Monday, January 25, 2016

Easy Big Game Party & Hosting Tips

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Today I am sharing some easy Big Game snack ideas & tips to help make your football party effortless and hopefully a little more fun! 

Our whole family absolutely loves to play sports, but during the Winter season we are all too happy to hang up our gear & cheer-on our favorite football teams{college & professional}. And with Football coming to a close, we've been trying to squeeze in as many big games-in as we can! Speaking of: did you guys watch the huge game over the weekend? We were home sick all weekend but luckily I'd picked up a few things from Walmart earlier this week and had everything for a yummy game day spread{thanks to Red Baron Sausage Supreme Brick Oven Pizza and Edwards Pies}.
It’s no secret that I love to entertain and have people come over for a meal or a party. There are very few things that make me happier than having people in my home. That’s not to say that it doesn’t take a good amount of work or planning to make it happen. Luckily, over the years I have gotten better at it, and while I’ve been told that I make it look effortless, I can assure you that it's not. But I do have some tips to share that make hosting much easier! Below are some of my top tips...

1. Have a plan. Do you know what you're going to make? Do you have enough plates and utensils? These are important questions to ask yourself in the early planning stages{that way you don't run out of something when you're putting everything together or when guests are there}.
2. Decide on your menu & write down what you're going to serve. I like to put it up next to my fridge so I can reference it and see what I can make/prep ahead of time. Along the same lines, be sure to jot down your grocery list{it helps to double check your pantry while doing it}.

3. You don’t have to make everything yourself. Having a good mix of store bought things & homemade things will make it so MUCH easier to host. Decide where you want your time & energy to go & allocate your time accordingly.
4.Set the table the night before. Or at the very least set everything out. This will save you a lot of time the day of!
5.Create atmosphere. Make your table look nice and inviting, either with music, lighting{candles} or fresh flowers.
6. Don't be afraid to ask for help. I resisted this for years. When people would offer to bring something I would tell them not to worry about it. Now when someone offers, I say "yes" & "thank you"!
7. Lastly, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself and your guests! When all is said and done, people will not remember what you served, they will remember how nice the evening was or how much fun they had.
^ps. this cookies & creme pie is absolutely delicious {the chocolate combined with the vanilla crème layers make this pie truly unforgettable}! 
I know Red Baron pizza is a great game day food all on its own, but if you pair it with some of your favorite appetizers, you can turn a day of football watching, into a home-gating affair! Below is a super easy Antipasto salad that will go perfectly with your pizza.
Antipasto Salad
  • 1 bag of Spring lettuce Mix - washed
  • ½ cup fresh mozzarella balls 
  • ½ cup black olives
  • ½ cup pepperoncini 
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup red onion,chopped
  • 2 oz sliced salami 
  • 2 oz sliced pepperoni{optional}
  • 1 cup croutons
  • ½ cup Italian vinaigrette

1.Chop your cured meats, artichoke hearts in preparation.
2.Spread lettuce on a large serving plate.
3.Then top with olives, cheese, peppers, onion, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, salami and      croutons.
4.Serve with homemade Italian vinaigrette or your favorite Italian dressing.
Oh & you can find the Red Baron Pizza & Edwards Pie in the freezer aisle's of Walmart!
Do you have a favorite Red Baron pizza or Edwards pie? Which will you be serving at your next Football party?