Game day is upon us and this year the party is at your place! The expected kid-to-adult guest ratio might move you to call “foul.” How can one possibly appeal to both ages? But, time out friends! Panic not. I have some strategic plays that will help keep young and old feeling like this party is scoring well into the end zone— ultimately awarding you the final foodie touchdown.
Tackle what you can the day before so you are free to mingle. Consider for example the Potato Cheese Bacon Mini Tarts. These little gems can be made, frozen, then reheated when needed. And, in my family if I put cheese on it, my kids will eat it. Put bacon on it and my husband will eat it. Score!
Kick off with Family Friendly Finger Foods
Nachos are a football favorite, and the fact that if it can be eaten without utensils means kids will go for it. I love these tasty Nacho Potato Bites. They are fun to skewer, tasty eat and packed with vitamins. Also, the queso dip adds extra flavor and also goes well with those green veggies I know you’re going to try to sneak in there.
Pro Tip: Do a half batch sans chili powder for your wee quarter backers who might balk at the spice.
Halftime Main Show
For your feature meal, you are not going to want to drag everyone into the kitchen away from the TV to load their plates—a definite penalty. Instead, bring out these pre-made Orange Chicken Pineapple Potato Kebabs. Protein? Check. Vegetables? Check. Zero dishes to wash? Check, check, check. No one will a miss a single wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show.
Pro Tip: The night before, let your kids skewer the peppers, chicken and pineapple while you make the marinade (expect to break up the occasional sword fight). Marinate a batch without chili peppers and jalapeños to appease those picky palates.
Listen to your fans, young and old, go wild when you bring out the final piece de resistance. Yes, just when you thought potatoes could never be a desert, I present the Baked Creamer Potato Donuts! Can you say, “Kicked it straight through the goalpost?” These yummy eye-poppers will delight even the guests whose team came second.
Pro Tip: Make these days in advance and you’ll make up for the little extra effort they take. Question is: will they last until game day?
Throw in some team colored t-shirts, plates, napkins and the dollar store paper flags your kids can decorate, and you have yourself an easy fuss free party for all ages. (You can do your touchdown happy dance now).
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