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Tips to Hosting a Super Bowl Party

January 27, 2014

Super Bowl Party Ideas

If you’re looking for a good excuse to throw a party, what’s better than the Super Bowl? I mean, think about it. You’ve got fun entertainment on TV, whether you love football or the commercials. You can make whatever food you want, including those dishes that are cheesy, crispy and wonderfully horrible for you. You can decorate or not, invite whoever you want, and there are no set traditions, allowing you to craft the party however you want! Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Theme. You don’t have to decorate or develop a theme—after all, it’s already there thanks to that game on the TV —but if you want to add some pizzazz you can.  There are sports-themed decorations available, whether it’s a football field green tablecloth with 10-yard lines, balloons and streamers in the teams’ colors or team pennants.
  • Guests. When you invite your guests, think about what can help make the party more enjoyable for them. Are you including children? If so, have an area set up with kid-friendly activities, such as arts and crafts, games and toys, perhaps a hired baby sitter to help with the littlest ones. Make sure that you have plenty of nonalcoholic beverages and a few healthy dishes, including some that are gluten free, for any guests with dietary restrictions. Here’s a link to view gluten-free treats that you can add to your grocery order.
  • Food. Speaking of food, it’s second only to the game itself—like the receiver working with the quarterback to make a great play. You can opt to go with sports bar staples—chicken wings, potato skins, mini burgers—or have themes related to the teams playing. For Seattle, that could include calamari, smoked salmon crostini, Starbuck’s coffee, or maybe a vegan dish. For Denver, I’m thinking of mini Denver sandwiches, steak skewers and Coors Beer. But really you don’t need a food theme—you can serve whatever you want, as long as it’s not too messy and can be eaten in front of the TV.
  • Beverages. Make sure that you have a variety of beer on hand. There are some locally crafted brews available with your grocery delivery in Minnesota, bringing them right to your door—talk about convenient!  You could make a fun nonalcoholic drink mix too. This pomegranate cooler looks delicious.
  • Games. If your guest list includes people who aren’t into football, adding games to your party can make it more interesting. Here are some I found online:  Super Bowl Bingo, Guessing Games: Before kickoff, have guests guess the answers to a few game-related questions—what the final score will be, what time the game will end, how far into the game the first touchdown will be, what the first commercial after half time will be, etc. and then have small prizes for the winners.

However you decide to throw your party—football-crazy or low key, themed or come-as-you-are, enjoy the game, the food and the ads—and appreciate having an excuse to throw a fun party and connect with the people in your life.

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