How to Throw a Crazy-Fun Super Bowl Party
You can throw a legendary Super Bowl party—even when you're only watching for the commercials. Here's what to do!
It seems that the best parties in the winter all revolve around football. Even if you don’t love sports, fear not. Throwing a Super Bowl party can be just as fun for the host as it is for sports fans. Stock up on tailgate snacks and cozy cocktails and let’s get going!
Bring on the Beer
Football wouldn’t be a great American sport without a great American beverage. Before the party, do some research on local beers from the cities of the two teams competing in the big game. Ice down a few 12 packs and surprise your guests with some local and festive flavor.
Do a Dip
Cheesy dips are a staple of any legendary tailgate, and a Super Bowl party is no different. Look for a few creative recipes and chose one that is cheesy, one that is meaty, one that is spicy and one that is vegan to appease all the different taste preferences of your group.
Play Your Own Game
Keep the competition alive with an ongoing game of team and city trivia. Prepare a few questions about each team ahead of time and quiz your guests during time-outs. Bake some football-shaped cookies to hand out as prizes for the guest who knows their team the best.
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Build a Snack Stadium
To be the envy of all your friends (and the star of their Instagram stories) build yourself a snack stadium. Fill a few cardboard boxes or aluminum pans with all your favorite snacks. Make a field out of a frosted cake and place it in the center. Learn how to build your own with our step-by-step guide.
Mix up Cocktails
Pick a signature cocktail for each team based on their city, mascot or team colors. Mix up a pitcher of each drink ahead of time with a little splash of food coloring to match each team’s jerseys. When one side scores a touchdown, give every guest a pour of the opposing team’s drink. Put together an epic home bar with these pro tips.
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Set the Scene
Make your guests feel like they’re watching the game from the sideline with plenty of creative decorations. From AstroTurf coasters to helmet drink stirrers, decorating for your party can be just as fun as the party itself. Decorate one half of the living room with one team’s colors, and the other half of the living room with the other team’s colors. Your guests can choose where they want to sit and cheer on their favorite team.
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The staple of any great sports viewing party is a tray of sticky, sweet and tangy chicken wings. Prepare a range of flavors from extra spicy to sweet and mild and have a few dipping sauces (like cool ranch or blue cheese) on the side. Wings are the perfect finger food, but be sure to have plenty of cocktail napkins ready for these fall off the bone, finger-licking goods!
Show Your Spirit
Throw a competition to see who has the most (and most creative) team spirit in the group. Have face painting supplies at the ready with some colorful streamers and spray on hair dye. Challenge your friends to create the craziest costumes and have a makeshift catwalk for them to show off their team spirit.
We know Super Bowl commercials are as important as the game, so why not make a sport out of the ads? Make bingo cards out of card stock and colored Sharpies using brands, logos and popular commercial themes. Hand them out to your guests and wait to see who gets the first line of five.
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Pick a Winning Dessert
What better way to wash down all those wings and beers than with some sweet and decadent dessert? Help ease the pain for the losing team with a crowd-pleasing classic like caramel brownies or ice cream and cookie pie. Even if their team lost the game, we bet your guests will leave with a full belly and happy heart.
Make Swag Bags
To help your guests feel extra special, prepare swag bags as a parting gift. Fill them with homemade cookies, candies, Gatorade and your favorite hangover cure to help them recover after a night of overindulgence. Pack a mini water bottle in the bag to set them on the fast track to a feel-good Monday morning.