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It's Game Time: Super Bowl Party Planning

By January 30, 2013

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The big day is finally here and Sunday millions of Americans will be glued to TV's to watch the 49ers and Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. To help you out with all of the party planning, here is your guide to drinks and food for game day.

Baltimore Bang and Gold Mine Cocktails
Baltimore Bang and Gold Mine Cocktails

Super Bowl XLVII Cocktail Menus - A selection of drinks for both of the teams. Featured this year are the Baltimore Bang and Gold Mine, though the drink menus include other cocktails and shooters for those who are into drinking games.

Harbaugh Bloody Sunday - In my limited knowledge of the NFL, I was unaware that two brothers coach the rival teams until this drink came across my desk. That said, it is not only a drink with a catchy, themed name, it is a great cocktail (because I would not share it otherwise). The mix is one of jalapeno-infused Camarena Silver Tequila, Cointreau, blood orange and lime juices. Seriously, it's a fun drink.

Bourbon Onion Dip - Maker's Mark has come up with another great food recipe and this easy dip will beat any store-bought mix right out of the water.

For more game day drink ideas and other tips, check out: Throw a Super Bowl Party.

2013 Super Bowl Exchange

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, so it's time to plan your game day menu! Let About.com Guides to Food & Drink help you plan your menu with our Super Bowl recipe exchange. We are offering plenty of marvelous Super Bowl recipes to choose from so your guests will not go hungry and you get some bonus points for the food options.  (Continues below the jump)

Vegetarian Choices

About's Guide to Vegetarian Cooking says: I prefer to make my own homemade bean dip, and I recommend you avoid the sodium-laden canned stuff and make your own as well. It's quite easy, and even the most laid-back Super Bowl party host can pop open some beans and add some salsa and cheese. Here are eleven vegetarian bean dip recipes to choose from for your vegetarian or vegan Super Bowl party.

Toasted pita chips with edamame hummus
Edamame Hummus

Vegetarian Super Bowl snacks should be quick and easy to prepare so that you can spend time enjoying the game, popping back beers, or screaming at the TV, depending on who's winning. And, with all those multi-million dollar commercials, who wants to pop back into the kitchen during a commercial break? Not me, that's for sure!

If you'd rather eat on the light side and pass up the wings (even the vegetarian wings and meatless mini-"meat"balls), here's a few lighter snacks that are still absolutely munch-able and a breeze to prep in advance:

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Super Bowl Recipes to Feed a Crowd

7 Layer Dip
7 Layer Dip

From dips to nachos to pizza, chili and wings, this collection of Super Bowl recipes features everything you could possibly need to throw a great game day party. Kick off the big event with the crowd-pleasing 7 layer dip, add some baked chicken wings or one of my hearty chili recipes, and your guests will be in Super Bowl heaven.

Whether you're throwing the party yourself, or bringing something to someone else's party, the recipes you need are all right here.

Local Foods

Super Bowl parties don't need to be laden with processed food - use these Superbowl Snack recipes from our Guide to Local Foods to make fresh, delicious Super Bowl snacks like homemade potato chips, spicy peanuts, and succulent beer-basted spicy glazed ribs.

Potato Chips
Potato Chips

It's the Super Bowl! Or Not.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the sports world. But not everyone loves football. About's Guide to Busy Cooks says, "Whether you know all the stats of your favorite team or would rather watch a romantic movie or the Puppy Bowl, I've got quick, easy, and delicious recipes for your type of party!"

Southern Food

Diana, our Guide to Southern Food, suggests:
Game Day Chili: This great-tasting slow cooker chili makes a big batch, perfect for a game day gathering. Serve with a big pan of cornbread or corn sticks.

Spicy Chicken Wings in Barbecue Sauce: For a Super Bowl snack, chicken wings can't be beat! These spicy, crowd-pleasing chicken wings are browned under the broiler, then they're slow cooked with a simple spicy honey barbecue sauce mixture.

Spanish Tapas Top the Super Bowl

Lisa and Tony, Guides to Spanish Food suggest Spanish Tapas for The Super Bowl. Appetizers rein supreme on Super Bowl Sunday, so it is the perfect party to lay out a tapas table. From classic Spanish tapas, like potato omelet (called tortilla de patata) or pinchos morunos, to spicy pork cubes, or patatas bravas, potato chunks with spicy sauce.

Sweet and Spicy Fudge
Sweet and Spicy Fudge

Sweet Treats

About's Guide to Baking says: No Super Bowl Party would be complete without something a little sweet with all of those savory treats. Besides Sweet and Salty Fudge, you'll find several other treats on this page too.

Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten-free sports fans, team up and sack gluten with our terrific collection of crowd-pleasing Super Bowl Party recipes!

Cooking for Two

Just because you've decided to skip the parties and bars this Super Bowl, that doesn't mean you can't make a few easy but festive recipes for watching the game at home. Whether you're looking for appetizers like crisp Crab Rangoon or more hearty fare like spicy Asian pulled pork sandwiches, check out these great recipes, all scaled for two: Super Bowl for Two

Garlic Pizza Twists
Garlic Twists

Garlic Knots from Our Pizza Guide

Impress your guests with these easy and delicious garlic knots, perfect for a Super Bowl party. Pair them with pizza, chili, or spinach dip for a touchdown snack! Superbowl for Two.

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