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As you know, Superbowl is coming up. Anyone who is a sports fan is going to be huddled in front of the big screen watching it.
Whether you’re a football fan or you love someone who is, throwing a Super Bowl party is one way to make watching the Superbowl (and Superbowl commercials) a whole lot more fun!
And if you work it right, you won’t have to cook much — if at all! You can serve foods that don’t require much preparation, or ask your guests to each bring an appetizer. That way, you won’t be slaving over a stove all day trying to feed a crowd.
Here are my 9 best tips for throwing super popular Superbowl parties:
#1 – Serve good food.pizza, chicken wings, and meatballs. Couple one or two of those with chips, popcorn, soda, and beer — along with a fun dessert like football cupcakes — and your party is sure to be a winner in the food department!
Are you cooking or catering? Starting from scratch or gathering pre-made goodies from the market? Calling in a bunch of pizzas, pot-lucking it or sticking to simple snacks? … If you are catering or ordering in, call NOW and make sure that your order can be accommodated in time — it’s rarely too early to get the order in and if you think that a particular place has perfect Superbowl-style snacks, so do lots of other people. Get in there and get it set. If you are cooking or pulling together pre-made stuff from a market, make your shopping list. Source
activities that are fun for non-football fans.
Make sure that all your guests have fun regardless of who wins. A great way to get everyone pumped is to suggest that everyone to wear the team colors or jersey of the team they want to win. This will create a competitive, but friendly atmosphere for your party. Source
#3 – Plan ahead of time.
Clean, clean, clean and clean some more. If there is a lot (too much!) to do, stay calm and focus on a few key spots: the room where you’ll watch the game, the entryway, the kitchen and the bathroom … Don’t forget to check on stored glasses, plates or utensils that you might need to bring out to see if anything needs a fresh wash. Source
Your guests will want to sit in front of the television and near tables with food, so they can snack while watching the game. It’s been my experience that the rabid football fans take the seats up front and center, so provide plenty of seating on the fringe with extra tables nearby for snacks. Throw pillows on the floor and grab chairs from the dining room if extra seating is needed. Source
Invite a few close friends to come over early and help with prep work. I like to refer to this as the “pregame show.” It’s usually just an excuse to hang out with a few friends before more people arrive, and those close friends are usually happy to do whatever is needed to help set up, like move tables and chairs. Usually, everything ends up ready to go well in advance of the game, so it provides a great opportunity to just hang out and chill with friends before the party really starts. Source
Find out if the price includes delivery and setup. Many rental companies take this chore out of your hands, especially with a high ticket item that can be easily damaged during transport. Some may offer it either way with a reduced price if you pick it up yourself, however, not lugging around a heavy television and the added stress of worrying about breaking it, might make the extra money you spend to have it delivered and picked up well worth it. Source
DIY Superbowl decorations.
Stop by your home improvement center and pick up as many feet of indoor/outdoor carpeting as you like to roll out the “green” carpet for your guests. A little white paint goes a long way, as you can mark off the yards to your front door. Source
Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash. Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange alternate transportation. Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert. Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink. Source
Set up a kids’ room in the back of the house that’s stocked with treats, games, a TV, and DVDs. You can also set up a puzzle on a card table. This way if some people at your party do not want to watch the game, they will have some place to hang out. This is a good place for people to sit and have something to do while watching the game, if they are not totally into the game. Source
More Great Ideas For Superbowl Parties
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you plan a Superbowl party that ROCKS:
How To Have A Kid-Friendly Superbowl PartyHow To Throw An Eco-Friendly Superbowl PartyThe Ultimate Checklist For Superbowl PartiesAn Archive Of All The Best Superbowl CommercialsAwesome Superbowl Party Planning ChecklistHow To Have The Best Superbowl Party Ever!Superbowl Party Fun For Dogs & Non Football FansHandmade Superbowl Party InvitationsSuperbowl Betting Lines For Your Own Superbowl Parties
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