02.06.2017

Written by: Tami

Since our very first post, Lauren’s husband Scott has been bugging us to write something sports related. We have told him numerous times over the years that our readers are just not interested in scores and play by plays, and for the most part we have stayed away from this topic altogether, but have given in just a few times to plan fictitious Super Bowl parties (as seen on our previous post, Super Bowl Soiree) that we always wanted to throw in real life. This year, I decided to give myself a real event planning challenge; take a topic I know mostly nothing about (sports) and create dishes I have never made before, all while hosting in my brand new home. Not a bad idea, right? It turns out hosting the Super Bowl was actually really fun, and I hope to do it again (maybe next year?).

In addition to watching football, our friends like to drink. We set up a mini bar on our new wet bar with a bunch of different options; beer, hard alcohol, and a festive punch made with beer, wine, Sprite, and cut up fruit. I even got cheesy football themed cocktail napkins to off-set the formal serving dishes I used. 

Our new West Elm coffee table was the perfect place to set up some small snacks. Everybody loves pistachio nuts and smoky flavored almonds. 

My plan was to create a really big charcuterie board for all of our guests to enjoy. It turns out I bought way too many fun things (cheeses, meats, olives, two different kinds of crackers) and had to spread the love over a few boards instead. When mixed with a variety of fun dips and appetizers that our guests provided, this was a really nice fancy touch. 

Our friends love to eat! In addition to all of the appetizers set up on our dining table, I made a small buffet of heartier dishes on our buffet with a cute grass liner on top to keep things festive. 

The one thing I have looked forward to most in planning my own Super Bowl party, is challenging myself to create dishes that come from the cities of the teams that are playing. I searched though many many recipes and settled upon two that I felt would be tasty and a bit outside the box for this type of gathering. In honor of the Atlanta Falcons, I made southern style mac ‘n cheese, and for this year’s champion (The New England Patriots) I made a delicious clam chowder (keep an eye out for this recipe on our blog later this month). 

I’m definitely still full from yesterday’s festivities and having been the hosts, Phil and I have tons of fun leftovers to enjoy tonight for dinner. We had so much fun spending time in our home with our friends and who knows, maybe we will do it again next year!?! 

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01.28.2015

Since our very first post, Lauren’s husband Scott has been bugging us to write something sports related. Although, we have told him numerous times that our readers are just not interested in scores and play by plays, he did finally win us over. Last year, we decided it would be fun to put together a menu to serve your guests based on the local cuisine of each Super Bowl team and this year we decided to continue that tradition. This year’s menu is a little bit formal, a little bit festive, and a whole lot tasty.

Signature Cocktail (New England Patriots) 
Colors: Blue, Red, Silver, and White
 
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The Cape Codder is just a fancy name for a vodka cranberry and happens to be the state drink of the home of the Patriots … Massachusettes. It represents one of their team colors as well (red). Add ice and lime if you are feeling extra sassy!
 
Appetizers (Seattle Seahawks) 
Colors: Navy, Green, and Grey
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A delicious and healthy party bite made with an ingredient Seattle is known for … smoked salmon. 
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This is listed as one of the five most decadent appetizers in Seattle and can be found at the Madison Park Conservatory. How can “luscious whipped egg topped with fat hunks of Dungeness crab” be bad?
Main Course (New England Patriots) 
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Obviously it goes without saying that New England is known for this treat! Delicious all year round, not just when it’s cold … We love clam chowder!
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These mini lobster rolls are easy to devour in just one bite!
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 … or you can try out this full size version! We love sliders especially when they are filled with lobster!
 Dessert (Seattle Seahawks)
Coffee Ice Cream

Seattle is known for its coffee, and although you could easily end your meal with a hot cup of joe, this coffee flavored ice cream will just as well do the trick. Ever considered making your own ice cream? This site boasts this recipe is easy to use and requires no churning. Worth a try? We think so!

We hope you enjoyed this inspiration post. All of the recipe links have been added for your convenience. Let us know if you make any of these dishes for your own Super Bowl soiree, and let the best team win!

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01.29.2014

Since our very first post, Lauren’s husband Scott has been bugging us to write something sports related. Although, we have told him numerous times that our readers are just not interested in scores and play by plays, he did finally win us over. Last year, we decided it would be fun to put together inspiration for a Super Bowl soiree, and this year we decided to continue the tradition putting together a menu to serve your guests based on the local cuisine of each Super Bowl team. This year’s menu is a little bit formal, a little bit festive, and a whole lot tasty.

Signature Cocktail (Seattle Seahawks)
 
This Seersucker Sling Cocktail combines apple vodka and tonic water and is garnished with fresh thyme and alternating peeled apple slices and blueberries. This represents the fruit Seattle is known for while keeping in the spirit of the team colors. 
 
Denver Broncos 
Appetizers
Colors: Navy and Orange
 There is more to the Denver food culture than the Denver Omelette. This city is home to some of the country’s best Mexican food (especially dishes filled with green chile). This recipe would be great to munch on during the big game!
 A handful of fast casual chains, such as Chipotle, got their start in Denver, Colorado. We love the taste of Chipotle’s guacamole and couldn’t resist adding this copycat recipe to our Super Bowl menu. Why mess with a good thing?
 
Seattle Seahawks (Washington)
We have never tried blueberries and salmon before, but after discovering this recipe that says (and we quote), “This was life changing”, we can’t wait to try it out. Since Seattle is known for its seafood (especially Copper River Salmon) as well as berries, this seemed to be the perfect marriage of the two. The addition of the green chiles shows that these two teams really can work together.

 
Seattle is also known for its Dungeness crab, making this salad the perfect addition to our meal. This salad is beautiful with its striped green tomatoes, sweet crab, and spicy radish sprouts. The balsamic vinegar dressing brings all of the flavors together.
 
Dessert (Denver Broncos) 
Football and grilling go hand in hand just like chocolate and cherries. This recipe is inspired by another one of Denver’s delicacies, honey pizza crust, and we decided to incorporate this element into our dessert menu because … why not?
 
 Beer is the unofficial, official beverage of the NFL, and Denver just happens to be known as the “Napa Valley of Beer”. Seattle on the other hand is known for its coffee … we all know Seattle’s Best, right? When you merge the two you get coffee? Beer? Nope, you get Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (which infuses an espresso from a local Denver roastery)! This is a great addition to our menu (plus, what would a Super Bowl soiree be without beer? and what would dessert be without coffee?). We hope you enjoyed this inspiration post. All of the recipe links have been added for your convenience. Let us know if you make any of these dishes for your own Super Bowl soiree, and let the best team win!

 

 
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01.30.2013

Since our very first post, Lauren’s husband Scott has been bugging us to write something sports related. Although, we have told him numerous times that our readers are just not interested in scores and play by plays, he did finally win us over. We decided it would be fun to put together inspiration for a Super Bowl soiree. You may be asking yourself … what is the difference between a party and a soiree? Well, you are in luck because we are prepared to answer that question for you. A soiree is an evening gathering given usually at a private house whereas a party can take place anytime and anywhere. In this case we wanted our event inspiration to be a bit more formal, focusing on the fancy food you might serve at this type of gathering while still staying true to this year’s teams and their locations.

Signature Cocktail (San Francisco 49ers) 
This Rudders Ruby Red Martini fuses grapefruit-flavored vodka and tart grapefruit juice with a touch of sweet orange liqueur while keeping in the spirit of the team colors. 
Baltimore Ravens (Maryland)
Appetizers
Colors: Purple, Black, White and Gold
 
These delicious hors d’oeuvres are a Maryland food tradition which generally combine three simple ingredients: crab, mayo, and cracker crumbs (although no cracker crumbs in this paleo version). Sometimes a few other ingredients are thrown in like parsley, mustard, and of course crab seasoning.
 
Crabs are a Baltimore delicacy. So why not make everyone’s favorite party snack, crab dip? This crab dip with a kick is thick and made with a pound of lump crab meat and freshly grated pepper jack cheese. 
 
As Baltimore is known as the “Oyster City”, it is appropriate to serve oysters at your Super Bowl soiree. Serve them fresh or step it up with these oyster ceviche cups. 
San Francisco 49ers (California) 
Main Course
Colors: Red and Gold
 
“The King of Salads” usually made of crab meat, hard-boiled eggs, tomato, asparagus, cucumber, a bed of Romaine lettuce, and a mayonnaise / red chili based dressing. Invented by entrepreneur, Louis Davenport who grew up in San Francisco and experienced many years eating large amounts of luscious crab in the early 1900’s.
Sourdough bread is most closely linked to San Francisco. This crusty, tasty bread made of a mixture of flour, water, salt, yeast, and lactobacillus cultures is a tradition that dates back to the gold mining days.
 
We all know the jingle, “Rice-a-Roni, A San Francisco Treat”. Here is a homemade version of this popular boxed item, made of rice, broken up vermicelli pasta, browned butter, and chicken soup mix.
Dessert (Baltimore Ravens)
 
Smith Island, Maryland may be a small place, but its cake has a reputation so grand, it recently became the official state dessert. We are not surprised with its multiple cake layers and rich, fudgy frosting.
 

 

 

Beer is the unofficial, official beverage of the NFL, and both of these cities are solid Craft Beer Towns. San Francisco is well known for Anchor Steam Beer, which is why it would be a great addition to this menu (plus, what would a Super Bowl soiree be without beer?). You may have also noticed that crab was featured many times throughout our menu. Crab is very popular in both of these locations, making it the perfect ingredient to tie everything together. We hope you enjoyed this inspiration post. All of the recipe links have been added for your convenience. Let us know if you make any of these dishes for your own Super Bowl soiree, and let the best team win! 
 
 

 

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The Super Bowl is an American tradition like no other. The annual National Football League championship game captures the eyes of many people in the United States and millions of people outside the country. Whether you like football or not, the Super Bowl offers plenty of opportunities to get together with friends and family. Some like to spend their day glued to the TV, while others are more social or interested in the game day party snacks (or the commercials / halftime show). Here are two of our favorite Super Bowl traditions.

Eight Layer Bean Dip:

Layer 1 – shredded lettuce

Layer 2 – one can of refried beans mixed with salsa or picante sauce (to your spice level)

 

Layer 3 – sour cream

Layer 4 – shredded cheese

Layer 5 – sliced black olives

 

Layer 6, 7, and 8 – chopped fresh tomato, avocado, and scallions

 

Add some Tostito’s Scoops and you have the perfect Super Bowl snack!
Super Bowl Squares:

A fun game to play on Super Bowl Sunday consists of purchasing squares that can win you big money. So here’s how it works; a grid is developed like the grid below, one side for each team, and numbers 0-9 along each side. Before the numbers are placed, set a price per each square (generally $.50 or $1.00), and allow family and friends to select squares by writing their name or initials in each square they choose. When all the squares are filled, randomly select the numbers for each column.


Winners are declared based on the score after the first, second, third, and fourth quarters. For instance, if the score is 6-3 Giants after the first quarter, whoever has the box that matches those two numbers wins a portion of the prize money. If the score is two digits, use the second digit to determine the winner. 
Message us at sidebyside.design@yahoo.com if you would like a copy of the grid for your Super Bowl party or have any questions about the game.


This Sunday, we hope you enjoy your day in whatever way makes you happiest; spending time with your friends and family, eating snacks, or gambling (just for fun!) Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?

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