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Planning A Superbowl Party

Planning any party is a challenge, but a Superbowl party adds the additional element of television viewing.   This may be the most laid back party you will ever throw.   You have built in entertainment and the menu can be as easy as you want it to be.  This is the time to bring out all your favorite finger foods and not worry about counting calories.  Here are some tips for a successful gathering.

  • Have more than one viewing area.  Think out of the box and move tvs around if possible.  There is always one group of more serious watchers.  And then there are those who are in it for the commercials.  Consider using the garage as additional space (if you have time to clean it out!)
  • Borrow as many chairs as you have space for and set them up strategically around the house, including the back yard if you are expecting good weather.
  • Have something for the kids to do.  Consider a bounce house (again, if weather permits), coloring books, games.  The parents will take the lead if you have some toys around.  Don’t have any organized activities that will take parents away from watching the game, though.
  • The menu – keep it simple!  Outsource the main course if you can.  If you are cooking, make sure it’s a dish you can prepare in advance so you are able to enjoy your guests.  Set up a buffet area that has good flow so people don’t get crowded up.
  • Have a main appetizer table, but also sprinkle a few throughout the viewing areas.  Use plastic serving bowls for anything not on the main table.
  • Stock a variety of drinks including water, sodas, and sports drinks in addition to beer, wine, and mixers.
  • Be prepared for spills!  Have cleaning supplies handy so you are not scrambling when a spill inevitably happens.
  • Have enough plates, napkins, paper towels, and flatware ready.  Buy football themed items that are not specific to that year’s Superbowl so any items not used can be stored for next year.  Keep a tub of all football related serving items for future use.
  • Have disposable guest towels and a trash can available in all bathrooms in addition to your regular hand towels.
  • Have a pool prepared so your guests can have a friendly wager on the game.  You can make your own, print one on line, or purchase one (the store bought ones usually come with fun ribbons to give out!)

Appetizer ideas for game day:

  • Chips and dip, salsa, queso, and guacamole
  • Cheese, salami, and cracker tray
  • Crockpot meatballs
  • Chicken wings
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Fruit platter
  • Veggies, pita chips, and hummus
  • Tortilla roll ups or pinwheels
  • Grilled shrimp or shrimp cocktail
  • Pizza squares or rolls
  • Deviled eggs
  • Snack mix

Main course:

  • Make your own sandwich bar
  • Make your own taco bar
  • Lasagna
  • Pizza
  • Chili

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