STATEPOINT — Entertaining this football season? To make your gatherings memorable, you’ll need to do more than just turn on the game and hope for the best. With the right party plays, you can treat your guests to a spirited game day and a memorable football feast.
Try incorporating these game changing ideas into your regular party playbook:
Get your friends geared up for game time from the moment they arrive. Hang a team banner in your entryway and adorn your yard with your team’s colors. Pump up your crowd by playing your favorite game-time tunes.
Even if all your guests are rooting for the same team, spice it up with some friendly competition, like wagering on who hosts the crowd for the next game.
Have face paint on hand and encourage your guests to arrive early so the party is well underway at kick-off.
Scoring Big with Dips
Food is usually the main attraction at most festivities, and football-themed “home-gating” parties are no exception. Give your spread a thematic look by making a mini football field out of your table. Use AstroTurf as your tablecloth. Then space white tape stripes at intervals for the yard lines.
But you can really score big with the food. Dips are the MVP of home parties, according a recent survey conducted by ConAgra Foods. More than half of the respondents said their guests reach for dips first. And RO*TEL and VELVEETA Famous Queso Dip remains king at parties, beating out guacamole, salsa, spinach artichoke and buffalo chicken dip.
So please your crowd and make game day delicious with a quick, easy and zesty dip. If you’re one of the many that have never heard of or made queso dip, try this simple crowd-pleasing recipe, made with only two ingredients, RO*TEL and VELVEETA:
• 1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
• 1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
• Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese in microwaveable bowl.
• Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until VELVEETA is melted completely and mixture is blended, stirring after 3 minutes.
• Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables.
Ultimate Queso Bash
No matter where the football festivities take place, queso dip is a fan favorite. The VELVEETA & RO*TEL Quesobago, an RV loaded with queso dip, is making a cross-country tour to college football’s hottest rivalries to introduce queso to a new crowd. While it only takes two ingredients to create crowd-pleasing Famous Queso Dip, you can make it your own with a pinch of personality. For queso customizations, or to enter for the chance to win a party featuring the Quesobago on football’s biggest day, visit www.quesoforall.com. Enter the sweepstakes by November 30, 2013.
For the perfect pigskin party, make your football fete fun, festive and creatively delicious.