Super NFL Party Gear from Snack Time to the Perfect Sofa

Whether you’re one of the fans lucky enough to still be cheering on your team this January or just need an assortment of NFL supplies for your Super Bowl party, we’ve assembled some of the NFL gear we have in stock to make your party stand out from the rest. From snack essentials to lounging on the sofa or adding a few decorative items to your family room, there’s still time to get these fun items in time for your NFL party!


NFL Snack Supplies for Your Super Party

Make some memorable snacks for the party this year while cheering on your favorite team or showing your allegiance with these snack supplies. From fun chip clips, serving platters and food containers to NFL totes and oven mitts, you’ll be ready to set the snack table or carry your signature dish to wherever the party is at.

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Kick Back and Cheer On Your Team in Style

Everyone has a favorite seat to watch their team play every weekend. The stakes are higher in the playoffs, so make sure you’re as comfortable as possible with awesome sofa covers, comfy slipper socks, decorative team pillows or new pieces of wall art. Update the living room for the playoffs with Lakeside sofa essentials.

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It’s hard to believe the NFL season is almost over, but whether your team made the playoffs or not, everyone looks forward to watching the drama unfold in the last couple weeks. There’s always another season ’round the corner. Show some love for your favorite team and keep this decor on display throughout the offseason.

Can’t-Miss Recipe Ideas for NFL Playoff Parties

The NFL playoffs are already underway. Every weekend until the big showdown on February 5th will be set aside in many households for football. Chances are that you’ll either be throwing your own NFL playoff party this month or attending a neighbor’s football party. If you’re throwing your own party, you’re going to need a wide variety of recipe ideas. And if you’re showing up to the party, you can surprise your host with delicious homemade snacks. Take a look at a few of our favorite recipe ideas we’ve assembled from around the web.


 Can't-Miss Recipe Ideas for Your NFL Playoff Party

The Best Buffalo Wings

Fried chicken wings usually can’t be beat, but this recipe for baked buffalo wings is up to the challenge. Not only are you getting the classic taste traditional football fans will love, you’re also crafting a healthier version by baking the wings in the oven and prepping ingredients at home rather than frying ’em or getting take-out.

The Greatest Guacamole

Guacamole is the ultimate party dip for a reason. Many people don’t really care for avocados, but they can’t pass up a delicious bowl of guacamole with a bowl of their favorite chips. Courtesy of allrecipes.com, this is an easy guacamole recipe with some unique twists and easy-to-multiply numbers to make bigger servings.

Delicious Dip Recipes

Chips are the first thing many people buy for their NFL parties because they’re simple crowd-pleasers, but you can take any chip to the next level with delicious dip recipes. Skim through this great list for ideas about spinach dips, salsa creations, hummus, as well as a few brand new dip ideas in this interesting recipe list.

Homemade Pizza Recipes

If you’re up to the challenge of trying to make a homemade pizza that competes with the many pizza places vying for your business this time of year, you’re in luck. This Pinterest board has a variety of options you can try, from healthier flatbread options to taco pizzas to delicious ideas you won’t find at your local pizza place.


Get everything you need to cook and serve great party snacks with supplies from The Lakeside Collection. Here are a few of our kitchen and dining favorites with a fun NFL theme that will be perfect for your party…

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Daily Deal: Save Money with an NFL Bottle Bank

Cyber Monday hasn’t even started yet and Lakeside is already offering new markdowns to help you get out in front of the Cyber Monday madness. As we’ve been doing all week, we’re starting things off today with an amazing Deal of the Day. Today, you can surprise the football fan in your life with the NFL Bottle Bank. The handy bank gives you a great place to store spare change while adding some team spirit to any room of the house. The oversized bank features your team logo. If you’re a football fan, read on for football holiday facts.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 27th)

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DAY SEVEN Holiday Fun Fact:

Dick Lebeau, the Hall of Fame coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, is renowned for his defensive mind and known for inventing the zone blitz in the 1980’s. But he wasn’t just creating exciting new defensive schemes in Pittsburgh. Steelers players got to see a different side of coach during Christmas Eve. Every year, Lebeau recited his favorite holiday story, “A Night Before Christmas” from memory to his players.


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Holiday Gift Inspiration for Sports Fanatics
Just about everyone in the family has a loved one who loves sports. If you don’t love sports, knowing what to get that person for Christmas can be challenging. Whether you’re shopping for a football fanatic or that MLB enthusiast, check out this helpful Lakeside article for a little holiday gift inspiration to please sports fanatics.

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Turkey Day Countdown: Food, Family & Football

There’s only ten days until Thanksgiving. It might seem like a lot, but if you have a feast to finalize, guests to prepare for and a holiday checklist that seems to keep getting longer as the festivities draw closer, it’s better to get anything and everything you can done so you won’t be too stressed out when the holiday arrives. Get the facts about Thanksgiving, from menu ideas to some Turkey Day history with these Thanksgiving articles.

The Thanksgiving Menu

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides
Who you share Thanksgiving with probably won’t change, but you can change the food to spice things up a bit. Turkey is the main dish that everybody wants, but playing with the sides to change up your Thanksgiving spread is a great way to make your dinner unique! Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving sides you can try.

What Was Really on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving
Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. It may surprise you to learn that such traditional foods, with the possible exception of the turkey, were not served at the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. If you are wondering what was served at the First Thanksgiving in America, read on to dig into a helping of history.

Get Cooking on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters and How to Avoid Them
When you’re cooking a holiday meal for family and guests, there are many hats you have to wear and many mistakes that can be made. But if you know what to do and what to watch out for, you can pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the most common Thanksgiving dinner disasters.

4 Tips to Pull Off A Perfect Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner is a huge production that requires strength, stamina and coordination. But even if you possess all of those characteristics, something is bound to go off the rails. It’s possible to reduce your risk of dinner disasters if you know what to look out for. Pull off the perfect Thanksgiving with these four useful tips.

The Facts About Thanksgiving Football

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Thanksgiving Football: An American Tradition
American football has been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1800s. Even though football is a tradition, it looks a lot different now than it did long ago. If you’re wondering why the Lions and Cowboys always get to play on Turkey Day or where the tradition started, take a look at this brief history of Thanksgiving football.

How to Work Football Into Thanksgiving Without Ruining Family Time
Thanksgiving is a day for family. For many families, it’s also a day for football. While most NFL and college teams have the day off, there’s always a shortlist of squads who have to suit up, storm the field and keep the long-standing American tradition alive. Here are a few tips to balance football with family on Thanksgiving.

Go Route: NFL Decor for the Long Season Ahead

The NFL season isn’t nearly as long as the MLB season or even the NBA season. There are less games to watch and longer stretches in between each matchup. However, different from the NBA or MLB season, the NFL season schedule makes it so every game is crucial. And when every game could make the difference between a playoff berth and a longer off-season, every game is a giant event for fans who love to cheer on their team. Make sure you’re prepared for the entire season ahead with this NFL decor and so much more.

Home Field Advantage
Style your game-watching room to cheer on your squad.
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Personalized NFL Stitched Jersey Prints
NFL Bottle Cap Wall Hangings
Personalized NFL Stadium Prints

Snack Time Support
Serve, transport and store your favorite football snacks.
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Sets of 3 NFL Magnetic Chip Clips
NFL Ceramic Gameday Platters
12-Pc. NFL Food Storage Sets

Kick Back with a Beverage
Enjoy an icy cold beverage while making a statement.
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NFL 25-Oz. Mega Elite Tankards
16-Oz. NFL Glass Mason Jars

Understanding the Basics of Fantasy Football

While there is a pretty large percentage of Americans who participate in fantasy football, there are just as many casual football fans who have no interest in the popular pastime. However, if you’re curious how the game works, it can be difficult to find an explanation that isn’t bogged down with finer details and strategic suggestions. Get to know the basics of fantasy football, how the game works, and why it’s really popular.

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Owners & Managers
If you have a family member or friend who plays fantasy football on a regular basis, you’ve probably heard them refer to themselves as an owner or a manager. As an owner or manager, an individual chooses real players from real NFL teams to play for their teams. They are free to pick players from any NFL team. The players chosen are offensive players, also known as skill positions, such as quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. The owner also chooses a kicker and a defense to round out their roster.

The Draft
Aside from managing a roster and making trades throughout the season, a fantasy football draft is the most important part of the fantasy process. Now, there are a variety of different leagues that dictate what types of players are drafted, how scoring is broken down and what the overall schedule looks like. We don’t need to get into the details. Just know that the draft is where owners pick their key players. But why are they picking players to begin with? How do players from all over the league play on one owner’s fantasy team?

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Scoring Points
When you have a player on your team, that player earns fantasy points based on how they perform in real NFL games. For example, say the quarterback on your team is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers play the Jaguars in Week 1 of the season. Rodgers’ stats against the Jaguars will determine how many fantasy points you get for Week 1. Points are given for passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns, and subtracted for interceptions or lost fumbles. Other players on your team, such as running backs and wide receivers, will also accumulate points based on their games in Week 1. When you add up all the points from all your players, you get your Week 1 total. But who do fantasy owners play against?

Schedule & Playoffs
Fantasy owners play against each other every week. The owner with the most points wins the game. The more wins you get the more likely you are to make the fantasy football playoffs for your league. Again, this depends on how your league is set up, but the basic model involves owners competing against each other for the first 13 weeks of the season. The standings determine who goes on to the postseason, and playoffs are played in accordance with the remaining weeks of the NFL schedule to ensure all players have games.

Fantasy football is pretty simple when you get down to the basics. Build a team with productive players and do your best to manage the team on a weekly basis. Keep track of whether or not players are on bye weeks or injured, bench players in favor of those with favorable match-ups and make trades when necessary. The rules vary from league to league, but at least now you’ll know why a family member or friend is smiling after a player on the team he or she is rooting against scores a touchdown against the team they’re cheering for.

NFL Preview: Fun Facts, Game-Day Tips & Holiday Gifts

Football fans have been waiting many months for the 2016-2017 season. There’s only one more week of preseason match-ups to go before the NFL regular season schedule gets underway. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start catching up on the storylines you missed this summer, plan your game-day parties and get your home decorated with your team’s gear. Get excited about football with this fun NFL preview.

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NFL Spotlight: Storylines to Keep Your Eye On this Season
The NFL’s popularity continues to rise. For every die-hard fan counting down the days until kickoff and rearranging their fantasy football lineup on a daily basis, there are several more casual game-day viewers who haven’t been following every storyline since the Broncos hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last February. Before the season gets going, get the scoop on some of the bigger stories that were going on this summer.

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Prepare Your Game-Watching Room for Football Season
Diehard football fans know there aren’t any substitutes waiting in the next room to give them a break when it comes to cheering on their squad. Fans watch their team compete in different ways, but everybody needs a few things around the room to show their allegiance and keep them pumped up until the clock winds down. Learn how to prepare your game-watching room for the first kickoff with these NFL home decor suggestions.

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Tips for Hosting a Spectacular Game-Day Party
Fall is here, but before you have a chance to put up your Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations, put on your football jersey and cheer on your favorite team! We can’t make it to all the fall football games for tailgating parties, but just because we’re not in a stadium parking lot doesn’t mean we can’t have a great bash. Help get your game-day party going at home with these spectacular tips for football-friendly hosts.

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Holiday Gift Inspiration for Sports Fanatics
Just about everyone has a loved one who loves sports. However, if you aren’t a sports fan yourself, knowing what to get the die-hard football or baseball fans in your life for the holidays can be a challenge. Whether you’re shopping for the sports fan who has everything, the occasional viewer or the youngster just getting involved in sports, take a look at these how-to tips and holiday gift inspiration for sports fanatics of all ages.

Holiday Hustle: Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Anyone

nfl-pool-table-coversIf you haven’t started your holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Though most people love to shop, buying gifts for other people can be exhausting. It takes a lot of thought, and even when you put a lot of energy into an awesome present, it might not be right. Here are 4 tips for finding the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Excesses Try working backwards. Think about things your loved one already has too much of. If she has a curio cabinet packed with knick knacks, another curio might get lost in the mix. If his man cave is already covered from floor-to-ceiling with team flags and posters, he may not need anymore NFL decor. These are things you should eliminate from your list and steer clear of when you start your shopping in earnest.

travel-collectionNeeds Think about life events that are coming up for your loved one: a European vacation, college graduation or moving to a new city. All of these events require items people don’t use every day. Vacations necessitate special luggage and clothing. Graduation means starting a new life from scratch. Moving to a new city means a new home with fresh decor. It’s easy to narrow down gift ideas based on what the recipient might need rather than what he or she might want.

Cyber Sleuthing Start looking at what your recipient posts on his or her social media accounts. If this person posts a lot of pictures of his cat, think about the different cat accessories you can give him. If she posts a lot of pictures of the treats she makes in the kitchen, maybe look into a fancy cookbook or kitchen gadgets she might find handy. If your loved one is a new mom and posts nothing but pictures of her little one, a scrapbook might be the perfect gift for her so she can document every event in her new baby’s life. These are all items your loved one probably wouldn’t think to tell you they want, and you don’t even have to ask.

personalized-matMake it Personal There are a couple of ways to make a gift very personal. Either you can craft something yourself — knit homemade mittens to brighten those dark days of winter, or stitch together felt covers for smartphones and tablets — or you can buy something to personalize with their names like wine totes, rubber stamps or jewelry. When you make something for someone or you turn an everyday item into something unique for your loved one, it shows that you’re a thoughtful, caring person.gift-app

 

Of course you don’t have to put that much thought into a gift for it to be a hit! Try our Perfect Present Gift App to help you find the right gift for everyone on your list. Just a few minutes, a couple of clicks and you have your holiday shopping done!

Regional Foods for the Big Game

This weekend, the New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks for the big showdown in Arizona. From coast to coast, people will be pledging their allegiance to each city — regardless of how they feel about football, challenges abound in many forms. For some, it will be in the kitchen. We love food from every corner of the country — and, while salmon and clam chowder are great to eat, they’re not suited for a game day party. However, we’ve put together a list of football party favorites with regional flair to honor the top two teams. Here are some regional foods for the Big Game.

ChiliChili The perfect accompaniment to a football game on Sunday is chili — every region has their favorite way of serving it, and Seattle and New England are not exceptions.

Seattle In Seattle, a favorite bowl of chili is found at Geraldine’s Counter. They call it the Kick Butt — a fitting name for a super bowl of chili! It has three meats, red beans and plenty of spice to be tempered with a topping if shredded cheddar and sour cream.

New England In New England, their go-to chili is found at the All Star Sandwich Bar. The “Texas State Penn Chili” is different from Seattle’s favorite is that it contains no beans — it’s all meat and spices. And, of course, the meat is shredded beef brisket. As a garnish, the use sour cream, jack cheese and a slice of lime.

Lobster-rollSandwiches As far as food for football goes, you can’t go wrong with a sandwich. They’re easy, compact and you don’t need utensils to eat them. For both Seattle and New England, seafood dominates favorite sandwich fillings.

Seattle Salmon is one of the most popular foods in Seattle — the industry churns out some of the best in the world, so it’s not a surprise people in Seattle like to put it between two slices of bread. At Market Grill at the famous Pike Place Public Market, they serve it blackened on French bread.

New England New England is known for their “chowdah” and all eats sea-related. In the form of a sandwich, the lobster roll, hands down, is a local favorite. The Lobster Pool in Rockport, Massachusetts serves fresh lumps of lobster mixed with mayo on a bed of lettuce wrapped in a buttered, split-top bun. It’s simple, but what makes it really fabulous is that the lobsters are handpicked from neighboring Gloucester every day.

beerBeer Beer and football go hand-in-hand. Both Seattle and New England have a healthy amount of local suds to sip on.

Seattle A safe bet for Seattle-brewed beer is anything from Elysian Brewing Company. It’s been pleasing Seattle beer drinkers for almost two decades — they have a brew pub that’s been rated one of the best in the country by ratebeer.com. If you’re looking for something a little more tame than craft beer, Washington’s Rainier Beer is still on the market.

New England The craft beer industry is thriving in New England — Farmhouse Ale is a New England favorite, but local beers don’t tend to be available to the entire country. If you want to serve New England beer at your party, Sam Adams is still a favorite among New Englanders and it’s available across the United States.

Even if we can’t be in Arizona for the big game or host a party in our favorite team’s town, we can bring a little of it home. A little taste of Seattle or a big bite of New England, give your party for the big game some local flavor with hometown favorites this weekend.

The 4 Most Memorable Big Game Halftime Shows

Halftime-ShowFor the NFL’s most important game, the halftime extravaganza is a show within a show. Even if the game itself is a snoozer, the halftime entertainment usually gives everyone something to talk about the next day. While it may seem like an institution as old as the big game itself, it was not until the 1990s that broadcasters realized it was an opportunity to pack some extra fun into the night. Many of the performances stand out for their excellence. Some others do not. Here are the 4 most memorable Big Game halftime shows.

patriots-flag2004—Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake
“Memorable” does not always mean “best”. It can also mean “controversial”. That certainly was the case in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake teamed up for the 2004 Big Game show. This was the performance that introduced the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” to the American vocabulary. After some suggestive dance moves, part of Jackson’s costume was pulled off and “Nipplegate” began. Was it an accident or intentional? We may never know. We do know the half second of exposure led to a legal battle over censorship, thousands in fines, a five-second broadcasting delay for all future halftime shows, and the creation of YouTube.

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Jackson and Timberlake were a difficult act to follow. The NFL wanted no surprises at 2005’s Big Game, but it still wanted a big show to draw in non-football fans. It found a safe choice in Paul McCartney. Sir Paul did not disappoint, opening with the Beatles song “Drive My Car”. He then treated viewers to a fireworks-laden performance of “Live and Let Die”. McCartney finished with the iconic “Hey Jude” and got the entire stadium—not to mention the crowd at home—to sing along.

packers-throw1991—New Kids on the Block
In 1991, broadcasters decided to have a big-name act as the halftime entertainment. In an effort to appeal to a wide variety of viewers including tweens, New Kids on the Block was hired to perform with characters from sponsor Disney. It sounded like a winning formula, but things went bad quickly. Most people did not see the performance at halftime. The Gulf War had just started, and ABC News preempted the halftime broadcast with an update on Operation Desert Storm. Viewers at home did not see the performance until after the game. When the television audience finally saw the show, instead of a medley of New Kids’ hits, it was treated to a salute to global peace and togetherness. Which felt odd, considering the aforementioned Gulf War. At least everyone got to see a mind-blowing version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston.

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After some fumbles, broadcasters finally got the formula for a good Big Game halftime show: popular musicians and special guests performing for about 15 minutes in a huge, over-the-top spectacle, usually involving explosions. The first show of the new era was Michael Jackson, and some fans think it was last great TV performance of his career. He opened with drama, standing still for about 90 seconds before launching into a medley including “Jam”, “Billie Jean”, and “We are the World”. It was the performance of an artist in the middle of resurgence shortly before his ultimate fall, criminal allegations, and early end.