Winning Playbook for a Great Super Bowl Party

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens aren’t the only ones gearing up for the big game.  So are millions of fans who’ll perch in front of TV’s to cheer–and nosh–their way through Super Bowl XLVII.  Got a gang of frenzied family and friends about to land on your doorstep?  Now’s the time to get your gameplan in motion with these touchdown-worthy party tips:

Create a Stadium Feel

Show guests the way with this 10′ Sports Field runner ($9.99).  Hand out mini plush footballs and homemade spirit signs so everyone can join in the fun.

•Serve with Style

Ditch those droopy paper plates for dishwasher/microwave-safe Football Shaped ceramic plates (set/4-$19.99).  Declare your home a foam cup free zone. Real glassware holds more, won’t tip over and is more eco-friendly because it goes in the dishwasher, not a landfill.  The Super Bowl comes but once a year.  Celebrate by serving your snacks on something special.

•Gussy Up the Table

Turn your grazing ground into something worth cheering about with this 72″ Football Field table runner ($2.75).  This paper runner’s priced right for use on more than the table. Hang several on walls around the room.  Give each kid a runner and box of crayons to keep them busy during half-time.  Or give them as take-home party favors.

•Fire the Crowd Up

Things will heat up (in more ways than one) if hot pepper snacks are on the menu. This Chili Pepper Grill Rack ($21.95) holds 18 peppers upright which makes them easy to fill, then grill.

•Score Big with Festive Food

Photo-Leigh Beisch,

Photo-Leigh Beisch,

Save the frozen food for off-season.  The Super Bowl is worthy of Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lamp’s  NFL Gameday Cookbook ($24.95) Filled with 150 great grilling, sandwich, side dish, dessert and beverage recipes, it’s designed for everyone from novice to seasoned chefs. This clever book also features photos of memorable NFL moment so I ask you, how can you lose?