Football party curriculum does not require you to have an event planning degree or a flair for decorating. All you need are these 5 essentials.
So take your mind off the controversy surrounding the big game and focus on what matters most – throwing a kickass Super Bowl party.
Unless Bobby Flay is invited, you can quit stressing over the quality of food – especially the finger food. Bowl game etiquette mandates that store-bought chips, salsa, nacho cheese, mini sausages, meatballs and other finger foods are completely acceptable. But as a host, the unwritten rule is to provide a substantial, homemade entree to soak up the beer.
Here are some quick and easy ideas from allrecipies.com that any novice cook can prepare:
- Detroit Hot Honey Wings
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Best Damn Chili
- Italian Sausage Deep Dish Pizza
- Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders
Beer is the universal language. We recommend you get some of your favorite ale (be sure to hide a few in your fridge’s vegetable drawer for safe keeping) and a few different variations so your guests can select their suds of preference. Not everyone likes uber-hoppy beer… but we do, especially our friends at Sun King Brewery’s Osiris.
Since the big game falls on a Sunday, most attendees will be driving later that evening. It would also be wise to have some non-alcoholic beverages on hand like lemonade, soda and good ol’ hydrating water.
3. Provision Placement
It doesn’t matter what TV you have or how great your setup is, if the snacks are in front of the TV you’re going to be bobbing and weaving to try and see around the friend who is too intoxicated or slow to understand that dipping his chips is not more crucial than the 3rd and goal play.
Place all snacks on a table outside your seating area and provide plates, silverware and napkins. This will avoid anyone taking one chip dip, a single carrot or handful of cashews at a time. Requiring your guests to get up for their snacks will limit the interruptions.
The same goes for drinks. Keep the libations away from the viewing area. And to further avoid football disturbances, when you do get up – ask if anyone wants a drink and bring them back for the group. It’ll seem like you’re being a good host, but we know the truth behind the kind gesture.
You don’t have to own a 110” UHD television to qualify as a Super Bowl host (but if you have a friend that does – you might want to consider going to their place for the game).
However, you do need to have something that a group of people can sit in front of and not miss out on the action. Here is a little guide to TV size vs. viewers:
32”: Up to 4 Viewers
40”: 5 – 8 Viewers
50”: 9 – 12 Viewers
60”: 13 – 16 Viewers
70”: 17 – 22 Viewers
80”: 23 – 28 Viewers
Not everyone can afford a Super Bowl ticket. And the truth is a lot of tickets to the big show cost as much, if not more, than a quality sound system.
You can really enhance the football experience with a 5.1 surround system (we recommend our new Reference Premiere line). Every helmet hit, tackle and sideline expletive will be loud and clear. It’ll sound like you’re at the game and your guest will demand you host another super bowl party or movie night.