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How to Throw a Great Super Bowl Party Even if You Don’t Like Football (Slideshow)

How to Throw a Great Super Bowl Party Even if You Don’t Like Football (Slideshow)

You don’t need to understand sports to indulge in this non-official holiday

How to Throw a Great Super Bowl Party Even if You Don’t Like Football

No matter your reason for throwing a Super Bowl party, you don’t need to sweat the details. This kind of watch party is one of the easiest to pull off. Feel free to break out the chips and dip, invite over your fellow anti-sports fans, and get ready to have a great Super Bowl party.

Invite Similarly Minded Friends

The first step in pulling off any successful party is curating a flawless guest list. If you want to indulge in wings, copious amounts of alcohol, and a major cultural event but don’t really understand (or care to understand) football, then make sure the people you invite to your Super Bowl party are of a similar mindset. You don’t want an NFL fanatic getting frustrated because the other guests keep asking questions, getting distracted, or talking over the game.

Prep Your Home

A clean home is a happy home, and it’s a home ready for hosting a party. Before your non-football fan friends come over to your house, tidy up. Clean the kitchen counters, vacuum the living room, and be sure to dust your TV. The centerpiece of any Super Bowl party — even for those who don’t love the game of football — is the television. So make sure your viewing area is spacious with plenty of seating. If you need to, improvise with chairs pulled in from other rooms and pillows on the floor.

Décor

Details are what set great parties apart from good parties, so don’t forget the small things for your Super Bowl soirée, including decorations. Even though you don’t like football, you can infuse your party with plenty of irony by filling your home with an AstroTurf table, Super Bowl-themed plates and cups, and more footballs than you can count. Or, go the classy route by decorating your home in the colors of the participating teams, flowers, and banners.

Appetizers

The main reason to throw a Super Bowl party as a non-sports fan is to eat all of those classic junk foods, of course. Have an entire counter reserved for appetizers at your party. Make some of your friends’ favorite dips, including a seven-layer dip, guacamole, hummus, spinach artichoke dip, and whatever else your heart desires. Don’t forget to set out nachos, deviled eggs, cocktail meatballs, and potato skins. And, baby, we’re just getting started.

Main Courses

Drinks

Your non-football Super Bowl party is all about indulgence, so don’t forget the beverages. Good old-fashioned American beers (such as Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light) are watch-party standards. But, since you’re a non-traditional Super Bowl host, go non-traditional with your alcoholic selections. Since you don’t care too much about watching the game, mix up some signature cocktails for your guests.

Betting Pool

If you’re embracing the traditions of the Super Bowl for your non-traditional party, you can’t forget about waging bets. You may not understand the rules of the game, but the typical football squares game is easy enough for anyone to understand. If you want to get a little creative, feel free to wager friendly bets on the length of the halftime show, how many commercials will air per segment, and who will win the coin tosses.

Use the Game as Background Noise

Your average party would have music as the background noise, allowing guests to mingle and enjoy themselves in something other than deafening silence. For this party, use the Super Bowl as your background noise. Your guests shouldn’t be forced to pay attention, so treat this as a normal weekend party, but with the TV on instead of the stereo.

Prime Time = Commercials and the Halftime

Non-sports fans can still appreciate the commercials and halftime show. These segments almost rival the big game itself in popularity. So, even if your friends are chatting over the second quarter and the spectator commentary, make sure they hush up in time for Lady Gaga’s performance. Then, you need to throw your own little monster dance party.

Party Games and Alternative Programming

If your friends get bored with mingling and eating during the Super Bowl, have some other things planned for them to do. Feel free to switch the channel to the increasingly popular Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, or break out some board games for people to play. If nothing else, turn the Super Bowl into a drinking game. Take a shot anytime someone scores or take a sip whenever someone gets tackled. Those concepts are basic enough for even the most ignorant Super Bowl-watcher to cheers to.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah. football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit.

1. Use SignUpGenius to plan the party, send invitations, and track RSVPs.
This is a free online tool for creating and managing a successful party.

2. Keep food simple and portable.
Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy the party, too.

  • A buffet is the best option when watching TV.
  • Prepare recipes beforehand that will not hold you prisoner in the kitchen.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or crockpots.
  • With SignupGenius, you can track RSVPs and have plenty of food prepared! Or you can have friends sign up on SignupGenius to contribute dishes for a potluck.

Get lots of great Super Bowl party food ideas here !

3. Pick a theme.
Sure, it's about the game and those ridiculous commercials, but you can make it even more entertaining by choosing a theme to go along with football. How about a luau, a mexican fiesta, or a mardi gras flavor?

4. Be creative in decorating.
Once a theme is chosen, unleash your creativity.

  • Provide confetti to throw for touchdowns or at game's end.
  • Have life-size player cutouts of key football team members.
  • Hang up a game day banner. They should be available online or through local party stores.
  • Decorate with game day balloons.
  • Provides hats and noisemakers.
  • Use team colors, your kid's footballs, team jerseys, goal posts, and pennants.
  • Hang lights in the game area and at game time, dim the regular lights.

5. Strategize your screen set-up.

  • Set up as many televisions as you have available around the party area, creating 2-3 clusters of seats so everyone has a good view.
  • Designate a no-talking area for dedicated fans to watch the game--you know, those fanatics who keep telling people to shut up during the game.
  • Have a room without a television for partygoers who aren't interested in the game and want a place to talk.

6. Remember these safety issues.

  • Establish designated drivers before the party.
  • Make sure your TV and entertainment center are safely mounted.
  • Childproof your home if kids are coming.

7. Focus on the details.

  • Have lots of paper towels, napkins and rug cleaner handy for messes created during exciting plays.
  • Have plenty of coasters around.
  • Designate a place for coats and let guests know where to find them when you greet them at the door and collect them.

8. Provide Other Entertainment
There will be some who come just for the party, not the game. Keep the day fun for them, too.

  • Have a room with a television and a few rented videos for the non-football fans at your party.
  • Have a game day set of Super Bowl trivia to ask during half time.
  • Tape the half-time show and watch it later, so you can spend the time enjoying your guests or playing some halftime games.

9. Kids can come, too.
If kids are attending, put their sodas and juice boxes in a different cooler (than the adult beverages).

  • Make them a pizza in the form of a football.
  • Set up a room with video games and other games.
  • If the weather is nice, set up games for them to play in the backyard like volleyball, soccer or football.

10. Go the extra mile with party favors.
If you want to go all out, provide a party favor.

  • Team lollipops
  • Personalized water bottles
  • Team colored t-shirts that party-goers put on when they arrive. (You can find cheap t-shirts online or at a craft store.)

And whatever you do or don't do for your party, be sure that you remember the people are more important than the food or the favors. Enjoy them, and they will enjoy the party!

Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.