Give Super Bowl decorations flavor
Feb 02, 2013 (St. Cloud Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Super Bowl Sunday doesn't have to be bags of chips and Crock-Pots of beans. This year, spice things up a little and create a great-looking buffet in just a few extra minutes.
-- Whether you're serving from the kitchen island, the dining room table or a plastic get-up strategically placed in the family room, soften things up. The base color you choose for the table sets the theme for the buffet.
Options to consider: a simple canvas-colored tablecloth, a cloth in one of the team colors, green felt with white stripes to resemble the field, a black-and-white-striped referee-like tablecloth.
-- Use metal stands to create different heights on the table. Don't have them Easy -- opt for books and boxes and cover the whole tabletop in a large piece of burlap so the "stands" don't show.
-- Put high dishes toward the back and low, drippy dishes toward the front.
-- Choose one or two colors for your serving dishes, and try to stick within that theme, alternating colors across the table.
-- For those who want to take it to the next level, create a centerpiece. Remember, the centerpiece doesn't have to be in the center of the table, but the larger the table, the taller it should be. Start with some faux grass on a large, shallow metal tray or basket, toss on a football and a kids' helmet, a team pennant. Have an old jersey Drape it down the front of a box. Don't have access to any of those things Grab some football-shaped balloons, and create a balloon bouquet.
Another option: Grab some team pompoms, and put them in tall vases to add height and interest, or make your own from tissue paper (for tips, visit www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to).
-- Choose plates, napkins and cups that coordinate with the theme. Paper cups can be used for creative serve ware as well. Put individual servings of homemade fries or warm pretzel sticks in red or purple cups instead of a bowl, add a team logo sticker to the front for extra pizazz and set them throughout the table.
-- Keep the food simple; choose three or four cold things and two or three hot things. Try to choose foods that can be made ahead of time, prepped in the fridge and ready to go so you can enjoy your guests and the game.
-- Set up a beverage station for beer and wine; be sure to include nonalcoholic options for guests.
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