It's likely that you'll be watching the Super Bowl at a friend or family's house. If you're the one hosting this year's party, make it one to remember. Sharon Ivy, with Sharon Ivy Events, gave us some great tips to host an awesome Super Bowl party.
1. Send our an invite ASAP. Evite.com has several templates ready for you. Just create an account and load in your info. Simple and easy!
2. Rent extra chairs if you need them. Many local companies rent chairs starting at a dollar. Also look at getting tables for your buffet or even linens. If you're going to be entertaining more, invest in a 6ft table and some basic white tablecloths.
3. Decorations- many of the local party stores and discount stores have super bowl themed items. I found these items very inexpensively table cloths, napkins and plates. Create a fun tablescape!
3. Extra large trash bags and paper towels--make sure you have plenty
4. Floor/rug cleaner for the cheesy spills and messes.
5. Hand sanitzer/ wipes. The flu is rampant right now, so no one wants to leave with a virus as their party favor.
6. If you don't have extra fridge space, look at renting some coolers for the beverages so that will free up space in the refrigerator.
7. Load up on ice. This always gets overlooked.
For the food: Keep it simple to things that you can prepare ahead of time and place out for guests to enjoy. As the host, you want to enjoy the party as well. Remember that kick off is at 5:30, so people will be hungry, so make sure to have some items for snacking as well as some filling options.
Snack ideas: popcorn bar with a variety of flavors- you can purchase anything from buttered to chile spice. Of course, keep the favorites like snack mix and nuts, chips and salsa, guacamole, etc.
Don't forget the classics like wings and nachos. I think people would protest if there are no wings at a Superbowl party. You can order wings carryout from one of the local restaurants if you would like to save time.
Put a spin on the food and honor the host city of New Orleans. Whip up some shrimp po boys and dirty rice. There are some simple recipes online for po boys and the local grocery store carries starter mixes for dirty rice that are tasty and easy to make.
Drinks: Offer some soft drinks, water and a few alcoholic options. Since it's a work night for many, make sure that you have a good mix of alcoholic vs. non-alcoholic.
Desserts: Make these simple football brownies using brownie mix and a football cookie cutter purchased at a local craft store. You can use the other cutters to make sugar cookies. This would be great activity for the kids. Fill in your dessert offerings with cookies and other simple treats
Games: Family feud/around the room style trivia. Make up a game so that everyone can participate. Include some questions about the player stats, date of the first Superbowl. How many times the Superbowl has been played in New Orleans, etc. Just do some online researching and write the questions on note cards. This is an easy way to play a game without having to get any special equipment.
Of course if the weather feels like this, a friendly football toss challenge is in order. Have a competition for longest pass, most completed passes, catches, etc.