Sports enthusiasts wait all year for the pinnacle of party occasions: the Super Bowl. But why wait? The major league postseason and 2012 World Series are here now. Time to start planning.
While the big football game is synonymous with chips, dips and chicken wings, our national pastime has strong food traditions of its own. Think hotdogs, beer, hot pretzels and, of course, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
But for a truly winning touch to your party, try roasting your peanuts yourself. And for a real delight your home team will love, toss in some homemade cracker jacks. There are many recipes online, but we used the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker for our party. They were delicious and easy to make. (And best of all, you can hide your own prizes at the bottom of the bowl!)
Baseball's traditions are also easy to translate into décor ideas, so there are lots of options for big league party decorating. Pennants and team posters are a great way to make it feel like a day at the old ballpark. Foam hands, baseball-themed serving ware and inflatable bats are readily available as well. For authenticity and a classic look, try laying a vintage baseball bat with some baseballs on the serving table, and place small bowls of peanuts and homemade Cracker Jacks into upturned baseball mitts.
For the snacks or buffet table, lay a piece of green artificial turf on the table and make your own baseball diamond placemats from felt.
Be creative! Because they're casual, sports-themed parties are great opportunities to have fun with the food and decorations. And this is how traditions are made—before you know it, everyone might be piling into your house every year for your famous World Series party. What party-planning maven wouldn’t love that?