Ring in the New Year with the Rose Bowl
Like any holiday, New Years day means different things for different people. For some, January 1 means nursing a hangover and attempting to get out of bed before noon. For others, the beginning of the new year is a time for resolutions, reflections and of course, football. Gathering with friends and family to watch the Rose Bowl football game (and maybe the parade before) is the perfect way to ring in the new year.
The Rose Parade and Bowl game have been national New Year's traditions since their conception before the turn of the century. And while these two stereotypically opposite ideas – roses and muscle-bulging football players – seem an unlikely pairing, Americans have been loyally watching parade and play-by-play since 1902 when the first football game was added after the parade as entertainment for the parade-goers.
This year, as Penn State and University of Southern California face off in Pasadena for the 120th Rose Parade, why not invite friends to spend the afternoon munching and lounging. Here are a couple party ideas and themes you might want to use to entertain (or use as a test-run for your big Super Bowl party coming up!). The game begins at 4:30 PM EST, don't miss it!
Just the Basics - Some crowds just don't want anything but their traditional football routine. Brats. Wings. Beer. Repeat. Here are some recipes that won't fail.
Football Fiesta – An easy way to feed a big crowd is with Mexican food like tacos, rice, salsa and guacamole. Certainly not your typical football fare, but it's a fun change.
Everything's Coming Up Roses - In the spirit of the day, why not try to incorporate the fleur du jour into your cooking as well? You can be very creative with this and take the theme literally or metaphorically. Because the flower of the rose tends to have a sweeter taste, it's easier to use in desserts, but as you can see, the possibilities are endless!
Aromatic Blossom Butter (serve with a crusty bread or crackers)
A few other "rosy" ideas:
- Use radish roses to decorate the tray of a cold cuts platter
- Choose a seasonal fruit like kiwi, strawberries or clementines to make a fruit bouquet. Cut and peel the fruit accordingly to look flower-shaped. Use wooden skewers to stick the fruit in and arrange in a vase on the table for guests to take. If you feel really adventurous, pair each flower with a chocolate leaf.