Hosting a Super Bowl™ Party 101

Whether your friends are die-hard fans or are only there for the commercials, a Super Bowl™ party is a perfect excuse to gather everyone together on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy the big game! Kick off your party with football-themed decorations and score big with your game-day menu. Party planning can be stressful, so we wanted to make it easy for you.

Here’s a handy guide to make sure your Super Bowl™ party is a win!

FOOD

What Super Bowl™ Party would be complete without snacks?? There are certain foods that everyone expects at a Super Bowl™ Party, but sometimes the most difficult part is coming up with the menu. We are here to help!

Here is a list of Super Bowl™ party foods that will satisfy even the pickiest fan:

  • Chips
  • Dips
    • Spinach Artichoke Dip
    • Buffalo Chicken Dip
    • Rotel
    • Hummus
    • Guacamole
      • With a rectangular container and a little sour cream, you can make your guacamole look just like a football field. Just fill a Ziplock bag with sour cream and cut off one of the corners. Pipe yard lines and goal lines into the guacamole. It will definitely *GUAC* your guest’s world!
  • Veggie Platters
  • Little Smokies
  • Pizza
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Jalapeno Poppers
  • Brownies
    • use cookie cutters and white icing to make the brownies look like footballs!
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Wings
  • Meatballs
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    • use white chocolate to draw seams on the strawberries to make them look like footballs!
  • Pretzels and Cheese Dip
  • Candy
  • Popcorn
  • Cupcakes
  • Football shaped Rice Krispies

Have these Super Bowl™ snacks on hand so no one goes hungry on Super Bowl™ Sunday!

We also suggest that you put out half of the food when the guests first arrive and when halftime rolls around, you can surprise your guests with a whole new batch of dips, wings and more for them to dive into. This will help you cement your title as Best Host Ever and maybe even earn you a spot in the party planning hall of fame!

DRINKS

Next on the roster: DRINKS! All that yelling, smack talk and maybe even praying to the football gods can really make you thirsty. Beer, wine and batch cocktails

are always a good idea so you don’t have to play bartender the whole game and miss all the action.

Mississippi is starting to make a name for itself in the world of beer and liquor.

Between Lucky Town Brewing Company, Cathead Vodka, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Prohibition breweries, you can never go wrong with a Mississippi classic.

Pick one cocktail and pre-batch it. Then, put it in a large punch bowl with another bowl for ice.

Here are some of our favorites from the Food Network:

A good rule of thumb is to have enough beer for each guest to have four bottles, enough wine for each guest to have two glasses an hour and about four gallons of non-alcoholic drinks for every 25 guests. You might have extra, but that’s way better than not having enough.

And since the big game falls on a Sunday and most of the guest will likely be driving, it would be a good idea to have some non-alcoholic drinks on hand like lemonade, punch, soda and good old fashioned water!

REMEMBER! Ice is VERY important! Keep more than you think you need on hand or guests’ drinks, the punch bowl and keeping bottled drinks cold. If you have some left over, you can still use it after the big game… it is ice, after all!

SEATING

Don’t think you need to build a stadium to host the ultimate Super Bowl™ party, but make sure you have enough seating so your guests are comfortable.

Tailgating chairs, pallets of blankets and large floor pillow will all work to add to your seating. Toss them where people might want to sit and if they happen to match your team colors, even better! As long as everyone can see the football action, halftime show and all the best commercials, they will be happy!

You should also make sure that the food and drinks are not in the way of the tv. You will want to place all the snacks and beverages on a take outside of the seating area so no one hops up in front of the TV during that crucial fourth down play.

DECORATIONS

No party is complete without decorations. Now, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart, but a few simple decorations will take your party to the next level! As Saints’ fans know, sometimes referees don’t always throw a flag when they need to. Yellow napkins make for perfect flags! Get a bucket and a penalty flag sign and fill it with yellow napkins. Make sure you don’t miss any obvious chip and dip interference!

Anything brown can be made into little footballs by drawing on some white laces. All you need to make festive football cups are brown plastic cups and a white Sharpie.

You can pick up a roll of artificial turf from your local hardware store and cut out coasters. Your guests will think they are out on the field themselves!

Bowls full of Ring Pops (Super Bowl™ rings) will have all of your guests feeling like real champions!

You can make festive football party garland yourself, and can even get the kids to help! Get the free game day paper chain printable from The Centsible Life here.

Simple garland for your Super Bowl party. Source: The Centsible Life
Simple garland for your Super Bowl™ party. Source: The Centsible Life

Here’s what you need: The printable (link to the free printable is above), a color printer, paper, scissors, and double-sided tape. Another simple garland you can make only involves twine and those circle stickers you can get at most office supply stores. Take your twine and fold your stickers around the twine. Bonus points if you use red and blue stickers for the Patriots and blue and yellow for the Rams.

Who wants to wash tablecloths after a big party? Not you! Brown butcher paper makes the perfect table covering and you can even decorate it with Xs and Os. Design your game-winning touchdown and score big with this decoration!

ACTIVITIES

It a good idea to have a few activities available for restless kids and people who aren’t really into the whole football thing.

Some people just never want to miss a party! Old standbys like cornhole, coloring pages for the kids and tossing around a football should do the trick!

Another really fun activity is Pin the Football through the Goalpost. A new take on Pin the Tail on the Donkey, all you need for this is yellow masking tape, brown construction paper, a black or white marker, double-sided tape and something for a blindfold. First, find a wall big enough for your goalpost. Take the yellow masking tape and tape it into the shape of a goalpost on the wall. Cut the construction paper into footballs and draw seams on them. Put tape on each of the footballs. Use the blindfold so people can’t see the goalpost! See if you and your guests can do better than some of the NFL kickers this season!

Now, whether the ice melts, the guacamole turns brown or your team loses, good people make a good party! Enjoy time with your friends and family, cheer on your favorite team, eat some good food and make sure you don’t miss this year’s best commercials. You will need something to talk about at work on Monday!

Happy Super Bowl™ Party!