Boboli(R) Pizza Pairs Up with Hostess with the Mostess to Entertain with Ease This Football Season

Lifestyle Expert Jennifer Sbranti Offers Her Top Tips for Football-Themed Fetes

Jan 20, 2010, 14:00 ET from Boboli Pizza

HORSHAM, Pa., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Boboli® Pizza has teamed up with party professional and football fanatic, the Hostess with the Mostess, Jennifer Sbranti, to help home entertainers make the most of their sport soirees. Jennifer has created 10 fun and simple get-together guidelines and a custom Boboli pizza recipe, perfect for putting the pep into your party just in time for the big game.

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The popular Hostess with the Mostess Web site features regularly updated content including party themes, recipes, entertaining 101, product recommendations and a blog.

"Jennifer truly is a 'Hostess with the Mostess,'" said Liza Leszczuk, Boboli Brand Manager. "Each day in her postings, she shows readers how to spice up their home entertaining in truly original ways.  Jennifer developed really innovative hostessing ideas for Boboli pizza and football fans."

"I'm a big fan of any delicious foods that also help speed up party preparation, like Boboli pizza crusts," said Jennifer.  "Setting up a Boboli pizza buffet line, featuring a variety of toppings and crusts, is easy for any hostess. This allows guests to pick their own toppings to get exactly what they want, and importantly, have fun doing it!"

Boboli Pizza Crusts are a valuable and versatile ingredient for a variety of dishes, from savory gourmet appetizers to delicious and decadent dessert pies, making it the gastronomic game day touchdown.  Perfect for tailgating, the Boboli brand is also a mouth-watering option for customized grilled pizzas.  For recipes or more information, visit www.bobolifootball.com.



Hostess with the Mostess's Spinach & Garlic Boboli Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

1 Boboli® Thin Pizza Crust

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3 oz feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

6 oz fresh spinach leaves

1 package sliced provolone cheese



Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Brush the pizza crust with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. In a medium frying pan, saute chopped garlic cloves in remainder of olive oil for about a minute. Next, add the spinach to the garlic and stir until wilted. Sprinkle feta evenly over the pizza crust, then top with the garlic and spinach mixture. Cover the pizza evenly with slices of provolone, then sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the crust starts to brown. Cut into slices and enjoy!

10 entertaining tips from Hostess with the Mostess to help you throw an MVP – Most Valuable Party!

Big Game Table Cover

Turn your game day buffet into a football field! Cover the table with green felt, fabric or a grass-themed table cover from your local supply store. Next, create the yard lines and end zones, by adding strips of white ribbon, duct tape or paint.  Miniature football player action figures are available at toy stores, and can be placed all over the tablecloth or in the middle, as a centerpiece.

True Colors Shine Through

Find creative ways to incorporate team colors into everything from the decor to the drinks. Hang up colorful paper lanterns, pennants, banners and team jerseys, and serve bottled sports drinks and sodas reflective of the team colors. Use opposing team colors on opposite sides of the room, or just stick to one team if you're partial one way or the other!

Partyware & Penalty Flags

Play up the theme with partyware that features a football motif or your favorite team's logo, along with bright yellow napkins reminiscent of "penalty flags". (Just make sure guests know where to throw the "flags" when they're done!)

Bring the Tailgate Home

Tailgating is synonymous with big football games for most people, so it's a great idea to recreate that same energetic vibe at home. Chill and display bottled drinks and sodas in ice-filled coolers, serve up your favorite tailgate-style foods, have soft footballs on hand for guests to toss around during commercial breaks and bring in some outdoor lawn chairs or tailgating chairs for extra seating in the living room.

On The Menu

Finger foods and small bites are always crowd pleasers at football parties and allow your guests to graze throughout the game at their own pace. Opt for recipes that are both delicious and easy, and can be customized to personal preference, like Boboli Pizza. Create a buffet line featuring different pizza toppings and Boboli Pizza Crusts – I like the 100% Whole Wheat variety because it tastes great and is good for you, too. Then let each guest have fun making their own pizzas!

Get in the Game on Food Presentation

For example, serve guacamole in a rectangular dish, then add sour cream "yard lines" on top to create the look of a football field, or pipe ketchup and mustard "laces" onto mini hot dogs. For dessert, decorate chocolate cupcakes with grass-green frosting and a mini chocolate or candy football. To create candy footballs, press two unwrapped caramel squares together, mold them into the shape of a football with your fingers, then pipe white frosting laces on top!

What to Pour

In addition to the tried-and-true staples like soda, serve up two special "signature drinks" at the party – one for each contending team. Choose recipes that coordinate with each team's colors, or give the drinks a creative name like the "Defense Daiquiris" or "Sweet and Sour Scramble."

Involve Everyone with Activities

Plan some fun activities for your guests. Football crossword puzzles and word searches can be found easily online, and football charades are an engaging activity for younger children. Print out a quiz related to the game, and include some questions you don't need football knowledge to answer correctly, like what team will win the coin toss. Give out prizes to the winners.

Let Guests "Play" Too

Set out some fun and inexpensive novelty game gear for guests to "play" with during the game. Things like ref whistles, foam fingers, football maracas, red challenge flags, yellow penalty flags and even football-shaped sunglasses and hats are perfect choices... and make for fantastic party pictures!

Guests Show Their Team Spirit

Ask guests to come dressed in their favorite team's colors or in "game theme" - as a football player, cheerleader or "fanatical fan". And don't forget to dress up yourself, too! Referee attire is a great fit for the host. Be sure to capture it all on camera!

About Boboli

Boboli products were created to simplify the pizza-making process and ensure that food lovers everywhere can easily enjoy great-tasting pizza.  The versatility and great taste of Boboli makes every homemade meal, dessert or snack delectable.

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