Score a touchdown on game day

Now that the Patriots and Falcons are ready to compete for the trophy and Lady Gaga is all warmed-up for her halftime performance, it's time for you to put the finishing touches on your game day celebration. Need help getting started? See my previous post about the eats you'll need depending on the type of party you want to throw. Have you placed your catering order? Keep reading for extra tips to win big with your guests on game day.

If you're passing on our in-store Nacho Kit to do it yourself, try setting up a nacho bar. This gives your guest the freedom to create a plate to their liking. Set out a variety of tortilla chips like White, Blue, and Ancient Grain Chips from Neal Brothers. Pair them with a mix of salsas from Mad Mexican like their Pico de Gallo salsa. Change it up with Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa or a Salsa Verde mix. Our expert team will help you choose the best cheese, but my go-to's have always been a 5-year old cheddar from Jensen, the double smoked cheddar from Balderson and the fiery Habanero cheddar from Bothwell. Finish off with chopped tomatoes, onions, olives (green or black), green peppers and a variety of cooked meats.

This game is sure to be an exciting one, your guests won't be able to pull themselves away from the screen, keeping snacks out will be key. For small bites, our catering team has a great Chicken Wing Party Pack plus bacon and cheddar mini grilled cheeses. No one will refuse chips like Chili or Toasted Cheddar from Guinness, Blue Cheese Chicken or Thai Chili from Spudniks. The caramel corn from G.H. Cretors and peanuts from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg are other great choices. Both are handcrafted for the best taste; the peanuts are cooked in peanut oil with no additives or preservatives. Interesting fact: only 3% of peanut crops make it into their bags. Simply the best.

Don't forget about the future-linebackers running around your party. Set out some themed games just for them. Pull out some markers, crayons and glitter and let them create their own football, helmets or colouring printouts of the team's mascot. Help them dress up as their favourite team with jerseys, helmets and faceprint and don't be afraid to have the adults to join in.

With all these handy tips and treats, your party will be one for the books and a great start to many celebrations to come this year.