Are you ready for the big game?
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014 at 6:30 EST (that’s 3:30 out here on the west coast.) This year’s game looks to be an amazing match up between two really strong teams. In fact, here are three of my favorite fun facts this year:
- This is the first Super Bowl since 1991 where the team that allowed the fewest points will face the team who scored the most points.
- This year the team with the #1 offense will play the team with the #1 defense.
- This is only the second time in 20 years that two number one seeded teams have faced each other in the Super Bowl.
Can you guess who our family is rooting for?
Even though we can’t be at the game, we are for sure going to celebrate in style with our annual football bash. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you host an amazing Super Bowl party 2014!
- Gather the Gang — Great invitations can go a long way toward making your Super Bowl party feel special. If you’re short on time, you can always go the online route using Evite, or even better, make your own invitations. We found some fun free printable Super Bowl party invitations (created by Printabelle) at Catch my Party.
- Get Comfy — Clear your viewing area and bring in your most comfortable assortment of chairs and pillow for people to watch the game. Be sure to leave some space for cheering and to set up a few end tables for snacks.
- Keep it Interesting — Any game is more fun if you’re invested in what’s going on. You could create a football pool game where the winners get prizes after each quarter, or use some great free printable football party bingo cards we found at Prettyprovidence.com. During halftime, head outside to the yard for your own game of football.
- Make some Great Food — What could go better with a Super Bowl party than some hearty, stick to your ribs snacks. This year we are going to be making my all-time favorite chili recipe, as well chips and dip, as my sister-in law Cheryl’s amazing guacamole (click for that recipe.) Here is the recipe for some awesome chili for a crowd (Warning, it makes a lot! — I usually half this recipe if I have a smaller group.)
CHILI FOR A CROWD (From the Silver Palate Cookbook)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound yellow onions coarsely chopped
1 pound sweet Italian sausage removed from casings
4 pounds beef chuck ground
1 can tomato paste – (12 oz)
1½ tablespoons minced garlic
⅓ cup ground cumin
½ cup chili powder
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1½ tablespoons salt or to taste
1½ tablespoons freshly-ground black pepper
3 cans Italian plum tomatoes – (28 oz ea) drained
¼ cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 cans dark-red kidney beans – (16 oz ea) drained
2 cans pitted black olives – (5½ oz ea) drained (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a very large pot. Add the onions and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 15 minutes. Add the sausage meat and ground chuck; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the meats are well browned. Spoon off any excess fat and discard.
Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley and kidney beans. Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Add olives; simmer for 5 minutes more to heat through. Serve immediately.
This recipe yields 20 servings.
For more party ideas to help you plan, be sure to take a look at our football party ideas page!