Food Safety Tips for Your Big Game Party

Super-Bowl-PartyWe’re all getting excited for football’s biggest game as the list for top contenders gets shorter and shorter! Of course the best part of the Big Game might not be football, but the viewing party — it’s certainly our favorite part! But we want to make sure we’re hosting a safe party — starting with the food. Here are 3 important food safety tips for your Big Game party

Keep Cold Food Cold… Bacteria grows fastest in food when it’s at temperatures between 40℉ and 140℉ — in the food industry, they call it the “Temperature Danger Zone.” If you’re hosting a party, make sure food like dairy-based dips, shrimp or deviled eggs are kept on ice to keep their temperatures under 40℉.Deviled Eggs

Quick tip: fill a cute baking dish with ice and place your bowls or platters with cold food on top of it.

…and Hot Food Hot If you’re serving hot dips — keep them in the slow cooker so you can maintain the safe temperature (140℉). If you’re serving meat, make sure it’s thoroughly cooked (beef and pork should be cooked to 145℉; chicken should be cooked to 165℉) and hot-held at 140℉. Any casseroles and ground meat of any kind should be cooked to 165℉ and held at 140℉. If anything needs to be reheated, it should be reheated to 165℉. If anything has been left at room temperature for more than two hours, throw it away.

Quick tip: Use your oven as a warmer. Set it at 200℉ to keep casseroles warm between plays and it’s not being served.bears-casserole-carrier

If you’re going to a Big Game party and you’re bringing the hot dip or a casserole, there are slow cooker carriers and NFL casserole carriers that will help keep your food hot while you’re traveling.

appetizer-standThink Small Serve dips and snacks in small quantities. There are two reasons for this: 1) you’ll have more control over the serving temperature to keep the food safe — and reduce the risk of it staying at room temperature for too long and 2) you’ll reduce the risk of contaminating items like chips and nuts by having too many hands in the bowls. It’s a little bit more work to continually refill everything, but it’s worth the work if no one gets sick at your party.

We’d all love to be able to serve the food and forget about it to watch the Big Game, but food needs monitoring. Following a few food safety tips will keep your guests healthy and your party successful!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s time for the weekly round up of Lakeside’s favorite picks. This week we’re sharing a random assortment of items we love. From bathroom accessories to novelty NFL gear, we’re covering all our bases this Friday. Take a look!

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Foam Bath Rug Sets

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a bit of a new trend hitting bathroom floors, and we’re all about it. Bath rugs are a must-have item, but so many styles and materials just trap dirt and moisture, causing yet another breeding ground for bacteria. Join the trends and swap out those fuzzy bathroom rugs for these soft and plush foam bath rug sets. You will never look back.

Odor-Absorbing Sniffer

This Odor-Absorbing Sniffer is an adorable way to put an end to foul smells around your house. From backpacks and gym bags to laundry rooms and pet mistakes, these cute stuffed puppies are filled with the odor-absorbing mineral Zeolite. It works much like your typical deodorizing box of baking soda, absorbing odors and reducing bacteria without any chemicals. But, these “sniffers” come in three adorable puppy breeds – German Shepherd, Beagle, and Lab.

Women’s NFL Fan Headbands 

To celebrate the end of the playoffs and the countdown to the big game, we had to include a little NFL gear, right? We really like these cute women’s NFL headbands. They’re fashionable enough to wear to your game day party, but comfortable enough to wear while running errands and cleaning the house. It’s made from football jersey material, so it’s comfortable and breathable. Anything that keeps your hair out of your face is a great addition to you wardrobe, so find your favorite team’s design today.

Cushioned Folding Pet Bed 

What list would be complete without homage to our furry friends? This cozy pet bed is perfect for small-to-medium dogs, and fits snuggly on your living room furniture, keeping pet odors, dirt, and hair off your upholstery, but still letting your pooch enjoy quality time with his human friends. It’s also an amazing travel bed for your pup to enjoy, whether sleeping over at Grandma’s, or taking a car ride up to Yosemite. And, since it’s made from camping chair material, and designed like a butterfly chair, this is an excellent pet bed for camping.

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

Jewelry adds panache to any outfit, but it often has a deeper symbolic meaning that makes it even more precious. A wedding band’s unbroken circle, the timeless sparkle of a diamond engagement ring or a locket worn close to your heart is more than just jewelry; it’s a declaration of love. This week, take a look at what else you can say with jewelry when you shop the Lakeside Collection.

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Clip watches are popular with anyone who needs to keep her hands free. These Stone Inspirational Clip Watches combine the practicality of a clip with the natural beauty of stone. Each stone coordinates with the watch face and has a deeper meaning attached to it. Choose rose quartz to symbolize love, turquoise for protection, purple amethyst for calm or elegant onyx for strength. The back of each watch bears the inspirational message the stone signifies, giving you a psychological or spiritual lift whenever you check the time. Perfect for teachers and nurses, these watches feature a sweeping second hand and a sturdy carabiner clip.Not every message your jewelry sends has to have a deep meaning.

NFL-watch

Wear your NFL team affiliation on your sleeve with Lakeside’s NFL Watch and Wallet Gift Set. These officially licensed watches feature your team’s logo in full color across the watch face and a sporty leather-look strap in stylish black. Handsome silver-tone finishing on the watch bezel and buckle goes with anything from a team jersey to your favorite dress shirt. This set would be a great gift if it were just the watch, but with the bi-fold team logo wallet included, it’s a fantastic present for commemorating a playoff run, celebrating Valentine’s Day or marking a favorite fan’s next birthday.

Birthstone-necklace

Charm jewelry carries many different meanings as unique as the one who wears it. This gorgeous Cupcake Birthstone  Necklace features a lucky birthstone as its focal point, but the other sweet charms make it even more special.The cupcake represents a celebration to honor your birth. The 15-inch chain has a secure clasp and an extender to make it versatile enough to work with any neckline. Whether you wear it with a jewel neck, a turtleneck or your favorite T-shirt, it always makes a beautiful statement.

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What could be more meaningful than the names of the people closest to you? Lakeside’s Personalized Family Bracelet has room for six linked names to encircle your wrist in sleek stainless steel, gold-tone or black. A generous 8 inches long, the bracelet will drape gracefully on the wrist and complement any ensemble. A genuine one-point diamond accentuates the bracelet’s clasp, adding a touch of sparkle to a deeply meaningful piece of family jewelry.

Whether your jewelry tells a story about yourself, your family or your favorite team, what you wear speaks volumes. With Lakeside’s jewelry collection, you’re never at a loss for something beautiful to say with your accessories.

Big Cash Kickoff Sweepstakes — Everything You Need to Know to Get That $500!

Lakeside-sweepstakesWhether you’re a fan of college football, prefer the pros, or just look forward to tailgate parties, you’ll love our Big Cash Kickoff Sweepstakes that could earn you a $500 American Express gift card to use on any of our merchandise. To make your chances of winning even better, we select two lucky winners every day from now through Sept. 16, so that’s $1,000 a day in prizes that you could win!

NFL Gear
It’s no secret that the Lakeside Collection has some of the best NFL gear for your home, and with an extra $500, you could spend it on showing your team spirit. Get a new, licensed NFL grill cover to keep your grill in great shape for backyard barbecues and game-day parties. Is your team set to play postseason games this year? Show your faith in their late-season success with a fleece throw that’s as cozy as it is colorful. Take it to your next outdoor stadium game or tailgating party when temperatures take a dip. You can stock up on all of this and more if you’re one of our sweepstakes winners!

Retail, Remodeling and Holiday Shopping
Of course, you don’t have to be a football fan to score big with our sweepstakes. With an American Express gift card, you can choose how to celebrate your luck. Use your winnings to redo your kitchen decor, pick out that new tool set you’ve been wanting, or invest it in a new library of how-to books. Choose a new fall wardrobe for you or your family, and enjoy the prices and quality you’ll find at Lakeside. Take care of holiday shopping for your friends and family a few months early with an unexpected win. From NFL or college football merchandise to make-up kits, how you spend your prize is up to you.

Enter to Win
Our sweepstakes have been phenomenally popular events, so we’re giving you more ways to enter your name and win. Click here to start.To give everyone a chance to participate, sweepstakes entries are limited to one per day, but you can double your chances of winning when you share the news about the Big Cash Kickoff with your friends. It’s easy to spread the word; just follow the instructions on your entry form after you’ve submitted your entry, and your information will be entered twice for that day’s drawing. If your name is selected as one of our lucky $500 prize winners, we’ll notify you quickly, so you can enjoy your gift card as soon as possible.

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of the new NFL season than with a sweepstakes event. Imagine how much bigger your next barbecue or tailgate party will be with an extra $500 to spend any way you like. For 30 lucky winners, that daydream will come true; enter today, and one of those winners could be you. You might want to get your end-zone celebration dance ready just in case!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

With the first preseason games just a few weeks away, it’s time to get your NFL gear ready! We can’t wait to debate which rookie’s going to have a breakout season, who our coach will cut to get to the final roster and whether this is our team’s year. Whether you wear your team’s gear with pride on game day or go the full fanatic route with home decor in your NFL team’s colors, you’ll find everything you need to show your spirit this season.

Every year brings new hope that this is your team’s season, but whether you’re cheering on one of the predicted favorites or rooting for a long shot, fan support matters. Get the gear that shows your football allegiance, and ignite fan spirit in your friends and family!

NFL-Grill-CoverYou probably don’t need an excuse to have a weekend barbecue, but a Sunday afternoon football game is a great one if you do. Make sure your grill’s ready for the big day with an official NFL grill cover in your favorite team’s logo and colors. The vinyl covers prevent rust and keep your grill station at the ready for burgers, hot dogs or anything else your hungry game-day crowd demands. Roomy enough to protect a family-size grill, the cover opens to a full 68 inches. Like Darrelle Revis on Julio Jones, this handsome grill accessory provides complete coverage.

NFL-Party-CupsEarly-season games are perfect for parties while the weather’s still warm. Keep your football crowd cool with icy drinks in stylish, shatter-resistant NFL cups. Big 20-ounce cups hold enough to last until halftime, and matching coasters protect your furniture. The dishwasher-safe cups are made of insulating polypropylene that won’t break or fade. Your team’s logo stays as bright and clean as your quarterback’s jersey when his front linemen do their jobs right.Why keep your team spirit to yourself when you could show everyone on your block how excited you are for football season?

NFL-BuntingsLine your balcony, porch or deck with these NFL decorations designed for indoor or outdoor use. Each nylon bunting measures more than 4 feet across at its top and has a trio of grommets to hold it in place no matter where you decide to hang it. While it looks great draped on a railing or hanging from eaves, it also makes an excellent indoor decoration for your next game-day party. If you’re a major fan, you don’t even need to wait for a party to fly your team’s colors; hang buntings behind your TV or on the walls of your rec room. For a boy or girl who’s a big football fan, it’s sturdy and colorful room decor.NFL football always makes our list of favorite things, and this season’s no exception. We think it’s all right to go a little wild in showing your team spirit. After all, the word “fan” comes from “fanatic,” so go ahead and promise to wear only black and gold on Sundays for the rest of the Saints’ season, or put that cheese wedge on your head in honor of your Packers. When it’s football season, that’s normal!

Buyers’ Picks – Items We Love: Coleman® NFL Chair

Our buyer pick this week is from our Sporting Goods buyer, Drew. This is a great pick for the upcoming Labor Day weekend as well as the upcoming football season. Here’s what Drew had to say about his pick:

Two legendary American brands combine for 1 awesome tailgate item; Coleman® and the NFL.

My favorite and essential tailgate item is my Bears chair. It’s sturdy and strong enough to last me through many football seasons, while also comfortable and practical to last through the game.  Bright colors and bold logos tell everyone who I’m rooting for.  We are just about 30 miles north of Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears and as a lifelong Bears fan I never tailgate without bringing the Coleman® Bears chairs.  It just has everything a professional tailgater can ask for.

Fanatics Welcome

We have a brand new shop on the Lakeside Collection homepage, the Fan Shop!  This shop is where you can find all our licensed merchandise.  We carry licensed NFL, MLB and collegiate gear.  The timing of this shop launch could not be more perfect with football season just around the corner, kids leaving for college and baseball season heading into the playoffs soon!  Below are a few of my favorite unique items that will help you show your fandom in a fun way.  For more selection check out the Fan Shop on Lakeside.com.

 

Women’s NFL Knee-High Socks, Collegiate Team Pride Wall Art, Set of 4 MLB™ Frosted Pub Glasses

License and Registration, Please

“License and Registration” are not words you usually like to hear. But when you are shopping, those two words mean a lot. Unfortunately they also usually mean premium prices. Did you know Lakeside has tons of Licensed and Trademark Registered products for sale at unbelievable prices? Everything from Disney and Sesame Street, to Ford and I Love Lucy. These are not just goofy signs with a single character picture or a quote. There is quite a selection of different products including Kellogg’s cereal flavored lip balms, Captain Morgan throws and Breakfast at Tiffany’s coaster sets.

And nowhere does the term ‘licensed’ mean more than in sports. Lakeside also offers a variety of MLB Trademarked pub glasses, mugs and ornaments. Or for the football fans Official NFL car mats, playing cards and even toasters! These items make the perfect unique gift for the fanatic in your life.

Prepare for Football season with NFL gear

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Are you ready for Football season? It’s finally among us. Last week the first games started. We have a great selection of officially licensed NFL products that are high quality and great for gifts. For the worker or for any household project you might check out the NFL Tool belts, made out of heavy duty material to withstand the  construction site. It does include a holder for a full sized framing hammer and comes in the most popular 12 teams in the NFL.

For your kids you might look at the NFL Helmet coin bank. Encourage your younger ones to save money (which is finally starting to become popular once again).  Unlike some coin banks, these have no calculators on them, which helps your child learn how to count money faster. At only $7.95 each, these make great birthday giveaways or a prize for getting an “A” on the report card.