mile Deli 48-hours’ notice and we will do the heavy lifting.
- Don’t put the food, drinks and snacks all in the same place. It will cause a traffic pileup. Spread the love and have several stations for all the beverages and munchies.
- Use paper plates, plastic utensils and plastic cups. Make sure you have a few Sharpies by the drink station so guests can write their names on cups and avoid losing them in the gridiron shuffle.
- Have plenty of trash cans and recycle bins available so guests can toss their used paper/plastic items when they are finished. Having an overflowing garbage can is messy and awkward for guests who struggle to shove their trash on top of the overflowing mound of debris.
- If there will be kids at your party, set up a fun station with Play-Doh, stickers, crayons and coloring books. If weather permits, you can even add bubbles, balls and chalk for an outdoor set-up. These games will help ward off the “I’m bored” complaints in the fourth quarter.
Using a few – or all – of these strategies will not only help put the football back in your Super Bowl party, but reduce your stress and increase your enjoyment. Once the day arrives, you will be ready to eat, drink and cheer on your favorite team. Afterall, the big game only happens once a year so try to enjoy it. Go football!
Written by: Josh Garcia, Miracle Mile Deli
Josh Garcia carries on the 70-year Miracle Mile Deli tradition in Phoenix with pride, offering consistently delicious food, reasonable prices and great service in a family-friendly atmosphere. www.miraclemiledeli.com