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Substitution time: 7 Super Bowl party alternatives

Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertaining

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According to the NFL, last year's Super Bowl LVI amassed a viewing audience of around 208 million. But for all the millions of households that tune into one of the nation’s most popular televised events, some of us are simply uninterested.

Whether you’re either not into football, bitter because your team didn’t make it to the final two or just plain not wanting to tune into LVII this year, don’t fear. Take a look at these seven big-game alternatives instead.

Souper bowl

As winter snow and rain continue to pummel most states, the air remains chilly. Rather than warming up with a popular Super Bowl menu item such as chili, for those anti-Super-Bowl watchers, hosting a souper bowl is the perfect toasty, tasty substitute.

Visit Love & Lemons (loveandlemons.com) for seasonal soup favorites like Butternut Squash Soup with three pounds of butternut squash, onion, fresh sage, garlic, ginger, rosemary and a vegetable broth base, topped with chopped parsley, toasted pepitas and ground black pepper. Include some fresh sourdough bread bowls and soft focaccia bread. Bust out a few board games like Blank Slate — perfect for the new year — inviting players to predict and match which word best completes a phrase of a fellow player.

 

Cereal bowl

Some people may be chomping at the bit to barrel into the new year, running shoes dusted off and new duds ready to don to the world. But others, who in addition to their football rebellion, may also feel less "full steam ahead." In this case, the cereal bowl is the perfect party gathering.

Invite anyone seeking (or perhaps are in need of) a slowdown to suit up in their coziest pajamas, favorite cereal in hand, and head to your house. As host, provide a variety of cereal toppers — milk, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk — ready for pouring. Either pick a new movie or show to stream and don’t forget extra pillows, blankets and beanbags for optimal lounging.

Better-luck-next-year bowl

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