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5 Tips for Planning a Super Bowl Party: Spotlight on Quinn!

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Quinn McAdams! Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys. When she’s not driving her boys from sports practice to sports practice, she enjoys a nice glass of wine, a good book, and as if that isn’t enough, she is also the author of the blog  HealthyLivingbyQuinn.blogspot.com

The Super Bowl just a few short days away. Many people have already begun to plan their own party to celebrate. When entertaining large groups of people, it is not always easy to find the right dishes and cocktails to please all your guests. The right food can be just the perfect thing to help spruce up your Super Bowl party and help guests relax and enjoy themselves.

A Good Drink

Sangria

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Treat your guests to a fabulous pitcher of delicious winter sangria. I love the recipe from FoodNetwork.com. We always run out halfway through the game – this year, I’m making two batches!

Have a Blind Wine Tasting 

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Challenge your guests with a blind wine tasting event. Ask everyone to bring a bottle wrapped in aluminum foil. Hand out glasses and a description of each wine. See if your guests can identify at least three of the wines. Winner with the most correct answers can win a prize!

Focus on Presentation

Focus on Presentation


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Because I host a Super Bowl party almost every year, my husband bought me a lovely wooden tray and dip set as a token of his appreciation from RedEnvelope’s Hostess Gifts page. Use an elegant tray to present items like blanched vegetables and dips. A wooden tray matches any décor. Plus, the tray is also easy to clean. Just pop it in the dishwasher and you’re ready for another party.

Pick a Filling Appetizer 

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Welcome your guests with a hearty appetizer. Every year I always make bacon wrapped meatballs. They’re always a hit. It’s my husband’s favorite and his buddies always request it. I use this easy recipe from TasteofHome.com!

Vote for Your Favorite Commercial
What’s better than the commercials?  Have your guests write down their favorite commercial. At the end of the game, pick out of a hat – whoever’s commercial gets pick wins a prize!

While it can be hard to throw a Super Bowl party, these tips will hopefully help you out when planning that very special party for your friends. Good Luck!

Biography:
Quinn is a self-proclaimed healthy living enthusiast. She enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, running and hiking. However, she is always on the lookout for the next workout I can try. Healthy eating is extremely important to her.  Her philosophy is  “Do Good, Feel Good” .

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  • Chelle W

    Great tips! I love having a separate table for the food display and letting people graze from there. Makes it easier with little fingers to keep out of the food on the coffee table. Plus makes it easier to keep people out of the way of the tv.

  • Anne

    We are just having family over, so we are doing a simple party tomorrow. Still should be fun though

  • Megan Russell

    Ohh, a blind wine tasting sounds like fun. What great ideas!

  • Tammy_3DifferentDirections

    I like the idea of voting for your favorite commercials – I’ve seen a few of them already before the game and they are always so fun to watch!

  • http://kidthings.net/ C @ Kid Things

    Since I’m only watching for the food and the commercials, anyway, I love these ideas! Especially voting for your favorite commercial, a great way to bring a little bit more fun to the party.

  • Kira

    A good drink is definitely needed, especially if you’re on the losing team.

  • Katie

    I’m having some of my favorite beer and lil smokies!

  • Jennifer H

    ooh I love the wine tasting idea!

  • Kelly Tomlinson

    Appetizers are definitely key to entertaining!

  • mamadweeb

    A little wine sure would have helped me enjoy this game last night LOL

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

    Cocktails were definitely needed to watch that game if you were rooting for Denver.