On Super Bowl Sunday (this year, Feb. 4), the chip and dip game is strong, and whether the plan is to watch the championship plays, the half-time show (this year, Justin Timberlake) or just the commercials, everyone looks forward to a winning spread at the snack table — and a lineup of bowls designed to make you forget about those new year's resolutions.
To rock the guac and serve up that onion dip and salsa with style, consider the following plays:
Go deep! NFL team logos are available on serving bowls, platters and more. Coordinate super-fan serving ware with napkins, tablecloths and cups in team colors. Divided loyalties? Consider blending the colors and logos of both teams, or dividing the buffet table down the center.
Love of the game
If your favorite teams aren't playing, score points with non-logo'd, sports-themed serving ware. Set football-inspired bowls on green tablecloths and accessorize with black and white striped accessories, napkins and cups in a nod to the refs.
Keep it simple
Unify a diverse buffet or snack table by keeping bowls and platters all the same color. All-white serving ware keeps it simple and pulls everything together. It's also easy for friends to contribute to the spread and still maintain a theme. Baskets and glass containers coordinate well on a single-color tablescape, and napkins and accessories can be chosen to match the monochromatic style or offered in team colors.
Wine a little
Sure, football and beer go together like touchdowns and end zone dancing, but a chips and dip serving bowl designed to look like the top of a wine barrel is a winner for Team Oenophile. Score extra yardage for rustic charm.
Classic style is timeless. Bowls designed to look good at any event are always a good strategy. Consider gold accents, polka dots, shots of yellow and organic-inspired shapes.
There may not be an "I," in "team," but when it comes to scooping snacks from the buffet table it's every wo(man) for her(him)self, and individual, hand-held bowls divided to accommodate both chips and dip are a winning proposition. Too big a crowd to purchase special bowls? Consider assembling seven-layer dip inside individual clear plastic, wide-mouthed cups for easy, single servings. Touchdown!