Super bowl entertaining on a budget

Monday, January 31, 2011
By Sara Moore

Throw the ultimate Super Bowl party this Sunday on a super budget with tips from Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, co-owners of Party Blueprints and authors of the new book Plan To Party.

Go bulk with your bar
Limit your bar to 3 selections and buy in bulk. Serve beer, wine and a non-alcoholic beverage, like lemonade or ice tea that you can serve in a pitcher.

Serve food tailgate style
Serve guests a simple, yet stylish spread that will tackle the biggest of appetites! Since most will be eating sans table, substitute the greasy, sticky dishes for these simple recipes that can be prepared right before game-time.
· Flatbread Pizzas: Easy to make and serve- brush with oil and add sliced mushrooms, garlic, basil, mozzarella cheese, and bake. Cut into 4 inch long slices.
· Greek Salad Skewers: Alternate feta cheese cubes with cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives. Drizzle olive oil over skewers, sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
· Reposado Wings: Give this game day favorite a twist by combining rosemary, lime juice, salt, pepper, tequila and cilantro. Marinate wings overnight and bake while you’re getting dressed for the party.
· Don’t forget the chips: Toss the greasy, fatty, typical chips and opt for healthy multi-grain chips. Serve with a pre-made dips for easy entertaining.

Dress it up for the game
Who wants to do dishes after a party? Serve food on colorful paper plates in your favorite team’s colors!

Create a Super Sundae Brownie Bar and themed cupcakes
Make football shaped brownies to create a “make your own” sundae bar with all the fixings. Let guests create their own version and enjoy a memorable dessert. Or try simple cupcakes and decorate with special football toppers or decorative liners to create a dessert bar that will WOW your guests! Shortcut: use a boxed mix for easy preparation.

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