Planning the Perfect Party for the Big Game

Planning the Perfect Party for the Big Game

2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the biggest sporting event in America, and the largest TV watching event as well. What began as a merger between two separate leagues, the NFL and the AFL, battling for football supremacy has become a modern cultural event, where sports diehards, casual fans, and people more interested in the commercials and the halftime show can get together to eat, watch TV, and enjoy a Sunday party in the middle of otherwise dreary winter. The perfect retro Big Game party doesn’t have to depend on the quality of the game—you can make sure of that with our helpful guide.

Retro DIY Photobooth

Using printables shown above, create a DIY Photobooth for taking pictures with your phone or digital camera.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A printer
– 5” x 11” printer paper
– Tape
– Popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
– Scissors

Print out the Photobooth cutout props we’ve provided. Printables are available here. Find an open area in your home that has a solid wall to use as a backdrop. Cut out our props and attach to wooden skewers or popsicle sticks with tape. Then, put on your best faces and take plenty of pictures to remember this party by!

What to Eat

There are plenty of traditional football foods to have on hand—chili, dips, chips and more. Here’s a classic favorite, buffalo chicken dip, to keep your guests fed and happy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 8oz. packages cream cheese
– 2 cups ranch dressing
– 1 and ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot
– 2 10oz. cans of chicken (or fresh, shredded chicken)
– shredded cheddar cheese
– Your favorite chips for dipping
– 2 pie plates

Heat the cream cheese, ranch dressing and hot sauce in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until smooth and creamy, then fold in the shredded chicken. Spread the mixture into your two pie plates and top with shredded cheese, then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes, then serve hot!

Print out our recipe card here.

There are plenty more ways to make a Big Game Party great. Share your favorites in the comments!