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Set up a spread of food that lasts from pregame to overtime and keep things safe and delicious with these guidelines:
- Prepare warm foods, such as chili or hot dips, in a slow cooker. If you plan to transport slow-cooked foods, keep them warm by wrapping the lid of the crockery dish in foil and covering the rest of the dish with towels.
- Store cold foods and beverages in the refrigerator or ice-filled coolers until you are ready to serve. Pack plenty of ice to keep food cold, and store coolers in a shady spot until you’re ready to eat. Ice packs or blocks last longer than ice cubes.
- Pack an extra jug or two of water to have on hand to quickly rinse hands or serving utensils from home. A container of hand wipes works well, too.
- Send invitations that encourage guests to pull out all the stops with their favorite team apparel: go for striped socks, jerseys, and face paint galore! Guests who favor rival teams can compete for “best dressed.”
- Serve food that’s easy to grab during timeouts. Skewer meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies, and dish smaller items like popcorn or chips and dip into plastic cups.