Okay, football fans: This is the big one.

The Big Game comes but once a year. And when it does, you need to be ready. Plenty of friends, and plenty of food. This is going to be great.

Set the mood.

Maybe you spread out a stadium blanket on your buffet table. Or even some AstroTurf. Set out a football—or a few—as a centerpiece. Maybe a helmet, if you have one. Hang up some pennant flags or fan gear. Jerseys. Foam fingers. You get the idea.

This game works up an appetite.

Yelling, jumping up and down, and vigorous high-fiving can really take it out of a fan. So you’ll want to make sure you offer your guests plenty to eat, from the first notes of the Star-Spangled Banner all the way to the final seconds of the game. Fortunately, watching the Big Game at home means that you have the convenience of a full kitchen. So you have much more flexibility and options than when you’re preparing food outside of a stadium.

Serve food with football flair.

Consider using serving ware and napkins with your team’s colors. If you have a nearby Publix Bakery, you can order a cake with that same palette. Or you could just bake up some chocolate cupcakes and use a bit of white icing to create stitching so they look like little footballs. For dozens of great (and easy!) game-day recipes, look here.

Publix platters are always a winning play.

If your neighborhood Publix has opened, be sure to use our Online Easy Ordering to pick a peck of platters. Just order 24 hours in advance, pick up your platters on game day, and watch the crowd go wild. We have hundreds of platters to choose from, so it’s never too early to start checking out your choices.

Whichever team you end up rooting for, this Big Game is sure to be a big deal. Plan a feast, invite the gang over, and prepare for an epic experience.