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Dominate the Tailgate: 10 Game Day Essentials Every Kickass Girl Should Know

So the Super Bowl is all about the food, right?

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1. Get your outfit in gear. Just because you're watching sweaty men in spandex throw a ball around doesn't mean you can't look fabulous. If you're a die-hard football fan, wear your lucky jersey. If not, coordinate your outfit with a team's colors or even borrow your guy's oversized jersey and pair it with leggings and cute flats.

2. Brush up on your football facts. If you don't know the basics of football, check out our helpful guide here, and at the very least, know which team is scoring in either end zone.

3. Learn the major players. If your team is headed to the big game you can most likely skip this step, but if you're not familiar with the contenders, take some time to review the stars on each team and the positions they play. You're guaranteed to have more fun if you know who you're watching (btw, the Denver Broncos are playing the Seattle Seahawks).

4. Perfect that spinach artichoke dip. A tailgate go-to and crowd favorite, spinach artichoke dip, is a party must. We've found the perfect recipe for your Super Bowl Sunday. If you have to make it a few times to get it right, don't fret: there can never be enough spinach artichoke dip in your life.

5. Quench your thirst. While everyone might expect beer, you can never go wrong with thematic cocktails. For Denver, why not serve a Mile High Mule (essentially a Moscow Mule)? Or an espresso martini to represent the Emerald City?

6. Mix and match. If you serve chili at your party try pairing it with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignion or Zinfandel. This recipe for Super Bowl Chili is delicious and, as a bonus, low in fat. Chicken wings will pair nicely with a heavier red wine such as Shiraz. Here is a recipe for wings that skips the deep-frier. If white is your thing, this recipe for a nacho casserole using chicken and feta cheesecan be served with a crisp white such as Pinot Grigio. For those who love bubbly, and who doesn't, try a crisp sparkling white while munching on potato chips. It sounds crazy, but trust us—it is delicious!

7. Level the playing field. Let's face it, not everyone is there for the football—for some, it's the perfect excuse to eat good food with good people. One way to keep the party going (and your guests happy) is to include everyone in the event. Betting pools are a great way to get everyone interested—and invested—in the outcome of the game.>

8. Don't fumble the decorations. Be careful not to cross the line from tasteful to tacky with your decoration choices. Football-themed paper plates are festive, but pair them with non-themed items so you don't go overboard. Need help? Head to Pinterest for decorating tips.

9. Watch the commercials! Your mind may start to drift during the game, but perk up for the commercials so you're ready for the Monday morning review of the night's funniest and best ad moments.

10. Hit the sweet spot. Even a badass can't resist a delicious dessert, especially after hours in front of the TV. Try serving easy-to-eat options that also pair well with your drink choices. You can't go wrong with red wines and chocolate—try this recipe for decadent brownie bites that will go hand-in-hand with Cabernet or Shiraz. White wines are delicious with lighter desserts such as berries, but if you really want to chow down, try serving these no-bake raspberry cheesecake bites with whichever sparkling wine you choose.


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