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January 28, 2014

Game day party tips for football fans

Statepoint — Entertaining this football season? To make your gatherings memorable, you’ll need to do more than just turn on the game and hope for the best. With the right party plays, you can treat your guests to a spirited game day and a memorable football feast.

Try incorporating these game changing ideas into your regular party playbook:

Team Spirit

Get your friends geared up for game time from the moment they arrive. Hang a team banner in your entryway and adorn your yard with your team’s colors. Pump up your crowd by playing your favorite game-time tunes.

Even if all your guests are rooting for the same team, spice it up with some friendly competition, like wagering on who hosts the crowd for the next game.

Have face paint on hand and encourage your guests to arrive early so the party is well underway at kick-off.

Scoring Big with Dips

Food is usually the main attraction at most festivities, and football-themed “home-gating” parties are no exception. Give your spread a thematic look by making a mini football field out of your table. Use AstroTurf as your tablecloth. Then space white tape stripes at intervals for the yard lines.

But you can really score big with the food. Dips are the MVP of home parties, according a recent survey conducted by ConAgra Foods. More than half of the respondents said their guests reach for dips first.  And Ro*tel and Velveeta Famous Queso Dip remains king at parties, beating out guacamole, salsa, spinach artichoke and buffalo chicken dip.

So please your crowd and make game day delicious with a quick, easy and zesty dip. If you’re one of the many that have never heard of or made queso dip, try this simple crowd-pleasing recipe, made with only two ingredients, Ro*tel and Velveeta:

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