The Man’s Guide To Hosting A Winning Super Bowl Party
If you’re the one hosting the Super Bowl Party you don’t want to get stuck with a trashed house or a rep as a lame Super Bowl party thrower. Here are eight essentials to make sure you can enjoy and host the Super Bowl party without a hitch.
Get the Super Bowl Party Time Right
Make sure people know what time to show up. If you’re a devoted NFL follower that seems stupid to you, right? Well how many people are coming to your house that don’t watch any other football the rest of the year? You don’t want them coming too early or, if you’re actually invested in the game, show up too late and have to interrupt!
If you grill…prepare in advance
If you’re the one preparing the main course, or it’s a bring-your-own-meat occasion, make sure you’ve got all the bases covered before you host the Super Bowl party. Got propane/charcoal? Matches? Sauce? Veggies? Seasoning? MEAT? Make sure you’re good to go and have enough plates and utensils to cover anyone eating.
I suggest shopping days in advance to avoid the grocery store Super Bowl party madness, while still being able to snag great deals. This also allows you the extra day or two you’ll need to marinate some great meat.
Tell people what to bring
If you’re not preparing the main course or not preparing anything at all, LET PEOPLE KNOW. Tell them to eat first before coming. It’s important anytime you’re hosting guests. Because if you’re chowing down on something when they show up, they’re bound to ask for a bite-and you’d be a rude host to turn them down.
It’s pretty lame to show up to a fight night or a Super Bowl party and there’s no drinks, snacks, etc. Let people know specifically what to bring: chips, drinks, ice, cups, meat, dessert, etc.
Have enough seats
Ever been in an over-crowded, hot living room trying to enjoy a Super Bowl party? It sucks. You’re sitting against a wall, or sitting on a stool for three hours. It’s uncomfortable. Don’t do this to your guests. Make sure you’ve got more than enough seats for the number of people invited-just in case someone brings an unexpected guest.
The Right-Sized Crowd
Invite the guests you want to be there, but not so many you can’t even hear it.
A Second Viewing Room?
I personally like watching football, including the Super Bowl. So when I get around a ton of people that don’t care about the result, I want to find a TV somewhere else to watch it. You might consider having a second TV or room for the more hardcore fans that are invested in the outcome to watch.
More than once I’ve been to a Super Bowl “party” with just 3-4 other guys.
This is how I feel when the Super Bowl is played between teams I actually care about. I want to enjoy the game with someone who is there for the sporting event, not the social event. If you invite too many-or the wrong-guests, you won’t enjoy the ass-kickings nearly as much.
This isn’t a ladies party…
…but you should be considerate anyway. When throwing a Super Bowl party you’ve still got to take a stab at making the ladies feel comfortable. Make sure there’s fresh air and the smelly dudes sit in the back. Don’t let guys get drunk and hit on your friends. Give the girls the most comfortable seats (although I’m not suggesting you give them the “best” viewing seat, unless they actually care about the game).
For anyone present that has no experience with football, you might even consider giving everyone a two-minute primer on football to start your Super Bowl party.
Stock Up on Super Bowl Beers
Seriously, did you know each NFL team has a beer? No joke. For this Sunday’s Super Bowl party stock up on The Raven and 49ers Red. They’re real beers.
Don’t get stuck with the full clean up. Ask your buddies to help pick up some trash and put things away before they walk out the door and leave you hanging.
Hosting Guests – Ultimately, just enjoy the game
Make sure not to make a big deal out of having some friends over for a Super Bowl party. Keep it loose and fun.