Throwing a Super Bowl party and want to get the vibe just right?
Sure, you could just break out the usual dips and some chips, but chef and "Top Chef Junior" judge Curtis Stone is here to help with a few unique options that are sure to score with guests.
His key to hosting the ultimate bash?
1. "A good host offers delicious food and drink, ensures each guest has a comfortable place to watch the game, and, most importantly, has fun and enjoys the game along with their friends."
2. "When you [the host] are having fun, so will your guests."
3. "It’s important to plan ahead. When it comes to menu planning, be sure you have plenty of nibbles on hand."
4. "For instance, nuts, cheese, popcorn, chips, dips, crackers, and fresh veggie crudite are must-have snacks that can be homemade or purchased, and easily replenished throughout the game."
5. "Do as much preparation the day before your party as possible so that you’re not rushing around trying to get everything done before, or worse, while your guests arrive."
Light treats are fine but, says Stone, don't forget something with a bit more substance.
"Offer a hearty main course that can also be prepared in advance and requires very little last-minute attention," he says.
So, party-planners, beware of putting too much on your plates.
The biggest mistake we all make, says Stone, is "leaving too many tasks to be done on the day of your party. We are all guilty of this. Time flies on the day of your party, and there will undoubtedly be unforeseen surprises that can gobble up your time."
His secret: "I set platters and bowls out with sticky notes of what is being served in each. I set out any plates, utensils, and glassware, and stock my bar."
And now, his go-to party plates:
These can be made with a variety of fillings and can be prepped a few days ahead of the big day so all you need to do is reheat them.
These skewers can be flavored to taste so you can make them super spicy for more adventurous eaters, or take a walk on the mild side for people who can't take too much heat.