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5 Steps to a Playoff Party

April 15, 2014

Five Steps to Pull Off the Perfect Playoff Party

BBQ2Whether your favorite winter sport to watch is basketball or hockey, playoff season is here. You’ve got rivalries, upsets, teams on winning streaks—lots of drama—and what better way to enjoy the playoffs than with a group of friends. To get you started, we’ve outlined five steps for throwing the perfect playoff party.

1. Create a Party Overview.

To start, brainstorm what type of party you’re envisioning and create your basic playoff party overview. When will the party be and whom are you inviting? Will you delegate certain dishes to guests or take care of the menu completely? Are kids invited or is it adults only? If it will be a family-inclusive party, you’ll want to make sure that you have kid-friendly food and activities to keep them entertained.

2. Plan the Main Food.

You’ll want to start off with your main dish or food theme. Playoff parties usually mean eating around the big-screen TV, so try to stick with dishes that aren’t too messy.PIZZA

For a main dish with some substance, it would be fun to try recipes from CobornsDelivers Easy Eats lists, including this Personal Pizza recipe, Shredded BBQ Beef, and Turkey Guacamole Sandwich; or you could go back to that old throw-back classic recipe, the walking taco.

Walking Tacos

1 lb ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning mix

Tomato, chopped

Lettuce, shredded

Onion, chopped – or tops of green onions)

Black olives, sliced

Shredded cheese (Mexican blend or Cheddar)

Sour cream

Salsa or Picante sauce

Individual-sized bags of corn chips – Doritos or Fritos

Brown ground beef, drain, and return to the pan. Add the taco seasoning mix according to the directions on the packet.

To Assemble: Carefully open a bag of chips along the top, being careful not to “tear” the bag (because it’s your bowl). Add desired ingredients, being careful to not overfill the bag. Eat the taco out of the bag with a fork.

3. Determine Snacks for Viewing. CHIPS

You can incorporate some healthy side dishes to serve as snacks during the game, such as veggies and dip, fruit slices or hummus and crackers. During the game, you can bring out some chips and salsa or guacamole. Ready-made snacks to consider when you’re ordering your Minnesota groceries include a fresh fruit bowl, some gourmet olives from the Divina olive bar, or your favorite deli spread.

These recipes from Easy Eats are great menu additions: Classic Artichoke Heart Dip, Herbed Potato Chips, and Popcorn with Brown Butter and Parmesan.

4. Select Drinks and Beverages.

You’ll want to have some beer, maybe another alcoholic beverage choice and then a non-alcoholic option. There are some really great local options you can include in your Twin Cities grocery delivery, such as a Summit Extra Pale PALMIERSAle, Third Street Brewery Bitter Neighbor Black Ale, Alexis Bailey wine, maybe a nonalcoholic cider.

5. End with Something Sweet.

Whether your favorite team wins or loses, it’s nice to have the party end on a sweet note. Palmiers are simple to make, or you can always order something delicious from Coborns’ bakery.

Whether your team is winning or losing, watching the games with friends is always more fun. With these five easy steps, you’re well on your way to hosting a stellar playoff game party that will be ready to go at tip off or when the puck drops.

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