It’s the end of the first weekend in September, and that means football season is upon us! If you’re thinking about hosting game day at your house, here are some great ideas that will keep your guests content from kickoff through the post-game show. Make sure to bookmark this page for your Superbowl party as well!
First, time your party well. Double check what time the game starts and what channel it’s on. Make sure you’ve got that channel ready to go, and start your party about an hour before the game. That gives guests plenty of time to socialize, snack and get comfortable before the game starts.
Second, set up two areas for food. One should be on a coffee table, side table or somewhere within easy reach of the couch. One should be away away from the game. Consider putting down easy-to-clean placemats in your favorite team’s colors to make cleanup simple.
Third, think small. Small food, that is. Easy finger foods and bite-sized snacks are perfect for football parties. They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat. Here are some delicious options to consider: Small sandwiches, Meatballs, Dumplings, chips and dip (or see our guacamole recipe from last week), tacos, and wings. Put out an assortment of dipping sauces in small bowls and all your guests can get creative with their food while you enjoy the game!
If you want to get really into the spirit, consider doing themed food – Crab cakes if the Baltimore Ravens are playing, Chicago Style Hot dogs if the Bears are playing. You get the idea. One of the first games this weekend is New England against Buffalo, so naturally, you’re going to want to make Buffalo Wings. Here’s our recipe for easy buffalo chicken wings. They’re baked rather than deep fried to keep it healthy, and they’re a classic football food.
- 3 pounds chicken wings, rinsed and pat dry
- 2 tablespoons oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¾ cup hot sauce (we prefer Frank’s Red Hot, it’s classic!)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves minced garlic.
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping
- carrots and celery sticks (optional)
- Toss the wings in the oil, salt and pepper, place them on a rack, in an enamel baking dish or a foil lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400F oven until golden brown and crispy, about 45-50 minutes.
- Put the hot sauce, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and butter in a microwave-safe Mason Cash bowl.
- Microwave on medium power until butter is melted.
- Toss with chicken wings in a large bowl.
- Serve while warm with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping and optionally with carrots and celery sticks. We love to set out the dressing, vegetables and wings in an Acaciaware serving tray with a separate bowl for the sauce.
Win or lose, we hope you have a fantastic football season!