Setting Up Your Home for a Super Bowl Party
Ask any of your football-loving friends what’s happening on the 4th of February and they will tell you that it is only the single most important night in the NFL calendar: Super Bowl Sunday. To most of us, nothing says Super Bowl like a raucous house party complete with colorful outfits, mouthwatering snacks, and games. If you like the idea of hosting your own Super Bowl party this year but feel slightly anxious about all the preparation your home will need, don’t worry. Our step-by-step guide will help you throw the biggest and best Super Bowl party your neighborhood has ever seen.
Stick with the theme
While some parties might be difficult to plan for, a Super Bowl party is pretty straightforward when it comes to themes. If everyone on your guest list is going to be rooting for the same team, then feel free to decorate your home with the colors of your favorite football team. If you’re not sure—or if there’s a friendly rivalry among family and friends—it’s best to stick to the more neutral and appropriate red white and blue of the NFL. Either way, plan your party around the things you love to do when watching football and aim for classy rather than overly kitsch.
Every event planning professional worth their salt has one thing in common: impeccable organizational skills. Even if your Super Bowl party isn’t going to be a luxury affair, you will need plenty of time to prepare for any and every eventuality that an at-home get-together can throw at you. Start by making a list of all the things you’ll need to make, do, collect, and buy before the day and organize these things according to urgency and necessity. You might want to do everything yourself, but delegating tasks to trusted friends and family members will help to keep stress levels at bay in the lead-up to game day. One top tip: shop early to avoid disappointment of food or decorations selling out.
Get your game room ready
When Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, you’ll want to have your home set up and ready for guests well in advance of kickoff. Set up your living room (or entertainment room, or den, or basement, or backyard) at least a few hours ahead of time. Focus on accessibility, and arrange furniture so that there’s plenty of room for guests, as well as a clear pathway so that party-goers can come and go during the game. For comfort’s sake, make sure your home’s central heating is set to a comfortable temperature. Lastly, we all know how exciting big football games can be, so it might be a good idea to remove any breakables or valuables from the viewing room just in case anyone gets overzealous with their cheers and/or jeers.
Bring out the snacks
If you’ve hosted a party at home before, you know that your guests will arrive ready to party—and eat. Have some simple snacks ready for when guests arrive—like chips, dips, and popcorn—but plan to bring out your hot food at various intervals throughout the game. This way, no one will go hungry and you won’t run out of food before the halftime show even starts. If you want to theme your game day menu, opt for stadium favorites such as hot dogs, sliders, and nachos—and make sure to cater for any guests who may have allergies or intolerances as well. Last, but certainly not least, keep a drinks trolley or station well stocked for the duration of the game and don’t forget to have lots of ice on hand.
Keep boredom at bay
Although the more avid football fans will undoubtedly be glued to the game from start until finish, some of your guests will probably appreciate a bit of a break from all the first downs and fumbles after an hour or so. Get creative with fun Super-Bowl themed activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening. We love ideas like Fantasy Football style prediction boards with optional friendly betting, pop culture quizzes with football-themed prizes, and Minute-to-Win-It style games that get everyone laughing and playing along.
Hosting your own Super Bowl party doesn’t have to be daunting. If you plan ahead, strategically set up your home, and keep your guests fed and entertained, your party will be a success that everyone will want to repeat year after year.