The holidays are over. Your festive spirit will soon come crashing down. But don’t worry; there is another excuse to party on the horizon.
The Super Bowl is coming!
Now, few of us actually care about the game, but any reason to gather with friends and family to enjoy good food is a win in our book!
You’ve Still Got Time
You might think this post is a bit premature. But February 1 will come sooner than you think. And this gives you plenty of time to get everything ready. There is no excuse for a poorly planned event that is thrown together at the last minute!
Plus, looking forward to your next big party will help you get over the winter blues that are sure to set in any day now.
Getting the Little Things Out of the Way
We’ll save the best tips for last—the food! Don’t worry, we’ll get there eventually.
But first, let’s talk about all the little things that will make your party great.
Since the day will revolve around the television, you’ll want to make sure yours is in tip-top shape. Fortunately, TV don’t require routine maintenance like your car does, but there are other things to consider.
What is the sound system like? In the absence of surround sound, should you connect your TV to the stereo?
If you’ll have a big crowd, all fighting to see the screen, should you opt for a projector instead? Can you shoot the game onto a blank wall or a portable screen?
Not everyone will be jazzed about watching the game. Many of your guests will be there for other reasons—the food and socializing.
Consider offering alternative forms of entertainment. There are a few vegan-friendly games that would be perfect for your Super Bowl party.
Pick up a cornhole game set. You can get cornhole boards that are unfinished and paint them yourself. Maybe you could customize one board for each Super Bowl team. If you aren’t the crafty type, you can just let the professionals execute your ideas for custom cornhole boards.
And there are cornhole bags made from organic fabric and filled with corn (it doesn’t get more vegan friendly than that!).
And since this is football you are watching, you’ll want to have a ball on hand to toss around. There are plenty of non-leather, vegan friendly options available. For example, synthetic leather, plastic, or Nerf all make great football alternatives.
Both these entertainment ideas allow for socializing without distracting from the main event.
Decorations can be elaborate or minimal. You can go with a generic football theme or spice things up with the competing teams’ mascots and colors.
Since you have plenty of time to plan, now is the perfect time to go shopping. Check with local vintage shops. See if you can find old football memorabilia to place around the house. You might also be able to find some post-Christmas sales on things like streamers, balloons, and other generic decorations.
For some DIY decoration options:
- Make jersey coasters.
- This article has some printable festive football decorations.
- This Pinterest board has some other inspiring ideas (while not technically a decoration, that watermelon football helmet caught our eye!)
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for…the party food ideas!
The food for both tailgating parties and the Super Bowl have one main characteristic: they are unhealthy finger-food snacks.
We don’t encourage unhealthy eating all year round, but why not indulge and join the tradition on this one special day?
Here are some vegan snack ideas that everyone will want to try.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Thank goodness onions are vegan—because seriously, who could do without onion rings?!
- 2 large sweet onions
- 1 1/2 c. self-rising flour
- 1 t. paprika
- 1/2 t. garlic powder
- 1/2 t. onion powder
- 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1 c. beer
- Vegetable oil
While the oil is heating, slice the onions and separate the rings. Coat onions in 1/2 c. flour and set aside. Mix the remaining 1 c. flour with the spices. Gradually add the beer, stir until mixed.
Dip the onions in the batter and place in the oil. Cook at 375 degrees for two minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel.
Vegan “Pigs” in a Blanket
Give these warm hearty classics a try!
- Shredded Cheddar vegan cheese
- Vegan hot dogs
- Crescent Roll (The Immaculate Baking brand is actually vegan. Looking at their FAQs, the mention of milk means they might have been made on surfaces shared with other dairy products. There is no milk in them).
While the oven is heating to 350 degrees, lightly grease a cookie sheet. Separate each crescent roll. Place a bit of cheese in the center. Cut each dog in half and place one piece on the dough. Roll everything up and bake for 15 minutes.
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Combining sweet and salty has never tasted so good.
- 1 large bag salted potato chips (use only the unbroken pieces)
- 1 bag vegan chocolate chips
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. Cover each chip in chocolate (dipping doesn’t work very well—it is more of a spread). Put covered chips on waxed paper to dry. For added festiveness, add sprinkles or colored sugar before the chocolate hardens.
Naturally, these are just a few of our favorite junk food recipes for the big game. Do you have any other food, beverage, decorating or entertaining ideas?