Super Bowl Party #FarmRichHack
January, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
I’ll never forget my very first Super Bowl party, I went a little over the top with game day favors and flavors. In fact, I would go as far to say that I spent as much time on my Super Bowl party planning as I did on Christmas Dinner. We had a crafting table for the children, a flag football game arranged, an outdoor snack stand to make the experience come alive and once the game started we had more dips, and slow cooked dishes than my table would allow for. In the end, what really mattered was the seating, the drinks and that everyone had something to nibble on that did not require a cutlery set. I was 30, I was determined to have the best party of the year, and by the time the ball took flight, I just wanted a nap. I learned two things that year; the first is that no one I know really watches the game (thank goodness because we know nothing about football) and the second is that finger foods make life so much easier, especially when you are entertaining a big crown in a small space.
This year I am taking a lesson from my 3o year old self and embracing the simple, not the complicated, aspects of entertaining a big crowd on game day. I’m calling in all sorts of favors from the children to help me get the food ready, which means that the dishes need to be easy to navigate to ensure that I can focus on getting the décor and drinks ready. I’m not sure which I am more excited about, working with the children on party prep or actually being relaxed enough to sit down and enjoy the half time show.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with 1920s TV dramas lately, so it came as no surprise to my husband when I started compiling vintage elements for our buffet table. I wanted natural tones, rustic charm and if I could have found them in time, battered football trophies. I love mixing the neutral tones with the bright green astro turf, it reminds me of a stadium from days gone by where everyone wears a flat cap and peanut shells line the stairs. There is a certain, relaxed notion that comes with a party where you are encouraged to eat with you fingers which is why this year our buffet table is full of fun, easy bite size foods set out on a table where you are practically invited to leave a little mess behind.
Nothing says tasty and quick like wings, and if there is one thing I have learned since being in Texas, it is not a party until someone sets out a plate of wings and crispy Dill pickles. Which is why we are serving both this year. The first is the traditional spicy buffalo wings, with a boneless BBQ version from Farm Rich wrapped in an lettuce leaf for a dressed up twist on this classic finger food.
And of course, our new favorite, crispy Dill pickles. I mean, what is not to love about these pucker up and embrace the sour savory delights of these little gems? Dipped in ranch? Yes Please! And for those that want a little extra kick, we’re serving Jalapeño Peppers. With all of our finger foods from Farm Rich this year, that meant that the children really could play a vital role in helping set up the Super Bowl party because food prep is simple and fast.
The table décor is really simple to create and nothing I used is hard to find because most of it came from the hardware store. A few planks of fence posts fastened together to create a back drop with wooden baskets stained to match, a sheet of astro turf and a fun vintage sign to add a bit of rustic game day charm is all you need to capture this look. You can go the extra mile by setting up a craft table for the children to create tissue paper pompoms (and if you do don’t be surprised if a few grown ups get involved in the process), everything you need to get started on those pompoms is here.
No game day is without a festive drink. To allow for everyone to enjoy the buffet, I made simple syrup mixers that can be added to either tonic water, or a cocktail. With Vanilla, Orange or Lemon on hand, everyone has something different try. These fun vintage looking bottles just added to the vintage football theme, especially with the gold spray painted football cut outs and handy little DIY chalkboard signs to let everyone know which bottle is which. For more great #FarmRichHacks, visit Farm Rich and Kitchen Daily
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