A Super Bowl party can be as simple or event-filled as you want; the only things that matter are good food, good company, and a good game. Here are some tips to help you throw a memorable and enjoyable party this Sunday.
Feeding your guests. When it comes to Super Bowl parties, delicious, fattening food is a staple. Make sure there is plenty of beer and drinks for your guests and snacking necessities including chips, buffalo wings, meat and cheese spreads, and a vegetable platter.
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To save money, have your guests bring food to share. Let them know what main dish(es) you are preparing so that they can bring appropriate additions.
If you’re feeling bold and want to prepare food that reflects the Giants and the Patriots, here are some food suggestions from the teams’ home towns (also, you can provide beers brewed in New York or New England):
New York food items include pizza, buffalo wings, hot dogs, New York Style Cheesecake, and the state’s official fruit: apples. You can also try to replicate New York street vendor food with snacks such as baked pretzels, corn dogs, calzones, hamburgers, Italian sausages, and more.
For Super Bowl recipes, visit recipe websites including this one: http://www.food.com/recipes/superbowl.
Be thoughtful of your viewers. Some of your guests will be very interested in watching the game and others would rather talk. Set up multiple televisions for convenient viewing for everyone, no matter their interest level.
Keep the kids happy. Set up a video-gaming area or an assigned babysitter for kids uninterested in the game. But, for the kids who want to participate on all the fun, make sure to incorporate them in party games (they can play the drinking games with a non-alcoholic drink) and festivities.
Have fun with the commercials. Guests can nominate commercials as the worst or best of the game. Give guests a list of celebrities set to appear in commercials (Kim Kardashian, Matthew Broderick, David Beckham, Will Arnett, Jerry Seinfeld, the Budweiser Clydesdales) and award a prize to whoever identifies the celebrity first or whoever identifies the most on their list.
Rate the Super Bowl Commercial Game:
Pick a selection of the most talked about commercials set to premiere during the Super Bowl and have guests rate them on a scale of 1-5. Tally up the scores and declare a winning commercial. Commercial categories could include Volkswagon, Doritos, Dannon, or Kraft belVita.
Games to suit your guests. Whatever party games you decide to play, if any, should suit your guests’ interest in participating and attention level. Most party games are best to be played before the Super Bowl so that they don’t interfere with the game. However, some can be played during the game and other games are helpful for those who are not interested in the game.
Gambling games can be fun to win you or your guests some extra cash or to operate as a small fundraiser for a local charity.
The most common game is Super Bowl squares. This consists of a series of squares arranged in a 10 by 10 grid. Guests purchase the squares before the game for 50 cents or more per square. Once all the squares are purchased, a random number is drawn (1-10) along the left and top sides. Each number is used once per side. At the end of each quarter, the last number of each team’s score is used to track that place on the grid. Whoever’s square that lands on is the winner of that particular pot of money. Usually money breaks down to:
1st Quarter winner: 15%
Halftime winner: 30%
3rd quarter winner: 15%
Game winner: 40%
Beer pong is a wildly popular game at the moment, and can be played with a table, 20 plastic disposable cups and two ping pong balls. The point is to “shoot baskets” into your opponents’ beer cups, forcing them to drink every time you score. Rules are available on the internet.
Commentators can be a major source of drinking fun. Have those familiar with sports write down a list of common and not-so common phrases sports announcers might use. Assign a drink total for the party to consume every time the listed phrase is uttered. Obviously, smaller drink allotments will be tied to common actions (like “first down”) and heavier allotments for rare feats (like “interception”).
Play some Super Bowl trivia or other football knowledge related games. Have your guests match team names or nicknames with their corresponding state, play football charades with words like “cheerleader” and “fumble,” or get geared up for the game by throwing a football around in the yard.
To decorate or not to decorate.
Your guests’ attention will most likely be focused on the game, so decorations are not very necessary. However, if you decide to decorate, use streamers and balloons in the teams’ colors and visit a party store for football themed plates, napkins, and table cloths.
Jon Dell contributed to this article.