The NFL’s Super Bowl LIII, in which the AFC champion will face-off with the NFC champion for the league championship, will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 3, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Don’t fumble on game night, whether your hosting or attending, make sure you have all the football party must-haves to score big points.
In order to host the perfect Super Bowl party you’ll need:
- Send Invites. As soon as you decide to have the party, send out a text, email, or tweet to let everyone know. Then, send out an invite and reminders. The invite is a great chance to set the tone of the party and the R.S.V.P.s will help you find out how many guests to expect.
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- Prepare Early. Have the house clean, chairs in place, serving platters out on the table or counter, coolers in place, do EVERYTHING but bring out the food before the pre-game coverage starts at 1 p.m. Eastern.
- Decorations in the team colors such as banners, streamers, table covers, pom-poms, balloons add to the festive mood. Real and mini footballs, football-themed mylar balloons, and anything else with footballs on them will make your guests feel that they are in for a night of pigskin fun. Some green indoor/outdoor carpet with white gridlines painted on it makes a big statement and a great clean-up time saver. Coasters with your favorite team’s logo can save your coffee table while adding to the look.
- Coolers, buckets, or small tubs for drinks – Place them in strategic spots so guests won’t have to miss any of the game.
- Ice – You’ll need more than you think so pick up an extra bag or two.
- Beer and other alcoholic beverages – Most party goers will be drinking beer so offer a large assortment of bottled and canned beer. Also, have wine, wine coolers, and mixed drinks available. Up the ante by creating a signature drink with a football name and/or team colors.
- Bottle openers – Place several near the drinks so that they are handy.
- Soda or other non-alcoholic drinks – Don’t forget about the non-drinkers in your group. A punch in team colors is a great way to take your party up a notch.
- If your budget allows, let guests know that their kids are welcome and hire a babysitter. Kid-proof a room in your house where the babysitter can play games and entertain the younger kids while the parents relax and enjoy the party.
- Food – In addition to the typical wings, barbeque, meatballs, subs, chips, chili, and such; add some foods based on the hometowns of the teams! Sweets are a must for any party so consider setting up a candy display in team colors. A cake or cupcakes in the teams’ colors will also satisfy those half-time sweet tooths. Also, don’t forget to draw laces on foods like deviled eggs, mini football-shaped meatloaves, cheese balls, pigs in the blanket, chocolate dipped strawberries, brownies, cookies, and chocolate peanut butter footballs. String cheese, melted chocolate, condiments, and icing are great for doing this.
- Serving platters, trays, and bowls – Inexpensive football-themed items add to the fun. Just make sure you have enough serving pieces for all the snacks you’ll be setting out.
- Plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery – Make sure plates are sturdy enough to handle all the food that will be piled on them. Picks with footballs and pendants on them are great for picking up and eating a lot of the foods that are on a party buffet.
- Napkins and paper towels – You’ll need lots of these for wiping messy hands and spills. For napkins, go with team colors or yellow ones which can be “penalty flags”.
- Set up a photo booth. Clear a small area and hang a colorful backdrop, a banner, and/or streamers. Add a helmet and football for props. Encourage guests to mug for the camera and watch the fun begin!
- Get your bathroom(s) ready for guests. Remove any medications and/or personal items from the counters and medicine chest. Have a plunger and plenty of toilet paper available in each restroom. A radio tuned in to the game may make the gentlemen more willing to take time to aim.
- Seating is a must – Ask friends to bring over folding chairs if you don’t have enough, and don’t be afraid to bring in the lawn chairs. You can also put some big pillows on the floor so those sitting on it can be comfortable, too.
- Create an outdoor space. Place ashtrays, a small TV or radio, and some chairs for guests to go outdoors for a break without missing any of the game. Add, a few of the party decorations to the area to make it inviting.
- Half of the Super Bowl fun is the pools! Buy a couple of prizes for the winner(s). Put them on display to build excitement. If you’re not sure how to set one up, here’s a great How-To Set Up a Super Bowl Pool post that makes setting one up super easy.
- Parting gifts are a wonderful way to say thank you for coming. A football-shaped cookie or keychain, beer koozie, or a small bag of candy in their team’s colors all make wonderful gifts. Place in a bowl by the door and they can grab one as they leave.
If you’ve been lucky enough to be invited to a party, you don’t want to show up looking like a loser:
- You’ll need the right attire. Not only does it need to be comfortable but it also has to show your team spirit. You can find the best at NFLShop.com. It is the official online store of the National Football League and offers the biggest selection of officially licensed NFL apparel and merchandise online. You’ll find all kinds of merchandise for all 32 teams.
- Bring an impressive snack. Forget the chips, think sliders, poppers, meatballs, nachos, homemade dipping sauces, salsas, and such. Anything with bacon and/or cheese is sure to be a hit, too.
- Now’s the day to strut your swag. Bring your bandanas, flags, foam fingers, anything that shows your team spirit.
It is rumored that Maroon 5 will headline the halftime show, though the NFL has not confirmed the reports. If they do, will you be watching the halftime show? If you could choose the performer, who would you like to see?
Also, the singer for the national anthem hasn’t been announced yet. Who do you think it will be?
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