With the big day approaching, there’s not a lot of time to waste. Important hosting decisions have to be made and party plans put into place. So, it’s understandable if you feel under heavy pressure like a quarterback in the pocket.
But, don’t worry because we will help you shrug off that pressure like Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes will shrug off the 49ers’ blitzers in the big game on February 2nd.
Whether you are a first time host or desperately looking to improve your party from last year, we’ve got you covered. Our tips will not only help you to throw an amazing Super Bowl party, but they will also help cement you as a legendary party host among your friends and family.
#1 Keep Them Happy With a Full Stomach
The significance of having great food at a Super Bowl party reminds me of a quote by Anna Thomas, a famous cook-book author and Academy Award nominated filmmaker, who said:
“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”
Have you ever been to a party where the food was bad? If yes, then you realize how food can really damper a festive occasion or emphasize the enjoyment.
For a Super Bowl party to be a success, you must have great food. This includes snacks, drinks and football favorites like pizza and Buffalo wings. However, you could also step it up a notch by throwing some classic meats on the BBQ like hot dogs, ribs, hamburgers, and chicken.
Don’t overthink the menu or get too cute. Football fans don’t want to feel like they’re at a four star restaurant. They prefer the tasty foods that are easy to grab and stuff into their mouths.
With that said, make sure you have a wide selection of food choices just in case someone has an allergy or is a picky eater. That means you might have to offer vegetable trays or salads as well.
Additionally, load up on the snacks because partygoers will be munching on items all game long. Don’t forget, the Super Bowl is at least four hours long and that doesn’t include the pre-game festivities or the postgame celebration.
#2 Have Some Betting Fun: Play the Super Bowl Squares Game
Games are always a good way to spice up a party. However, when you add some money to the mix then games become even more exciting. One popular game that is a must for any Super Bowl party is the squares game.
The Squares game is a 10 by 10 grid where partygoers pick a square or two and put their initials in them. They will also have to pay to select a square. You have the luxury of setting the amount for how much a square costs in this game. Typically, $1 to $5 is the most common fee.
Once the whole grid is filled in with initials, then add numbers (0 through 9) horizontally and vertically outside of the grid. These numbers represent the scores in the football game. Whenever a quarter, half or game ends, the person who has the square that represents that score wins money.
Typically, there are payouts for the end of each quarter and a double bonus payout for the end of the football game. The Squares game adds a lot of fun as it keeps everyone emotionally and financially invested in the Super Bowl.
#3 You Must Provide an Excellent SB Viewing Experience
Just like the eyes are windows into the soul, a TV is the window into an epic Super Bowl experience. That means you must have a modern TV that meets the following criteria:
Size matters – Be at least 40 inches and can be seen from anywhere in the room.
Flat screen – Gone are the days where tube TVs or projection screens are center of a living room. Today, flat screen TVs are the norm and a must have for your Super Bowl party.
High definition – The game must be viewed in high definition. If you are still rocking a standard definition TV or cable connection then upgrade immediately. Partygoers want to see all of the action in eye popping definition.
In addition to a top of the line TV, you should also have surround sound to really provide your guests with an immersive football experience. The more the partygoers sit and enjoy watching the football game, the less likely they will be to get up and leave early.
#4 Create a Festive Environment
Now that you have the food, games and entertainment aspects on point, it’s time to put the hammer down on an epic Super Bowl party by going all out on the decorations. We’re talking stopping just short of confetti falling from your ceiling as if the guest were on the field celebrating with the Super Bowl winning team.
Get balloons, streamers, football cups and dishes, football themed napkins and silverware, party favors and any other little football decoration you can pick up at the dollar store or a party store.
If you really want to electrify the party, have a large football piñata for guests to swing at. Who doesn’t love smashing a piñata and diving on the candy like someone just fumbled the football?
#5 Be Selective With the Invites
This is the most overlooked aspect of a Super Bowl party. Many hosts make the same rookie mistake by inviting everyone they can think of and hoping most of them show up. That’s like throwing something against a wall and seeing what sticks. It’s a terrible way to host a Super Bowl party and probably why your parties in the past have been lame ducks.
The first step is deciding whether or not you want your party to be for adults only. Having kids at a Super Bowl party can still make things fun, but it won’t be legendary. Kids have a way of distracting their parents or requiring a different set of rules, games and food.
It’s best to make the party for adults only, especially if you plan on having any alcoholic beverages.
Next, try to invite football fans only. Football fans will be passionate about the game even if they’re not rooting for the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs. They will also be more excited to hang out with other fans and enjoy the festivities.
If you don’t have many friends or family members who are football fans then try to invite individuals that you know are social, outgoing and love to have a good time. These people will make the party even more memorable.
Lastly, don’t invite anyone who causes drama. If Aunt Josephine or Cousin Leroy tend to cause family squabbles or are too blunt for their own good then leave them off the invite list. You want your party to be drama free, fun, fulfilling, and legendary not an episode of Jerry Springer.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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