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, 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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Kid-friendly Barbecue Ideas for Labor Day

bbq-familyJust two weeks until Labor Day — our last long weekend of summer to enjoy with the kids. While we’re getting the grill ready for spectacular burgers and filling the cooler with adult beverages, the kids deserve a little culinary attention, too. To make it a family friendly, we put together a list of  kid-friendly barbecue ideas for Labor Day.

Hobo Hack Hobo dinners are fun for camping, but you can do them in your backyard, too! You may choose to get a burger off the grill, but there’s something about having an individual meal wrapped and cooked on its own that intrigues kids. It makes things easy for you, as well — they’re easy to make ahead and cleanup is a snap! There are many meals you can make in a foil packet — check out a few ideas from The Art of Manliness.

Tortilla Temptations There aren’t many kids who can turn down a quesadilla — cheese wit or without chicken, the quesadilla is a solution for the picky eater and the eager grill master. They’re as easy to throw on the grill as they are to throw on a skillet. Quick tip: to make sure the cheese and chicken stay intact, assemble and fold them in the kitchen and microwave the for about 20 seconds — just enough time to make everything stick together so they won’t fall apart before they hit the grill.

pizza#1 Nosh Pizza is the cure-all for any kids’ meal and there’s no reason they can’t have it for a cookout. Pre-baked crusts is the best way to execute — top it with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni, slide it on the grill and cover it until the cheese is bubbly. Quick tip: make sure to lightly oil the grill before you put the pizza on.

Farm Fave You can’t have a cookout without summer sweet corn! It’s a favorite for kids and adults alike and that you don’t have to heat up the kitchen to enjoy it makes it an entertainer’s favorite as well.

Scrumptious Sides Using the idea of a hobo dinner, make those French fries your kids beg for! Take frozen fries, toss them with a little bit of vegetable oil and salt. Then, using aluminum foil, make a little bowl to hold them and throw on the grill. It takes about a half-hour to get them crispy, but it’s worth the wait. If your kids need a little extra flavor, throw some cheese on top of the fries for the last five or so minutes of cooking.bbq-collection

Summer Sweets A Labor Day cookout isn’t complete without a peach dish! But you don’t have to make a pie or cobbler for your kids to enjoy them; throwing them on the grill gives you all the peachy goodness they need. All you have to do is slice them in half, remove the pits and put them cut-side-down on the grill. When they have grill marks, they’re ready for a scoop of ice cream in the middle to serve as a mini-peach sundae.

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