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Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. Your plans are up in the air, but everyone knows a house party is the way to go for this big game. If you are looking to host, the first thing you need to do is send out a feeler text. See who’s around and what everyone else’s plans are before you throw your idea to have a party into the mix. Once you get a solid crew together, start planning what to make and how to decorate. You want your friends to each bring something, but you want to make sure you have the staples ready to go. Strategy is key. If you want to have a fun and stress free time follow these steps:

1. Plan what you are making THEN start telling your friends what they can bring. Because you know they are going to ask you day of and its better to get this out of the way now so you don’t end up with 6 bags of Tostitos.

2. Make sure your jersey is ready to go. If you don’t have one, go buy Edelman’s. He’s perfect.

3. Make a shopping list. Below is everything you need to make a few Game Day favorites. Bonus: Everything came to less than $100!

Shopping List

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
    • Rotisserie Chicken
    • 3 Packs of Cream Cheese
    • Franks Red Hot Buffalo
    • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Ranch Dressing
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    • 2 Package of Frozen Beef Meatballs
    • 2 Jars of Grape Jelly
    • 2 Bottles of Chili Sauce
  • Sausage Calzone
    • 1 Package of Spicy Italian Sausage Links
    • 1 Frozen Bag of Peppers and Onions
    • Provolone Cheese
    • Dough (I used whole wheat. Cause you know, healthy stuff)
    • Marinara Sauce for Dipping
  • Other
    • Hummus
    • Celery
    • 1 Bag of Chips
    • 1 Box of Crackers
    • Plates
    • Napkins
    • Solo Cups
    • Plastic Cutlery

4. Go to Target or Party City to get a few decorations. Don’t go over board. Just get a few things to dress up your table. Have one of your guy friends bring a football to use as a centerpiece. Bonus points if you have one yourself. Here are some basics that I like to use for Game Day parties:

  • 1 Green Table Cloth
  • 1 Black Poster Board (To put on top of table cloth for food. See photo below)
  • White Pencil or Gel Pen (To write on black poster boards. Label food like a football play chalk board. See photo below)
  • 2-3 Red Serving Platters
  • Football Stickers (To put on poster board)
  • Football Pennant Banner
  • Some Patriots Balloons & Solid Balloons (Sorry, I’m biased. Deal with it)

decor fts

5. Swing by the packy the night before. You will be too busy to do this day of. Don’t get too much because people will bring plenty, just get whatever you want to drink.

6. Set up your table and decorations in the morning. The game doesn’t start until 6:30 so you have some time to kill.

7. Prep all of your food. You don’t want to actually start heating up anything until 6pm. Nothing on my shopping list takes more than 30 minutes to cook once it is prepped. I would start prepping around 4pm. Follow these simple recipes then press go right before the game. Side note: Do NOT put everything out at once! You want to save half of everything to replenish your table at Half Time. 


Buffalo Chicken Dip

Tools you will need: 2 small casserole dishes, wooden spoon and a fork. 

Start by taking all of the skin off the chicken. After that’s done shred it, use the fork to help break apart the pieces. You want to use the whole chicken. Put shredded chicken aside. Next you want to soften the cream cheese. Like I said you want to make 2 dips, one for the start of the game and one for half time. Put 1 and a half blocks of cream cheese into a casserole dish and pop it in the microwave for a minute or so. Add half the bottle of ranch and half the bottle off Frank’s Red Hot. Stir in half your chicken and a hand full of cheddar cheese. One everything is mixed together top with a sprinkle of cheese. You don’t want to top with too much, this will harden as it cools and your guests will break all of their chips trying to get a scoop.

Repeat process for dip #2 and put aside until 30 minutes before Half Time.

Just before the game, toss it in the oven (375 degrees) for 25-30 minutes or until you see it bubble.

Enjoy with chips, crackers and celery.

buff dip

Sweet & Sour Meat Balls

Tools you will need: Crock Pot and wooden spoon

This is almost too easy. Set your Crock Pot on high, add in the Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly, stir until combined. Stir in Meatballs until all are thoroughly covered in the sauce. If you want to do this in two batches that works fine, these only take about 30 minutes from start to finish. Make sure you don’t keep your Crock Pot on high once the Meatballs are cooked through. Either turn it off or set it to “Keep Warm”.

sweet and sour meatballs

Sausage and Pepper Calzone

Tools/additional ingredients you will need: Pan, olive oil, salt, pepper, rolling pin, flour flat surface, pizza stone or cookie sheet. 

Start by cooking the sausages, these take the most time. Follow the instructions on the package. Once they are cooked through, cut into 1/4 inch pieces and put them back into the pan with some olive oil and frozen veggies. Add salt and pepper and let these cook down on a low heat. Set aside until before the game.

Around 6 you want to start prepping your dough. Take half from the bag and begin to stretch it out using your rolling pin and flour on a flat surface. Once you get to a pizza sized circle, place the dough on the pizza stone or baking sheet. Place two pieces of provolone on half of the dough, add half of the sausage and pepper on top of the cheese. Top with three pieces of provolone. Fold the other side of dough on top of the filling and seal it by twisting the edges together (see below). Lightly brush top dough with olive oil.

Cook at 475 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Repeat with remaining ingredients right before half time.

Cut into small pieces and serve on a red platter with marinara sauce.


There you have it! All that’s left is setting out the hummus, labeling the food on the “play board” and drinking some beers with your friends while you watch the Patriots kick ass. Enjoy!


Marketing professional living just outside of the city. Erin is a social media junkie who is obsessed with cooking, entertaining, decorating and her dog, Jake.

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