A Winning Super Bowl Party

Put on your party cleats, and host a get-together on America's favorite sports day.

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It's football time, big time. Get your game on with these festive Super Bowl party ideas.

Super Decorations

  • How about cutting drink coasters out of AstroTurf? Or setting out pots of wheatgrass (which you can get at your local nursery) and topping them with chocolate footballs your guests can snack on throughout the game? Check out Real Simple to see these ideas and other inspiration.

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  • We searched around the web, and as usual, Party City doesn't disappoint. They have Super Bowl-themed plates, napkins, and table covers, all at excellent prices. We especially like their silly football hat, which would be a unique way to greet your guests.
  • Buy two balloon bouquets in each of the participating teams' colors and tie both bunches in front of your house. When the game begins, bring the balloons inside. Each time a team scores, your friends can pop a balloon from the other team's bouquet.

A Triumphant Menu

  • Need food ideas for the Super Bowl but want to keep it simple? Serve chili. It's a cinch to make and your guests can easily eat from bowls while they watch the game. Keep the pot on the stove and have all the fixings out so they can help themselves: Fritos, rice, sour cream, chopped scallions, hot sauce, and grated cheddar cheese.
  • Another idea: Serve food that reflects each team's city. Are the Patriots playing? Serve New England clam chowder. Did Green Bay make it? Make sure you have lots of different cheeses. The Ravens? Berger cookies and mini crab cakes would be just the ticket.
  • If you can plan in advance and can do a little online research, order local beers from each of the playing cities. Definitely impressive.

Champion Party Games

  • Want a party game that doesn't require knowledge of football? Set up a round of Football Squares. The game doesn't have to involve a financial wager—awarding a prize to the winner (perhaps a food basket or a gift certificate to a local coffee shop) is fun, too.
  • Need to entertain younger kids? Play some hot potato using a football. The last person in the circle is the winner.
  • During half time, toss a football through a hanging tire (if you have a tree to hang a tire from), or use a Nerf football and throw it into a can. Each person gets five chances to make a score—the person with the highest score wins.

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