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Clever ways to plan a Super Bowl party

Published On: Dec 08 2011 12:28:31 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 08:17:10 AM MST
football fans at tailgating party

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By Eric Fleming, Contributing writer

Are you thinking of throwing a Super Bowl party?

Every year, millions of people use Super Bowl Sunday as a chance to get together with friends and family, watch some football, laugh at the commercials and eat a ton of food. In fact, Hallmark says that Super Bowl parties have the highest rate of attendance of all parties in America, above even Halloween and New Year's Eve parties.

With all the other parties going on that Sunday, you want to make your Super Bowl party a super Super Bowl party, right? Well, just follow these simple tips to make sure that everyone has a good time.

Start planning early. Whether you want to create fun invitations with the look of Super Bowl tickets, or are worried about getting your entertainment and foods prepared, it never hurts to start getting ready ahead of time.

But once the day of the Super Bowl party is upon you, there are a few things to think about that should help make your party fun, not just for the football junkies, but for everyone.

Get a TV That's Big Enough

Don't watch the game on that little black and white television you had in college. It may be good for watching the news, but for the big game you need something better. If you don't have a big screen TV, find out what stores in your area rent electronics and check into it. It's safe to say the spectacle of the Super Bowl will look even better on that 40-inch plasma. According to an article on Suite101, you can lease a TV for as little as $300, which includes setup and delivery.

Food, Glorious Food!

After you have the television taken care of, you'll want to take care of food. And you'll need a lot of it. Americans eat more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Thanksgiving. Make sure you have enough chips, pizza, popcorn and guacamole, four of the foods Americans eat the most of while watching the big game. But you don't need to stick to "just" those foods. Jazz it up; have some fun with it! Find out the colors of the teams playing in the Super Bowl and create foods using those colors. Punches are easy to create in whatever colors you want, and food, as well, can be dyed to show off your team spirit.

Have Extra Activities Planned

Chances are good that some of the people at your Super Bowl party won't really be there for the game. In fact, it's estimated that almost 8 percent of all the people watching the game will only be watching for the commercials and not the football. Because of this, and especially if the game turns into a blowout, you'll want to have other activities planned, just in case. Have a stack of board games or movies handy, or just a separate area of the house where those who aren't interested can get away from those who are into the game, and vice versa.

Something For Kids

Along the same lines as above, it is imperative that, if there will be children present, to have activities for them as well. Depending on the age of the children at the Super Bowl party, games could be good entertainment, as would (if possible) a separate area where they can hang out and have fun. Some kids, regardless of age, will want to watch the big game. But there should be an area where, should the kids choose not to watch the game, they can relax and have fun without being in the way or having to worry about bothering others. Consider organizing football-related activities for them, such as a training course or balloon football, as suggested by AmazingMoms.com.

A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way

In spite of the fact that some of your guests might not be interested in the game, it's always more fun to watch a sporting event if you know what's going on. So use the Internet. Find out some interesting facts about the Super Bowl itself, and about the teams playing in it. Create a trivia sheet and have a fun quiz so everyone gets involved. And there will undoubtedly be some people there who have never watched football before, so be prepared to answer some basic questions about the sport itself. Preparing your guests in this way will keep them more engaged in the game.

Have Fun

These are just a few of the ways you can spice up your Super Bowl party: decorations, invitations, extra activities and food. Add them all together and it shouldn't surprise you if next year people want to have the Super Bowl party at your place again.