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It’s almost time for the Big Game Day kickoff!
That means that many are in hunter/gatherer mode right now getting ready for Game Day and I’m right in there with them. This year, I’ve decided to change things up a little and make it a Tex-Mex inspired foodie theme. My inspiration was simple, I was craving it and therefore, every one else around me gets to humor me and indulge right along side me and trust me, no one’s complaining.
Here’s How To Get This Party Started!
My Game Day tablescape is inspired by years gone by and great American football. I love vintage with a bit of rustic charm thrown in. Make it your own by adding your own football memorabilia, vintage industrial finds and more.
Here’s How-To create the basic vintage look:
- Think galvanized buckets, trays and pots. They are popular enough right now and are easy to find. Look at your local thrift stores, the garden sections of most stores and hardware stores.
- Canning jars and vintage glass containers or tins are perfect to use for serving and to hold napkins and utensils.
- Brown craft paper and burlap fabric adds layers of texture and a neutral color palate to work with, these are inexpensive and easy to find.
- Create your own “Game Plan and Score” board. All you need is a chalk board, white board or even foam poster board covered in chalk paper or brown craft paper work great. Use stencils with acrylic paint or work free-handed with a black marker to write your favorite phrase or game day words. You can also finish it off with an old frame if you want.
- Adding a swag or bunting across the board to add character or even a string of Edison lights work beautifully.
What’s On The Menu:
- Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup
- A good supply of TOSTITOS® CHIPS and TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa
- Pepsi™ and Blackberry and Raspberry infused Water
- Veggie Tray with a creamy dip
- For the Sweet Tooth Dessert Bar, I’m serving up Brownie Cookie Bars and quick grab Skittles® and SNICKERS® Minis
All of which, can be purchased at Walmart or online at Walmart.com, perfect for one-stop shopping.
Other foodie ideas that you can incorporate:
- A Fajita bar is fun, easy and quick to set up. To save time, you can buy the already cooked meat, ready to serve in the deli or sandwich meat section. Just add several small bowls of sauteed or freshly chopped onion (or spring onion), chopped fresh chilies or canned green chilies, jalapenos slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa and lime wedges.
- Add a Tres Leches Cake to the sweet tooth bar.
- Queso & Chips
- Make (or buy) some Churros and serve with warm dipping chocolate.
Save yourself some time and focus on only cooking 1 or 2 items, with the rest of the food pre-made and ready to display on your fun Game Day table. Most of the items in today’s menu, require little or no effort at all. The only things on the menu that I made, were the brownie & cookie bars and of course the Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup (recipe below).
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For the Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup, I make it early in the day and allow the chicken to marinate in the soup, which only adds that much more flavor. I also like to recruit my TOSTITOS® Original Party Size bag to work double duty and use them for the topping in the soup. Of course, there’s plenty left over to serve the guests with the TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa. Nice.
PARTY TIPS: When setting up your party spread, give your guest options. Use small bowls with toppings, such as Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Lime Wedges, Avocado Slices and more. This is easier on you as the host, and allows your guests to “build their own”, and gives you more time with your guests.
Game Day Ready with Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup
Yield 4 - 6
Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup, easy to make and perfect for any lunch or dinner PLUS it's great to serve at your next party.
- 2 Tbls Olive Oil
- 1 medium Onion, diced
- 1 (7 oz) can of fire roasted Green Chilies, drained
- 2 - 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced Tomatoes, with juice
- 48 oz low sodium Chicken Broth
- 2 large Chicken Breast, boneless and skinless
- 2 (15 oz) cans cooked Black Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Juice of 2 - 3 Limes, PLUS extra wedges for serving
- 1/2 cup fresh Cilantro, chopped, PLUS extra for serving
- 1/2 cup TOSTITOS® CHIPS, lightly crushed to serve on top
- Sour Cream, to serve
- Shredded Mexican blend or Monterrey Jack Cheese, to serve
- Sliced Avocado
- In a large pot over medium high heat, add the Olive Oil. Once oil is hot, (30 sec - 1 min), add the Onions and saute until translucent.
- Now add in the Green Chilies (drained), minced Garlic, Tomatoes and Chicken Broth, bring to a boil.
- Add the Chicken Breast to the hot broth and continue to cook on medium low for about 15 - 20 minutes. Once the Chicken has cooked through, remove from broth and cool slightly, shred the meat with 2 forks and add the shredded meat back to the broth, as well as the 2 cans of drained Black Beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes and heated through.
- Season with the Cumin and add Salt and Pepper to taste.
- During the last 10 minutes before serving, add the Lime Juice and chopped Cilantro, garnish with shredded cheese, sliced avocados, wedges of lime and lightly crushed TOSTITOS® CHIPS.
Here’s some great ways to keep your guests entertained.
Party Game Ideas:
- Game Day Bingo: Just print out your cards and use the Skittles® as your game “markers”. Find the bingo card printables here.
- Don’t Say It! Pick that ONE word, such as touchdown, football or score, and no one is allowed to say it during the entire game. If your guest says the Don’t Say It word, penalize them by having them do 5 push-ups or whatever you deem appropriate. Have fun with it.
- Table or Flick Football: This is great for the kids of all ages. Learn how to make them here.
- Flag or Touch Football: Grab the football, go outside and you know what to do. 😉
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