Your Secret Super Bowl Party Playbook
January 17, 2014
We have a friend who sets out a cake when guests come over and
calls it a day. Or a bag of chips and salsa or dip, still in their
respective bag and jar (gasp!). And if that's not enough, she
actually looks like she's enjoying herself. The nerve.
Jest aside, we love this about her. We admire her ability to put
the act of gathering first and the presentation a solid second or
third. We envy her this clarity and confidence. And we always have
fun. Which is why we think it's worth a try. Say, for a Super Bowl XLVIII party. So we're going
for a historic first: a simple and personal party for another
historic first, the first
outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl.
Here's the thing: you can do simple-the laid back party with a
hint of Pinterest -- but stick to the little flourishes that give
you real joy.
So the Snackadium that we
pinned to the Wise Super Bowl
Party Board does not instantly smack of ease or joy. But given
enough time and enough restraint (no straightening up crooked yard
lines or snack improvising), this is the kind of project that could
inspire some real fun (if not a few pre-kick-off stories) with the
kids. Joy. Or not. You decide.
Some other things that might spike the simple and joy meters in
equal measure? Grab a can of flat black or green chalkboard paint
at your local hardware store (it comes in both spray or brush on).
Paint a piece of foam core board, an old picture frame or mirror or
even one side of a large cardboard box (you get the picture). Let
it dry then welcome your guests with a chalk-written message. Plug
your team, add some Xs and Os, print out your 'menu' (however
simple or elaborate), or use it to create a Super Bowl
You can also print up a quick stack of these football bingo
cards and put out a jar of pennies or bingo chips.
Another idea for the chalkboard paint since you already have it?
Paint over some stickers (any sticker large enough for a two-digit
number), adhere to glasses and let people write the winning score
on their glass as they get their drinks. No one loses his or her
drink and the winner scores a little prize. (Be sure to leave out a
box of chalk near the glasses.)
Use things you already have like serving baskets, trays and
bowls and don't think they all need to match or be football themed.
Add ice to a clean galvanized tub or bucket for bottled drinks or
juice boxes. Throw in some football napkins or napkins in team
colors. And without much additional work, you can also choose some
of your snacks, decorations or favors to coordinate with team
colors (juice for kids, M&Ms or other candies, frosting for
cookies or cupcakes, balloons, beads or nail polish).
Grab some football coloring books or pads of construction paper
at a discount store, haul out your ginormous pile of crayons and
let the kids go at it. You could also get the kids in on the bingo
fun if they're old enough to follow along.
You can football-ize almost anything, like these football
silverware caddies, by painting/icing/adding white football
laces. Have the kids paint tin soup cans with flat brown paint,
then add the white lacing with chalk or white paint. Use the cans
to hold utensils, rolled napkins, votive candles, chalk or crayons.
You can draw the same white laces on lunch-size brown paper bags
then fill with popcorn and line up the bags in a big basket or on a
Best advice we've gotten over the years: ask your guests to
bring something. Mix it up and ask some for dessert, others for
chips and dips, side salads, pasta or even beverages of choice.
It'll take the pressure off and you can focus on enjoying your
company and watching the game.
If all else fails, remember our
friend and the cake. She's on to something.
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