Grab your jersey and clean off the couch: Super Bowl XLVIII is heading our way on Sunday, February 2, 2014. This year’s big game is being played at the Garden State’s MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This is the first time in Super Bowl history that the game will be held at an open stadium in a “cold-weather” city. And while we do not yet know who will fight for Super Bowl glory, we do know that Bruno Mars will be rocking the half-time show, and that, along with some great food and drinks, is reason enough to throw a fabulous Super Bowl party.
The Ultimate Party Guide
So you are a GLBT football fan and you want to score big with friends when you throw your anything-but-boring Super bowl Party – but what to do? Where to start? My advice is to break it down.
Start with drinks and plan on rainbow shots for fun, and a special rainbow sherbet cocktail. When you serve the shots, line them up like a rainbow flag on a platter.
Now it is time to tackle appetizers. Pigs in Blankets could be served with Pink Flamingo or pride flag toothpicks from the party store. You can cut frozen pizza into triangles. For full on food, you could make a touchdown with tacos, use food coloring to die sour cream rainbow colors and serve the tacos in a row to form the flag.
Desert is a piece of cake with a rainbow cup cake (cake) arranged to form the flag. Now you have created a theme of GLBT pride throughout the whole party. But what about the fun you ask?
suggest a fun game of darts where opposing Quarter Backs derrieres’ serve as the bull’s eye. Or, enjoy a fun drinking game of “pat the butt,” where everyone takes a shot each time a player pats another player’s behind.
A Super Bowl party need not be devoid of GLBT pride and can be fun to boot. After all, who doesn’t love guys in spandex pants running around and patting each other’s butts hoping to score? And, if all of this wasn’t enough, you get a full on half time moment with the adoralicious Bruno Mars! If you want to go a step further, assign everyone to wear a rainbow style top, which would make a fabulous keepsake photo for the event.
Halftime Hooligans – To Mars and Back
Joining the ranks of high-profile artists such as Madonna, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Aerosmith who have performed during the much-anticipated Super Bowl Halftime Show is Grammy golden boy Bruno Mars. The NFL announced Mars as this year’s lead performer, who will likely be joined by other surprise guests.
One of pop music’s biggest stars, the singer/songwriter/performer has had a string of Billboard hits including “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Grenade,” “Just the Way You Are” and “When I Was Your Man” and was recently honored for best male video and choreography for “Treasure” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the end of 2013.
Traditionally, Super Bowl Halftime shows draw more than 100 million TV viewers. Time to get your groove on, Bruno!
Puppy Bowl – Fur is Flying
For viewers who are on testosterone overload, enjoy an adorable and furry break from the big game and tune in to Animal Planet for some puppy and kitty fun. Every Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet airs its popular “Puppy Bowl,” where canines who need homes are featured on a “football field” set, with human referee overseeing the activities. Pups tackle one another to score a touchdown at getting a treasured squeaky toy, while adoptable kittens are rolled out on “parade floats” to offer half-time “entertainment.” Cuteness overload!
You simply can’t have a Super Bowl party without a good beer. And why not support your local brewery? Blue Point offers lots of brews to choose from, including its popular Toasted Lager, White IPA, Hoptical Illusion and its new Winter Ale. The brewery, officially known as The Blue Point Brewing Company, was founded in Patchogue in 1998 and brews more than 30,000 barrels of beer each year. Cheers!
Recipes for the Perfect Game
- 12 whole chicken wings
- 3 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint. Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Replace the paper towels with parchment paper. Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown. While the chicken is roasting, melt the butter in a small bowl along with the garlic. Pour this along with hot sauce and salt into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and stir to combine.
Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.
- Extra thick 1 14-oz bag Tortilla chips
- 2-3 cups refried beans
- 1/2 lb, Cheddar Cheese, grated, about 3 cups
- 4 pickled jalapeno peppers, sliced
- Sour cream
- Cilantro, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange a layer of tortilla chips along the bottom of a wide, shallow baking pan. It will make things easier if this baking pan also can be used as a serving pan, such as the ceramic platter shown in the photo above. The layer of tortilla chips can be a couple chips thick. Spread the refried beans over the chips (this is why you need extra thick chips, so they don’t break when encountering the beans). Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of chips and beans. Sprinkle slices of jalapeño peppers over the cheese. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. 5 minutes in a convection oven.
Serve with dollops of salsa, sour cream and guacamole, with chopped cilantro sprinkled on top.
- 3 oz Jell-O or other gelatin (rainbow flavors)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) vodka
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Chill the liquor and cold water mix in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.
- Pour gelatin into a bowl.
- Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Stir in chilled liquor and water mix and food coloring (optional).
- Pour into shot glasses, molds, or a baking pan for a sheet of Jell-O to cut up once set. Tip: The small, plastic shot cups are perfect because the drinker can just squeeze the shot out.
- Refrigerate until the liquid sets. (At least 2 hours, but overnight refrigeration is recommended)
- Arrange into rainbow flag on a platter and serve cold.
Rainbow Sherbet Punch
- 1 cup pineapple juice, chilled
- 1/2 gallon rainbow sherbet, frozen
- 1 (2 liter) bottle carbonated lemon-lime beverage, chilled, more if needed
- 1 bottle or more of your favorite champagne
Combine pineapple juice and sherbet in punch bowl. Fill punch bowl the rest of the way up with soda (This takes about 1 1/2 two-liter bottles in my punchbowl).