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Audrey Dwyer: My tips for a winning Super Bowl party

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— In case the recent buzz of Super Bowl Media Day — Skittles and all — hasn't caught your attention, the Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is here.

It will be showing at 4:30 p.m. MST on NBC Channel 9.

Whether you are a sports fan or fan of the beer and good eats, here are a few tips from me — also found via Pinterest and Steamboat friends — to help resolve those last-minute planning dilemmas for this year's Super Bowl party.

Activities

• Commercial scouts: Before the game, have each person come up with a short list of four or five animals or objects. When the commercials are on, have each person watch for his or her items to accumulate a point. Highest amount of points win.

• Rate the commercials: Super Bowl commercials are legendary. Rate them 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score) by giving each guest his or her personal stack of cards to hold up with comments such as: Score, Yawn, Replay, What Was That and Award Winner. Based on the group ratings, which commercial was the favorite?

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• Photo booth fun: Keep a visual record of the day by stocking your photo booth with football paraphernalia such as helmets, shoulder pads, footballs and cheerleader pom-poms. Capture your best game faces. Bonus: The youngest guests can play dress up with the props.

What to eat:

Wings are the go-to football food for most people in addition to seven layer dips, nachos, chili, guacamole, etc.

If you want to change things up a bit, here are two recipes for Super Bowl Sunday I've used that are dangerously delicious.

Steamed Mussels by local Tim McGee (trust me, it will be a favorite for everyone once they try this)

Ingredients:

Fresh blue mussels,
 olive oil, garlic (lots of it), salt and pepper
, white wine
, heavy cream
 and grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large sauté pan heat up the olive oil. Add mussels, garlic, and salt and pepper. Sauté until the garlic starts to brown. Add white wine and cover. Once the wine has reduced by about half, add heavy cream. Reduce the cream to about half and toss in the Parmesan cheese. Serve with your favorite bread.

Pigs in a blanket

Ingredients:

Crescent dough, Dijon mustard, mini hot dogs or cocktail franks and one egg lightly beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush the dough with Dijon mustard, roll the mini hot dogs up in the dough. Arrange them on a cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with a dipping sauce.

Drink for the occasion:

If you're into beer and don't want the usual, here are two beers to add to the festivities.

• For New England Patriot fans, the Samuel Adams Boston Lager is the Boston Beer Co.'s flagship beer. It's described as a full flavored lager with 4.9% ABV.

• Representing the NFC, Seattle Seahawks fans could drink a smooth and bold Redhook Ale brew like the traditional British ESB. Described as a sweet but spicy balance with citrusy hoops and 5.8 % ABV.

Want something stronger?

Try 3/4-ounce Cuervo Gold tequila, 3/4-ounce Blue Curaçao, a splash of sweet and sour mix and a bit of lime. Shake all of that in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a salted-rim glass. Garnish with any extra lime.

It's known as the 12th Man Margarita via http://www.seatletimes.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1