Can you taste it? Juicy boneless buffalo wings, or is that actually…cauliflower? Imagine this: a Super Bowl party effortlessly put together; your friends, family and neighbors all enjoying the big game in the comfort and convenience of your outdoor living space. This exact scenario can easily become a reality this Super Bowl Sunday when you prioritize productivity and put all fixings for the big night in place, leaving you free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.
Wings and Things
Chicken wings are the bread and butter of the Super Bowl. Did you know that roughly 1.83 billion are consumed each year on Super Bowl Sunday? That’s a whole lot of birds.
This year prep your own wings at home using two surefire cooking methods. Classic deep-fried wings are a whole lot easier to make than you would think, while air frying is an elite alternative that cuts extra calories without losing any of the flavor.
What’re hot wings without a little saucy style to go along with them? Smother your wings in a variety of homemade sauces and dry rubs to cater to your guests’ wide range of tastes.
- For the most part, Buffalo Sauce is a simple mixture of one stick of melted butter and hot sauce. For a little extra kick, you can also add a hint of cayenne pepper.
- Barbecue dreams come true with a helping of homemade sauce.
– Add one can of tomato sauce or puree into a small saucepan over low heat.
– Mix in honey, molasses, and apple cider vinegar.
– Simmer until the sauce is a viscous consistency.
- Teriyaki wings are a breeze with the simple combination of:
– Freshly squeezed orange juice
– Low sodium soy sauce, and brown sugar.
– Heat liquid on low, adding brown sugar until viscous.
This is a great sauce to make ahead of time.
- Lemon-pepper wings are second to none on Super Bowl Sunday. All you need to turn the party with tang are:
– Freshly ground black pepper
– Finely grated lemon zest
– Kosher salt
– Toss and voila!
And if chicken isn’t your thing that’s no problem. Tasty cauliflower wings are all the rage and are sure to satisfy vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike.
As the Buccaneers suit up for their big game, you’re going to want to snack up for your big party. In addition to wings, Super Bowl partygoers tend to expect a smörgåsbord of other familiar favorites.
Stock up on chips, pretzels, cookies, and cakes ahead of time. These items can be served along with canned beers, bottled IPAs, hard seltzer, soda pop, and sports drinks. Arrange these items tastefully on your back patio or deck.
For those who’ve gone the way of keto, here’s a healthy hack. Rather than breaking your diet, try serving up nachos sans the chips. How? Pork rinds of course. You can even set up a small nacho station with a simple toaster oven and the typical toppings for the snack. Simply stack your rinds on a tray, add what you like, and then run them through until nice and bubbly.
Hot dogs and hamburgers are also a great choice for feeding a hungry crowd, especially when your outdoor kitchen area is dressed to impress with team-spirited grill covers. If you do end up firing up your grill or honing your indoor grill master skills, be sure to consider the volume of food to guest ratio – the last thing you want to do is waste food.
It’s a Pigskin Party
If neither team in the Bowl are your hometown heroes, you can always go generic with the decorations. Super Bowl party decor is all about embracing the spirit of sportsmanship with familiar motifs that ring true to the everlasting embrace of American football.
Setting the mood before the game is easy with personalized-for-the-occasion outdoor TV covers. If it happens to be too cold to have your party in the backyard living area, these covers will also provide ample protection for your outdoor set.
Your pigskin party isn’t complete, however, until you’ve really set the scene. Iconography from games past is an easy way to call back to previous Superbowl traditions. Who could possibly forget Atlanta blowing their lead? What about Left Shark? These memorable moments add ambiance to your party and give your guests something to talk about.
Line Up Your Clean Up Game Plan
When it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, disposable is your best friend. Disposable tablecloths, cups, plates, silverware, and napkins are versatile in being both boundless in their decorative potential and easy to get rid of when it’s time to clean up. Just be sure to stick with biodegradable options so you can keep things eco-friendly.
All that’s left to do is give your guests something to pass the time while you all wait for the game to begin. For those in milder climates, backyard tailgate games are the way to go.
Who doesn’t love a game of cornhole? What about horseshoe and ladder toss? These games are super simple crowd-pleasers with easy setup and clean up at the end of the evening.
As the evening draws to a close, it’s important to return your outdoor lifestyle area to its pregame glory.
Start by collecting all trash as the game comes to a close. Set up clearly marked waste bins that invite guests to dispose of their own waste. This gets a lot of the work out of the way. You can then collect everything that’s still left.
Take down your decorations after sending guests home. This is where your reusable banners come in handy. These items can be wrapped up to be used again next year. Just remember to keep them generic by not including teams or Super Bowl Roman numerals.
Finally, your protective patio furniture cover set is the night’s big MVP. Slip table covers over your dining area. For areas more acclimated to harsh weather, you add an extra layer of backyard protection with custom tarps.
Table covers protect your patio from the last of winter’s woes and make sure your backyard is ready to roll when you rip off your patio furniture cover set at the start of spring.