Planning a Super Bowl Party can be a ton of fun along with a bit of work. Plan a party filled with friends, food, games and fun! One that is kid, teen, and adult friendly and is a favorite event which is anticipated each year. There is nothing better than a bunch of friends and families coming together to celebrate one of America’s favorite sports. Although, that maybe questionable after the 2017 start to the NFL season, but we won’t go there!! Let’s just have a party!!!
First, make sure you invite your guests a week or two before the Super Bowl so they can be sure to make plans to be there. Have your guests arrive about 30 minutes to one hour before game time so they may sign up for all the games, fill their cups with drinks and plates with food, and enjoy the pre-game excitement.
When organizing games for the Super Bowl party, keep them fun and not over-whelming. Finish the games by halftime so those with children can leave if needed; when will the NFL get smart and move the Super Bowl to Saturday? Organize the games ahead of time. Print out labels, gather fun prizes, and get everything ready so you can enjoy your party as much as your guests.
Football Squares – When guests arrive, we ask them to sign up on various squares for a chance to win a variety of prizes. To play Football Squares, you start with a 10 X 10 grid with 100 squares. One side will be assigned to each team. In the squares people write their name, once the squares are filled, randomly assign numbers to each column. Next, at the end of each quarter one winner will be rewarded with a prize. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each teams’ score and then matching those numbers to board, seeing which square intersects those two numbers. This year, the prize for each quarter is a different candy bouquet. In the past, we have found a variety of fun gifts, wrapped them and had people randomly pick a prize which is what we will do for the other games this year.
Chocolate Football Guessing Game – Put some chocolate footballs into a clear jar, be sure to count them first and have your guests guess how many. This can be a kid’s game or all can participate, everyone loves a good guessing game. The prize for the guessing game can simply be the chocolate that is in the jar or you can get a prize to give away. You can even hide a lottery ticket or gift card in the middle for guest to be surprised with when they open the jar.
Football Trivia: Print out the following questions and have two buckets labeled with each team’s name. When guests arrive, they answer the question by putting their name on a paper and place it in one of the buckets which will answer that question. When the event occurs, blindly pull one name out of the correct team’s bucket. That person wins a prize. Depending on the amount of questions you have, you will need the same number of prizes. Prizes can consist of anything you find including lottery tickets, candy, football items, drink mixes, food, or just fun gifts you find as you shop. Keep it silly and fun!!
1. Will the score for ___________ be even or odd after the 1st half?
2. Which team will have the final possession in the 1st half?
3. Which team will score first?
4. Which team will have the first injury timeout?
5. Which team will fumble first?
6. Which team will use a coach’s challenge first?
7. Which team will call the first timeout?
Although we finish our games at half-time, here are a few more ideas of other questions you may want to ask your guests.
How long will it take the singer to perform the national anthem?
What will the first penalty be?
Who will be the game MVP?
What will the sum of the final score be?
How long will the game last?
During which half of the game will the most points be scored?
What’s the total points scored by both teams at the end of the game?
The problem with games is people are excited at the beginning of the game and lose interest by the end and the host must remember to keep track of the games. By ending the games at halftime, we can enjoy the Super Bowl game, commercials, half-time show and the people who were kind enough to join us for our party.
Kids are involved in all of the games we play on Super Bowl Sunday but to make the party a bit more special for them, we have a piñata for the little ones to enjoy. The football shaped piñata for the kids filled with football whistles, candy and other little items we find as we shop for the party. Piñatas are the highlight of halftime for the kids, just be sure not to do the piñata during the Super Bowl’s halftime entertainment show. Take time to enjoy it all, there is plenty of time afterwards!The more things there are to do at your party, the more fun your guests will have. Set up corn hole or Redneck golf outside on a nice day or in the basement for days that are cold and snowy. Make sure to have televisions or the sounds of the game playing everywhere your guests are hanging out. Keep them entertained, drinks flowing and well fed.
Keep your menu in the theme of a football game. Think of what football stadiums serve when you attend your favorite football team’s game and go with that. Some of our favorite are:
Hot dogs and buns – Put the hot dogs in a crock pot to stay hot all game long!!
Nacho Bar – Chips, salsa, nacho cheese dip, jalapeños, bean dip, sour cream, etc.
Artichoke dip –
Potato chips and dip
Popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, cotton candy – all the vendors favorites
Snacks all around the house such as trail mix, popcorn, M&Ms, peanuts, etc.
Super Bowl parties can certainly be kept healthier if one desires. Just come up with a menu that fits your tastes and life-style.
Drinks will be flowing throughout the Super Bowl party so be sure to have plenty of water, beer, soda, a variety of mixers, juice boxes for the kids and more water!! By purchasing individual bottled drinks, it will make it easier and more fun for the host as you will not have to worry about refilling everyone’s drinks. Have coolers filled with drinks so guests can help themselves. This is also true with desserts, make your desserts or purchase them the day before and cut them into individual sizes so friends may grab a bite and run back to the TV. Some dessert ideas are Rice Crispy Treats, Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, or just small candy bars. Keep it simple is my moto.
Overall, the main thing about having a Super Bowl party is to be prepared when your guests arrive. Have the food and games set up before anyone arrives. When they arrive, you will be able to greet them and not be running around crazy trying to get those last minute things done. If you are prepared, you will have a great time yourself. Whether you like football or not, this is a party that is sure to be fun for everyone!! Go Team!!