Alllllrighty!

It's almost that time of year again. Extensive lists of beer, liquor, and the best snack foods are being made weeks in advance so everything is set in place for the big game! After the playoffs, you can only count down the days while drooling subconsciously over the idea of your team winning and hoping you're not about to lose that bet you made that constitutes you running a naked lap around the house. With roughly two weeks to go, it's time to share some great recipes, drink ideas, and other awesome things to do while watching the game and hilarious commercials, alike.

So, here we go.

For the first activity, I must say that the credit goes to our wonderful marketing director: Matt Smoot.

The Shooter Piñata. This is literally what it sounds like, so don't over analyze it too much.

You will need:

-An empty piñata (or not, maybe you want to empty a pre-filled one so you have an ungodly stash of candy for later?)
-A TON of plastic shooters- 50ml
-Some sort of blind fold
-A stick, bat, or something else creative to smash the crap out of that thing

This is an activity probably best done before the game starts or at halftime, and OUTSIDE. This way, you can avoid being too intoxicated and mistaking one of your brightly dressed friends for the piñata while simultaneously avoiding the demise of any windows or other breakable trinkets. An important thing to note: you are going to be hitting this thing. Don't put glass shooters inside of it and proceed to drain away all of your grown-up prizes. Plastic, please! Why play pong or cornhole when you can revert back to the days of your childhood and get drunk while doing it? On that note, if you never got to break open a piñata at some random birthday party during your younger days I am truly sad for you and, for the love of all that is youthful, please take part in this rambunctious festivty.

 

The Budweiser Commerical "Poker Game":


Now, don't worry. This "game" won't distract you from any of the football being played or the funny commercials. It's really easy and all you have to do is pick cards blindly from a face-down deck. 

How you play:

Get a deck of cards, shuffle them well, and put them face down on the coffee table or perhaps the piece of particle board held up by the stack of cinder blocks in your living room. Every time a Budweiser commercial comes on the tele, each person should take a card from the top of the deck and put it FACE DOWN in front of them. Don't look at it, cheater. After you have seen five Bud commercials, flip over your cards. Whoever has the best hand, according to the rules of poker, wins. The winner can either decide what everyone in the room must take a shot of, or order everyone to finish the drink they already have, or make everyone interpretive dance while singing the Spice Girls. Take your pick. The hilarity that ensues is awesome.

 

There are so many more games you can play on Super Bowl Sunday. Flip cup, beer pong, king's cup, just drink your beer; the list is long and most of the games are bundles of fun. Please enjoy these games responsibly, though. Super Bowl parties are supposed to be fun, they are not supposed to end with people puking in bathrooms or slap boxing on the front lawn, or crying about the results of the game. So, with this, make good choices and play with caution!

 

Next on the list of the big game must-haves: SNACKS!

 Obviously, your typical game day foods like chips, dips, candy, party wings, and pretty much everything else you can find that is beyond greasy, are great starts to a delicious football party.

 

Here is a list of other ideas that can make your party a step above the rest!

Mom's seven layer dip:

-1 cup refried beans
-1 cup black beans
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 salsa (homemade or store bought)
-1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend works best)

(Note: these measurements may change a bit depending on how many people you are serving and how big your baking dish is. Be prepared to use extra if needed!)

 Mix the beans together and spread in the bottom of a deep glass baking dish. Add one layer of sour cream then the salsa (add a layer of pre-cooked diced chicken if desired) and then add a layer of cheese. Then, add another layer of sour cream, salsa again, and top it off with the rest of the cheese! Preheat your over to 375 degrees and bake the dish covered for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, uncover the dish and pop it back in the oven for roughly another 10 minutes or until the cheese on top bubbles. Sprinkle with some shredded cilantro and serve immediately. This dip is to die for! Enjoy!

 Pigs in a blanket:

-Mini pork sausages
-Puff pastry

Wrap the mini sausages in the unbaked puff pastry and space evenly on a cookie sheet. Make sure to spray the cookie sheet with pam or some sort of cooking spray before doing this or you will lose the bottom part of the little piggies. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and pop the cookie sheet (or sheets) into the over for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. (If you're feeling adventerous, put some cheese in with the mini dog before putting them in the oven) Serve warm!

Mmkay, and last but not least, Beer and other fun drinks!

The brews you drink during the big game:

Now, most people drink domestic beers like Budweiser, Keystone, and Coors during this celebratory time. They're light, so you can consume a lot of them, and they are relatively cheap compared to some micro and import beers. Plus, this is 'Merica so, show your domestic pride. With this being said, why not show your state pride this year by investing in some Colorado beer! It may be a bit more expensive but with good reason. It tastes SO much better! So show your pride! Cheer on your favorite team and support your favorite Colorado breweries!

Now, as far as hard liquor goes, the world is really your oyster. If you're feeling artsy, buy some nice blue or orange liqueur to mix into a drink to support your team! Freeze food coloring in ice cubes to show your team colors. Obviously, this won't work if you're drinking something dark but, in a light drink it will look awesome! 

And most importantly.. drink, be merry, and GO BRONCOS!