Remember as you make your Super Bowl plans that they should be plans that are fun for all.  

We do not watch a great deal of sports in our home, until college basketball in March.  But we do typically watch  (I use the term “watch” very loosely here) the Super Bowl each winter, or at least part of it. 

Growing up, we would always watch the Super Bowl with some neighbors or friends, and it was a lot of fun to get together and cheer for the same team. 

As an adult, watching the Super Bowl is only a little bit about football for me, and mostly about friends, commercials, and FOOD.  Can you tell which one I love the most? 

Whether you are going to a friend’s house to watch the big game, or hosting a little get-together yourselves, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Our son has special needs, and he can be very over stimulated by large groups of people and noise.  So remember as you make your Super Bowl plans that they should be plans that are fun for all. 

If being around loud cheering, large numbers of people, or a great deal of activity is exhausting or too strenuous on your child, consider altering your plans to accommodate them. 

Alternatively, you could hire a babysitter or have a friend/family member come over to look after your child if the excitement of the Super Bowl gathering gets to be too much. 

2. Commercials seem to be a highlight of watching the Super Bowl, especially for those watching who maybe are not into the football game itself a great deal. 

I personally enjoy watching the commercials each year.  We all know the companies airing commercials on this highly watched day have paid the big bucks and try to deliver entertaining commercials. 

One of my favorites in recent years was the Snickers candy bar commercial with Betty White.  If you have never seen it, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lalLTjZ7Ro

The E-trade talking baby commercials always make me giggle as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlqWRADszb0

3. Now onto the most important part of any Super Bowl gathering- FOOD.  I really enjoy entertaining but planning the menu for the event takes me a while. 

I want to serve snack and appetizer style foods that are not super complicated or take much time to prepare.  And if they can be made ahead of time even better! 

There are two recipes that can be considered staples in our Super Bowl party collection- peanut butter balls and turkey chili.   One reason I enjoy them is because they can be prepared as gluten free recipes.

The beauty of the peanut butter balls is they can be made the day before.  The turkey chili is awesome because the recipe involves dumping a list of ingredients into a slow cooker and nothing else. 

From there you can add extra sides and snacks like cornbread, chips, or even hot dogs to create chilidogs. 

If you are planning to host or attend a Super Bowl party this year consider trying one of these recipes.

Peanut Butter Balls

http://partiesandholidays.blogspot.com/2009/12/few-of-my-favorite-christmas-treats.html

Turkey Chili

http://www.monicapotterhome.com/game-day-turkey-chili/

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