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16 Super Bowl Party Hacks for the Ultimate Game Day Experience

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Throwing a good Super Bowl party is never easy, but with a few of our favorite kitchen hacks, you’ll be a party master in no time.

Easy recipes, cooking shortcuts, and shopping secrets: Everyone’s looking for hassle-free ways to throw the best Super Bowl party — especially in a year when more people are staying home rather than letting someone else do all the prep and cleanup. Here are some of our favorite recipes and party hacks from around the web to help you kick off a fabulous feast.

1. Be your own hot dog vendor

Ditch the itty-bitty pot and cook a bundle of your hot dogs all at once in a crock-pot. You don’t even need to add water! View the recipe here. (Might we suggest a pack of Walter’s Hot Dogs from your local DeCicco’s?)

2. Don’t be afraid to get corny

And with those hot dogs, you can make your own homemade corn dogs for all your game-day guests to enjoy! Follow this simple recipe here.

3. Be a (Mr.) softy

Tired of running out of ice cream sandwiches? Mini Oreo ice cream sandwiches are the perfect hand-held dessert treat for your guests. Check out the recipe here.

4.The devil’s in the details

Deviled eggs are a party favorite, but making them en masse can be a time-consuming nightmare in the kitchen. One way to save time (and your sanity) is to cook large batches of eggs in the oven between using a muffin tin. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 30 minutes and your eggs will be ready in no time—and easier to peel, too. Source: Buzz Feed.

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5. Stock up

Buy your booze in bulk—Turns out that you don’t need a membership to purchase alcohol and cigarettes at Costco and Sam’s Club. The price of alcohol at these shopping clubs is typically 25-35% less than at your local liquor store. Don’t let the employee at the entrance intimidate you into becoming a member (unless you want to join up, of course). Worst case, you can ask for a day pass to try it out.

6. Nice ice, baby

Want to spice up your soda? Try freezing water colored with food dye, then adding the cubes to your drinks. Your family can fix a drink that shows off their team’s colors.

7. Stick it to the man

Tired of running out of toothpicks for your meatballs? Save the toothpicks for getting broccoli out of your teeth and using pretzel sticks to skewer your meatballs instead. View the instructions and a recipe.

8. Baller sandwiches

Revamp your grilled cheese sandwiches by cutting them into the shape of footballs. Place a dollop of mayonnaise in small resealable bag to pipe faux laces onto the sandwiches. Enjoy eating the leftover crusts when no one is watching!

9. Yes, these puns are extremely cheesy

You can never go wrong with cheese and crackers — but while you’re at it, make them into football shapes as well and add sausage to be creative. Check out the simple directions here.

10. Put down the sad microwave bag of unpopped kernels

Jazz up your popcorn bowl with these unique recipes that transform your plain popcorn into a sweet or savory dish! View 50 flavored popcorn recipes here.

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11. Just don’t mix up your cup with the kids’

Want to spice up your sweet tea and lemonade mix? Try a Spiked Arnold Palmer that substitutes Smirnoff Ice for the lemonade. This is a refreshing game day drink, and you can check out the recipe here.

12. Make all your Insta followers crazy jealous

Want elegant-looking hors d’oeuvres? Try meatball-stuffed biscuits. Take your frozen pre-cooked meatballs and wrap them in ready-made biscuit dough with a cube of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, and then they’re ready to serve. View the recipe here.

13. Don’t skimp on the desserts

Milk-chocolate-covered strawberries with a white chocolate drizzle for the football laces are easy to make and look fabulous. View the recipe here.

14. It’s okay to be a double-dipper (just rotate the vessel, buddy)

Looking for a unique way to serve your cheese dip? Try a bread bowl! Melt your cheese, add in your meat and veggies, and then pour it into the bread to serve. Check out the recipe here.

15. Be salty, but also sweet

Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies, or whatever you want to call it — It’s delicious! This one-bowl, chocolate and peanut butter Chex-based snack is an easy, sweet treat that will have hands reaching for the bowl. View one of our favorite recipes here.

16. Measure twice…

Don’t forget that the lines on Solo cups actually have a meaning! The lowest line is for liquor (1 oz), the quarter line is for wine (5 oz), and the line above it is for beer (12 oz).