The Big Game is just around the corner, and you know what that means – time for another huge get together! Even though I don’t particularly follow a specific team (or even know all of the rules to the sport), I love being surrounded by all of my friends and family as they watch and cheer on their teams. If you’re preparing to have a big crowd this Sunday, make sure you have all of the essentials for a fun-filled afternoon!

1. A Crowd-Pleasing Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are a must-have for any large gathering – they can make virtually everything! Whenever I’m feeling lazy, I just Google “slow cooker dump dinners” and I can find hundreds of recipes to browse through. Since I know people will be eating on my couch this weekend, I want to make sure I provide snacks that aren’t too messy. I’ve decided on this super easy, yummy chicken enchilada queso dip to serve with tortilla chips. That way my friends can scoop some on their plates and avoid the mess!

3 8-oz. blocks cream cheese
2 c. rotisserie chicken breast (or 2 poached chicken breasts), shredded
1 can chopped green chiles
1 1/2 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 1/2 c. salsa verde
1 tbsp. chopped green onions
1 plum tomato, diced
Tortilla chips, for serving
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, leaving out some tomato for garnish. Cook on low for 1 1/2 hours, or until everything’s melted. Stir and cover with remaining tomatoes, then serve with tortilla chips.

2. Variety of Bowls for Snacks

You and I both know you can’t watch The Big Game without a huge assortment of snacks to dive into. Since everyone has a favorite, I like to have a couple of different bowls to set on the counter and fill to the brim with chips or pretzels. These football themed bowls I found at Old Time Pottery are perfect! I love how they had a variety of sizes to choose from. They are deep enough that I can bring them to the couch once the game starts without worrying about crumbs falling out and getting stuck in my couch cushions.

3. A Themed Serving Tray

We all know that one of the best parts of watching The Big Game is getting to pig out (it’s practically tradition!). And all of my friends know to expect a cheese tray any time I host a get-together (also a tradition). Usually I’m too lazy to put too much work into presentation and the crackers stay in their sleeves while I put the cheese on a regular plate. When I saw this platter in store though, I knew I had to have it! It’s a great size to include 3 or 4 types of cheese with an assortment of crackers. It’s also sturdy enough to hold Sloppy Joes or hot dogs if you’re hoping to serve something more robust than a cheese tray at your party.

4. Plastic Cups

I know from experience that using glass dishware does not end well at rowdy parties. A couple of years ago, things got so exciting that I lost three glasses and two plates to a game-winning touch down. Since then, I’ve vowed to only use plastic when sports are involved. These plastic cups are so cute and durable that I can keep using them again and again.

5. Food Storage Containers

The last thing you must have to complete your party check list is some food storage containers. Even though you’ll make or buy a huge selection of food and think to yourself “I still don’t have enough,” you’ll inevitably be left with a few days’ worth of extra food (or at least I always am!). A few years ago I started sending everyone home with goody bags at the end of the night, and so far I’ve had no complaints. Old Time Pottery has a great selection and offers a variety of sizes, but I generally just pick up a few medium sized containers that I can stuff several things into for each person.

Written by Sarah Moore

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