5 Best Super Bowl Party Plays
The Super is almost upon us. And if you’re debating getting people together at your place, debate no longer. It’s more fun watching with a group and getting it all together is completely doable, maybe even easy. Maybe. We’ve scoured the internet and have it all boiled down to 5 things that will make your party. Five. We know your goal in life is not to impress others. That’s exhausting. But these ideas leave you and your guests smiling. Are you ready for some football? 1. Indoor/Outdoor Artificial Grass. We’ve seen this all over Pinterest and party-planning sites. Just run to the hardware store to buy by the foot or order a roll online, then cut the artificial turf for a doormat, table runner or tablecloth, coasters or banners. It’s an inexpensive, reusable and clever way to have a little football fun. 2. White laces.Add white football laces to just about anything and you’ve scored. Seriously. You earn extra points for adding them to something brown that vaguely resembles a football, like chocolate cookies, dark chips, cookies or bread; chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzel rods, potato chips, apple slices; brown craft bags, craft paper tablecloths and runners, and brown painted mason jars or tin cans. White laces can be made with white paint, duct tape, chalk, piped frosting, mayonnaise, even cheese. 3. Cheating. We’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth repeating. Cheating on the field can land you in hot water and all over the news. But cheating when it comes to party food is fair play. Get the bulk of your food, the hot or cold buffet or main course (and even sides) delivered or order ahead and pick up on the big day (make sure they’re open Sunday, February 1 or pick up the night before). A lot of restaurants offer party catering options, including everything you need to set up. Ask your party guests to bring sides, snacks and/or drinks of choice and fill in with some simple party munchies placed strategically around the room or house. 4. Half-time entertainment. Not that Katy Perry isn’t entertaining enough, but by halftime, kids and antsier partygoers may be looking to stretch their legs and grab a new round of snacks. If you have a lot of kids coming, set up an area ahead of time with age-appropriate activities, crafts and toys. Depending upon their ages and your space, you could have a bin or tub of inexpensive foam footballs, nail polish in team colors, temporary tattoos, homemade or printable football bingo cards (fill them with common football phrases like ‘touchdown,’ ‘offensive line,’ ‘first down,’ ‘extra point,’ etc.), inexpensive party goods like beads, hats and noisemakers in team colors, online printables for coloring and more. For adults, reserve a special drink, dessert or appetizer for halftime. Maybe you have a dessert baking during the first half, bring out ice cream and toppings for a self-serve sundae bar or bring out some containers of candy, mints and gum. This mixes things up and keeps the party momentum going without taking you away from the game. 5. Good sportsmanship. It’s a good bet adult beverages will be part of the mix on Super Bowl Sunday. Encourage the group to drink responsibly and have designated drivers. Extra good sports might even set up a party bus or shuttle to bring people to and from the party. Partygoers can give Uber a try, a new alternative to taxis that connect riders with nearby drivers. You can even request, ride and pay using your mobile phone. May the best team win!