Whether you are a football fan or just love someone who is, throwing a Super Bowl party can be one way to make watching the Superbowl even more fun.
Not to mention if you work it right, you won’t have to cook much — if at all! It’s a no-brainer because you can provide foods that don’t require much preparation, and as such you won’t be slaving over a stove all day trying to feed a crowd.
Okay, here are the top 9 tips for throwing the best Superbowl party ever…
#1 Serve good food.
You want good food, but what you don’t want is a spouse running around frazzled all day serving you and the guests. That is a big no no, especially if you ever want to host a Super Bowl party again. So, some good choices for good that’s easy to prepare: pizza, hot wings, and Swedish meatballs. Couple one or two of these with chips, popcorn, soda, and beer along with any other favorites and you’re sure to have a winner in the food department.
#2 Invite lots of friends, both male and female.
There’s nothing worse than your spouse being the only woman there (…or the only guy there for that matter). Especially if she is not a sports fan. However, if other women are there, you will get points for inviting them, and she or he might even let you have a Superbowl party next year!
You don’t want to have to leave and buy another case of beer or another package of hotdogs just when the kickoff is about to happen because you ran out. Instead, make a list of what you need, and a timeline, so that you can do everything on a schedule. That way, no one misses out on any key moments. Also, come up with a budget, because you don’t want to go over your budget and come up short on the grocery bill for the following week.
For example, you’ll want a place where people who are not interested in the game can congregate and watch something else on TV, or just sit around and visit and relax. Not everyone is going to be a football fan; it’s important to keep that in mind and provide some other form of entertainment. Or at the very least, provide them with another place to hang out.
If you have a friend that’s a great cook, or one that’s great at making party decorations, then ask for their help with the party. This will help to take some of the pressure off of you, and may even make the party more fun!
One TV for a large group isn’t going to work and may even make it difficult for everyone to see. If you can’t do the big screen, then consider getting a few more TV’s so that it is easy for everyone to watch. You can even put a little black & white in the kitchen and bathroom so no one misses anything!
This will make everyone feel as though they are at the game, but without all the standing in line and waiting that goes on. You don’t have to be fancy about it; just put up some streamers in the teams’ colors and maybe a few other decorations and you’ll be all set!
The last thing anyone wants is for someone who has been drinking at your party to get in a serious accident, or get a DUI. Trust me, they don’t want to remember your party as being the year they lost their license for a year or more, or the year they wound up in a wheelchair. Cops are out in force on the day of the Super Bowl, and they are going to be looking for those who are leaving parties. Having designated drivers will help to ensure that something bad doesn’t happen. It’s important not to allow anyone who has been drinking to drive. These days, the law is such that even if someone isn’t over the legal limit and a cop stops you and smells alcohol on your breath and thinks your driving is affected, you can still be arrested for DUI. You could also call cabs, or even provide bus fare. Just be careful about not letting anyone drive who’s been drinking. I have personally seen this happen to a friend, so if you can avoid it, that is best.
Chances are, some of your friends have kids (even if you don’t). Being able to bring their children with them can be a big plus, and sometimes it can even determine whether they come to your party or not. Setting up a room especially for the kids with games, toys, and treats will go along way towards keeping them happy and occupied while the adults watch the game. However, sometimes kids want to watch too, so there is nothing wrong with keeping them with you as well. Having the extra room just for the kids gives those not interested in the game a fun place to retreat to if they want to.