The Super Bowl game and television commercials are the highlights and focal point of the party. My experience has taught me that hosts don't have to go overboard in trying to make guests feel entertained.
Below are my planning tips for planning a simple, easy and nice Super Bowl Party.
1. Figure out a budget. How much can you afford to spend on the party. That will dictate how many people you can invite, feed, provide provisions, etc.
2. Shop early and look for store discounts. You can probably find great deals if you give yourself enough time. Last minute planning will always cost you more in the long run.
3. Let your guests in on the style of your Super Bowl Party. Is it 'breezy casual' or are you inviting your boss, colleagues and their families who you are trying to impress?
4. Encourage guests to wear sportswear (jerseys, sweatshirts, caps, etc.) indicative of their favorite team.
Decorations and Flatware
5. Provide disposable plates, cups, flatware, etc. Make it easy on
yourself. And what you install for a party, you have to take it down
afterwards. Keep it simple, with minor cleaning to do after the party.
You can probably find Super Bowl team imprinted napkins and provisions online. (If you can purchase recyclable or biodegradable products, it would be to everyone's advantage.)
6. You don't have to get fancy with the decor or any special activities. Again, people are there to watch the game and any theme decor will probably go un-noticed. During the half-time show, it's strictly socialzing. At the end of the game, guests will go home. It's that simple.
Keep your guests full and refreshed
7. Stock up on plenty of beer, drinks, alcohol, sodas, beverages and ice. With the economic recession, you might encourage everyone to bring their own beer, wine or alcohol, letting them know you will be providing the food. You also might want to think about a potluck. People like to feel as though they are making a contribution.
8. Make food that is easy and hearty. You can serve homemade chili, a stew, homemade soups, hot dogs, smoked sausages in rolls, hero sandwiches, cole slaw, potato skins, pizza, etc. Chilis, stews and soups can be made a day or two in advance.
9. make sure you have plenty of snacks (chips, pretzels, peanuts, dips, etc). Super Bowl Parties, like the holidays, are not the time where guests typically watch their waist lines. Forget the crudite and vegetable platters.
Be Prepared for Anything
10. Work through some logistics. For example, you may want to talk with your neighbors if you're expecting a lot of guests. Perhaps, they are throwing a party too, which could conceivably create a parking nightmare on your street. What's your backup plan for guests parking? What's your plan in case of a snow storm? Do you have enough chairs for your guests to sit and watch the game? Will everyone be able to see the television or flat screen? Do you have enough refrigerator space to store your food and beverages?