In the news…my Super Bowl Party tips with Super Pro Bowl star, Ovie Mughelli

This just in…forgive the out of order sequence this week but I had to share today’s article in the AJC on my Super Bowl Party tips with Super Pro Bowl star & #2 Eco-Athlete, Ovie Mughelli.

Super Bowl party tips — with a little help from a Falcon

By Melissa Ruggieri

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli can often be found outside – not tossing around a pigskin, but barbecuing some.

Whether it’s ribs, chicken, hot dogs or vegetables, it’s getting flamed, usually by Mughelli. Unless it’s raining or snowing.

“Then,” he said with a chuckle, “I get somebody else to do it.”

But this Sunday, the Pro Bowl standout responsible for one of the seven touchdowns scored by the NFC in last weekend’s gridiron showcase, isn’t worrying about how many packages of Nathan’s Famous to buy – he’s in Dallas to attend Super Bowl XLV.

Still, Mughelli has hosted his share of game day parties and described them as low-key affairs shared with a few close friends.

“Even if I’m not [playing] in it, it’s just fun to see the greatest game in the greatest sport. All the pomp and circumstance and the crowd. As a football player, we know how electric a crowd can be,” Mughelli said Tuesday from Dallas. “You still feel that way even if you’re home. I get goose bumps watching every Super Bowl. To see the guys’ passion…you feel like you’re transported through the TV screen.”

When he is prepping for a super shindig, Mughelli has a couple of essentials – his Smushion, the memory foam mini-ottoman created by Georgia Tech graduate Eric Elan that Mughelli said helps his back and holds his remote, and the phone number for April Trigg of Atlanta’s Eventologie.

The event planner has a playbook of Super Bowl party ideas, from creating guacamole helmets (scoop out the insides of a lime, scoop in a bite of guac and top with two tortilla chips) to setting up a tater tot bar.

But Mughelli calls on Trigg, whose company specializes in environmentally conscious party ideas, for more basic necessities, such as organizing plates and napkins.

“I want to make sure the party goes the way I want,” he said. “I don’t have a wife or a girlfriend, so I need a little help every now and then.”

Trigg provided her list of party suggestions, but first, one more question for Mughelli.

Packers or Steelers?

“Green Bay. Being an ex-[Baltimore] Raven, I still have a lot of angst toward the Steelers,” Mughelli said.

Pause.

“And it will feel a whole lot better if it turns out we got beaten by the Super Bowl champs.”

Some party ideas from April Trigg, the “ecotainer” CEO of Eventologie:

  • Turn your dining room or pool table into a “field of food.” Cover the table with green felt or plywood, then pull strips of athletic tape vertically across it to emulate yard lines.
  • Chowders and chilis are a low-maintenance way to feed a lot of guests. Try naming the items, such as Tom Brady’s New England Clam Chowder.
  • Serve boneless chicken wings on a field of celery. Line a rectangular platter with evenly cut celery stalks, ribbed side up with every third piece “boat” side up. In those pieces, drizzle ranch or bleu cheese dressing to look like lines on the football field.
  • For the kids, score some football or helmet cookie cutters and create mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, paninis or, of course, cookies.
  • Freeze colored ice cubes in yellow and green (if you’re a Cheesehead) or black and yellow (if you’re a believer in the Steel Curtain).
  • Whip up a batch of Texas-style Bloody Marys (www.grouprecipe.com) in honor of the Super Bowl taking place in the Lone Star State.

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