Friday, January 30, 2009

Super Bowl Party Ideas For The Family

Super Bowl Party Ideas For the Family

Step 1

Send out invitations to the kids and families that you want to invite to the party. You can create your own invitations by printing a clip art image of a football onto brown card stock paper and writing the details of the party on the front of football.


Decorate the snack table with a tailgate theme. Place a blanket over your table and decorate with small footballs and plates, napkins, and utensils that represent the colors of the teams playing in the Super Bowl.


Provide a huge drink container (like that used to throw on the winning coach at the end of the game) filled with lemonade or some other cold drink. Set out plastic cups and let kids have fun getting their own drinks during the party.


Make hot dogs ahead of time and wrap them individually in aluminum foil, just like they do at the concession stands in stadiums. Put out some condiments, chopped onions, and relish for kids to add to their hot dogs. You can also make French fries and place them in paper cups, just like a real concession stand. Don't forget to put out potato chips, dips, and pretzels.


For dessert, make up a batch of cupcakes. Use green food coloring to color white icing. Pipe on the green icing, then use white icing to make lines and draw numbers on the cupcakes. Use small candy pieces for footballs.


Since kids are usually not interested in watching the entire game, plan some activities that they can do. One idea is to play a "Super Bowl Commercial Scavenger Hunt" game. The commercials are often the best part of the game. Before the party, write down the types of commercials typically shown during the Super Bowl, such as soda, fast food, and car commercials. Give children the list and have them cross off the commercials as they come on. You can also let the kids vote on their favorite commercials and have different categories, such as funniest, most creative or worst.


Another fun game to play for kids and adults is "The Secret Word" game. Pick a word that your guests are not allowed to say while the game is on. This could be the name of the opposing team or the word touchdown. Give each guest five football stickers and each time they hear someone say the secret word, they can take a sticker away. The person with the most stickers at the end of the game wins. Prizes can include pom poms or a football.

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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