Hosting a winning Super Bowl party is all about having the right lineup. With a little thought and extra attention to the set-up, snacks, and atmosphere, you can host a record-breaking party no matter who wins the actual game.
Setting up the field
One of the most important aspects of hosting a winning Super Bowl party is the set up. If your guests don’t feel comfortable, they won’t have a good time. Provide plenty of seating and make sure that every seat has a good view of the game. If you’re short on seats, remember that ottomans, desk chairs, and even bean bags can create impromptu seating for extra guests.
Though a big-screen TV isn’t a requirement for a successful Super Bowl party, it is a requirement that everyone be able to hear and see what’s going on. If you have multiple TVs in your house, consider moving them all into one room on the big day. You’ll create an animated stadium atmosphere while at the same time giving yourself extra flexibility in setting up the seating.
Eating to win
No Super Bowl party is complete without a hefty helping of finger foods. It’s up to you what kind of snacks and drinks you want to stock—just make sure that there is plenty available for everyone to have as much as they want. Also, make sure it’s easy to get to the snacks from your TV and seating area so that guests don’t feel awkward getting up to refill their plate (or get yelled at for blocking the TV). And think ahead when it comes to the kind of snacks you’ll serve. Is there anyone with a food allergy who will be attending? And will you be devastated if someone spills on the sofa? If so, it’s probably not a good idea to offer messy snacks like cheese-topped nachos, salsa, or cocktail weenies in barbecue sauce.
Game day atmosphere
Once you’ve got a winning set-up and menu, all you need is a few finishing touches for your Super Bowl party. A few decorations like posters and streamers go a long way in transforming a room. Look for paper plates, napkins, and disposable table cloths in the colors of the team you’re supporting (or of both teams, if there’s an equal amount of support on each side). You can even give small favors like foam fingers, stadium whistles, or Mardis Gras beads to your guests to enhance the atmosphere of fun and excitement.
Hosting a winning Super Bowl party is easy when you know what to pay attention to. If everyone is comfortable and full, most of the battle is already won. Adding more attention to detail with touches like streamers or posters goes the extra yard to scoring points with your guests. And when all is said and done (no matter who wins), there’s just one thing they’ll say about the party: It’s good!