11 Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting a Super Bowl Party
This Sunday afternoon the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in America’s most-watched sporting event, the Super Bowl. Whether or not you’re a fan of the teams, it’s a great reason to round up some friends and throw a football-fueled viewing party. Katy Perry is headlining the half-time show, so it’s sure to be a candy-pop extravaganza with outrageous outfits. If you’re planning a Super Bowl party, here are some essential do’s and don’ts to consider.
You’re taking the time to plan a party, so send a fun invitation letting your friends know they are welcome to join you for the big game. It doesn’t have to be formal: Shoot out a text, send a Paperless Post, or create a Facebook event. Just be sure to include all of the vital information.
I always wanted to have a Super Bowl party, but for some reason I felt like I needed a man in my life to throw a sports-viewing event. Then, in 2012 when my hometown team (the San Francisco 49ers) played in the Super Bowl, I realized it was now or never. So I threw an amazing Super Bowl party—as a single lady!
A large flat-screen television is crucial to a party that revolves around watching something on TV. If you have to prop it up or rearrange your living room to ensure all your guests can see the TV, do it.
You don’t want your guests having to stand the entire game. Bring in another couch, a day bed, or folding chairs, so everyone has a place to sit, relax, and enjoy the action.
A football game can get long and boring, so make the event more exciting by playing a drinking game or, my personal favorite, commercial Bingo. Print out a bunch of Bingo cards, and make sure you have a few prizes to give the winners. Also, do a pool with the scores after each quarter. Keep the squares cheap so everyone can play along. (Here is the one I used.)
A Super Bowl party is a more-the-merrier type of event, so expect that more people may show up, and roll with the punches. If your sister’s best friend walks in with an entourage, but you’re one-bedroom apartment is already packed, run into the kitchen and take a deep breath. It’s not the end of the world. After you’ve found your composure, grab some cold brews and go offer them to the crew that has just arrived.
Yes, you’ve spent all of January avoiding meat, dairy, and gluten, but it’s Super Bowl Sunday. If you don’t serve football food (wings, hot dogs, sliders, nachos, chili, chips and dip, etc.), your guests will be disappointed.
Stock up on plenty of alcoholic provisions—and ice. An exciting third quarter is not the moment to run out of cold beer. One way to ensure that you’ll have plenty of booze is to ask all your guests to bring a six-pack or a bottle of wine. Throw in one or two bottles of hard alcohol (whiskey, tequila, or Fireball) for any guests who want to partake in shots.
It’s nautical blue, white, and silver for Pats fans, and bright green, blue, and silver for the Hawks. Hit up the local party store, buy paper supplies, and a couple of balloons in the appropriate colors. Also, dress the part!
Or napkins. Or cups. Spicy buffalo wings dipped in homemade blue cheese sauce are finger-licking good, and that means they are Messy with a capital M. If you’re worried about the environment, buy compostable plates and Solo cups, which are recyclable. Using disposable serving ware will make the clean up quicker and easier. After all, you probably have to work on Monday, right?
Will you all head to a nearby bar to cheers the win? Whatever you do, make sure there are designated drivers. If anyone is too drunk to drive home, call them an Uber, a Lyft, or a taxi. The last thing you want is someone getting into an accident after your party.
Like what you see? Head over to Six Twists for more entertaining tips and advice from party pro Katie Sweeney.
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Tell us about your plans in the comments below!