Where to Eat on the East End during Super Bowl Sunday LIII

Whether your favorite football team is in the Super Bowl or not, it’s still a fun day for good food, good drinks, good football and good times. These East End bars are the perfect lineup for Super Bowl Sunday, making you the MVP of your friend group.

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5 Tips and Tricks to Prepare for The Big Game

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Are you thinking about your preparations for The Big Game in early February? My family and I always look forward to one of our favorite days in sports. Each year, close family and friends come together to celebrate, bringing some of their own homemade dishes and party accessories. We always make it an all-day affair and do our shopping a few days ahead of time.

This year, we are hosting The Big Game Celebration. As my readers, I invite you in to our home to see how we organize and prepare in advance for The Big Game from bathroom readiness and essentials to creating an organized, hassle free Game Day food spread.

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HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray Review and Giveaway

I received free product and a store gift card in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and content are my own.

When it comes to celebrating the holidays and time with family and friends, I like to keep the prep time as easy and quick as possible, especially while raising and taking care of two young children under the age of four. To allow me that extra time and peace of mind, I look to ready-made party trays that have exactly what I love to enjoy. HORMEL Gatherings® has the perfect Party Tray that is versatile for all types of events from football games and tailgate parties, to holiday gatherings and family get togethers. I recently had the opportunity to review their Supreme Party Tray with hard Salami and Pepperoni.

The HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray was very easy to find at my local Stop n’ Shop. They are sold at most major grocery retailers including Walmart, Target and Shoprite. The 28 oz. tray includes HORMEL® Hard Salami, HORMEL® Genoa Salami, Sargento® Pepper Jack Cheese, Sargento® Colby Jack Cheese, Round Crispy Crackers, and Assorted Pitted Olives.

Your party tray should be kept refrigerated until ready to enjoy. Each product inside is individually packed for freshness. Just open and use the party tray to serve or transfer to a serving dish. My family, who was visiting for Thanksgiving, could hardly resist digging in to the meats, olives, crackers, and cheeses. Everything was very tasty and fresh. The meat was a bit on the salty side, so keep plenty of water and a variety of refreshments nearby. Keep those glasses full!

The crackers were buttery and flaky, and the olives were my most favorite. I love marinated black olives and am usually not a fan of green olives. I tried these green olives and was impressed with the taste. It did not have that usual harsh bite to them and were quite mellow tasting, which I prefer. I little bit of a sweet and savory combination with a soft aftertaste.

For storing if you have some leftover after your event, I recommend separating the crackers and storing in a plastic bag on your counter as they may become soggy stored in the fridge. We had a lot of fun enjoying our HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray. There were five of us who were able to finish two-thirds of the tray. We wanted to save room for our light supper a couple of hours afterward. I recommend the Party Tray for 6-10 guests, depending upon how hungry everyone is.

The Supreme Party Tray cost just under $10 at Stop n’ Shop. The prices will vary depending upon the size of the tray and retailer.

I would love to for TWO of my readers to WIN their own HORMEL GATHERINGS® Supreme Party Tray coupon (up to a $15 value). Enter below. The giveaway ends Thursday, December 7th at 11:59pm EST. Both winners will be drawn randomly the next morning. Please note that the coupon expires 1/31/18.