Whether you like football or not, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to have a party. Beyond the football, the Super Bowl is about commercials, the half time show and the food! The food is the most important part of any Super Bowl party, so we asked our friend Maire Byrne, owner of Thyme Cafe & Market to come up with a quintessential menu.
With the focus on food, we kept the decor simple. We lined the table with bright green paper to create a football field using white electrical tape and white numbers. We made football snack bags with kraft paper bags and electrical tape. We lined our serving tray with black and white referee striped wrapping paper and made green pennant flags drink tags.
Beer is a Super Bowl tradition and no Super Bowl party would be complete without it. We thought we would make it a little more festive by serving it in small mason jars with our pennant flag drink tags. While the drink tags are decorative, they will also help everyone remember where they put their drink! We have included a Super Bowl party drink tag template so you can easily recreate them for your own party. The tags are incredibly easy to make, just print them out on white card stock, print your guests’ names on each tag using a white chalkboard marker, and then attach them with baker’s twine.
The Super Bowl is definitely a time to indulge in food you may not eat that often…or at least not all on the same day! Thyme Cafe takes a traditional Super Bowl menu to another level and we love their ideas to elevate the traditional fare.
White Truffle Popcorn
Whether you’re using a special popcorn or not, we loved decorating our popcorn bags with a bit of white electrical tape to look like little brown footballs.
Buffalo Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Dip
Potato Skins with Cheddar, Bacon, Sour Cream & Chives
Pigs in a Blanket
Serving chili is a great way to offer an easy main course for your guests. We like to place it in a slow cooker so that guests can dish it out as they are ready.
Crudite Platter with Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
To give our Super Bowl party just an element of health, we added a crudite platter with Maire’s Sundered Tomato Dip. Of course, it is excellent with chips as well…so don’t forget to put large bowl of those out on the table!
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
Courtesy of Thyme Cafe & Market
Makes 8 cups
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped (8 ounces)
- 1 ½ lbs cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 ½ cup sour cream
- 1 ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Tabasco sauce
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon zested
- 16 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
Puree the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the scallions and pulse twice. Serve at room temperature.
Every Super Bowl party needs a selection of football themed desserts and Thyme Cafe has so many cute ideas! We felt like it was our duty to taste all of these amazing desserts and it was hard to pick a favorite!
Football Grasshopper Bars
Football Cookies & Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Even if our favorite team is not in the Super Bowl, we are excited to have a party! If not for the friends and good beer, but for an excuse to indulge is all these yummy treats!
Hallman + Ashley
Maire Byrne is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Maire went on to work with culinary luminaries at various acclaimed restaurants in the United States, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, The Ajax Tavern in Aspen, and Aqua in San Francisco. She opened Thyme Café & Market in 2009 and Local Kitchen & Wine Bar in 2015.
Thyme Café & Market offers fresh gourmet foods, delicious baked goods, and fine food to-go in a warm, communal surrounding. If you are in LA, check out their extensive Super Bowl Menu. Thyme Café & Market, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-399-8808