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Intimate Super Bowl Party Tips

Some say the bigger the better, but there’s no denying the charm of an intimate gathering of your closest family and friends. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl shindig with an exclusive guest list, follow our tips to ensure your party is the perfect balance of football and fun.

Now that you only have a few mouths to feed, you can spend your extra resources focusing on the ones that did make the guest list.


Spend Time on Wow-worthy Food

Since you’re not cooking for a crowd, you can afford to spend extra time and energy on the food you are making. Skip the simple foods and turn your Super Bowl party menu into a wow-worthy spread that will get guests talking! Creative football themed foods like these pizza pockets from Picture the Recipe will not only keep guests satisfied, but will take your celebration to the next level.


Individual Servings

Rather than making a smorgasborg of cheesy platters and finger foods, take this opportunity to create individualized servings for each of your guests like this seven layer dip from Six Sisters Stuff. This will help cut down on messy food accidents while also keeping the spread looking organized. 


Smaller Portions = Bigger Variety

While we’re talking about food, it’s important to note that you should be making smaller amounts than you normally might for a larger party. This means that you can make smaller portions, but more variety! Rather than simply serving buffalo wings, you can make a whole platter of different variations of that saucy chicken bite, while also making every cheesy appetizer you've ever dreamed of.


Go Big With Beer

Now that you don’t have to buy excessive amounts of beer for your shindig, you can allocate your booze budget for a more sophisticated taste. Instead of buying the cheapest option, you can now get a little bit fancy and perhaps opt for a draft made by your local microbrewery. And while you’re serving up that fancy brew, be sure to display it in a creative way with these ideas.


Backup Entertainment

No matter the occasion, you should always be prepared for downtime. This is especially true in the case of smaller gatherings. In case conversation dies down or there’s an unexpected black out, having a few Super Bowl Party games prepped and ready to go is a must.


Personalized Party Fun

Since your guest list is short and sweet, you can really get personal with the décor. Set up place setting in your dining room table where guests can chat while chowing down. Sure, they might be spending a majority of time in front of the big screen, but it’s still important to have an area where guests can shoot the breeze without distracting other guests. The table setting is the perfect place for some personalization; place cards with your guests names on them not only serves as a unique decorative piece, but also doubles as the perfect Super Bowl party favor!


Here are some creative personalized place setting ideas and party favors in one:



Naptime Notebook created these adorable mini football fields sure to impress guests!



Reusable water bottles personalized with your guests’ names are simple and your friends will be able to get loads of use out of them afterwards.



Football themed bobble heads with your guests’ face in them are sure to inspire some laughs.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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