Super Bowl Party Idea: Decor, Tips and Food
Celebrate Super Bowl 48 with a Party!
The countdown to kickoff has started. If you’re moving to the New York/New Jersey area, you'll be there for all of the fun events this year — the game will be played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. But even if you’re moving somewhere else, you can still take part in the festivities by throwing a big bash. Football fanatics and novice fans alike will gather to watch the big game, so why not make it exciting? Invite your new coworkers or neighbors over for some laid-back snacking and scorekeeping. Because the entertainment is already provided thanks to the NFL, this get-together should be super easy to plan. After hosting several Super bowl parties over the years, and I’ve picked up some great tips, ideas and recipes to help you plan the ultimate football fete.
Super Bowl XLVIII will kick off on Sunday, February 2 at 6:30 EST/5:30 CST on FOX. The matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be a good one, so invite your friends over for a great party. Start planning your fiesta now!
Super Bowl Party Ideas
Because Super Bowl 48 is being played in the New York City area, there are some awesome theme ideas for your party. You can go with the traditional football theme, or you can go ‘bright lights, big city’ with your party embellishments!
For the more traditional route, decorate with football décor (think footballs, referee stripes, and team jerseys) in team colors. The Denver Broncos are blue, orange, and white, while the Seattle Seahawks are navy and lime green. You could decorate with your favorite team’s colors, or incorporate both colors schemes if you happen to have a ‘house divided’.
If you want to go with a more general football theme, just use white paint to mark green tablecloths like the field (pictured below). You could even take some PVC pipe and make a field goal like this one from Catch My Party.
To celebrate this year’s Super Bowl location at your party, you could decorate in taxi cab colors of yellow and black, and serve traditional NYC fare like bagels, pizza, hot dogs—and don't forget apple desserts! It's the "Big Apple" after all!
Super Bowl Party Food: Recipes and Ideas
No Super Bowl party is complete without good food. Try serving food from each team’s hometowns for a fun twist. Seattle is known for seafood like oysters and crab (crab dip, anyone?). Cherries are also a local favorite in the Pacific Northwest, so a cherry dessert would be appropriate (a pie or cobbler would be perfect!). To represent the Mile High city on your buffet, consider game meats like bison or venison. You could also make some mini quiches in the style of a Denver omelet with ham, onions, and bell peppers.
It wouldn’t be a true Super Bowl celebration without the more traditional football foods like chicken wings and potato skins. Put a spin on game day favorites with these fun recipes:
Jalapeno poppers are always a hit, but why not put a spin on them by making it into a dip? This jalapeno popper dip was a surefire hit at my party last year! It’s spicy, creamy, and delicious. One twist is to serve it with crackers instead of chips. (I found that crackers held up better to the hearty filling.) You can try this recipe from Closet Cooking. Your crowd will love it!
Another great addition to your party buffet are these spicy bacon-wrapped chicken bites. These were the first food to be wiped out at my Super Bowl party last year. And since they come on a toothpick, they’re instantly yummy because you just pick them up and eat them! No utensils required! Try this recipe from Food.com.
Try jazzing up other typical party treats! One of my favorite touches is to make the deviled eggs (a classic appetizer!) into something special by using chives to make them look like footballs. Get instructions and a recipe from MyRecipes.com here.
If you want even more New York flare to your menu, check out these recipes.
- New York Cheesecake
- New York style Pizza
- Hot Dog Bar- like the carts you'll see around NYC, make sure they are all-beef dogs and have toppings like sauerkraut and mustard on hand. Try this classic New York onion sauce for authentic flavor.
Super Bowl Party Tips
Now that you have a great theme and perfect menu, here are a few last-minute tips to make your Super Bowl party a success!
- Make sure you have enough seating! At other parties people may mingle, but at a Super Bowl party folks will want to sit and watch the game. If you don’t have enough seating, don’t be afraid to tell guests to BYOC (bring your own chair)!
- A big TV is a major plus for this game. If you don’t have a large screen, consider checking out local rental stores—you can likely rent one for the week for a pretty reasonable price. If you are in the market to buy, electronic stores offer the lowest prices on TVs around the Super Bowl, so now is the time.
- Set up different viewing areas. If you don’t have a room big enough for everyone, consider setting up several different TVs for multiple viewing areas. Have a TV in the kitchen for those who want to be close to the food, then set up a TV in the guest bedroom where people can lounge and cheer on their favorite team.
- Be sure you have plenty of food and beverages. The Super Bowl is likely to last 4+ hours (gotta get in those commercials!). People will be eating and drinking the whole time, so plan on making extra food and having plenty to drink so you don’t run out.
- Don’t forget ice and napkins!
- If the halftime show isn’t your thing (It's Bruno Mars this year, by the way), take the party outside for a little fun. Set up a tire and have an old-school throwing contest. Or play some two-hand touch football with the whole group!
- Up the ante by having some predictions and votes! You can have guests predict the final score, the MVP, which team will have the most interceptions, and which player will score the most points. Award a prize to whoever guesses best. Vote on your favorite commercials or the best play. Having guests interact with the game is a great way to get people who may not be totally into the game excited about the party!.
Do you have any other Super Bowl party ideas? Is there any Super Bowl party food you would consider a “must have” for your party? Leave a comment and let us know!