The Super Bowl is coming up on February 3rd, which means it’s just under two weeks away! I may not be invested in this year’s matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, but I usually end up watching the game regardless of who is playing! The game itself is always exciting, and I love the commercials and halftime show too. Plus, I love a good excuse to throw a party with lots of tasty snack foods! ;-)
If you’re also planning on getting together with friends or family to watch the Big Game, you’ve come to the right place! Because today I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks that are perfect for your game day festivities, in a very special Super Bowl edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” (To check out past editions of this series, see the full list at the bottom of this post!)
1. Double Duty Crockpot
Want to heat two dips, but only have one crockpot? Use heavy duty tin foil to create a divider that runs down the center of your slow cooker. Then grab a couple of slow cooker liners and put one into each side of your newly divided crockpot. Your crockpot is now ready to do double duty!
2. Chip Bag Serving Bowl
Turn a bag of chips into a handy serving bowl! Start by opening the bag, then rolling the top edge down for a cleaner edge. Then poke the bottom corners of the bag in towards the center, to make a flat surface so the bag stands up on its own. Then roll the bottom of the bag upward until the chips are pushed to the top edge, and serve!
3. Easy Table Cleanup
Instead of using a cloth tablecloth on game day, cover your table with kraft paper instead! Then you won’t have to worry about drips, spills, and splatters, because you can just throw the paper out later. Plus, once you have your spread laid out, you can use a Sharpie to label each dish right on the paper!
4. Effortless Pulled Meat
Planning on making pulled pork or pulled chicken for one of your game day dishes? Instead of pulling all that meat by hand, use your stand mixer instead! Just put the meat into your stand mixer while it’s still hot. Put on the paddle attachment, then turn the mixer on until your meat is pulled to the right consistency.
5. Chill Drinks Fast
Forgot to put your drinks in the fridge beforehand? Here’s a super quick way to chill drinks. Just wrap a damp paper towel around the drink, then place the wrapped drink in your freezer for 10 minutes. It’ll be deliciously cold before you know it! (And if you’re forgetful like I am, it’s a good idea to set a timer so you don’t end up with an exploding drink situation!)
6. Make A Chili Bar
One of the easiest dishes to make when serving a crowd is chili. And you can make it even more fun for your watch party by setting up a “chili bar!” Along with a huge pot of chili, set out several kinds of chili toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped chives, cornbread, salsa, sliced red onions, hot sauce, avocado, and whatever else you like. It’s easy, economical, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
7. Prepare For Sticky Fingers
Hot wings are often a staple at Super Bowl parties, but they sure can make a mess! If you’re serving wings, consider setting out supplies for cleaning up sticky, saucy fingers. Set out paper towels, wet wipes, and whatever else your guests might need to clean up after finishing a plate of wings.
8. Tailgating Tip
For tailgate parties, it’s always a good idea to have an easy way to keep food warm while you’re out in the cold. My favorite is to just use a cooler! Coolers are just as good at keeping food hot as they are at keeping drinks cold, and they’re easy to carry around too.
9. DIY Chip-And-Dip Dish
You know those fancy chip-and-dip dishes that have room for chips and a separate compartment for dips? You can DIY one with dishes you already have at home! Just set a wine glass in the center of a large bowl. Fill the bowl with chips, and fill the wine glass with your dip of choice. Easy!
Will you be watching the Super Bowl this year?
The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series
If you’ve missed any of the previous posts in this series, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips, you’ve come to the right place! Just click the button below to view the full archive of past posts in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series.