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Recipe for a Super Party this Sunday

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A key ingredient for a comfortable space is a multifunctional piece like the Archivist Cocktail Ottoman, great for propping feet, snacks and drinks. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Recipe for a Super Football Party

Whether you are hosting a big gathering of friends or planning to enjoy the game with your family, we all know where America’s televisions will be tuned this Sunday evening. Here’s our formula for a perfect event: create a comfy setting, serve some delicious snacks, then sit back and enjoy with your favorite peeps.

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Mini chicken sliders are super easy and sure to be a hit. Bake breaded chicken strips (traditional, buffalo flavored, or both), then cut to fit on mini buns. Dress them up with lettuce, tomato and cheese and make spicy mayo and mustard available nearby.

Ingredients for Super Style

The recipe for enjoyable game watching together is really simple. Just blend good seating (chair + sofa or an inviting sectional), a place for the TV (an entertainment center or media console) and somewhere to put your feet or prop your snacks (a cocktail ottoman or table). Rule number one for hosting any event: make sure you have enough seating. Nothing’s more awkward than being in someone’s home and trying to snack while balancing a plate and drink.

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A leather club chair may be the ultimate seating for the Big Game. Photo: Luna Swivel Tub Chair by Bradington-Young.

Both Panthers fans and Bronco enthusiasts can agree that the Bradington-Young Luna Swivel Tub Chair is the epitome of comfort. Just know that you may not be able to get guests out of this sumptuous seat.

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The Morgan sectional by Sam Moore is perfect for a relaxed party setting.

Sectional sofas are a fun and cozy solution for maximizing seating in a room, especially for a party. Just add a cocktail table or ottoman, and you’re set.

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A secret ingredient for creating a comfortable party is a multifunctional piece like the Archivist Cocktail Ottoman. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Ottomans like the Archivist provide extra seating, a place for a drink tray, and a comfy spot for putting your feet up.

Entertainment furniture like the Sorella Four-Piece Wall Group and the Studio 7H Park City Entertainment Console makes TV viewing more stylish and gives a custom furniture look.

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The Sorella Four-Piece Wall Group is designed to satisfy both “his” and “her” design requirements. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

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For a more TV and less furniture look, you can’t go wrong with the Studio 7H Park City Entertainment Console. It’s streamlined styling gives a nod to vintage design, while staying current. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Snacks that Score

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Get creative with your presentation by creating individual servings of popular snacks. They give simple recipes panache and make it easier for guests to eat. Try filling clear party cups with crowd-pleasers such as layered taco dip, flavored popcorn, or ranch and blue cheese dressings paired with fresh veggies for dipping. Image: bhg.com

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Make a big impression with little effort by cutting your already cooked brownies into football shapes. Time-saving tip: line your baking dish with parchment paper for easier brownie removal, and be sure to wait until they are completely cool before cutting. Then finish the look by adding laces our of store-bought white icing. Image: bhg.com

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East or West, Red Says Romance

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Evoke Asian flair with touches of Chinese red and black, a long-blooming orchid plant, and a Chinese chow-style cocktail table. Photos: Sam Moore Furniture and Hooker Furniture.

From both sides of the globe, there are two fun reasons to celebrate the romance of red: February 8 is Chinese New Year, and February 14 is Valentine’s Day.

On the home front, red furniture has been an East-West classic since Chinese-inspired (chinoiserie) designs enchanted European royalty hundreds of years ago.

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Chinese inspiration can be dramatic or subtle, but it’s always at home in American rooms, especially with other timeless classics like this modern lamp and traditional wing chair. Photo: Hooker Furniture and Bradington-Young Furniture.

In fact, interior designers have always relied on accents from the Far East and Middle East to bring together modern and traditional Western styles.

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This decorative box is inspired by lacquerware from the Tang dynasty in China from about 600 to 900 AD. It stands on barley-twist legs, a style that came to England from Moorish Spain in the 1600s. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Red brings warmth and richness to any scene.

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Ruby or scarlet, chenille or velvet, there’s just nothing like a languid chaise to create a comfortable atmosphere. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

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This lamp with a base in the style of a Ming Dynasty vase adds a warm accent to any room. Photo: Orientalfurniture.com.

So, let’s invite good luck and romance to the new year this February with some heart-lifting statements in red!

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Visual drama and a well-traveled air are easy to achieve with a Chinese red cabinet like this. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

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To create a well-traveled, traditional look, accessorize with Chinese-style furniture and porcelain accents. It’s been popular since England began regular trade with “the Orient.” Photos: Hooker Furniture.

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Do a little lounging together on this comfy wine-red sectional–with or without the kids, dogs, etc. For a fresh look, add antiqued silver accents for subtle glimmer and Asian simplicity with a tall display of pussy willow branches. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

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She’s da bombe! The bombe style, born in France, is even more eye-catching with a Chinese red finish. How romantic can you get? Photo: Hooker Furniture.

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Having a big Valentine buffet or an intimate dinner for two? A gorgeous French brocade tablecloth in your favorite shade of red is a brilliant start. Photo: Garnier Thibaut at Yvone-Estelles.com.

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Dress your most cuddly companion for Valentine festivities in a fancy red satin bow tie. Photo: Etsy.

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Color Your World Serene and Rosy in 2016

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Serenity, a soft blue, is tranquil and refreshing, as shown here in the Lia 3-Drawer Chest in the Melange Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture

For the first time ever, Pantone’s color of the year is twins!

 Serenity, a soft chambray blue, is tranquil and calming.

Rose Quartz, the pale blush-pink of its namesake stone, is seductive and soothing.

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This isn’t my room, but I’ve been using soft Pink Moire all around my house for years. It’s versatile, flattering and low key but just different enough from the usual beige. Photo: Benjamin Moore.

“Joined together, Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer, embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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In your home, Serenity and Rose Quartz create a mood of relaxation and comfort. As a bonus, they also make smaller rooms feel more spacious and light.

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Weathered wood and stone look right at home with other soft tints like Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz pink. Photo by Ditte Isager for House Beautiful.

How to punch up these pastels for grown-up spaces? Use them with your existing neutrals and jewel tones.

Subtly flattering, pale pink adds a seductive warmth to cool taupe and gray and is luxe with red-browns from maroon to mahogany. It’s also great with greens, from olive to hunter.

Soft, easy-living blue is cool with camel, taupe and golden browns, as well as with oranges from peach to russet.

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The Chatelet three-drawer chest in a weathered antique finish brings a soft romantic tone to any space and mixes well with golden browns and taupes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

And if you want to use Rose Quartz and Serenity together, both blue and pink play well with every purple hue, from periwinkle to deep eggplant. Add some edge with your favorite green and ground the look with brown, and you’ll see how sophisticated soft pastels can be.

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Pink on pink is a frankly pretty choice. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture

Pink on pink is a frankly pretty choice, and the dark wood legs on this Kudrow Settee give just enough punch to the look.

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A ramped-up paisley in pinks, blues and other cheerful pastels give the Kelsea Wing Chair a youthful flair that updates any room in the house. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

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Pale blue is such a soothing hue, you just naturally relax. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Get ready to relax when you combine soothing Serenity with a comfortable, versatile swivel chair like the Penny Chair from Sam Moore.

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Recalling 18th Century French designs, this pillow shows how pink and blue work with olive, taupe-brown and oyster white. Classic! Photo: Overstock.com

Smoky blue and pale pink, as in these artful vintage brooches, are easy to wear and live with.

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Imagine soft blue silk toss pillows and a blush mohair throw on a luxe camel or taupe sofa. So inviting! Brooches from Limitless Jewels and Fayebella on Etsy.

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Rose Quartz may be the most wearable, flattering and no-drama tint around. Photo: Chico’s.

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One way to keep pale pink looking chic is to pair it with a sophisticated neutral like taupe or gray, in a geometric design. Surya pillow at Overstock.com.

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Rose Quartz is forever flattering to every complexion and works with lots of other hues, including olive and marsala and neutrals. Photo: whitehouseblackmarket.com

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