This year party like a Cajun! With Super Bowl XLVII taking place in the biggest party city in the U.S. it’s the perfect time to mix and mingle the excitement of football with the flair of Louisiana. Keep team colors and party style in the neutral zone by opting for the hues of the Big Easy. Use the official colors of New Orleans; Purple (justice), Green (faith), Gold (power). This will set the stage for a party certain to score regardless of who wins the rings. Start by adding football themed items like goal posts, footballs and helmets. Then add splashes of New Orleans to put the Mardi in the party!
All you need is tubing (or straws), black tape and a flat weight (large washers work great for this). Cut tubing to desired size pieces and tightly tape the joints with the black tape. Run the straight tube into the washer and tape top and bottom. If tubing is not strong enough to stand upright insert a thin wire or toothpick. Add a bit of red fabric, plastic or cut paper to the ends to represent the flags.
Nothing says Big Easy like vivid color beads, feathers, and masks and since Mardi Gras is just 9 days away from Super Bowl XLVII these themed items are inexpensive and available at your local party store. Scatter beads around your table, and sprinkle in traditional New Orleans Doubloons, (aluminum coins thrown from floats). Combine decorating with dessert and go for gold coin chocolate candy and guest can eat the favors right off the table! Elevate the Louisiana style and add an old street light, musical instruments, umbrellas or even alligators that are ready to party!
There are dozens of delicious choices for food with New Orleans flair. Start your big game party with apps like crab cakes, (shape them into mini footballs before cooking) and fried okra, or raw shrimp with remoulade dipping sauce. Serve up giant Po-Boy sandwich with shrimp, pulled pork or any sliced meat your guest will love. Red beans and rice, Crawfish Etouffee and Jambalaya are all traditional foods that are sure to please. End the night with delicious desserts indigenous to the French Quarter, Beignets’ and colorful King cake will satisfy the sweet cravings of the most ravenous football fan!
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No Super Bowl party is complete without a few specialty drinks with rush. Beer is always a great choice for football fans but kick up the fun by turning brew the color of your favorite team. It’s easy to add hue to pale ails. Simply place one drop of food coloring into the glass before pouring. Hurricanes are THE DRINK of the French Quarter and Sazeracs sizzle with zing. Treat guest to at least one Louisiana cocktail specialty to make Super Bowl XLVII a night to remember.
• 3-4 dashes of Herbsaint (120 proof)
• 2 oz. Rye of Bourbon blended whiskey
• 3-4 hearty dashes of Peychaud bitters
• One long, thin twist of lemon
• Sugar cube, water, club soda—optional
Pour Herbsaint in a chilled Old Fashion glass. Tilt glass to coat all sides and pour off excess. Place Rye and Peychaud bitters into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 30 seconds and strain into prepared glass. Twist lemon peel over drink and drop in.
• 2 oz light rum
• 2 oz dark rum
• 2 oz passion fruit juice
• 1 oz orange juice
• ½ oz fresh lime juice
• 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
• 1 Tablespoon grenadine
• Slices of orange and cherries
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
To simplify…pre bottled Hurricane mix is available at most large markets.
• Mix 4 oz. dark rum with 4 oz Hurricane Mix
• Fill 26 oz. glass with crushed ice
• Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry
Take your event to the next level and go for a fully themed party package. Select décor, food, favors and festivities to coordinate with one of these unique Super Bowl party ideas. Get your guests in on the act and ask them to dress according to the style of the night and you’ll host a super Sunday event your guests will never forget!
Cheer for your favorite team while capturing the raw taste of Crescent City. Stick with the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Decorate in traditional French Quarter party gras style, bead, masks and feathers and have guest dress in vivid parade attire. Serve only foods with regional Louisiana roots and that require no cooking: shrimp Po-Boys, veggie platters, spinach & strawberry salad and fresh fruit.
Go upper class Louisiana brass! Dress your party in black, gold and silver. Serve distinguished dishes like Crawfish Etouffee, Oysters Rockefeller and Bananas Foster, (a dessert created in the heart of New Orleans). Have guest dress in 1950’s thin black suits and wiggle skirts. And be sure to have plenty of traditional Bourbon Street jazz cued up on the iPod.
Are you ready for some football? This all sports all the time party captures the essence of super Sunday. Decorate with any and all sports gear and memorabilia. This is the time to put those bowling trophies and athlete ribbons to work! Serve hot dogs, nachos, beer and soda. Make the guys dress in jerseys, sportswear or old letterman’s jackets. And the ladies…trophy wives of course!
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