Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Super Bowl, Super Snacks, Super Friends

Written by Patti on February 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Ok, I’m all refreshed after taking the day after Super Bowl to tidy up and plan what I am going to do with the leftovers. I thought you might enjoy seeing how we celebrated.

This might have been the most relaxing party we have ever given. I bought all disposables (not very green of me, but wow, it took off a ton of pressure), pulled out frozen bbq pork I had in the freezer, bought a few ingredients for 7 layer dip and grabbed one of the cakes that did not work out two weeks ago from the freezer that I had saved specifically for cake balls. Mmmm, cake balls.

Have you jumped on the cake ball band wagon? They are insanely easy to make and are totally tasty. Here’s the deets if you haven’t made them yet.

Cake balls sharing the plate with Michelle's yummy banana cream puffs.

Cake Balls

1 cake made from boxed cake mix or homemade – plain
3/4 container of frosting
2 bags of chocolate chips – semisweet or any flavor you like
2 tsps shortening or butter


Crumble cake into crumbs into a large bowl

Mix in frosting

Combine with hands

Using either an ice cream scoop or your hands, take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a ball. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze until ready to coat. Note: I froze mine overnight.

When ready to coat, melt chips and shortening over double boiler and mix until melted.

Take each cake ball, toss it in melted chocolate, covering completely. Place covered cake ball onto parchment lined cookie sheet, cover in sprinkles and allow to harden.

Move out of the way as everyone rushes to grab said cake ball.

I made mine with yellow cake mix combined with lemon frosting and coated in semisweet chocolate. They were sooooo good. If you haven’t tried them yet, this might be the time. With Winter weather keeping a lot of us indoors, take a moment to play in your kitchen and have some fun with a friend.

Eric’s contribution to the party was my favorite – 7 layer dip, but with an artistic twist.

7 layer dip for the big game.

Don’t you just love the football field? With black olives for the Steelers and green olives for the Packers. So cute. And it was so luscious. Especially after dipping into Rick and Denise’s fab dip made with sausage, cream cheese, jalapenos and more cheese.

Jay and Valerie brought some of the best wings I have ever eaten. I believe I ate 5 of them, rounded out by Michelle & Byron’s wowie deviled eggs, Crystal’s yummy mini-cheese biscuits, Sarah’s freshly made rice krispy treats and a mountain of assorted chips, washed down by several varieties of beer, wine and soft drinks. It was a delightful day of excess.

And commercials – oh how I loved the Doritos and the little one dressed up like Darth Vader.

About 15 of us gathered to watch, eat and drink on Sunday.

Looking down the table, desserts first!

Eric does a check to make sure the beer is good. It is.

Sarah's rice krispy treats. So yummy.

Michelle, Rick & Denise check out the game.

Shane snags the comfiest seat in the house.

I hope your party was just as much fun. What were your favorite commercials?

xoxo, Patti

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christy says:

    I LOVE the dip!!!!! That is awesome.

  2. Patti says:

    Thanks, Christy! My husband is the greatest! xoxo,P