Evite as always has great ideas for entertaining and of course the Super Bowl has not been forgotten…
Show your colors! Pick streamers, balloons, paper plates and napkins in your team’s colors. Make sure to find out which team your guests are rooting for so you can have both sides represented. If it’s going to be a “mixed crowd,” consider decorating opposite sides of your TV room for each team. If you’re feeling generous, that is. Otherwise, it’s your place, so your team rules. Protect your big screen by having some yellow flags and soft foam bricks guests can toss when upset at the refs. And don’t forget pom-poms. Whether as decorations or as party props, they can add to the fun. It’s a good idea to set up a second TV in the kitchen or another room besides your living room. Some of your guests may be there for the social aspects, and this will give them a place to chat while others are focused on the game. For maximum indulgence (and laziness), rent a mini fridge to keep cold drinks at the ready. If you’re having a lots of guests, use a bathtub to hold ice and beverages — it keeps the bottles and cans cold and out of your way, and cleanup couldn’t be easier.
Call it a costume or simply required game-day attire, but some of your die-hard guests will already be decked out in team jerseys, whether you suggest they come that way or not. Have team-colored accessories handy for those who want to go the extra couple yards:
• Plastic bead necklaces
• Whistles, rattles and other noisemakers (look for cheap post-New Year’s Eve stuff)
Start your party before game time so you can psych everyone up. Everyone loves to root for their favorite player, so up the stakes a bit by having everyone draft a Super Bowl fantasy player: Have a bowl with star players’ numbers written down on pieces of paper. When guests arrive, they pick a player to cheer on (again, separate the teams into two bowls so fans aren’t rooting for the wrong team). You can have small door prizes for the lucky guest who picked the game’s MVP or the player with the most points scored, total yards or interceptions. Combine this with a traditional football pool and give your guests plenty of reasons to cheer. And with the commercials getting crazier and crazier each year, pass out “commercial score cards,” and have your guests rate each of the big commercials on a 1-5 star scale. After the game, tally up the winners. If your group is the wagering kind, play Super Bowl® Squares. This game is a sure way to keep all your guests, even those who couldn’t care less about the game, totally involved. Don’t be surprised when those apathetic viewers start screaming for teams to go for it on 4th and 1.
Food and Drinks
Game day is not complete without friends, family and fabulous food. Take your party from good to great with these great party tips:
Create Helmet Bowls: Snack bowls decorated to look like the helmet from your favorite team are perfect for holding all those game day goodies. To create, take an ordinary colored plastic bowl and add helmet stripes using colored tape from your local hardware or craft store. Add in your favorite dish and serve!
Separate Seating Zones: Keep the peace by setting up different seating zones for game time. Let the big-time fans sit in the main room with the bigger TV, and create a separate space for the casual fans and people who want to socialize. A smaller TV in the kitchen is a good way to let guests chat, keep an eye on the game and get first dibs on the munchies.
Really, you just can’t go wrong at a Super Bowl® party with a bunch of beer. You may want to ask guests to bring their favorite six-pack so you can have a nice selection, although if you choose this option have at least a 12-pack to start things off. Your guests will also appreciate a Bloody Mary Bar where each can create a drink to his or her own taste. Start with a standard Bloody Mary mix. Then guests can add in their own vodka, hot sauce and cracked pepper. For even more customization, mix chilled tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and sea salt. Be creative with your garnishes. In addition to the standard celery stalks, put out bowls of blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, lemon wedges or wheels, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers and cocktail onions, and let guests skewer their own garnish. Soda is a safe standard, but how about shot glasses or tiny paper cups filled with Gatorade? Most people will enjoy taking a sip even if they don’t want a full glass of sports drink.
1. We Will Rock You/We are the Champions / Queen
2. Rock & Roll, Pt. 2 / Gary Glitter
3. Celebration / Kool and the Gang
4. Blitzkrieg Bop / The Ramones
5. Hot in Herre / Nelly
6. Who Let the Dogs Out / Baha Men
7. Jump Around / House of Pain
8. Whoomp! (There It Is) / Tag Team
9. Gonna Make You Sweat / C&C Music Factory
10. That’s the Way I Like It / KC & The Sunshine Band