It is finally that time of the year! Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and people from all over the country and world will gather around a TV with family and friends to watch the 2 top teams in the NFL square off against each other for the ultimate bragging rights. While there may be the most important football game of the season happening this Sunday, many of us know that the game itself is only a part of the whole experience. Some people prefer a great game, some people enjoy eating all the food, and there are those who watch strictly for the commercials. Regardless of your reason for watching the Super Bowl, nothing in American sports brings as many people together than Super Bowl Sunday. Throwing a Super Bowl party can be full of fun, excitement, and memories made for years to come but it’s always good to have a game plan before your first guest arrives. To get you ready for the big game we’ve put together 5 Super Bowl party essentials for your consideration.
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Something to watch the game on
If you are offering to host a Super Bowl party then it should be safe to assume that you have a TV. However, if you are looking to make an upgrade now would be a fantastic time. Amazon is currently offering deals on a variety of LED and 4K TVs that could be shipped in time to arrive at your home before Sunday if you act soon. If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, then consider purchasing a Home Theater Projector.
If you really want to feel like you are at the game, then think about getting a Sound Bar to add to your set up. These audio components can really add to the overall viewing experience and are available at different price points depending on your budget.
Plenty to sit on
This is key, but it’s important to provide enough couch space, chairs, stools, etc. to your guests so they avoid having to stand or sit on the floor the entire evening. If you think you might be short of seating, consider picking up a pack of folding chairs.
Game day gear, spirit, and decorations
If one of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl are your team, then you have to show your team spirit and wear their gear. Now would be the perfect time to get that jersey you’ve been thinking about all season, that commemorative conference championship shirt, or any team centric gear that your collection is missing. If your team didn’t make the Super Bowl (like yours truly), then make yourself feel better and get a head start on next season by treating yourself to some new gear.
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Looking to keep the kids (as well as the big kids at heart) entertained prior to kickoff? If you're lucky enough to live somewhere with nice weather then have them play the wide variety of yard and tailgating games outside.
If you live in the frozen tundra and going outside really isn't an option, then you can't go wrong with a game or 2 of Madden '19.
One last great touch are some Super Bowl specific decorations. There are many great options for team specific or generic decor.
Beer and beverages
Beer tends to be the drink of choice for many fans while watching football, so make sure you have stocked up for your guests or request for them to bring their own. There's nothing worse than having to go on a beer run during the Super Bowl. Purchasing a whole keg of beer may be more beneficial from a cost stand point, but for those who may not need as much beer, a mini keg is another option.
If you want to offer something completely different from beer you could make a team themed drink for both Super Bowl teams. I made a list of drinks that are inspired by all 32 NFL teams that could be used for some inspiration. Of course, for those who may not drink or may not be old enough to, you'll want to provide other options such as pop or homemade juice.
Food, food, and even more food
Hosting a Super Bowl party is the perfect excuse to cheat on those early New Year's resolutions. No food is off limits on this day. With that being said, you'll want to make sure you've prepared more than enough food for the amount of guests you expect and the bigger the variety, the better. The name of the game is simplicity though, you'll want to stick with foods that are easy to serve. Here are a few options:
- Chicken wings
- Chips and dip
- Pulled pork sliders
- Potato salad
- BBQ smokies/meatballs
Don't forget the desserts either:
- Chocolate bars
- Fruit dip
One thing to consider with your food is timing. Since people will more than likely be over at your house for many hours you should stagger the food throughout the game and allow people to graze. This can also help cut down on waste by not bringing everything out at once. With all of this food being served, messes are also bound to happen. Placing extra garbage cans and paper towels throughout the house can help with cleaning up later.
Don't forget to enjoy the day
While there may be a variety of tips, tricks, recipes, and gadgets available for you to enhance your Super Bowl party, don't forget that at the end of the day you should be having fun. Whether it's the first party you've ever hosted or if it's a family tradition, make sure you are enjoying yourself as well. Super Bowl Sunday is more than just a football game, it's become an American pastime. People will continue to talk about the Super Bowl for days after it ends. The game, the commercials, the halftime show, the food, the people in your home, all of these add up to make Super Bowl Sunday something special so remember to enjoy the day and don't get too caught up in the little details.
I've had many great memories from Super Bowl parties of the past, what are some of your favorite memories? As always, sound off in the comments below!