Super Bowl LII (that’s 52 for those of you rusty on your Roman numerals) is coming up February 4, and football fans across the country can’t wait to find out which teams will go head to head for the coveted trophy. At least we know Justin Timberlake is performing at halftime. Are you read to host a bash that will be one for the record books? With these ideas, your Super Bowl party is sure to be a blast:
- Decorate with the traditional football colors of green, brown and white. Party stores like Party City have all kinds of creative items like football-field table covers, referee-shirt bottle cozies and football-shaped balloons that will help set the tone for the party.
- Put out yellow napkins and label them “penalty flags.”
- Hang a sign on the bathroom that says “Locker Room.”
- Make a banner that says “Concession Stand” and hang it over the food table. You can also label your sweets “Time-Out Treats,” and your water bottles or water jug “Water Break.”
- Fill small bags with football chocolates (available from Amazon or Party City), label them “Hope you had a ball!” and hand them out as guests leave.
Let’s face it, some of your guests are going to be more interested in the commercials than the game, and that’s okay. Keep non-football fans having fun with a game of Super Bowl Commercial Bingo. You can make your own cards using words and phrases like “horse,” “comedian,” or “a cleaning brand,” or make it easy on yourself and print them off the internet—there are free templates available. Make sure you have a few fun prizes on hand for those who get BINGO.
- Mix up a sweet popcorn treat in your team’s colors (or do both teams to be fair to all fans). Melt 3 Tbs. butter and 3 cups of mini marshmallows in a sauce pan and pour the mixture over about 10 cups of freshly popped popcorn. Fold to coat. Then spread the mixture in a jelly roll pan and quickly add M&M’s in your team’s colors (available from Amazon or Party City). You can also add Pretzel M&M’s and chocolate chips if you’d like. It’s a sweet and salty treat that’s a crowd pleaser.
- Anything small is popular at parties, since they make it easy to eat without utensils, so make things like mini macaroni and cheese bites in a mini muffin tin, sliders instead of full-size burgers and potato skin bites instead of proper potato skins.
- Make football strawberries. Dip strawberries in chocolate and let them cool. Then pipe white “laces” onto the chocolate.
- Arrange pigs in a blanket in a football shape before you cook them. They should be touching so they cook together. When they are done, pipe yellow mustard “laces” onto the middle.