5 Tips For Hosting a Big Game Party

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You know by now that we’re party people!

Right? Right. We love attention to detail. Like at our wedding when people started getting hungry again, long after the cake was cut, and we served mashed potatoes in martini glasses with a rolling cart filled with toppings. That was magical. And I’ll never forget the kids’ birthday party a few years back, when we had had games, bounce house time, cake, and presents, and then Cassidy came out with a cotton candy machine. Right then and there! Details matter. And we love parties a lot.

To put it mildly.

On Sunday, my father-in-law is coming over. We haven’t seen him since we were in Florida and I know that Cassidy is excited. While planning the menu, we have been thinking about all the little touches that will make it special for all four of us, plus Grandpa Larry. Now I’m not going to say what team we’re rooting for, but I can tell you what food we’re rooting for! And that’s my number 1 tip for planning a big game party. Think of the excellent touches! I’ve got you covered!

1 – Create your food spread with taste, variety, a little fanciness, and versatility in mind.

First, we have RAGÚ® Old World Style Sauce and RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce. YUM. We have always enjoyed the taste of RAGÚ® brand’s heritage with RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional spaghetti sauce, because it’s a classic pasta sauce crafted with vine-ripened tomatoes and well-storied passion. It’s smooth and flavorful and contains TWO servings of vegetables in every 1/2 cup of sauce. Here’s a recipe we love to to pair it with. And we use RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce for the best mac & cheese. Seriously. We even serve it as an appetizer. The best appetizers are made with RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce! My favorite way to use it is for a roasted broccoli recipe for parties. That’s about perfection for me.

Next, we have Garden of Eatin’® Chips. Holy cow do I love these! Organic corn chips make a tasty and better-for-you snack. All their quality snacks are made with quality, NON-GMO ingredients with a delicious twist on a conventional favorite: Garden of Eatin’® Organic Corn Chips. They are available nationwide in three must-try flavors: Corn Chips with Sea Salt, Corn Chips BBQ Black Bean, and Blue Corn Chips with Sea Salt. I have to be honest – they are ALL good – but my favorite is Corn Chips BBQ Black Bean. Um.. hello. It’s awesome. I love BBQ EVERYTHING. It’s all this flavor with better-for-you ingredients. What’s not to love? And you can love it too! This downloadable coupon is for $.075 off any ONE variety!

After that we have the BIG AZ® Sriracha Chicken Sandwich! So delicious. They are sold at convenience stores all around the United States from the refrigerator OR from a sandwich warmer. They are filling and inexpensive and the BIG AZ® Sriracha Chicken Sandwich with cheese delivers a kick with its tangy-sweet hot sauce. Sriracha-covered grilled chicken is topped with a slice of cheese and served on Advance Pierre’s signature corn-dusted bun for extreme yumminess. The line of sandwiches has a wide variety of products and they make delicious meals no matter the time of day. They offer over 9 lunch sandwiches and 4 breakfast sandwiches to satisfy BIG AZ hunger! Also, they’re totally delicious and satisfying.

We also have a Midea Air Fryer! Total awesomeness as I have always wanted one, and the new MFTN3501 Air Fryer is going to be the MVP of your party. It allows you and your guests to enjoy the classic and crisp taste of fried foods with less than 80 percent of the fat than if they were deep fried. The air fryer is powered by 1500 watts of super-heated air that circulates in the chamber. Adding just a small amount of oil, the MFTN3501 cooks your favorite game day foods like wings, fries, and more, while allowing the excess fats from food ingredients to fall away. You can also use the Midea to grill, bake, and roast! The retail price is $89.99. I even use mine for toast! I think everything has a both lighter and crisper taste from it.

Now, if there’s something you know about me, it’s that I LOVE cheese. Especially Formaggio Italian Cheeses. Oh boy – do I. What do WE serve on the big game day, knowing we’re experts in anything cheese? We make a charcuterie board with a Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Salad Cup, as well as Artisan Wraps Italian style. The Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Salad Cup has their Award-Winning fresh mozzarella, hand tossed in a famous marinade of delectable herbs and spices.

Then the Artisan Wraps are meat and cheese wraps hand-rolled with love. Think savory meats wrapped around a soft creamy center of fresh mozzarella. Both products are best served at room temperature, and you can find them in Sam’s Club and Costco. I love to add multi-grain crackers and berries. This is really the BEST. Find some olives and it will be delightful.

Other favorite party pleasers are Smoked Applewood Molasses BBQ Sauce and Smoky Ketchup from Red Duck Foods. The smoky ketchup is lower in sugar and sodium than counterparts. It’s delicious to cook with, and we use it for our turkey chili! You can also use it for soup or anything that calls for tomato paste. This ketchup actually tastes like tomatoes! The Smoked Applewood Molasses BBQ Sauce isn’t TOO sweet, and is delicious beyond traditional BBQ. We use it for breakfast hash and even pizza. It’s made with whole, honest ingredients and doesn’t contain things like natural or artificial colorings, preservatives, or stabilizers. And since I love you so much, if you use the code: BABBLEBOXX, it’s good for 25% off any purchase through February 28th, 2018! Link HERE. Definitely don’t miss that discount code!

I hope you liked my list of top party pleasers! Here are the rest of my big game party tips:

2 – Step it up with your decorations! I mean, your other bowl is already amazing, so why not use proper decorations? One thing we did once was put all of our chairs together on two sides to look like bleacher. And they were facing each other! Maybe some jeering was involved. We also gave our kids whistles and flags. Aren’t we insane? Well it was fun!

3 – Get your sight and sound ready. Sometimes upgrades are in order because you can’t watch the big game on a tiny screen! My husband will often have the game playing on two different screens in the house. That can be rather fun.

4 – Football lanterns! They’re easy to find (we had ours shipped) and are a big party pleaser!

5 – Keep your home clean and comfy. In fact, I made you an awesome video!

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Spicy Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls

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Often I formulate a recipe idea, and then have Cassidy help me execute it. It’s sort of how we work best. I dream and visualize. He plans and executes. Sometimes he dreams and visualizes, and I plan and execute. Somehow, it all works out.

Day after day, night after night, we set food on the table. The kids get more adventurous by the day, and sometimes, they backtrack. That’s having kids. Scarlet doesn’t like the skin on apples, but she liked them last week. I’d be upset, but this week she’s eating chicken noodle soup, Italian Wedding soup, and artichokes. Did I mention that one yet? The kids are obsessed with artichokes. Other current favorites are tiny meatballs, carrots, and eating food out of bowls made out of food.

There are so many reasons I also love eating food out of bowls made out of food. (say that three times fast) It’s because it’s pretty magical! And more importantly than that, eating such festive foods reminds me of parties. Parties make me happy.

It reminds me of school dances and weddings. Even better, it reminds me of my brother and sister’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. True I had my own two years later, but I was way too revved up to eat or remember the food then. For my siblings, the catering company had an entire table devoted to bite-sized foods. Pizza bagels, pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheese bites, and pretty much anything you would want to fill your stomach with. Ever since then, I seek out the original ideas when I’m being served snacks and appetizers. At our wedding, we had a Mashtini bar! Mashed potatoes in little martini glasses for all!

There were toppings galore! Are you starving yet? I’ve got you covered here.

Pardon me for the wrong sports references but this recipe is, to put it mildly, a home run. You cannot lose with this! If you’re having a big game party, or going to a big game party, you have to bring these. My friend calls them the perfect snack. My husband calls them dinner. I call them the perfect party recipe. It needs to be mentioned that we essentially created them on a whim in the kitchen after a good friend gave me this perfect idea. I chopped while my husband scooped and sliced. He seasoned and I tasted. I tasted and he seasoned. We perfected the recipe in order to get it right for you.

I feel confident that we have.

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Why did we choose the ingredients we chose? Easy. You see, TABASCO® Sauce ingredients are marinated in wood barrels for three years before the sauce is bottled, and the sauce is made from vine-ripened, red jalapeño peppers over a pecan wood fire. It’s the perfect addition to your Big Game food spread. Also, every bottle is made from hand-picked, ripened red tabasco peppers, vinegar and salt – giving it a taste like no other. TABASCO® Sauce is made with those 3 simple ingredients.

It’s versatile, delicious, and will liven up almost any recipe or dish!

Spicy Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls

Yield: 4 Servings

Spicy Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls


  1. 2-3 avocados
  2. 2 tablespoons TABASCO® Sauce
  3. 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  4. 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  7. 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  10. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1/2 cup sour cream
  12. 2-3 tablespoons Balsamic
  13. 1/2 cup Parmesan


  • 1. Preheat grill or skillet to medium high heat and rub chicken with olive oil and seasonings
  • 2. Grill on each side for 2-4 minutes until chicken is cooked through
  • 3. Chop chicken and set aside
  • 4. Scoop out avocado halves and leave about two inches of flesh inside
  • 5. Slice the avocado you scooped out
  • 6. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, avocado slices, red peppers, strawberries, pecans, salt, pepper, paprika, Balsamic and sour cream
  • 7. Toss well to combine
  • 8. Scoop the mixture onto the avocado halves
  • 9. Top with TABASCO® Sauce and serve
  • 10. Enjoy!
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Doesn’t it look delicious? It is! It was so much better than I even imagined, and I imagined it as pretty great. I love that it takes simple ingredients and makes you feel GREAT. You can use mayo in place of sour cream, but I tend to skip mayo if I can. The combination of flavors is out of this world. I really encourage you to make this versatile dish for your Big Game party, or on any weeknight or weekend. I know I will make it many times over. Handheld snacks are my very favorite dish!

Think about how you can be the star of your own party, or the star guest of a party you’re attending – by making these amazing chicken salad in avocado bowls, with TABASCO® Sauce to liven up the flavor. And enter this AMAZING giveaway:

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Follow Along with Avocados From Mexico for Big Game Day recipes on their Website and their Game Day Pinterest Board! Looking for other amazing Game Day Avocados From Mexico recipe ideas? Check these out:

Delicious Everyday’s – Sweet & Spicy Avocado Egg Rolls
Kleinworth Co’s – Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
bell’alimento’s – Crispy Baked Avocado Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce
The Wicked Noodle’s – Chorizo Potato Tacos

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