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Super Bowl Party (or anytime) Appetizer Ideas for the Non-Cook

Updated on May 20, 2013
Keep it simple so you can enjoy the game!
Keep it simple so you can enjoy the game! | Source

Hosting a Party and You Don't Want to Cook?

So, you’ve decided to host a Super Bowl Sunday Party (or any Sports Party) but you hate cooking or you simply prefer not to cook.

Check out these quick and easy appetizers ideas. They are sure to fill your guests’ bellies, with little prep time required ~ leaving you with more time to ENJOY THE BIG GAME and not miss the FUN COMMERCIALS!

Below, you will also find some Super Bowl Trivia and tips to hosting a great party.

Let's get started!

Everyone loves pizza.
Everyone loves pizza. | Source

Pizza

Of course you could make your own pizza.

OR

Your local pizza parlor will be glad to accept your order - it's a really busy day for them, so be sure to order early!

Meatballs:  simple & yummy!
Meatballs: simple & yummy! | Source

Cocktail Meatballs

Use pre-made, pre-cooked quality meatballs. Warm them in a slow cooker with your favorite sauce. Serve with toothpicks.

OR

Warm in a slow cooker with marinara sauce. Serve with fresh, grated Parmesan or mozzarella cheese and mini buns for a meatball sandwich.

Chips and salsa.
Chips and salsa. | Source

Salsa Dip and Chips

Purchase chips and salsa.

OR

Buy your favorite black bean and corn salsa, add browned ground meat or diced, cooked chicken and a little sour cream. Slightly warm in a microwave. Serve with tortilla chips or mini pita pockets.

Veggies and dip.
Veggies and dip. | Source

Veggie Party Tray

Use a variety of different types of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Cut into bite-size and arrange on platter. Serve with a vegetable dip.

Chicken wings are always a hit!
Chicken wings are always a hit! | Source

Chicken Wings

Place chicken wings on an oven-safe pan, cover and cook in the oven. Top with your favorite wing sauce. Ta-dah!

OR

Order wings from your favorite restaurant and don't forget the dipping sauce.

Make your own party mix!
Make your own party mix! | Source

Party Mix

Purchase a mix of your favorite snacks such as bite size pretzels, mini bagel chips, peanuts, Chex cereal, mini crackers, etc. and mix together.

You can eat the party mix dry, as is, or make a coating that typically consists of butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and onion powder. (And then you bake in the oven.)

Bean and Hot Dogs - a simple dish!
Bean and Hot Dogs - a simple dish! | Source

Lit'l Smokies - Cocktail Weenies

Purchase Lit'l Smokies (hotdogs or sausages), add your favorite sauce such as BBQ, and warm in a slow cooker. Serve with toothpicks.

OR

Warm them with your favorite baked beans.

Easy!  Shrimp and cocktail sauce.
Easy! Shrimp and cocktail sauce. | Source

Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce

Use frozen shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. Thaw in cold water. Drain. Serve with store bought cocktail sauce.

OR

Purchase a shrimp ring at your local grocery store. Simple.

Cheese & pepperoni served with a toothpick.
Cheese & pepperoni served with a toothpick. | Source

Cheese & Pepperoni

Any type of cheese and pepperoni diced will work. Serve with toothpicks.

OR

You could use a variety of different types of cheese blocks such as Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Colby. Cut into bite-size and arrange on a platter with sliced pepperoni and even fruit such as grapes if desired. Serve with a side of crackers.

Mixed nuts.
Mixed nuts. | Source

Mixed Nuts

Simply offering bowls of mixed nuts is a great idea. Many people watching the game do not want to miss a play.

Finger foods like mixed nuts is something easy to grab while you keep your eyes on the television.

Store-bought cookies and/or brownie bites arranged on a tray.  EASY!
Store-bought cookies and/or brownie bites arranged on a tray. EASY! | Source

Quick, Simple Desserts

For those who may have a "sweet tooth" - a simple bowl of M&M's will do the trick.

OR

Purchase some store-bought cookies and brownie bites. Arrange on a serving tray.

No time for cooking when you want to enjoy the game!
No time for cooking when you want to enjoy the game! | Source

Are You the Host with Super Bowl Trivia Knowledge?

As the host of a Super Bowl Party, wouldn't it be great if you had some "trivia" in your back pocket. There are decades of trivia to be found about Super Bowl Sunday.

LET'S KEEP THIS SIMPLE TOO. Here's a few things that may spark interesting conversations.

DID YOU KNOW?

~ THE SECOND LARGEST DAY FOR FOOD CONSUMPTION IN THE U.S. IS Super Bowl SUNDAY (following Thanksgiving).

~ IN THE HISTORY OF THE SUPER BOWL, there has never been a game that went in to overtime.

~ THERE ARE FOUR NFL TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER PLAYED IN A SUPER BOWL. The Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and my home team, the Cleveland Browns.

~ SUPER BOWL I, THE FIRST EVER, was held in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum in 1967.

~ THE AVERAGE NUMBER of guests at a Super Bowl Party is 17.

~ APPROXIMATELY 35% OF GAME ATTENDEES write it off as a corporate expense.

~ AT LEAST 6% OF AMERICANS use a "sick day" on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

Keep it simple so you can enjoy the game!
Keep it simple so you can enjoy the game! | Source

Tips & Reminders for a Successful Super Bowl Sunday Party

  • If possible, set up two rooms to view the Super Bowl game. One for the "true fans" and another for those that do not keep their eyes glued to the television.
  • Set up a table in a separate room to play cards or for guests to simply converse that are not really interested in watching the game.
  • Make ice ahead of time if needed.
  • Set up a football "pool".
  • Decorate with balloons and posters. Have soft foam footballs available to toss around.
  • Get a babysitter if necessary.
  • Don't forget the camera!
  • If alcohol will be served, be sure to determine "designated drivers."
  • Keep it really simple by asking your guests to bring an appetizer.

Make your own party punch!  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Make your own party punch! Source: Sharyn's Slant

WHATEVER YOU DO, HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE SUPER BOWL ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR ~ ENJOY!

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      These are all really terrific suggestions and reminders!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good morning instantlyfamily,

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

      Sharyn

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are great appetizer ideas even for people that like to cook and sometimes just don't feel like doing all the fancy cooking. Great Hub!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your feedback. That's what I was thinking, i.e., ways to keep it simple so you can enjoy the Super Bowl.

      Sharyn

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'll take each of the yummy finger foods and GO GIANTS!!!!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you Sunshine for stopping by!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Awesome..all the food I love...lol..great hub

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for checking this out. I'm really craving some wings right now :) Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      THEHuG5 5 years ago

      This is a great hub. I only go to Super Bowl parties for the food and I usually am not the one to cook but maybe this year I'll bring 1 of your suggestions.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Alexis,

      See, now maybe you can take an appetizer with you and tell your friends that you cooked all day. Have fun!

      Sharyn

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      Good tips and economical too! Thanks!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks agreenworld for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      That poor 'Go Daddy Go' model needs some chicken wings and a little of your punch 'stat'... omg, how funny you are to include these quirky little videos...

      Voted UP and across the board-- I can digg it!

      Wonderful, practical and EASY, which is just my style of entertaining... Love this and you too, Maria

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Sharyn. Though I am not a big fans of super bowl. Because there's no super bowl program on my television. I live in Indonesia, you know. But you have wonderful ideas here. I should follow your tips while watching Football. Thank you very much. I give my vote to you. Cheers..

      Prasetio

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Maria,

      Love your comment about Go Daddy, too funny! I really appreciate you "digging" this. Thank you my friend!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Pras,

      You are so sweet to check this out even though you do not have a Super Bowl to watch in your country. But you are so right, these are simple ideas when watching "any" football game. So glad to see you and thanks for your comments.

      Sharyn

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      'Ideas for the Non-Cook' drew me in, Sharon, and the excellent suggestions kept me on the page. Thank you. Liked the videos, too, m'dear.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Very good advise on setting up two rooms for these types of events. Saves any issues before they start lol and the food looks good too.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Dr. BJ ~ I'm glad you liked this, keep it simple :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi molometer, I agree, I would be the one in the "second" room, looking at the television every so often, yet talking and doing other stuff as well. Thanks for your feedback!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great ideas Sharyn! enjoy Super Bowl,I'm looking forward to it!

      Voting up, best wishes Lesley

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Morning MM ~ Thanks for stopping by and for your vote. Enjoy the game!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great ideas- especially about keeping it simple. There's nothing worse than going to a party where the host or hostess is too stressed out to enjoy time with the guests.

      I don't always watch the super bowl game but will definitely be doing so this year as I lived in New York State for 3 decades and my adult son is an avid Giants fan.

      Voted this hub up across the board!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi HBN,

      I agree. Get the simple stuff ready and just leave it sit there for everyone to enjoy while you get to enjoy the game. Thank you so much for your great feedback!

      Sharyn

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Ok, so now that I'm Hungry...Fun Hub Sharyn, Lots of Good Treats to Eat and keeping it Simple is MY middle Name. Of course the Videos got my attention. Now to Confess, this Husband isn't into it, the Super Bowl that is...But the Grown Kids Love it!

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      American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome! Yummy! Voted up and awesome!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey B, great to see you :) So glad you enjoyed this. I hope everything is going well for you . . .

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello AmericanChoices - thank you for stopping by and voting. Enjoy the game!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Perfect hub - for food and for having the two rooms idea! I am having my nephew over - he is 14 and in Kindergarten another student wrote that the reason he admired my nephew is because he had a manly appetite! Still does...I need lotsa food! I don't have time to cook it all so I will purchase frozen meatballs and just make my own sauce - thanks! Great idea!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kel,

      Well I have five nephews so I totally understand. (and a 6 year-old great nephew :) Now that the youngest is already 14, for holidays, when we do a "head count" for what food we need to buy - we then double it because of the boys. Enjoy the game!

      Sharyn

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Great information here Sharyn. all that food looks so good - I've shared this hub so others can have a great Super Bowl day as well.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great tips Sharyn. In all the hustle bustle of menu and drinks...seriously forgot about my kid...lol

      arranging for a sitter or some entertainment for him is essential.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Tomorrow is the big day! These are great tips! I had come by earlier in the week and I guess I forgot to leave a comment. Super Bowl parties are fun! I'll be having a few guests over tomorrow and I'm working on additional menu items. Although my hubby is planning to grill I did want to have plenty of finger foods. I'll be sure to add chips, dips and cheese trays.

      I love all the extra tips and trivia! :)

      voted up and sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey MT,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for the "follow." ENJOY THE GAME!!!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ruchira,

      See, lol, gotta get a sitter! Thank you for your comments and "follow." I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Have a great time tomorrow.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Miss Olive,

      Your get together sounds well planned, sure to be fun. I'm wondering if hubby will be grilling (supposedly) but then must see the game, and you will end up doing all the cooking? lol I'm sure you'll have fun. Thanks for the votes and share too!

      Sharyn

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm not going to have a Super Bowl party. But these appetizers can be used anytime you're in a rush. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good morning Alocsin ~ You are right. These simple appetizer ideas can be used for any type of get together. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey girl...All your talents and a star in the kitchen as well? The people in my world LOVE "snacks & munchies & all kinds of finger foods!" We have get-togethers all the time with tables full of such goodies...& share recipes and vote on the best and in general, just pig-out! Thank you for these yummy ideas.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Paula ~ so good to see you. I love your pic!!! It is always fun to have company, a table full of fun munchies and just plain goofing around. You mentioned sharing recipes - I enjoy that too, but, I am really terrible at following them. I always feel I have to alter them in some way. Kind of how I have been all my life. When someone tells me I should do something "this way", I immediately take the other route. Oh well, I am really glad you stopped by. I am SO behind on my reading, but will be around . . . take care,

      Sharyn

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YIKES!!! Maybe you're DNA can be mistaken for mine! Glad to know I'm not the only stubborn know-it-all who has to "change" everything to suit ME Meeeeeeeeeee!!LOL!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha ha Paula ~ thanks for always bringing a smile to Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great tips Sharyn! Even those of us who do like to cook enjoy having some easy go to options on the fly or to add to a more complicated menu.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello RC ~ I agree even if we like to cook, it's great to even have some of these things on hand for last minute gatherings or when we just do not feel like cooking anything fancy. I really appreciate you stopping by - thank you!

      Sharyn

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Dood. You sound like you have AWESOME super bowl parties. I'd have to be in that "separate room" because I don't actually watch football. shhh. It's just that I've never been a big fan of it, haha. Super Bowl food and commercials are always riveting, though. ;)

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      Tina Truelove 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I'm not really a big football fan, but cooking is not "my thing" so I clicked on your article for easy ideas for any other occasion and you have provided me with plenty. Thanks!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hiya CC ~ I'm not really into the game either. I do like watching the commercials though. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tina ~ I'm glad you "clicked." I'm sure there are many people who really do not like to cook or they really want to keep it simple so they can enjoy the game and their company. I hope these ideas help them feel less stressed about providing appetizers for their guests. Thanks for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is my kind of party set up, Sharyn-no fuss, no time lost in getting those veggie and buffalo wing trays from the grocery store. Makes me wish I had a party to go to, haha. UP/U/A

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Denise ~ I really think there are many people who do not want to fuss over appetizers for a Super Bowl party. You can still do a nice layout without too much work. Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Tasty Sharyn! Where is your house at. I think if I can get meatballs to Sweden on time, well, I bet I can knock on your door by halftime. (smile). It doesn't matter which of those scrumptious and delicious snack settings you set out, I will be dazed and amazed. Awesome article and the trivia is worth a ponder or two. I didn't know that . . .

      tim

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tim ~ how are ya? Damn, you were more than welcome to visit but it's a little too late. And all the food is gone too. I hope you enjoyed the game. Thanks for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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