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AOL: Make the Internet and Sissy Biggers's Four Quarter Strategy Part of Your Playbook.

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DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 30, 2002

Are You Ready for Some Football???

Score a Touchdown On Game Day by Planning 'The Big Easy' Super

Bowl Party

Whether your tailgating in your driveway, or celebrating in your home, throwing a Super Bowl party can be just as competitive as the game itself. For many, the question is not who will win the big game...it's simply who will throw the best party? This Sunday, February 3rd is the big day, and although you might think time is running short, the Internet can help you prepare a fun, festive and flavorful party in no time.

A Super Bowl get-together is the top at-home party of the year, surpassing even New Year's Eve, according to a survey conducted by the American Institute of Food Distribution. Second only to Thanksgiving, Americans consume more food during the Super Bowl than at any other time of the year. An estimated 14,500 tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn and a whopping 8 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every year on Super Bowl Sunday.

Any good host knows that the ultimate Super Bowl bash involves more than chips and beer. Sissy Biggers, AOL's Entertaining Advisor, can help you throw the perfect Super Bowl party, with the following entertaining tips that are sure to score a touchdown with your family and friends.

Sissy's Four Quarter Strategy for Super Bowl Entertaining

Includes:

1) Save Time and Plan Online: There are tons of resources on the Internet to help you plan a Super Bowl party your guests will never forget. Services like AOL, CompuServe, Netscape and others offer recipes, player statistics, football trivia, local information and more. AOL Keyword: Super Bowl offers a variety of these offerings to make your party more fun for your guests.

2) Virtual Invitations: It's never too late to invite friends with "virtual" invitations! AOL Keyword: Invitations provides a variety of football-specific designs where you can add your own personal message. By sending invitations online, you save money on stamps and you make it easy for your guests to RSVP, by simply clicking a button.

3) Make Food and Drink a Priority: No matter who wins the game, your guests will want to fill their bellies with great food and drink. Get creative this year, and serve your guests a New Orleans tradition - mint julep cocktails. Another helpful tip is to clear out your refrigerator ahead of time, so that your beverages will be cool to serve come game day. In addition to the standard chips and dips (which are a must), a great way to incorporate the football theme into your Super Bowl spread is to serve "pigskins in a blanket" on a bed of wheat grass, or fashion kebab skewers with cheese cubes and serve them in a Nerf football. Since the Super Bowl is in New Orleans, you can add a dash of Creole flavor to spicy chicken thighs (meatier and more satisfying than the wing). If cooking isn't your thing...AOL Keyword: Local Super Bowl can direct you to the best take out your hometown has to offer.

4) Have Fun with Decorations: Super Bowl Sunday is one of the few days where kitsch is in! While football shaped chip and dip trays are standard, why not add a little patriotic influence? As a nod to the New England Patriots, use red, white and blue paper products to serve your food (all disposable and easy to cleanup). Football shaped pinatas are also a great party item, especially for those frustrated guests whose teams aren't scoring. Make your spread exciting by purchasing a swatch of indoor/outdoor carpet, otherwise known as turf, to use as a table cloth. Your main dish can rest right on the 50 yard line!

About Sissy Biggers

In addition to serving as AOL's Entertaining Advisor, Biggers is a frequent contributor to such programs as the "Today Show" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show". This former host of the Food Network's popular game show, "Ready Set Cook!," also collaborates with Meredith Publishing for their Better Homes & Gardens publications.

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