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There’s one team that everyone roots for, whether your eyes are glued to the game or you’re more focused on those fantastic commercials, and that’s Team Food. Not sure where to start when it comes to planning the perfect Super Bowl party? No stress, just get some coaching tips from our Super Bowl party playbook, and you’ll be serving up touchdown-worthy recipes in no time.

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1. Make some dishes that don’t require attention while eating.

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For instance, it’s easier to keep your eyes on the pigskin when noshing on meatballs, popcorn, or even pigs in a blanket (though dipping in different sauces complicates things a little). Wings are fabulous finger food, but the presence of bones means they require more attention than many other scarf-worthy snacks, and guacamole demands a modicum of coordination to get it onto your chip. Just have at least a couple grab-and-gobble options for those who are actually there to watch the game first and eat second, in case they truly can’t tear their eyes away from the screen.

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2. Have enough beer—and beer openers!

It’s key to have enough beer. And to have a way to open it, in case you’re not just dealing with twist-offs and pop tops. Consider stocking up on multiple openers to stash around your viewing area (and kitchen, and yard…); try these ways of securing your bottle opener so it stays in place. But if you do lose track of it, pull out a nifty party trick and up your awesomeness by learning how to open the beer bottle with a pen. If you want to get a little fancier (but not as fancy as Super Bowl wine), consider batching up some beer cocktails for the big game.

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Then again, if your heart/liver belongs to hard alcohol, check out our Rams and Patriots Inspired Super Bowl Drinks instead. (And in any case, find your favorite NFL logo glasses on the CBS Sports Store so you can sip and show your team spirit at the same time.)

3. Bring out the heaviest players during halftime.

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This means brats, burgers, and other such meaty mains. Even though your guests have been eating for a good portion of the game, they’re bound to still be hungry after a few beers. And during the half, they’ll have time to devote to properly chowing down. Trust us, more food is good for one and all.

4. Remember to include some healthy options.

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Just because the Super Bowl is stereotyped as a barbecuing, testosterone-fueled, tailgating-type shindig doesn’t mean that every recipe has to be so fat-filled that it’s sure to clog your arteries. Serve prepped veggies with a flavorful homemade dip, like this remoulade or blue cheese dressing, and lighten up your queso. Sneak in some plant-based junk food options, and check out these other healthy Super Bowl snacks. Your waistline will thank you, and so will your guests. (Don’t forget the keto folks, or vegans either.)

5. Call on your Crock-Pot.

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If you don’t want to be distracted in the kitchen, make one (or several) slow cooker Super Bowl recipes that can hang out on the kitchen counter so guests can serve themselves. They’re handy for Super Bowl soups as well, in case you like things that are easy, delicious, and punny. (In which case, check out our Super Bowl Buffet party plan too.)

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6. Don’t forget dessert!

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Keep it to finger food, like brownie bars and cookies, but don’t leave your guests craving something sweet (other than the taste of victory, of course). Our personal favorites are these Sticky Peanut Cookie Bars, but if cakes and cupcakes are more your cup-of-tea, we’ve got those too. We also like beer dessert recipes for the occasion, for obvious reasons.

Head to our Super Bowl headquarters for more Big Game party tips and tricks, and lots more Super Bowl recipes. Then chat about your Super Bowl menu plans with other Chowhounds.

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Original story by Chowhound Editors, updated by Amy Sowder and Jen Wheeler

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