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How to Plan the Perfect Super Bowl Sunday Party!

While this year won’t be the same without the Patriots, Super Bowl Sunday is a long-standing American tradition! One of our favorite ways to enjoy the delicious food, great beer and of course an incredible game of football is by throwing a Super Bowl Sunday party! Here are a few tips to help you have the best party possible.

1. Prepare for a feast!
Easy finger foods are good go-to’s for super bowl parties. While there is nothing wrong with the old stand byes such as buffalo wings, dips, chips, and pizza, there are some awesome ways to mix those up and get a little creative with your appetizers. Pinterest has a TON of recipes for those of you first time chefs to make you look like hors d’oeuvre connoisseurs!

If you’re cooking for a large group of people, consider whipping out that crockpot! There are so many easy recipes that only need you to toss in the ingredients and just let simmer to perfection within a few hours. If you’re hosting but not a huge fan of cooking, especially when cooking for a large group can be super challenging, try hosting a pot lock party. Having everyone bring in a different dish will surely be more than enough food for the party.

Now if you really don’t want to cook, and neither do your friends, we get it. We’ve all been there. Superbowl Sunday is a great day to order from your favorite local joint. Our one major tip though, order early. Really early. Maybe even place a pre-order the day before. Some restaurants are so busy they can take hours to deliver. If you want food on time, we recommend you plan according!

2. Game Time!
In the spirit of healthy competition, drum up the competition among your party guests. A fan favorites is the game football squares which always results in a winner and is super easy to do. Have your guests play commercial score card before the game begins. See if they can guess how many commercials will be for beer? Cars? Feature a specific celebrity? Feature a puppy? The categories are endless and you get really creative with it! Looking for more competition? click here for more Super Bowl game day ideas.

3. Beers, Booze and Safety
(For those of us 21 or older) football and beer go together like Tom Brady and Gisele. Cold beer, delicious food, and friends & family make a perfect Super Bowl Sunday party. One party tip is to have coolers of beer around the living room. Rather than having guests have to get up and go to the fridge every time they want a refill potentially missing part of the game. Also be sure to serve plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated, and non-alcoholic drinks for minors.

As a host you have the extra responsibility to make sure people are responsible drinkers. Do not let anyone drink and drive after the game. There’s even a chance you could get in serious trouble if one of your guests gets into a DUI because you supplied the alcohol. Make sure everyone has a designated driver, or use Uber or lyft to arrange ride homes, have people take public transportation or call taxis. They’re a plenty of ways for people to get home safely. There is no excuse for anyone to drink and drive.

From your friends at MassDrive, we hope you have a fun, safe and delicious Super Bowl Sunday!

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How Many Of These Traditions Do You Celebrate On Thanksgiving?

Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is only one week away!  We know there are a few things we can always count on; food, football, fun, and family.  Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays but there are a few that are pretty widespread.   Between the Macy’s Day Parade, football, breaking the wishbone, and of course the turkey, there are so many traditions to enjoy and squeeze into one day!  Which of these are your favorites?

Macy’s Day Parade – This is a Thanksgiving favorite!  Each year millions of people tune in from home and line the streets of New York to see this wonderous display of floats, bands, performances, and balloons trail through the city.  Beginning in 1924, this is the 86th year of the Parade and it gets better and better each time.  It begins at 9 AM, however if you plan on attending the actual event in New York City, spectators have been know to arrive as early as 6:30 AM!  With over 10,000 participants including the NYPD Marching Band, performance groups, clowns, and Santa himself, the event is sure to please viewers of all ages, as it does every year.  Tune into NBC Thanksgiving morning while you get ready for the day and enjoy the show!

Football – Thanksgiving is one of the biggest football days of the year, it is as much a part of the holiday as the turkey itself (at least for guys).  So what can you expect for games on the big day?  In terms of the NFL, there will be three games on CBS, the first between the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM, second between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 PM, and the night will close out with the New England Patriots vs the New York Jets at 8:20 PM.  Many towns also have high school football teams play against their biggest rival on Thanksgiving, so that is a great social event to take advantage of before the feast begins!  Another way to enjoy some football?  Why not head outside after the big meal and work off some of those calories with a quick game?

The Wishbone – Wishbone’s can be found in the chest area of all turkeys and chickens, and breaking it is a fun way to celebrate, especially with children.  Legend has it that two people each hold an end of the wishbone, make a wish, and then pull on the ends until it breaks, whoever has the larger piece gets their wish!  Breaking the wishbone can be tricky, especially if it hasn’t had time to dry out.  Be sure to give it some time to dry and become brittle, if you want, save this year’s wishbone until next Thanksgiving and break it then, so that each Thanksgiving going forward you can split the wishbone from the previous years’ turkey.  This is a fun tradition to participate in with siblings, your better half, or anyone you enjoy stirring up some competition with!

Giving Thanks – During this time of year, we need to remember why we come together to celebrate and keep in mind why we give thanks.  Everyone has something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, whether it be friends, family, health, or happiness, or a day off of work.  Whatever you are thankful for, take a moment before the big meal to go around the table and have each family member share their thoughts, it will make everyone feel better and celebrates the true meaning behind Thanksgiving!  At this time of year, not only should we be thankful for what we have, but it’s important to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  See if there’s any way you can give back in your neighborhood this year!  Many towns have food drives, soup kitchens, or even races to benefit the homeless on or around Thanksgiving, so look up some local events and see how you can get involved!

These traditions are only a few of the ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, however you spend the holiday, keep in mind the origins and remember to be thankful for all of your blessings!

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