Mary's Pass the Ball Indoor Milwaukee Tailgate

Finalist #3 offered the judges' favorite take on the pot luck thanks to its creative theme and delicious home-court-cooked contribution of beer-drowned brats.

THE INVITES: In Milwaukee, Mary's spending her funds on a party for 16 of her nearest and dearest, who will first hear of her “Pass the Ball” Indoor Milwaukee Tailgate when they are hand-delivered an invitation. The invite's the "football" in the "pass the ball" theme, but will look a lot like your garden variety paper plate. On the back of each plate is written: “Tailgate at our house for the Big Game. We will have beer, brats, friends and plenty of fun. You and a guest are invited to Pass the Football (dish). Please fill this Football plate with your favorite dish or snack to share.”

THE MENU: "The guests would be supplying a lot of the food, except for the traditional grilled brats with onions," says Mary. "The drink is beer," she says, noting it's what her fair city's known for.

THE DECOR: "Just a football centerpiece in the middle of the table that would have all the snacks," says Mary. Crepe paper is used to “make a field” either in the living room and/or around the grilling area. Either during the game or at half time guests play “pass the ball” with an inflatable ball.

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PETE'S CLASSIC SPREAD WITH ULTIMATE MAC & CHEESE

STEFF'S "PARTY LIKE AN NFL PLAYER" BLOWOUT

JOHN'S "GUYS WHO CAN'T COOK" PARTY WITH CHEESY BREAD & SCREAMIN’ WEENIES

DENISE'S "STEEL CITY HOEDOWN" WITH EAZEE CHILI, CORN BREAD AND SWEET TEA

MARK'S BIG GAME BINGO PARTY WITH POTATO SKINS & MOZARELLA STICKS

MARCHELLE & MICHAEL'S "SUPER SLIM BOWL" WITH LUAU FRUIT BOWL

DIANE'S "HOMEMADE BIG SANDWICH BASH"

BETH'S PUPPY BOWL PARTY WITH DOGS...AND DOGS