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Super Bowl XLVIII the Right Way

It’s time for Super Bowl 2014, XLVIII (that’s 48 in roman numerals). I’ve always been a football fan. It has really come in handy when hanging out with my boyfriend or even going home to visit my dad. Vikings are my team of choice – unless you’re from Minnesota, you don’t know how hard it really is to be a fan of any sport up here.

Anyway- I’ve always wanted to host a Super Bowl party. I pretend I care about the calories. I “shh” people so I can hear the commercials. I love rooms full of people yelling and cheering. This is my first year living by myself, but sadly my tiny apartment can’t fit more than me and Mina (my cat). So instead, I have planned an imaginary Super Bowl party for the one day I get to host one in a house.

So let me be a pretend hostess:

Multiple TVs

I went to a party last year that had the food and game in different rooms so they put a smaller TV in the kitchen so we could stuff our faces and not miss a single play.

Plenty of Seating

We aren’t young anymore. Sitting on the floor for 3-4 hours is not pleasant. Actually, it’s almost impossible. If you don’t have enough sofas or chairs, ask guests to bring camping chairs.

Chit Chat Corner

If possible, it would be nice for guests who would rather chit chat than watch the game to have their own space to do just that.

Food. Food. Food.

Besides the TV, the most important part of a party. If you’re anything like me, you don’t enjoy cooking 12 appetizers. If I were you…or you me… I would ask each guest to bring a dish- potluck style. If you need to exercise some control over the issue, specify warm or cold, app or entre, fruity or chocolate-ly. Recipes below! I suggest labeling every food item as people bring them to you. You’ll save everyone from asking and answering a million times.

Drinks: another must have.

Beer, wine, water, and more beer. Have several types for every palette. Don’t forget not everyone wants to drink alcohol- after all some people have to drive. Pop with and without caffeine is a necessity. The most needed and most often forgotten item- ICE. Don’t forget it. Serving drinks in a lemonade dispenser like this.

Clean up

If people bring dishes, make sure they bring those home. Rinse them out if your guests gobbled their dish out. Hopefully you were smart and used paper products for serving. Who wants to do dishes on a full stomach? I’m the freak that hates my food touching so more than just plates are recommended. Paper plates that have the sections so food doesn’t run together is great for dips AND wings.

Resources for you:

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Modified Pizza Rolls (Homemade-kinda)

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

Delicious Trash Balls

Amount of Food You Need
Salsa: 1/4 to 1/3 cup salsa per person.

Chips: 2 ounces per person

Chicken wings: 3 pounds for 6 as a starter

Chili: 2 pounds of meat to serve 4 people

Drinks: Make it 2 people per bottle of wine, and 2 people per six-pack

Create a Super Bowl Drinking Game: Here’s a jump start:

Drink Once

  • Every point (field goal = 3 drinks)
  • Random camera zoom on hot chick (cheerleaders count)
  • Team you’re not rooting for gets first down
  • Team you’re not rooting for stops you on third and short (under 2 yards)
  • Every incomplete pass by your teams QB

Drink Twice

  • Double Entendres (e.g. gaping hole, ball handler, tight end, penetrates the defense)
  • Injury (finish it if they bring out the stretcher)
  • Missed field goal
  • Failed 4th down attempt

Tell me what you think! Comment with suggestions or success stories!


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Best Ways to Upcycle Wine Corks

For those of you who have liked my page on Facebook, you’ll know this week was themed “Wine Corks”.
(If you haven’t liked me on Facebook do it HERE.)

I couldn’t contain all the crafty and useful things to do with them in 5 posts. I thought to end the week, I’d just write one giant post of all the fun things I’ve found and want to try out. Here we go:

1. I knit occassionally so I had to share this:

2. How great would these be as placeholders, labeling food at a party, or holding up a photo on your desk?
Cork card holders

3. These would make cute party favors:
cork keychain
Instructions here

4. Love these as decorations for home:
corkball corkball2

Instructions for cork ball HERE

5. Going to do these soon:
cork magnets

6. Simple, yet so cute:
Cork wine coasters
Instructions HERE

7. You can never have too many thumbtacks:
Wine Cork Thumbtackw
Instructions HERE

8. My favorite of all of these:
cork board
Instructions HERE

9. If I had a green thumb:

10. If you don’t drink enough wine to finish these projects, you can actually buy corks from Amazon! You get about 100 corks for around $15.00- Much cheper than drinking your way. Buy premium wine corks here.

Have you crafted anything with wine corks? Let me know- I’d love to see pictures.

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