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Super Bowl Buffet Table Ideas

ideas to decorate your super bowl buffet table

ideas to decorate your super bowl buffet table

Sandra Downie from The White Library party planning and entertaining blog wrote to me about the DIY projects she did for a fun Super Bowl party. She proposed easy recipes that are served at the stadium. Her DIY projects are so simple that you still have plenty of time to make it happens. I added my suggestions to hers.

decorated super bowl buffet table

First of all, select a color palette. You could show your allegiance to your favorite team by only using the team color or oppose on each end of the buffet table, the colors of both teams. If you opt for the second option, try to simulate the field with your tablecloth.

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Sandra nicely styled Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites. She made a traditional mac and cheese recipe and then, with a mini melon ball scooper, put scoops of the mac and cheese in a mini cupcake pan. She then sprinkled bacon bits on top. Another option would be to mix the bacon bits into the mac and cheese. A Game Day pennant decorate each bacon mac and cheese “mini-cupcake”.

cup of fries for the super bowl

To make your own fries containers, simply cut in half plastic drinking cups and line the top edge with coordinating ribbons. For better tasting fries, I suggest that you place a sheet of parchment paper inside the cup before serving. Or you can stamp print or draw an illustration with Sharpie pens on small food-safe brown paper bags. You can find these bags at Alimentation Aubut in Montreal. Another option is to stop by a local hotdog restaurant and ask them to sell you a few empty fries bags.

You will find the templates to print your own pennants and field placemats at Megpies.

Finally, I invite you to revisit two Super Bowl Mood Boards that I showcased in previous years:
+ How Women Want their Super Bowl Buffet Table
+ 2008 Super Bowl mood board

+ The White Library’s Super Bowl Party


How Women Want their Super Bowl Buffet Table

super bowl menu :: recipes by  martha stewart

I attended several Super Bowls events; all organized by guys. So style was not invited. I feel bad that I did not make a mood board this year. As a substitute, let’s look at what propose the women magazines.

Bookmark my post since you can recycle the ideas for a football theme birthday party for your man, your brother or a little boy.

Martha Stewart’s Super Bowl Menu

I like the menu ideas. It is cute, easy to serve and practical because you can prepare stuff in advance.

+ Mini-hamburgers embedded with pickle slice before broiling – they are so cute
+ Grasshopper Cake – your can tailor the cake decoration to the theme
+ Li’l Smoky Cheese Ball. Or if wish to serve an assortment go with cheese balls done in three ways
+ Seven-Layer Bean Dip – I will definitely remember this dip recipe for a cocktail party

Real Simple’s Tips on How to Host a Football Party

how to host a football party by real simple

+ Serve beers inspired by the names, the mascots, or the hometowns of the competing teams. Stock bottles of Iron City Beer for the Pittsburgh Steelers and drink the Beermann’s Rip Roarin’ Red Ale in honors of the Arizona Cardinals.
+ Tips on how to serve a Chili for a Crowd from Martha Stewart. Recipe of her chili con carne dish
+ Instead of serving chips, plan a potato bar. Why not make your own potato wedges before the game?
+ For decorations, my favorite is inserting pennants and mini footballs in potted wheatgrass. Use vases or colored glasses.
+ Hang on the wall a series of Chalkboard Contact Paper where you draw classic football game plays. Leave some empty for your guests to fill. If you wish to create your own tablecloth, paint the field with white paint on a green felt piece of fabric. Draw the field to fit the surface of your table. You can add toy football players to complete the look.

Food for Thought

I am leaving you with a question. I wonder whether or not the men like that we add style to their Super Bowl home party? Or is it only girls watching the game together who use these cool party decors?

About five several years ago, a Martha-type girlfriend created a theme for the Super Bowl party. She brought cute buffet table decorations. Sadly, I did not know her at the time. I know the story because the guys were not all in favors of the feminine touch invading their manly annual event. Like I said, it was a few years ago.

Do you bring a female touch into this typically male celebration? How do you celebrate Super Bowls at home?

+ Check out my 2008 Super Bowl mood board for more ideas on how to host a football theme event


Go Steelers Go! Happy Super Bowl!

cock n bull pub in santa monica

I am not really a football fan but I will celebrate with the guys later this afternoon. I followed football when I was in college because the Diablos of Trois-Rivieres had a great team. In Quebec, we do 2 years of college before going to the university.

While we were in Los Angeles

We stopped by at a Steelers’ Fans pub for the semi-finals. We met my husband cousins and her girlfriends who are fans. We wanted to see her a little before going to the beach. We used that time to have lunch. I ate their specialty: British-styled fish and chips. I prefer the British style because the fish piece is ticker. It is easy to remove any excess beer batter.

As you can see, the place is far from stylish. But the people create a great atmosphere for the game. They have a nice assortment of local beers on tap. The fish and chips plating was typical of a pub. The food is not memorable but it tastes better than average.

steelers fans

This interior photo was taken before the game. Cock N Bull pub was packed as we left. I can imagine the vibes today.

+ Cock N Bull Pub p 310.399.9696
2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405

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Stylish Super Bowl Menu

superbowl 2008 stylish menu

To stand from the crowd this Sunday, serve an upscale version of the football meal.

As I told you yesterday with my coverage of Design Hole’s book club dinner, you will have more fun if you select a menu that you can prepare in advance. This is crucial if you are a football fan.

Taste of the NFL is an amazing source for helping you to prepare your party. They asked chefs around the country to come up with new recipes for the big game. Each chef was inspired by their home team.

Here are my personal favorites:

I read in the Globe and Mail an interesting article by Rebecca Field Jager on the subject. I encourage reading it for more tips on how to host a stylish Super Bowl party.

Via: Spruce up your Super Bowl menu


Mood board for the 2008 Super Bowl party

super bowl tablescape idea

With less than 2 weeks before the big game, it is time to finalize your design. You know me; I am going for a stylish look. So I compiled a mood board to get you started.

My best advice is to stay away from the easy and expected props to celebrate the Super Bowl. The trick is to find an inspiration and to harmonize the rest.

Vintage meets modern

My design kicked in with these cute vintage football plates. A glass set completes the series inspired by classic 1940s artwork. A new addition to the Williams-Sonoma catalogue, each set shows a quarterback, a cheerleader, a punter and a running back.

Some of your guests may be die-hard fans. A kicker can be to serve walnuts as a snack during the game. The dark wooden bowl is a two in one serving ware piece: the bowl integrates the nutcracker. I suggest you get an extra nutcracker so no one fight for one.

You can serve nuts in a carafe like I have seen at Westin Casuarina in Las Vegas. Very hygienic, the shape pours easily the nuts in your hand without touching the nuts.

It is also a great time to serve Almond Croccante and Peanut Brittle. Read my Homemade tricks and treats post for the recipes.

Football field Invitation and Centerpiece

This water color invitation by Oddballs sets the tone of your Super Bowl event. The same idea is translated into a playing field made of flats of wheatgrass covered with miniature plastic football players.

I took this Super Bowl theme centerpiece from the In Style Parties book. Instead of wheatgrass available at the florist, you could stop by the garden center for a sample of turf. Or even, use artificial turf as a reference to what they installed in most stadiums.

Each Football Guys package at Kaskey Kids includes 26 players, one referee and two goalposts. There is no need to over pack your wheatgrass field; use just enough players to look great. The washable felt field can become a thematic tablecloth. You may find a similar kit at a hobby store near you.

About the presentation

Have a signature drinks. I am in my margarita phase sine I went to Vegas. Drop ice cubes into the tube insert to keep your drinks cool with watering it.

For dessert, serve long tubular cupcakes. With a cap, cupcakes look more stylish. For details on how to make them, see my muffin presentation. Use raffia ribbons of the color of the opposing teams. The square cake stand carries on this most modern look.

I hope you get fun participating in this national pastime event.

Buy online: Super Bowl party invitations by Oddballs at Fine Stationery – price:$83.90 for 30 custom prints, $33.90 as blank stock
Buy online: Vintage Football Plates at Williams-Sonoma – price:$29.99 for a set of 4
Buy online: Vintage Football Glasses at Williams-Sonoma – price:$24 for a set of 4
Buy online: Nut Bowl & Cracker at Williams-Sonoma – price:$75
Buy online: Football Guys at Kaskey Kids – price: $25.99
Buy online: Icing Pitcher at Williams-Sonama – price: $18
Buy online: Square Cakestand at William-Sonoma – price: small $48, large $65
Buy online: In Style Parties at