football game day entertaining!
Are you ready for some FOOTBALLLLLLLLL???
To celebrate the season, I’ve teamed up with BlogHer and P&G for their “Take It To The House” football program this fall. So here’s a little bit about how I love to celebrate game days, and my favorite hometown team (hint hint — I’m from KC!). And I’ve also rounded up some of my favorite links for game day recipes, entertaining, crafting, kiddo-entertaining, contests, and even a few “Football 101” links for anyone who may have been afraid to ask! :)
So read on for some fun game day ideas!
So yes – I’m sure you guessed. Having grown up in Kansas, and now making my home in Kansas City, I’m a big fan of our Chiefs, who kicked off the year with a bang! :-) Unfortunately, I almost always have to work on Sunday afternoons, so it’s the rare occasion that I get to be home and with friends to watch the game. But when we do (and especially during the SuperBowl!), I absolutely love afternoons filled with great friends, a great game (hopefully!), and of course…lots of great food!
My usual goal for game day entertaining is minimal stress. Granted, I like everyone to be able to enjoy at least a little more than take-out pizza and beer. :) But you won’t find me slaving away in the kitchen during the game…I much prefer to be cheering with the crowd! So I’m all for quick, simple, yet delicious recipes that you can prepare before everyone arrives. And then — since so many of my friends are stellar cooks — I’m all for inviting everyone bring along a favorite app or drink to share as well!
So below I’ve included links to some of my favorite recipes, as well as all sorts of other ideas for making game day entertaining a fun success! From the simple to extravagant, hopefully these ideas will provide inspiration to try at least a few new things this football season. Enjoy!!
For those who love to cook…
- Favorite Game Day Appetizers from Gimme Some Oven (all are active links):
- football bites (pictured above)
- perfect guacamole
- pepperoni pizza puffs
- apple nachos
- roasted chickpeas
- bacon jalapeno stuffed mushrooms
- spinach and artichoke cups
- garlic cheddar biscuits (a la Red Lobster)
- chipotle chicken cups
- favorite party mix
- stuffed pizza bites
- feta avocado salsa
- roasted tomato salsa
Martha’s Game Day Recipes — http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/wing-recipes
Football Party Recipes from BHG — http://www.bhg.com/recipes/entertaining/party-ideas/football-party-recipes/
For those who love to entertain and/or get crafty…
- Football crafts galore — http://www.oneprettything.com/?s=football
“Game Night Party” from Epicurious — http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/entertaining/partiesevents/gamenightdinnerparty
Martha Stewart on “Game Day Entertaining” — http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/game-day-entertaining-ideas
For those with kids to (also!) entertain…
- Football Crafts for Kids — http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/footballcraftsideasdecorationskids.html
More Football Crafts for Kids — http://www.craftjr.com/football-crafts/
Touch Football! — http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/touch-football-game-708028/
“Wall Football” Game — http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/wall-football-708540/
For those who might need to study up a little extra before the game…
- A brief explanation of the game — http://football.about.com/cs/football101/a/bl_football101.htm
4-Minute video of Reggie Bush explaining the game — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c10Hx_AegEI
NFL’s official site — http://www.nfl.com/
ESPN’s NCAA college football site — http://espn.go.com/college-football/
For those who like to win things!
- “Take It To The House” Contest — Here’s a great opportunity to get some great prizes from one of the NFL’s sponsors, Procter & Gamble. Check out their “Take it to the House” program and photo contest, where prizes include a $10,000 community donation to support NFL PLAY 60 and an at-home visit from a local NFL legend! One lucky Grand Prize Winner will even win a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Show us how you and your football family bring NFL game day to life at home at www.facebook.com/TakeItToTheHouse (click on the contest tab)!
Your “Football Family” on Facebook — This football season, YOU have a chance to win some amazing prizes! In football speak, “Taking it to the House” means scoring a long touchdown, but this season, Procter & Gamble, one of NFL’s sponsors, wants to help you take it to the house as part of their Facebook photo contest. Prizes include an at-home visit from a local team legend, a $10,000 community donation in support of NFL PLAY 60 and P&G products. Show P&G how you bring NFL game day to life at home with your football family for an opportunity to meet an NFL legend, win awesome P&G products and get a $10,000 donation for a children’s health and wellness organization in your community in support of NFL PLAY 60. One lucky Grand Prize Winner will even win a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii! It’s easy, moms! Just submit a photo of your “football family” on NFL game day. For more information on “Take it to the House” and to enter the photo contest, visit www.facebook.com/TakeItToTheHouse and click the contest tab.