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Serve crab-stuffed avocados at your Super Bowl party.
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Serve crab-stuffed avocados at your Super Bowl party.

Thirst & 10: Time for
a bowl party game plan

The Associated Press

Super Bowl Sunday provides a great excuse to throw a fabulous themed party. You can watch at home with friends, serve great food and drinks, and play games to guess the winners. Invite your guests to come dressed in their favorite team jersey and put together some easy decorations or centerpieces, and you've got all the ingredients for a fun evening. Here are some tips.

Decorations: With the big game being held in South Florida, why not bring a little piece of the tropics to your fiesta, no matter where you live? Skip Panse, of the Florida-based event planning company ME Productions, suggests palm-frond centerpieces on tables and exotic floral arrangements around the living room to set the mood. But don't forget that it's really football that's bringing people together. The hosts, Panse says, could dress in black-and-white striped referee shirts, while encouraging guests to wear jerseys of their favorite team. Put yard markers in the front yard to recreate the field. You can create collages of crowd scenes by blowing up pictures from magazines or the Internet and placing them around the TV for a faux stadium effect.

Refreshments: Here's where you can get creative and bring a taste of Miami straight to your living room, even in the heart of winter. Try serving finger foods with an island flair, like plantain chips (available in the ethnic food aisle of most major grocery stores), nachos, sliced mangos, cheese empanadas and crab-stuffed avocados. Even if guests aren't familiar with those Cuban-influenced treats, they'll surely recognize the region's signature cocktails: the Cuba libre (rum, coke and lime), the mojito (club soda, rum and mint leaves), the Hemingway (rum, grapefruit juice and lime) and sangria. Be sure to have some good ol' American beer, plus pretzels, wings and chips for the football purists.

Activities: On Super Bowl game day, people who haven't watched a single kickoff all year become instant experts, and their hidden psychic abilities emerge. This simple game will let them show off their newfound knowledge, whether real or imaginary. Make up cards on which guests can fill in predictions for each of the following categories: first passing touchdown, first rushing touchdown, first fieldgoal, first penalty, first interception, first fumble, halftime score, final score and winning team. Pass out goofy prizes to players who get each question correct as it's completed, and award a champion prize — maybe a jersey, cap or football — to the person who guesses the most categories correctly by the end of the game.

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