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If you're having friends or family over for a snack or a meal and looking for inspiration, RO*TEL delivers some unique ideas to kick up the fun. From themes to food pairings to hosting tips, it's all here.

FOOTBALL FANFARE

If it's game time, it's party time. Here's a menu filled with fun and easy dishes to serve at the next time the home team hits the gridiron.

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Top Ten Party Ideas
  1. WESTERN THEME

    Turn your home into a Dude Ranch, complete with barnyard animals, sheriff's badges, cowboy hats, and wanted posters. Need we remind you to load your music player up with country music? Yippee Ki-Yay! Check out this recipe:

    Cowboy Nachos >
  2. OKTOBERFEST

    Celebrate this fall tradition anytime of year by pretending you're in Bavaria. Blue and white are the official Oktoberfest colors. Lederhosen and dirndls are appropriate as is roasted pork, sausages, sauerkraut and plenty of beer. This recipe is a sure fit:

    Sausage Fiesta Bake >
  3. ITALIAN

    Make your guests an offer they can't refuse. Tempt them with fabulous Italian dishes, red and white checker cloth tables, candles in Chianti bottles and let the moon hit your eye like a big-a pizza pie. Here's a pie that delivers a twist:

    Mexican Pizza >
  4. 60'S PARTY

    Feeling groovy? Get out the tie-dye and get in touch with your inner hippie.
    Think peace signs, Woodstock, headbands and bell-bottoms. It was a time when fondue was all the rage, along with cocktail weenies. You'll dig this recipe:

    Sweet and Spicy Meatball Appetizer >
  5. TEA PARTY

    You may think a classical tea party is old-fashioned, but it's a great excuse for good conversation, great apps and warm beverages. You don't even have to serve tea. Try coffee, green tea or herbal brews. This appetizer sets just the right mood:

    Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas >
  6. HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

    Great for the Oscars, Emmys or any award show, this is a night where the dresses are long and the dinner jackets are white. Roll out the Red Carpet and have your kids play paparazzi throughout the night. Capture the spotlight with this recipe:

    Chicken Diablo >
  7. LUAU

    Make a tropical Hawaiian feast in your backyard by wrapping your buffet table in a grass skirt, serving tiki drinks with tiny umbrellas, playing limbo games and asking guests to arrive in Hawaiian shirts. Say "Aloha" with this recipe:

    Fish Tacos >
  8. BLACK & WHITE

    Costumes work well for this one, but you have to tell your guests weather to dress casual or formal. Decorations must support the theme along with your invitation. Have a few extra black and white pieces of clothing on hand just in case. This recipe will fill the bill:

    Chicken Diablo >
  9. MEDIEVAL MANOR

    King of the county…Lord of the manor…Queen of the castle? Be the master of your domain and party like it's 1599. Welcome wizards, wenches, knights and jesters into your manor as you rule from the throne.
    This recipe will do the trick:

    Creamy Tomato Potato Soup >
  10. ALTER-EGO PARTY

    Dress as a punk rocker if you're conservative. Outlandish? Come as a nun. You can have so much fun with this one. You know so much more about your friends when you discover their "inner secret identity". Kick your party into gear with this recipe:

    Fiesta 7 Layer Dip Guacamole >
Gather Around

Friends and family may compliment your grilling skills, but it's time you gave ordinary grilling fare some flare with RO*TEL.

  • HAMBURGERS

    Mix 1 can drained RO*TEL with 1 pound ground beef. Shape into patties and grill.

  • CHILI

    Give your favorite chili recipe some game by adding a can or two for extra zip.

  • QUESADILLAS

    Grill marks give the tortilla a little flavor, add RO*TEL to your recipe and let the good times roll.

  • CHICKEN PACKETS

    Roasting in heavy foil keeps chicken moist and delicious. Top with mixture of corn, RO*TEL and black beans, seal and grill until chicken temperature reach 165°F your chicken peppers and onions over and open flame adding a can or two for extra zip.

CROCK POT QUESO

Cut 32 oz. Velveeta cheese into cubes, add to slow cooker along with 2 cans RO*TEL. (For extra kick use "Hot".) Turn on high, until cheese melts. Turn heat to low. Get out the tortilla chips. Turn on the game. Then kick back and savor the delicious spiciness of this addictive cheesy concoction.

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A HEAP OF HOSTING TIPS
  1. TIP #1: PROPANE

    If you're throwing a BBQ, make sure you have a full can of propane on hand. Just in case. This will save you from running to the store in the middle of a party or gathering.

  2. TIP #2: ICE

    You can never have enough ice at a party. Make or buy double what you think you will need. That way your guest won't be stuck sipping warm beverages.

  3. TIP #3: WEATHER

    If you're throwing a party outdoors, check the forecast. If it looks iffy, make sure you have a back up and relay that to your guests ahead of time.

  4. TIP #4: PRE-PARTY PREP

    If you're serving meat, start marinating the night before. Chop vegetables early and store. Food safety should be observed so store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods and beverages.

  5. TIP #5: SIMPLIFY

    It's better to serve a few really good apps than a bunch of so-so ones. Curtail your beverage menu as well. Be sure you have sufficient sodas and bottled water for children and designated drivers.