Whether your favorite team is playing or you’re only interested in the commercials, Super Bowl Sunday is a fantastic excuse to invite friends and family over for a festive gathering in your home. Here are some ideas to get you geared up for the big game.
Pick a Theme
Sure, you could go with football as the general theme, but why not take it to the next level by paying homage to the host city? New York / New Jersey are co-hosting the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. You can easily incorporate this theme into your invitations, décor and menu. Think Manhattan clam chowder, Waldorf salad, pastrami sandwiches or sloppy Joes, New York-style cheesecake and Brooklyn Lager.
Get Your House Game Ready
The TV is the star of the show, so rearrange furniture ahead of time to maximize viewing for multiple guests. Make sure you have enough seating and ask to borrow folding chairs from friends if necessary. If you have the space and technology, hook up a second television for a sports bar like atmosphere. Also think of your guest list. If you have a lot of children or folks who aren’t going to focus solely on the game, consider setting up a separate party area with a deck of cards, crafts or other alternative activities.
For your guests who don’t want to miss a single yard, penalty call or $4M, 30-second commercial spot, plan ahead to make things game-centric. Fill a few small containers with ice and place beverages strategically around the room, scatter multiple bottle openers for easy access and make sure to have plenty of paper towels or napkins within arms reach.
Organize a Party Game
Prop bets can add a lot of fun and give your guests something to cheer for if their team is not competing in the game. Have each guest predict the final score and write their guesses on a tag. The tags can also serve as drink markers. Or you can affix them to clothing with safety pins. You can add additional side bets for point spreads, the halftime score, the number of turnovers, etc.
Whether you decide to keep things simple or throw 80-yard passes into the endzone, ultimately your party is all about gathering with family and friends. So stick to what’s comfortable and make sure to take plenty of photos to capture the memories.