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Tips on planning the perfect Super Bowl 2014 party

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Planning the perfect Super Bowl 2014 party does not need to be stressful. Here are some ideas and tips on making this the best party ever!

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Mail, in person, e-mail, even phone invites are perfect. In order to plan food and drink, be sure to follow up to make sure you know how many people are coming.

Make, buy, or borrow any decorations you may need to fit the theme. This year Super Bowl 2014 is being played by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. You could go with team colors or simply football themed decor.

Assemble the recipes (choose only those that can be prepared in advance, perhaps even frozen, with just warming and assembling required on party day). Make a list of how far in advance each can be made, and compile a shopping list.

Prepare any dishes that can be frozen. Make a detailed cooking schedule for your remaining dishes to keep you on track. For foods that require cooking on party day, do as much prep work such as dicing, marinating, rinsing lettuce, etc. as possible ahead of time. Offer a variety of choices of foods to appeal to different tastes.

Arrange the furniture as you’ll want it for the party, making sure that guests can move easily from one part of the house to another. For the Super Bowl, be sure there is plenty of seating in front of the television with tables nearby to hold snacks and drinks. Be sure to stock the bathroom with extra toilet paper and hand towels.

Make space in a closet and fill it with hangers for coats. You could also choose a bed for coats.

Plan beverages, with both alcoholic and non alcoholic choices. Consider a large galvanized steel bucket to store the beverages in, surrounded with ice to keep them chilled. This will make it easy for guests to help themselves.

One to two hours before guests arrive, set out appetizers and snacks that won’t spoil. Wrap them tightly to ensure freshness; then remove the wrap when the guests arrive.

On how to plan beverage amounts for a party and how to set up and stock the bar, please see http://www.marthastewart.com.

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