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Game Day is fun for all of us whether that be football or another sport we like getting together over food. The hostess that can be the make or break of the fun. For instance, you don’t want to be spending the entire game day cleaning or cooking. While some would prefer to be in the kitchen others would like to be in on all the fun. Here is a few tips and tricks below to use for you next game day so you can be a part of the action. I’ve also added my simple recipe for Football Pizza Dip below. Another easy game day recipe hack.
Create a Game Plan
Games usually last about three and a half hours. You will want to make sure you have simple snacks and foods that are a little more substantial. One way to do this would be to serve crockpot and cold foods before half time. At half time serve up a meal like hot wings, pizza, or bbq. These can be prepared in advance and easily heated up. For pizza just prep ahead and then pop in oven right before half time starts. A solid menu will help you plan easier for the amount of people you have coming. Remember let your guest pitch into. This takes a little work off you. Have them bring ready made items like dips.
Choose Your Starting Line Up
Choose foods that will be easy to prepare in advance. Also think of all the guests you will be having and dietary needs. Therefore, the entire menu doesn’t have to be like this but it’s great to have those options available to guests with restrictions on their diet. Barbecue is a good way to do all of these. Can also easily be made in advance and warmed up at half time. Other wonderful suggestions could be hummus, salsa, vegetables in small cups, and dipping sauces. Italian meats, olives, roasted red peppers, fresh tomatoes, and sliced bread make the evening have a little fancier element.
Amp Up The Atmosphere
Balloons, football napkins, cups, and plates will help amp up the atmosphere. Remember to put your food in an area where people don’t have to pass through the view of the TV to get to it. Make snacking easy with vegetable cups that are already in their dipping sauce. Use place cards to name the food so people know what each item is. This will make it more likely for a picky eater to try something or even something new. Board games or a just football in the backyard will help keep the kids at the party entertained. Sometimes kids are not into what’s on TV and a little backyard time with games and treats for their ages will help keep everyone happy.
As your heading into the evening and the clean up becomes apparent the best thing to do is to place one or two trash bags or a trash can near the food. This will help people know the night is ending and clean up is appreciated. As a hostess keep on hand at least a few food containers or old margarine container (washed out) your not afraid to lose to let people take home food. A good sharpie to mark names onto the top of container will help too.
This will also motivate guests to help clean up as they usually always want to take some of the food home. No one wants to spend the late evening or next morning cleaning up all the mess. Remember when preparing foods to put them into plates, containers, or bowls that will easy store away for less clean up. It’s all about the fun too! If you follow these tips and tricks this should make for a fun game day for all.
Football Pizza Dip
For my football pizza dip I picked up my ingredients at my local Kroger since it’s about a mile or less from my house. I like game day to be easy and that includes the time spent at the store. I grabbed up some TRISCUIT, pepperoni, cream cheese, and all the good toppings for this dip. Don’t forget some Coca-Cola for those that like soda at the party. You can see if you have a store as close as mine here.
- 1 - 8oz package cream cheese
- 1 package small pepperoni
- 1 slice pepper jack cheese
- Spaghetti sauce and toppings (optional)
- 1 box Triscuits
- Use foil to shape into a football. Mix cream cheese with any toppings you would like such as mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, black olives, etc. Use foil to mold the cream cheese.
- Make your football shape and place on a cutting board for serving. Top with pepperoni all over football. Then slice four slices into the pepper jack cheese to make your laces.
- Place on top and serve with Triscuits.