super bowl festivities.

allow me to set the scene ..

I’ve spent a good chunk of the day cleaning my place. the other part pretty much just throwing ingredients into crock pots + bowls. the puppy bowl is on, and I’m trying my darnedest not to get too distracted by the television. there is a party to execute. my goal is to have an abundance of scrumptious food + beverages for my guests, without spending too much time in the kitchen + too much money out of my wallet. the finished product ..

• beer + wine are party staples. you can’t beat trader joe’s for wine; get a red + a white. when it comes to the beer I serve during the super bowl, it’s budweiser products. purely because they have the best commercials. seriously.

• for the signature cocktail, set up a whiskey moscow mule station. your guests can help themselves and you maximize your time spent enjoying the party.

whiskey moscow mules // 3 simple ingredients to a delicious cocktail. a great way to update your traditional moscow mules for the winter months. also a fun signature cocktail when hosting a party, maybe the super bowl? c/o LLinaBC.com

• appetizers can be tricky, but don’t let them stump you. stick to the classics. it is a football party after all.

10 reasons to host a super bowl party c/o LLinaBC.com

• for the main course, a sloppy joe bar. it can be hard to cook for a group of people. because chances are their taste buds vary. pick a comfort food staple + offer topping options. let your guests build their own sandwich.

sloppy joe bar c/o LLinaBC.com

• odds are you will have a few guests that aren’t the biggest football fans, I believe they can be persuaded. offer them a super bowl inspired bingo game board and a bowl of these candy bingo markers ..and you’ve got yourself a fan. need a prize for the winner? how about a 6-pack of a local brew or a whiskey moscow mule kit?

super bowl bingo c/o LLinaBC.com

now you have the formula for an easily executed super bowl party.

let’s just hope the NFL + the patriots get the deflated ball situation figured out. I’d hate for that to put a damper on my festivities. tom brady must play. if he doesn’t, what will I look at? joke.

and for those of you in denial, february 1st is only a bit over 1 week away.

holiday qualifications.

the super bowl has always been a holiday to me.

why? because it meets all of my holiday qualifications ..

• it’s something I look forward to every year.

• I can spend the entire day drinking. and it’s completely acceptable. even encouraged.

• the food can only be described as delicious. or “worth the wait”.

• calories don’t count.

• meat, cheese, and tortilla chips become the only three food groups.

• I stop to think: “has there been a moment today I didn’t have food in my mouth?” then I answer, no.

• the dress code is comfortable.

• there is entertainment.

• and sitting on your couch is the only requirement.

what is not to love?

so clear your calendar of any engagements this sunday. and get to the grocery store before the velveeta cheese + rotel tomatoes are gone! this is serious business folks.

the next three days I will be sharing with you food & cocktail recipes to make the big game that much more enjoyable.

and on sunday, I’ll be live tweeting  during the game. mostly about commercials. but obviously, football too. and photographs of what I’m drinking & eating, because that’s important.

holiday qualifications // LLinaBC.com

see you tomorrow!

and come hungry :)