On Monday, I hosted my first National Championship party. Last year, we were in New Orleans (SUCH FUN). In 2010, our friends came over, but I didn't do a traditional "tailgate"-type party. So, I'm counting this as new. I did try some new recipes, and they turned out great!
Our friends, Heather and Brian Warwick and Matt Vogelsang, came over to watch the game with us. I love entertaining, and I always like to make my guests feel special when they come to our house. I definitely learned that from my mother. I mean, if you are playing hostess, then try make it a memorable experience for your guests, right? I'm sure Jeremy probably thinks I go overboard with the little details, but I enjoy it! And he DID go overboard with the awesome decor in our house. Every Daniel Moore, Sports Illustrated with Bama on the cover, sign, flag, shaker, hat, visor, houndstooth pillow or coaster with a Bama logo on it was out somewhere. It definitely looked like the Sup Store threw up in our house. We had the mojo going! While he took care of the decor, I worked on the food. Our menu:
"Roll Tide" Sliders (I skipped the extra Miracle Whip)--Recipe here.
"15" Fruit Salad
"Big Al" Artichoke Dip and wheat thins (new recipe. I highly recommend it)-- Recipe here.
"Make his @$& quit" Meatballs--Recipe here.
"Do your job" Trifle (new recipe. For this occasion, I only used strawberries.)--Recipe here.
Of course, I had to make signs for each dish. AGAIN--I like the little details. Here are some pics:
If you are hosting a party, then I highly recommend these recipes because they are great for prepping the night before. Since the game was on a Monday night, we had dance class, so it was going to be a get-home-late night for us. I needed things that I could prep on Sunday and pop in the oven on Monday night. It worked out well. And of course, it didn't hurt that the Tide's performance made it all worth it! Roll Tide!
I wonder what I'll do next year...(see what I did there?) ;)