While the Super Bowl is the biggest NFL game of the year, for most people Sunday will have very little to do with football. It’s a chance for family and friends to get together, making the Super Bowl party the biggest aspect of the entire day.
Super Bowl parties often attract a diverse crowd. Die-hard football fans are usually in attendance, but casual fans and people who haven’t watched a game all season also join in on the festivities. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, finding ways to please everyone can seem difficult.
Below are 10 ways to make your 2016 Super Bowl party stand out.
The game doesn’t begin until the evening, but there’s no reason your party can’t start in the afternoon. Have everyone come to your home an hour or two early and make a whole day out of it. CBS will have coverage of the pregame starting at 11 a.m. ET.
Gambling Adds Interest
Unless you live in Colorado or North Carolina, there’s a good chance few people at your party will have a rooting interest in the actual game. There are plenty of gambling-related activities that will make the Super Bowl more entertaining. Make predictions on the final score, have everyone pick names out of a hat for the MVP winner, or do traditional Super Bowl boxes.
Play Drinking Games
Drinking games make any party better, and the Super Bowl provides plenty of opportunities, especially since the game could last four hours. Drink whenever someone scores or there’s a turnover. Get a little more creative and make a drinking game related to some of the more interesting Super Bowl prop bets.
Offer A Variety Of Food And Beverages
Most parties will serve traditional foods like wings, chips and pizza, but there’s no reason to limit your party to the usual snacks. Think outside the box when coming up with a menu, and there are plenty of online guides to making easy and tasty treats. A wide variety of beer, wine and soft drinks is probably a step in the right direction, too.
Give Out Prizes
Even if the game is boring, people will leave happy if they walk out with a party favor. Have your guests make predictions on the Super Bowl with the winner getting a prize. Even handing out small favors will be appreciated.
Consider A Face Painter
This idea is especially fun if there are going to be children at the party. Request someone to paint either a Panther or a Bronco on people’s faces depending on their rooting interest.
Choose A Theme
A lot of people at the party won’t care at all about the game, so choosing a theme can get everyone involved. Maybe throw a costume party and have your guests dress up like football players.
Go Wild With Decorations
Creating a festive atmosphere will go a long way in throwing a good party. Decorating for the Super Bowl can be simple. Hang some jerseys on the wall, maybe get posters for the two teams playing in the game.
Set Up Multiple TVs
Having a few TV’s set up will prevent everyone at the party from crowding around one spot to watch the game, and it can be especially useful at halftime. Why not have the halftime show on the big screen and the Puppy Bowl on a small TV?
Play Two-Hand Touch Football
With the Super Bowl starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, the party doesn’t have to end when the game is over. Work off those calories that were ingested during the Super Bowl with a football game of your own. Or maybe even play the game before watching the Super Bowl.