This Sunday is the Super Bowl, one of America’s favorite “holidays”. We love our football almost as much as we love to throw a party. And, college students especially are always eager to throw a good party. It’s not exactly the same as a Saturday college game day, but for some, the Super Bowl is even more exciting! If you’re looking for ways to make your party the best out of all of your friends, or are just planning to kick back and watch the game with a few people, these tips should help make the perfect Super Bowl Sunday!
Super Bowl Sunday is always thought of as a day to eat wings and pretzels, get covered in grease, and probably end up screaming at the TV if your team loses (at least that’s always been my impression). As someone who has never really followed national football teams (sorry, sports fans), I can still appreciate the sentiment! It’s a very American tradition, what’s not to like about that? Football lovers will have a great time, and even those who don’t follow sports as much will enjoy themselves, too.
1. Make Sure You Have a Good Set-up
Having a working TV (ideally a big one), speakers that work, and a seating layout that fits everyone is one of the keys to a successful Super Bowl party. Everyone should be able to sit comfortably, hear everything from the TV well, and enjoy watching the game unfold. Nobody likes being crammed onto a small couch to watch the game on a laptop screen; so to throw the best party, pick a location where these things are possible.
2. Good Food and Drinks
For a lot of people, the Super Bowl is kind of like a second Thanksgiving. Traditional Super Bowl cuisine involves things such as: buffalo wings, pigs in a blanket, chips and dip, bacon, cheese puffs, and the like. While I’m all for a junk food pig out every now and then, making sure your party has good food and drinks is essential to keeping your guests full and happy. The best way to ensure that everyone has something good to enjoy, consider the diets of the people coming to your party. I, for example, am a vegetarian, so if I showed up to a party and my only non-meat option was the celery sticks that came with the wings, I wouldn’t be that excited. Serve a variety of snack or dinner options, and keep the fridge or a cooler full of pop and something a little stronger (if you can do so legally).
3. Other Things To Do
Some people go to Super Bowl parties for the food and company more than the actual football. So, it’s a good idea, and also just fun overall, to have some other things ready to do besides zone out in front of the TV! There are a lot of good ideas for Super Bowl party games online, but you and your friends could get creative and think of fun things too. Whether it’s betting on who will win, playing a drinking or bingo game during the commercials, doing the best half-time show impression, or having some board games or cards around, having some other things to do will keep your party from lulling during the game.
It’s a known fact, that every party is a lot more fun when there’s a theme to it! If you’re a fan of either the Broncos or the Panthers, you could get some streamers and other decorations in your favorite team’s colors.
A Super Bowl party is a great chance to wear sporty outfits, football jerseys, and other fun ways to show team spirit. Simple decorations, and sticking to a theme, makes a party more cohesive and thought out, and, I’ve always loved being a guest at a themed party. Even the simplest of football decorations can make your Super Bowl party seem like the event of the year.
5. Be safe and smart
Parties, especially in college, run the chance of things getting a bit out of hand. Make sure that you are making safe decisions while having fun at your Super Bowl party is the most important thing – even more important than who wins. If alcohol or other substances are a part of your Super Bowl Sunday, make sure that you are not putting yourself in danger. Drinking and driving is never ok, so make sure there’s a DD (designated driver) situation, or enlist an Uber to get guests back home after the party ends. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest party days of the year, so have fun, but make sure you are safe and smart when the end of the night rolls around!