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Football’s Back: 3 Ways to Host a Great Preseason Party

Football fans, get ready: The first Chiefs preseason game starts on Friday, August 11 at home! As the Official Banking Partner of the Kansas City Chiefs, I can tell you CommunityAmerica employees and members are taking their 2017 fandom to the next level! This week, I’m sharing some fun and affordable ideas for hosting a football party.

1. Bring on the fall food.

Even though it’s still summer, football game-watching traditions demand fall favorites like hot dips and wings! Million Dollar Dip, loaded with cheesy and bacon-ey goodness, is always a crowd pleaser that’s cheap and easy to make with only six ingredients. Heat it up or serve it cold!

Even though I love a good batch of wings, I know a lot of people don’t enjoy the bone-in version of this classic. To please all palettes, I make a big platter of popcorn chicken and then get creative with sauces. Offer a traditional option, but mix it up with alternatives like ginger lemon or tomatillo chile.

2. Desserts made easy.

I love all the adorable Pinterest football treats out there, but I’m not the craftiest when it comes to icing decorations. They never look quite as good as they do online. To avoid your own Pinterest fail, go with an easy dip. Pre-season is a little early for pumpkin dip, so brownie batter dip is my go-to. It’s chocolatey, can be served in a football shaped dish, and is easy to make ahead. You can even fill your platter with lighter options like pretzels or strawberries if you want. It’s a piece, or in this case a bowl, of cake!

3. Keep the kiddos entertained.

If you’re a diehard football fan, the idea of a family-friendly party on game day may cause your blood pressure to rise. Nobody wants a kiddo running in front of the TV during the big play of the night! That’s why I always have a table prepped with kid’s entertainment that will spark their creativity and occupy their time during the game. To start, print off free football or jersey coloring sheets online and have the kids decorate them with their favorite team or players.

Later in the evening, switch it up with some games. Label Dixie cups with 5, 10, 15 and 20 points. Give each child a handful of M&M’s in your home team’s colors for a game of cup toss. Whoever scores the most points gets to keep the candy! We also set our Wii up in a separate room so they can actively compete in games on the television. 

With some planning ahead for this weekend, you’ll have some affordable and fun game-day tips you can use all season. Go Chiiiiiiieeeeeefs!


Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.

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