1. AmbianceThankfully, I don't have much decorating to do thanks to the dozens upon dozens of fleur de lis scattered around our home. A friend attending one of our parties once jokingly said that the group could easily play a game of "find the flour de lis" in our apartment. The winner would be the person who found the most.
We also like to set the mood by playing a New Orleans themed playlist featuring artists like Rebirth Brass Band, Dr. John, Kermit Rufffins, and The Iguanas. No party is a Saints/NOLA party without great music.
2. FashionWe encourage our guests to wear black and gold if they don't own a Saints jersey. I go a step further than wearing a black and gold outfit or Saints shirt by wearing black and gold makeup. It's usually a hit among the ladies in the party. If you don't own your favorite team's jersey, Old Navy is now starting to sell sports jerseys for men and women. You can check them out here.
3. DrinksThere are also many New Orleans drinks a person can serve during party - daiquiris, hurricanes, sazeracs...the list goes on. I haven't tried my hands at any of the mixed drinks because I'm usually too focused on the food. Thankfully for us, it's not too difficult to find Abita beers in New York. My favorite is Abita Purple Haze and Abita Amber is a classic.
4. FoodThe day of big games, we go all out on the snacks and food. My husband usually makes some Jambalaya while I handle the more creative foods. This usually means finding and executing black and cold colored food recipes. For our last viewing, I made black and gold soup (black bean with sharp cheddar soup). I also made black and gold salsa (black bean and corn salsa).
(Note our New Orleans Saints toaster. Get yours here.)
For your health conscious friends, make sure you have a bag or two of POP Chips. They're delicious and much healthier than other regular chips. They're "popped" with heat and pressure, not fried or baked. No preservatives. No coloring. Just natural, delicious and healthy chips. You'll love them.
How do you like to enjoy Sunday Night Football?