The countdown to Super bowl XLVI in Indianapolis is underway, Snappeners, and we’re mapping out the perfect game plan for your big game-day party! Super Bowl Sunday is one of the top at-home party days of the year—a celebration not only reserved for football fanatics – and 2012 is no exception, especially since it’s celebrated right here in Indianapolis. Some party-goers may not be the biggest football fans, but who doesn’t love the excuse to get together with friends to yell, cheer and eat to their heart’s content (sorry, diet—high fat and finger licking are on the menu!)?

It’s game time—so suit up to plan and execute your flawless Super Bowl 2012 party in Indianapolis. Set, hike!

 
Super Bowl Snacks: A touchdown for the tastebuds.

Don’t understand plays, stats and all that football jargon? Here is one concept we all understand on Super Bowl Sunday: an enormous, all-American appetite. Consider these sinful recipes for your Super Bowl party in Indianapolis:

•    Loaded Tacos Potato Skins
Bake 4 large potatoes directly on the oven rack at 350 degrees for one hour. Let cool, then cut lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Brush both sides with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Bake, skin-side up, at 450 degrees until crisp (about 15 minutes). Add your favorite team toppings: shredded chicken mixed with taco seasoning, queso, sour cream, salsa, pickled jalapenos and cilantro. Score!
•    Guacamole
A simple game day classic! Peel and mash two avocados in a medium serving bowl. Chop and stir in one onion, one garlic, a tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.

Not much of a cook? Look no further than some of the tastiest options and simple menu tips from Indianapolis’ beloved restaurant venue Ruth’s Chris Steak House! Perfect for tailgating at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium or for serving in your living room party!

A few foodie tips to consider before things get messy:

•    The key to a successful Super Bowl spread is simple, portable foods. A buffet is your only option—no one wants to be seated at a table when there’s a television to scream at.
•    Prepare and refrigerate dishes with plenty of time to spare—then get out there and cheer your team to victory!

•    While all munchies should be within arm’s reach of the TV, consider setting up a room for serious football fans who don’t want to be distracted by the idle chatter that often surrounds a buffet table.
Sunday Funday: Hoosier Super Bowl cocktails.

It’s not every day that the Super Bowl is right here in Indianapolis! Why not grab a quick drink at a favorite local haunt before, during or after the festivities?

•    The Ball & Biscuit

And for your at-home festivities, whip up a cocktail with a sporty twist! Try South Park Punch – a blend of Southern Comfort, Aperol and Ommegang Hennepin Farmhous Saison. Cheers!

Game Day Décor

We know decorating to the nines is not exactly at the top of your man’s party to-do list. But don’t shy from a little game-day ambiance! Think simple: plastic table cloths with team colors, mini footballs lying around, confetti, your team’s flag adorning the wall. Don’t knock yourself out, though—most guests will be far more impressed with the clear reception on your TV!

Off the Field: Planning outside your home.

Looking to bring your Super Bowl party right into the hub of the action in Indianapolis? Consider endless Indianapolis event venuesfor large groups or rent out a private space to watch the game. And keep in mind that the Indianapolis Convention Center is officially hosting all Super Bowl 2012 events. Out-of-towners should take advantage of its amenities: 4,700 hotel rooms connected via skywalk and more than 200 restaurants and Circle Centre Mall within walking distance.

What are your life-size party-planning ideas for Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis? Share with other Snappening fans on Facebook orTwitter – then prepare for victory!