The end of January - or first weekend of February - is an important time for football fans. This year's Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5 and pit the the New England Patriots against the the Atlanta Falcons. If you're planning on cheering the Falcons on to victory, throwing a red and black themed party will help you feel more festive. Thinking beyond decor with Falcons-colored recipes to take your party to hostess-with-the-mostess-level.
Although the Patriots are frequent Super Bowl competitors, this year's game marks the Falcons' first appearance since January 1999 and is only their second appearance ever, according to CNN. Needless to say, Atlanta fans are very excited.
Although team spirit, the Half Time Show, and the commercials often get a ton of attention the day of the Super Bowl, food and drinks deserve their time in the spotlight. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the best part about Super Bowl parties is the food. If it means it's perfectly acceptable to graze on appetizers for hours, I'm all for it. This year, make sure your food is game day-ready - you'll need plenty of fuel to cheer on the Falcons.
1. Blackcurrant Drop And Aquavit Sparkler
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs created this blackcurrant drop and aquavit sparkler as a pretty summer sipper. But with its reddish-black hues, it'd be perfect for celebrating an Atlanta Falcons game day.
2. Cherry Vanilla Soda
Need something fun that the kids can drink, too? Consider this cherry vanilla soda from Stephanie at I Am A Food Blog. Bright red - which will match the Falcons' uniforms - and full of fresh cherry flavor, Stephanie noted you could also add bourbon to make this drink more grown up.
3. Chocolate Strawberry Oreo Brownies
These chocolate strawberry Oreo brownies from Amy at DIY Candy would be right at home at a Falcons-themed Super Bowl Party.
4. Easy Lentil And Avocado Tacos
Try as you might, you can't live on dessert and booze alone. These easy lentil and avocado tacos from Ali at Gimme Some Oven, are admittedly a stretch in the red and black food department, but the protein from the lentils will keep a brood full all day.
5. Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas
Enchiladas are a fairly easy crowd-pleaser. Plus, you'll feel good that people are at least getting some vegetables on a day that notoriously features things like chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip, and nachos. Try these veggie black bean enchiladas from Kate at Cookie + Kate for something that still fits in your red-and-black theme.
6. Easy Black Bean And Chickpea Chili
Does Super Bowl Sunday mean chili to you? This easy black bean and chickpea chili from Jeanine at Love & Lemons fits the bill.
7. Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Yes, it'll be February, but I'm a proponent of ice cream year-round. This black raspberry ice cream from Erin at Naturally Ella will even match your theme.
8. Red Pepper Martini
This red pepper martini from Kate at Cookie + Kate is a little bit spicy, a little bit savory - and perfect for a Falcons-themed Super Bowl party.
9. Chocolate Cupcakes With Fresh Strawberry Buttercream
Chocolate and strawberry are the perfect pairing. These chocolate cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream from Damn Delicious are great for your game day watch party because they're easy to serve (much easier than cake) and go with the theme. Bonus: you could consider Super Bowl Sunday a run-through for Valentine's Day cupcakes.