Plan your menu with practical eats in mind
The Super Bowl is not the time to be eating a cumbersome pasta dish. Instead, your guests are most likely going to want to graze on easy-to-eat appetizers or casual grilled favorites. Plan a menu with finger foods, dips and quick bites.
Stock up on extra fuel for the grill
Picture this: you’ve gone to great lengths to secure the perfect cut of meat to grill for your guests, but when you go to light the grill, you realize your tank is almost empty. Now you’re stuck either settling for a sub par cooking method or running to the store in the middle of the party.
Luckily, this whole scenario is avoidable if you stock up on extra fuel in advance. Go ahead and get more than you need, just to be on the safe side.
Offer your guests a variety of drinks
It’s hard to predict the drinking habits of your guests, especially if you’re having a lot of people over. Aim for a diverse selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so you can cater to all taste preferences. For instance, make sure you have both craft beer and a commercial favorite to choose from, as well as a couple of different types of soda — both diet and regular — for non-drinkers. And don’t forget to think about younger party attendees if you have children on your guest list.
Make it interactive
Even though the game will be the main source of entertainment at your party, adding a little friendly competition can help keep everyone engaged and interacting. Before the game begins, ask everyone to pick their winner and make a guess at the winning score. Record the guesses on a poster board or chalkboard so everyone can keep tabs as the game goes on.
Ensure plenty of seating
Even though many of your guests will likely rather socialize than watch the game, you want to make sure the game is still watchable for anyone who is interested. Don’t hesitate to rearrange your living room furniture in a way that promotes better viewing and more seating. You may even want to consider having the game on more than one television in more than one room, if possible. That way, your party can flow throughout your house without anyone missing a touchdown.
Embrace the theme
With a built-in theme like the Super Bowl, you might as well go all out. Encourage guests to wear jerseys, make a football-themed veggie tray and decorate your home with paraphernalia from the competing teams. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
With these tips and what will (hopefully) be a good game on tap, you’re all set to have a Super Bowl fiesta to remember. Just make sure our invitation doesn’t get lost in the mail!
Stock up on quality cuts to create a party menu your guests won’t soon forget.