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5 Must-Read Super Bowl Party Tips

For those Super Bowl fans who aren’t attending the Super Bowl this year, (and let’s face it, that’s most of us) the best way to enjoy the big game is to invite your family and friends over, huddle around the big screen, while you eat and drink to your heart’s delight as you cheer on your favorite team.

There are so many ways to throw a great Super Bowl party. But when it comes down to it, the most important parts are friends, food and of course -- football. Before you get too worked up about your big bash, I've highlighted a few things that I think are most important.


1. Pot Luck is Cool.


Super Bowl parties can quickly become expensive. The beer alone can go over your budget. Don’t fret! People will not think less of you if you make your Super Bowl fête a pot luck. Have people sign up for what they’ll bring prior to the party and you’ll have everything you need covered. It’s fun! Guests won’t mind pitching in – leaving you more funds to focus on the cool décor or creative super bowl activities and party favors!


2. Make Things Accessible.

The last thing you want is to be up and down and in and out of the kitchen all evening. You’ll miss the game, the halftime show, and the commercials that way. When setting up for your party, try to make everything as accessible as possible so your guests can fetch things for themselves, thereby allowing you to enjoy your own shindig. Here’s a tip: it may not be the classiest, but large empty (clean/new) trash bins can hold lots of ice, and in turn, lots of bottles/cans of beer, water, and soda. Let people dig for what they want themselves. Just be sure to keep the ice replenished and a roll of paper towels around so guests can wipe off hands and drinks of excess moisture.


3. Not Everyone Loves Beer.


Try to remember this. Come up with a few alternative fun cocktails and mocktails to serve at your party.

One of my favorites is the Beermosa. It’s a combination of beer and orange juice, à la mimosa, but minus the champagne. The Beermosa is one way to help those who may not love beer or the flavor of beer to dip their toe into the metaphorical sports drink pool. Or, for those out to get silly on Super Bowl Sunday, keep the champagne, keep the OJ, and then just add in some beer for good measure. I don’t have a name for it, but I can tell you it’s yummy.

I’m also a fan of the bitters cocktail/mocktail. Some bitters are made with alcohol, some are not, and they come in all kinds of flavors from chocolate to earl grey to apple pie. Combine bitters with some soda, water, or ginger ale and add a twist of lime - now you’ve got a really tasty drink that non-beer drinkers/non-drinkers can enjoy all evening!


4. Koozies = Party Fun.

You can order plain koozies online for next to nothing. We won’t know which two teams will be facing off in the big game on Super Bowl Sunday until a couple weeks before the game, but two weeks is plenty of time to get in your order. Choose koozies in two colors - each representing the two Super Bowl teams’ colors - and then provide plenty of black sharpies at your party for people to decorate their own Super Bowl koozies.

You can also just order plain white koozies and provide sharpies in a variety of colors and let your guests go to town!

Just note, in either case, if there are children at your party - children and sharpies don’t always mix well. Be sure the decorating is done with parental supervision so as to avoid sharpie-to-the-clothing disasters!


5. Less Can Be More.

More often than not, Super Bowl parties are about cheering and booing together with your friends and loved ones as you watch the game, indulging in yummy Super Bowl snacks and adult drinks you might not normally allow yourself to enjoy. Or, you might watch the big game to see what America’s greatest advertising minds’ have come up with to move you or make you laugh during the time outs. When this is the case, you’ve got a great party. Less can certainly be more. Have your get-together be more about the experience and less about an over-done party habitat.

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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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