By Mary Sue Somyak. I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for Super Bowl Sunday! Mine will consist of three of my favorite things: friends, football and food, which is basically the triple threat of fun in my book. I’m no expert at throwing a Super Bowl party, but I have some experience in the department, both as a guest and as a hostess. I have learned a few lessons along the way. If you are hosting a party during this lively event here are four tips to ensure that your Super Bowl party is a stress-free success.
- Know your crowd. You may have quite a mix of personalities at your party. Some people don’t go to Super Bowl parties for the football, while others get really into the game. Be mindful of what guests want to do and facilitate the fun. If a group at your party wants to chat about anything but football around avid fans, casually invite them to do so without blocking the TV. A respectful party is a happy party! Make sure you mingle between multiple groups to encourage others to follow suit.
- Display the internet info. Let’s face it: all of us are easily distracted with available technology. Folks tend to “second screen,” often with the TV as the second screen and the smartphone or tablet as the focus. For example, I personally love to see what people and brands are talking about on social media during live events. Displaying the network and password will enable everyone to keep up with what’s going on. However, this tech distraction could lead to a bunch of people in a silent room all looking at their phones. Suggest that guests share what they read online to inspire fun conversation!
- Share the menu. Imagine you are the one going to the party, thinking you’re getting dinner and the only thing available to eat consists of some veggies on a tray. Cue hangry guests! Since the game spans across dinnertime, if you are not ordering in food or offering a robust buffet, tell your guests. Guests will appreciate knowing that you are only serving light appetizers so they can plan their evening accordingly. If you want to offer more but worry about the price tag that entails, invite guests to bring something to share so you don’t bare the burden alone. If you need some recipe inspiration, some of the Honey Good gals have mouth-watering Super Bowl recipes to share, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, Bacon Bombs, Pizza Cupcakes and Easy Layered California Guacamole. Those are sure to be crowd-pleasers!
- Ensure comfort. At some point or another your guests will want to sit, whether they watch the game or not. The game is long and it is on a Sunday night, after all. Even if the aesthetics are not the most pleasing, try to have enough seating for everyone. Whether it’s your comfy couch, a chair from your bedroom, a pouf, or even a pillow, offering some extra padding will create a welcoming and comfortable space for your guests to enjoy the evening.
Whether you are a fan of the game or not, Super Bowl parties can be a lively atmosphere for all guests. As the host you have the control over the fun, regardless of the game’s outcome. Invite awesome people and your party is sure to be a winner!
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