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Planning a Super Bowl Party

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Ideas for a Super Bowl Party

Planning a Super Bowl Party is easy to do. Remember the main attraction is the game and everything else is icing on the cake.

Super Bowl Decorations:

This usually is not an occasion where elaborate decorations are expected. These ideas may be helpful.
•Use a green table cloth or a green indoor-outdoor carpet on the table
•Place whatever football items you may have around the room e.g. foam footballs, Number One foam finger, footballs, megaphones, etc.
•Purchase football theme paper plates and cups.
•Wrap brown paper around a tin can and draw on white laces with a Sharpie (first picture below).

DIY Decorations

•Cut pendant shapes out of felt or paper. Apply team stickers or sayings such as “Go Team” or “Touch down”.

•Make pom poms. Buy crepe paper streamers in the team colors. Set a ruler on the table then unroll a strip 8 inches up to a foot long (depends on how big you want your pom poms). Now double back over the strip you just laid down. Repeat doubling back until you have enough strips to make a pom-pom with. It can be as few as 6 layers. Cut off the crepe paper roll. Grab your strips in the middle and staple or tie together with a ribbon. Cut the ends so all are open. Then staple, glue or tie to a dowel or straw.

 

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Using Super Bowl Printables

An easy way to decorate is to use printables.

•I like the little pendants and foam fingers in this printable (second picture) which can be used on toothpicks for sausage or other finger foods. Make them in team colors. Notice the referee jersey wrap for the water bottles
•This link has larger version of the foam fingers and pendants (third picture, click to open link). Put them in a bucket with some pom-poms –instructions in the above section. Use them as a decoration or let friends wave them during the game.

•The little goal post banner is super cute and small enough to be used on any table.
•The little footballs (fifth picture, click to open) could be enlarged and names of dips printed on them. Or you could cut pendant shapes out of paper and glue to the toothpick.
• The other great printable featured in the link above are the sticker name tags for drinks, or you can create your own using clip art and printable stickers.

When the teams are identified, do a search of printables that use the team logos. The last link above has banners for every team.

You can do much of the above using card stock or construction paper. You can use simple coloring pages with pictures of jerseys, footballs and pendants for your template.

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Super Bowl Party Fun Stuff

•Make penalty flags: Buy bright yellow fabric and cut into one foot squares. Grab each piece in the middle and pour some sand into the pocket. Place a rubber band just above the sand. You or your friends can toss them to call your own penalties.
•Ask your quests to come dressed in the colors of one of the teams.
•Printout and play a scrambled word game (click on first picture). Or create your own.
•Match nicknames to the team (second picture). The first person to correctly complete it wins.
•Play a Super Bowl trivia game. Divide into two teams. One person acts as referee and reads the questions. You can find trivia questions at the NFL site and Washington Times NFL Trivia. Or you can use the question shown in the fourth picture.

BINGO

•Play a bingo type game with squares filled with what is happening during the football game. The third picture above (click on it) is a printable showing some of the options you could use or just print it out and use it.
•Commercial Bingo is a fun game. You can fill in the squares or have your guests fill in a blank grid. Items may be talking birds, a make of car, a brand of beer, talking mammal, talking reptile, a brand of chips, someone wearing face paint, and whatever else you can think of. This is played with the same rules as regular bingo. Or print out the premade game shown in the fifth picture.

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Super Bowl Party Food

Finger food

Favorites are chips, and crudities with various dips; cheese, salami, and cracker trays; soft pretzels and mustard dip; and popcorn. Photos one and two above shows homemade football stadiums to organize the food. In the first photo, the person used cut-down soda cartoons to create hers. In the second picture, the person used 3 step spice racks and various organizers. You can also use tin foil pans. The stadiums eliminate the need for many bowls. Make them as simple or as elaborate as you have the time. Click on the images to take you to the link showing how they made them.

The last picture shows a design for cheese tray where the meat creates a team initial. Doing this requires no additional equipment and little extra time.

Super Bowl Appetizers

Appetizers such as nachos, meatballs, buffalo wings, jalapenos poppers, cocktail sausages, etc. Above is a list of items you can include to make a Nacho Bar. Place your crockpot, with the cheese mix, on the table and surround it with options people can add to their nachos. Everyone gets to make their nachos to their taste.

The first image shows cocktail sausages/wieners wrapped in crescent roll dough then placed in football shape on a baking sheet. Once baked, draw on the football strings with mustard.

Meal

For more hardy food you can serve sliders, hoagies, pizza, chili, casseroles,  tacos, salads, deviled eggs, lasagna, etc. Consider creating food bars where your friends add their additions. Shown above are a Chili Bar, a Sandwich Bar and a Taco Bar. Another could be Macaroni and Cheese or a Baked Potato Bar.

Sweets

Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, crispy rice treats, or fruit pizza makes a nice addition. Wilton Color Mist can change any of your desserts into your team’s colors. You can cut your cookies, brownies, etc. into football shapes. Don’t have a football cookie cutter? Bend a can that you have cut off both ends into the shape. If you the time, Rice Crispy treats can be made into cute uniforms. Or just use food dye in your team colors and roll into balls or cut out in squares. Finally, you can make candy popcorn and add M & Ms in team colors. Click on any of the pictures to open the link.

Drinks

Depending on the tastes of your guests serve water, lemonade, sodas in a variety of flavors, beer, jello shots, etc. Have plenty of ice on hand.

Always keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Use ice or a crockpot to keep food at a safe temperature.

Have a fun and successful Super Bowl Party!

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