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Score Big with These Football Party Foods

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Lifestyle October 28, 2014

Football season is well upon us, and so is the desire to inhale seasonal party food! There’s no question that the NFL’s big game in February is among the largest non-holiday eating events of the year, but that doesn’t mean all of the games before it aren’t perfect opportunities to enjoy good snacks, fantastic drinks and a social atmosphere. Check out these ideas for the perfect party fare!

Main Course

Big games can mean big parties — and bigger appetites! Cooking up enough food to serve party guests doesn’t have to be complex, though. A large pot of chili placed among bowls of simple toppings can create the perfect self-serve chili bar and give game watchers the option to create exactly what they are hungry for.

Alternatively, most pizza delivery places offer football-related deals and promotions that are perfect for simplifying your meal prep, especially when the big game rolls around.

Themed Foods and Desserts

You don’t necessarily have to go all out to add pizazz to your party. Simply rearranging the toppings of your favorite homemade pizza recipe can add that extra bit of flair, without drawing a flag for excessive celebration.

And we think that “final quarter, edge-of-your-seat” drama is best enjoyed with a decorative dessert centerpiece, like this festive game day chocolate cake.

Clever Cocktails

About 325 million gallons of beer are consumed just on big game Sunday, let alone during the rest of the season. So while it’s fairly safe to assume there will be cold ones on ice at your party, don’t neglect trying new options and alternatives. Mix up a pitcher of margaritas, or try serving up these team-themed spritzers.

Healthy Alternatives

Game day can be the perfect excuse to “cheat” on our diets — and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that! But for the dedicated healthy eaters among us, there are alternatives to frying everything in butter and glazing it with ketchup. Spicing up a veggie tray with your favorite organic hummus recipe is a delicious way to enjoy party dip without the guilt, and cooking up some low-calorie black bean quesadillas is perfect for slashing calories without sacrificing flavor.

If ethnic foods don’t score a touchdown on your palate, fear not: there is almost always a nutritious alternative to traditional football fare. Who could say no to these grilled buffalo “wings”, made by substituting protein-rich chicken tenders for the typical wings? And if you’re concerned about fattening beers, try making simple lemon-lime cocktails with low-calorie vodka.   

Food can make or break a watch party, but be sure to remember that at the end of the day, it’s all about the friendships made and experiences shared. We believe those experiences are best had at a Greystar apartment community, so contact us and find out how you can call our home yours!

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