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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Have a Successful Super Bowl Party


Super Bowl Sunday is coming this Sunday and if you are throwing a Super Bowl party (like I am!) than I am sure you can use a little help. I know I am not a super great party planner so I will take all the help I can get!


QVC came to my rescue this year and they have THREE great plays for you to execute this year at your Super Bowl Party! Try them out and take a little stress off!

The Play-by-Play:
How to have a successful Super Bowl party

Play 1 – QVC’s Resident Foodie David Venable offers his top tips to be a game stopping host:


The Super Bowl just isn’t the Super Bowl without all that food. Dips, wings, sandwiches, beer…you name it, your guests want it. In fact, the USDA says aside from Thanksgiving, there’s no other day of the year when Americans consume more food.

Now, don’t panic, fearless host. You don’t need to make umpteen dishes. And, you needn’t buy out the grocery store. Set your sights on a few key recipes and prepare them ahead of time. Buy what is too costly or time-consuming to make at home. Throwing a Super Bowl party can be just as much fun as watching the game itself…you’ll see!

· Men like chips. And pretzels. And beer. Plus, I’ve never seen a guy turn down pigs-in-a-blanket. Football goes hand-in-hand with these traditional snacks and you’ll have a wildly happy crowd if you offer the classics. But, there’s always room for something new. Especially if it’s a spin on a classic like my Buffalo Chicken Dip, which takes just 35 minutes to make. It’s spicy, creamy, and addictive. Plus, there’s no mess and no expensive wing platter needed!

· Most women will indulge in a few classics, but may prefer lighter options. Offer crackers and veggies with that Buffalo Chicken Dip. You might also consider serving soup. My Chicken and Quinoa Soup on QVC.com is flavorful and hearty, but incredibly healthy. Total cook time: 30 minutes. Keep it snack-sized by serving it in disposable cups or mugs.

· So what should you buy? Get the chips and munchies and stock up on disposable cups, napkins, and plates. A splurge that makes sense is a meat and cheese platter for sandwiches and perhaps a veggie platter. Leave beer and alcoholic drinks for your guests to bring and make your own iced tea or lemonade. You’ll save a lot of money this way, and your guests will buy exactly what they like.

· When it comes to dessert, you can’t go wrong with brownies. They require minimal ingredients and can be cut into any size. I have a few brownie recipes on QVC.com including my Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies, which, again, bake in 30 minutes. Touchdown!

Play 2 – Make David’s fan favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip:

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

· 2 store-bought rotisserie chickens, skinned and finely shredded
· 3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
· 3/4 cup ranch dressing
· 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
· 1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
· 3 cups Colby Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
· Tortilla chips (optional, for serving)
· Crackers (optional, for serving)
· Carrots (optional, for serving)
· Celery (optional, for serving)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Beat the cream cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, and hot sauce until creamy and fully combined. Fold in the shredded chicken and 1-1/2 cups of the shredded cheese.
3. Spread the mixture into the 3.5-qt dish and bake for 25 minutes.
4. Remove the dip from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
5. Allow the dip to cool for 10 minutes, then serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, carrots, celery, or a combination thereof.


Play 3 – Stock up on the products below to help make hosting hassle-free:



Temp-tations Old World Seven-Piece
Everyday Petal Server
QVC Item #H195696
Approximately $22.00




Ninja Six-Quart SEARious Slow Cooker
QVC Item #K301200
Approximately $99.99



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