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Super Bowl Party (or anytime) Appetizer Ideas for the Non-Cook
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!
Of course you could make your own pizza.
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!
Use pre-made, pre-cooked quality meatballs. Warm them in a slow cooker with your favorite sauce. Serve with toothpicks.
Warm in a slow cooker with marinara sauce. Serve with fresh, grated Parmesan or mozzarella cheese and mini buns for a meatball sandwich.
Salsa Dip and Chips
Purchase chips and salsa.
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.
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.
Place chicken wings on an oven-safe pan, cover and cook in the oven. Top with your favorite wing sauce. Ta-dah!
Order wings from your favorite restaurant and don't forget the dipping sauce.
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.)
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.
Warm them with your favorite baked beans.
Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce
Use frozen shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. Thaw in cold water. Drain. Serve with store bought cocktail sauce.
Purchase a shrimp ring at your local grocery store. Simple.
Cheese & Pepperoni
Any type of cheese and pepperoni diced will work. Serve with toothpicks.
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.
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.
Quick, Simple Desserts
For those who may have a "sweet tooth" - a simple bowl of M&M's will do the trick.
Purchase some store-bought cookies and brownie bites. Arrange on a serving tray.
Serving Platters on AMAZON
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.
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.
- And if you are interested, you could always make party punch. Click HERE TO CREATE YOUR OWN UNIQUE PARTY PUNCH RECIPE.
WHATEVER YOU DO, HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE SUPER BOWL ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR ~ ENJOY!
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