Throw a Crowd-Pleasing Super Bowl Party

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The Super Bowl is coming up and we’re getting ready for the biggest competition in our country. It’s a day of rivalries and good old-fashioned American fun, and the perfect day to invite friends over for a good time.

Invitations

Set the tone and jump start the party with the invitation. Send out an invite through mail or via email with both the Ravens and the 49ers on either end of the invitation — similar to the end zones of a football field. Ask friends and family to RSVP by sending back the side with the team they’re rooting for.

Game on!

From the moment they walk through the door, let everyone know they are in Super Bowl headquarters. The competition has begun! Scatter games throughout your party to create a fun atmosphere. It’s game day, right? Here are some of my favorite Super Bowl party games:

  1. Setup a Boggle station and have four players at a time compete to see who can create the most football related words. Touchdown!
  2. Make everyone guess who will sing the national anthem. No Googling!
  3. Come up with trivia for both football teams. Which of the coaches is the oldest brother? Who makes more money? Who was a quarterback before he was a coach? Keep score and give out small prizes, like a Starbucks card or car wash tokens. Field goal!

The host and hostess can wear referee shirts instead of traditional team shirts to add some flair to game day.

Let’s face it… It’s all about the food!

Create a menu inspired by the opposing teams. Crab dip from Baltimore, sourdough bruschetta from San Francisco, and some good ole gumbo to highlight New Orleans. No flag here!

Decor

The decorations can follow suit and take inspiration from the opposing teams. For the Ravens, pull out some Halloween decorations and put birds on platters or hang them from the chandeliers. For the 49ers, purchase some inexpensive trolley cars online and place them alongside sourdough loaves on the table for a festive feast.

Create Your Own Half Time Show

Keep the spirit of competition alive with a game. Stock up on cherry tomatoes and see who can finger-kick a tomato the longest. (10 yard penalty for smashed tomatoes). It’s a game where all ages can compete on an even playing field.

Enjoy the friendly rivalry and everyone will feel like a winner no matter how the big game ends!

xo, Elizabeth

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