No matter which team you are rooting for, Super Bowl Sunday is a great excuse to have a party even if you are not a football fan. Super Bowl Sunday is a day spent relaxing in front of the television with good friends and American snack food—who doesn’t like that? The Super Bowl is the most watched televised event. Some like it for the game, some like the commercials, we like the party!
A Super Bowl party does not need much in the way of fancy decorations. If your whole crowd is rooting for the same team, use the team’s colors for plates, napkins and a few balloons. If you are a super fan and have any vintage memorabilia, team pictures, or game souvenirs like foam-fingers, use them as décor! For a crowd that is divided between teams, ask your guests to wear their teams colors, sweatshirts and hats. Divide your living room into two sides with each team’s colors and signs with each logo. Supply each side with their teams colored pompoms and wigs. Leave out markers and blank poster boards for your guests to make their own friendly rivalry signs. Watch out, this can lead to a hilarious and rambunctious evening!
The center of the party is the game on television; so don’t spend too much time or money on decorating.
Beer, and lots of it. Sending friends out for a beer run mid-game is never fun. Beer cocktails are another good play for drinks. For a lighter twist on beer, try a basic Michelada. For alternatives to beer, have a pre-made drink or two. Fill the punch bowls with this masculine touchdown tea or linebacker limeade.
(Look for Friday’s blog on American beer for more ideas!)
Finger foods and football watching go together like baseball and Cracker-Jacks. For the best football foods think of easy to pick up items that do not require a lot of assembly. After all, a Super Bowl party host wants to be cheering on the couch too! Kick off your party with classic football foods like wings, veggies with dip, meatballs, and nachos. In order to really score points with your guest set up a buffet table (not too far from the TV) with a chili or nacho bar. Set out a variety of toppings like cheese, onion, bacon, tomato, hot sauces, guacamole, and sour cream. You could also follow the same idea with a slider bar. Make beef or turkey patties the day before. When guests arrive, just reheat and invite them to create their own “super slider.”
Have fun with bite-sized desserts. Cupcakes frosted with team colors, or these Buffalo chicken cupcakes to keep your guests commentating.