Crazy Super Bowl Food Facts

Super Bowl Party FoodThe Super Bowl is just a few days away and it is estimated that 7.5 million parties will be taking place to watch the big game on Sunday!  But, before you get too crazy with all the junk food, here are some interesting things to consider before you start snacking…

  • Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving.
  • 1,200 calories: Amount the average Super Bowl watcher will consume while snacking.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year.
  • An astounding 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • 293,000: Number of miles of potato chips, laid end to end, consumed during the game.
  • The most popular take-out and delivery items on Super Bowl Sunday are pizza, chicken wings, and sandwiches.
  • It is estimated that Americans will eat 1.25 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl Weekend.
  • Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole).
  • 11.8: Depth, in feet, of guacamole consumed if it were spread across the football field.
  • Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 18 years, and will continue to be until at least 2014.
  • 325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.
  • 493: Number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with all that beer.
  • Approximately 54% of Americans will consume coffee the morning following Super Bowl Sunday.
  • According to 7-Eleven stores, there is a 20% increase in the sale of antacids on the day after Super Bowl.
  • Maybe it’s all the food and drinking, but an estimated 7 million U.S. employees will be no-shows for work the day after the Super Bowl.
  • Remember to be careful please! More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick’s Day), according to the Insurance Information Institute.

sources: Salem News , About.com , Yumsugar , Treehugger

For cute Super Bowl Party food ideas, check out Cortney’s Pinboard Super Bowl Decorations/Ideas

Fun Party Food Tables

Let’s face it, when people go to a party or wedding, the first thing they ask is, “What’s for dinner?”  If you’re looking for something at your next event that will leave an impression, throw out the hamburgers and hot dogs and try something different!  These ideas will be a hit with all ages. Below are a few (well more than a few since there are so many good ones:)) of my favorites I found.  For more ideas, check out my pinterest board.

Biscuit Bar, Party Food

Biscuit Bar

Cereal Bar, Party Food

Cereal Bar

Cheese Bar, Party Food

Cheese Bar

Pasta Bar, Party Food

Pasta Bar

French Fry Bar, Party Food

French Fry Bar

Spud Bar, Party Food

Spud Bar, try a mashed potato bar also!

Burrito Bar, Party Food

Burrito Bar. Or try a taco, quesadilla or nacho bar!

S'more Bar, Party Food

S'more Bar. This is awesome.

Grilled Cheese Bar, Party Food

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Bar

Fondue Bar, Party Food

Fondue Bar...I had this at my bridal shower and it was delicious!

Other ideas include a pizza bar, a mini hot dog bar, a sushi bar, a popcorn bar and a doughnut hole bar.  Hungry yet?

Sweet Love for Edible Decor

So, candy tables have been popular for a few years now, and there is no short supply of inspirational ideas.  Cookies, cakes and cupcakes all work too.  My favorites are the ones that stick to a color scheme and don’t go overkill with too much stuff.  These are great for any kind of party from birthdays to bridal showers.

Here’s a few things to think about when doing your own table:

Pick a color scheme: Stick to the theme of your party or wedding.  Bringing in other colors will only make the table look too busy.
Use more than just jars: Any kind of vase or apothecary jar will work.  Make sure you create depth and height in your display, so every piece can be seen.  Stick a box or book under the tablecloth so that some jars are taller than others.  You can use cake stands or plant stands to add lift.
Tie in decor: Use some of the centerpieces or decor from other parts of your event to help decorate the table and tie everything together.
Don’t forget the scoops: Make sure your guests aren’t digging things out with their hands!  Tongs and scoops are perfect for picking out their candy.
Bags and containers:  Make sure your guests can take some home.  Little boxes or baggies are perfect for the road.

Here are some beautiful examples:

And here’s my own…And here’s my cousin Tatum’s ice cream stand.  This was awesome and they built the stand themselves!
I found too many!  See more on my pinboard Candy and Other Sweets…YUM!

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