Super Bowl Party

January 30th, 2015

Growing up as the daughter of a football coach in the South who has been coaching just about as long as your parents have been alive (sorry, dad!), I can assuredly say I know and love football. Like, a lot. I definitely know the game better than most of the dudes in the stadiums, or bars, where I watch the game. But I’m not a huge NFL fan. However, I do love Super Bowl Sunday. And while I don’t know much about either team I do know that there will be 24 perfectly inflated game balls this Sunday. And a lot of food. Lots. Of. Food.

The best part of the Super Bowl is always the company, the food, and the beer (or wine for me!). I love the idea of incorporating food that you would be munching on at the tailgate & stadium. Even if you are miles away from Phoenix you can still feel like you’re a part of it all with a few super simple foods. And even better than being there? You get to watch all of the commercials. Win-Win if you’re asking me.

Here’s what I like to do: I make meatballs. And then I just leave them on the stove and people can eat as many as they want! Best part? Three. Ingredients. Sorry there is no picture. But let’s be honest … when do meatballs ever look overly appetizing? They taste way better than they look.

  1. Meatballs (I just use the frozen guys. Don’t judge me, please.)
  2. Jar of Grape Jelly*
  3. Jar of Salsa*

*1 part salsa, 1 part grape jelly

Throw ’em in a pot on the stove and heat them up. And stir! Don’t forget to stir.

Just don’t tell people what’s in them or they may be grossed out. I promise they are good. Oh yeah, also don’t let them boil. But, I mean, it doesn’t get much easier than that, folks.

Here are some fun and simple DIY ideas from around the web (with cool pictures unlike my meatball speciality) that are easy to clean up. Easy clean-up = happy host.

Beer Tasting on a Chalkboard Table Runner 

Mess-Free Chili in a Mini Bread Bowl


Hot Dog Bar! Love this. 

Nacho Bar full of fixins.


Frito Pie (Chili) with Toppings in a Bag. So. Yummy. 

Popcorn in a Football Holder. Yes!

Okay, so I know you probably aren’t eating ice cream sandwiches at the game or tailgate, but how good are these?

PS: If you’re into dip but you’re not trying to gain 94lbs in a night grab the Reduced Guilt Spinach and Kale Dip made with Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe’s and eat it by the face-full with carrots. IT IS SO GOOD. And it is 35 calories for 2 TBSP.

PPS: Why do I keep using post scripts? I need to work on that. But until then, I’ll be stuffing my face with chips and this Skinny Buffalo Chicken dip from Skinnytaste carrots and Reduced Guilt yumminess while Paul polishes off the Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip (because it is no longer “skinny” when you have no self-control like me).

XX Leigh-Taylor