According to Hallmark, Super Bowl Sunday is most popular party occasion of the year – topping even New Year’s Eve. The great thing about Super Bowl parties is they are casual, fun and can be easily done on a budget — giving everyone a real reason to celebrate!
Determine your party budget before you even start. Frequently expenses you never thought of pop up – running to the store at the last minute to get ice, postage for invitations, etc. Make a list of everything you’ll need for your party and the estimated expense. Build your guest list according to what you can afford. If that means inviting two or three couples instead of five; you’ll still have a good time.
Check out sites like Evite.com to send a free electronic invitation. Evite.com will even track the number of guests who have responded, allow them to post a message to the group, and share photos when the event is over.
You’ll save big bucks by looking paper goods such as plates, napkins, and tablecloths at your local dollar store instead of a party goods store. While you’re there, look for balloons and streamers in your team’s colors.
When it comes to Super Bowl parties, it’s more than alright to go potluck — it’s generally expected. Make fun, casual food the name of the game. People will be munching close to the TV, so be sure that food is portable. Give guests an idea of what to bring to ensure variety (you don’t want to end up with seven plates of brownies). If your guests will be bringing munchies and other finger foods, try to balance that with a more substantial offering. Choose a crock pot staple such as hot beef sandwiches or chili. The food can be prepared a head of time and guests can help themselves when they get hungry. Plus, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the party as well.
Check out the Coupons.com website for printable coupons on party foods such as Dips, Snack Mixes, and other party favorites.
For this party, your television set will undoubtedly be the centerpiece. Make sure there is enough seating and that everyone has a good view of the screen. If possible, set up a second viewing area if there isn’t enough room around your main television.
Be sure to accommodate people who may want to get away from the noise or may not be interested in the game by setting up a quiet seating area for conversation in another part of the house.
Because football fans can get a little rowdy, remove anything breakable from your viewing area. You may even want to provide some foam footballs for them to throw around. Spills are almost inevitable, so throwing a few area rugs down can help prevent costly carpet cleaning bills later on. Keep a carpet cleaner handy just in case you need it.
- Ask your guests to dress in the colors of the team they are supporting
- Decorate a sheet cake like a football field
- Provide face paint in team colors by mixing 2 Tbsp cornstarch, 1 Tbsp solid shortening (such as Crisco) and a few drops of food coloring
- Search the internet for fun games to play during halftime