Super Bowl Party Ideas

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On Sunday, February 3rd, the Super Bowl returns to the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome!  Coaches, players and party-givers are already in full-swing strategy sessions to make it a winning day.  The whole Super Bowl experience starts hours before the actual game.  Each player must be status-updated for health, fitness and season history; each team must be cussed and discussed; every broadcaster demands attention and attracts comments in their turn.  That takes a lot of food and beverage for the spectators on the couches at home!  And some passion-inspiring décor.

Many websites offer Super Bowl Party ideas and amazing recipes … so we’ll start out with something a little different.  Here are some ideas to help out with the basics of a successful party for less-experienced and first-time party-givers, and perhaps some thoughts for everyone contemplating a Super Bowl party.  With luck someone will be inspired to take the plunge with their first Super Bowl party, or to enlarge their planned festivities.

The first planning tip – order now!  Providers become notoriously busy closer to the game.  From Football Rose centerpieces to deli trays, make sure your first choices will be ready when you want them.

This Super Bowl is held in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, so have some fun liberally draping Mardi Gras beads around your décor.  Beads can be obtained at party stores, and will drape in unexpected places from mantelpieces to beer glasses, to add color and energy.  Of course you’ll want beads in your favorite team colors – perhaps both team colors for competing guests.  And some purple, green and gold beads for classic Mardi Gras colors.

Order Football Roses for your Super Bowl PartyOrder your Football Rose centerpiece now to have it in time with regular shipping.  As a conversation-starter it is priceless, welcoming your guests with a football passion!  The blooms, made of the leather of real football covers, will long outlast the party, and don’t need the care of real flowers.

Some first basics of a Super Bowl party are space and seating – it is surprising how these two fundamentals affect your choices of food and décor, as well as furniture arrangement! 

Eating is a big part of a Super Bowl party as the pre-game and game last for hours.  Will everyone have not only a place to sit, but a surface to set their plates and beverages?  Floor-sitting and lap-eating are perfectly acceptable for a younger, physically-flexible crowd – but not so much for creaky-kneed veteran fans.  But, if eating from laps and eating while standing is the plan, avoid food with loose ingredients, such as tacos and build-your-owns, because stray bits of veggies will end up sprinkled on your floor!

Chips and dip NOLA style.


You can add both seating and table surfaces by borrowing or buying some deck chairs and t.v. trays.  Even camp chairs can be comfortable, and they offer a spot to hold a beverage.  Foldable chairs are also handy because they can easily be moved as needed.

Extra tip – have your guests write their names on anything they lend you or bring, from deck chairs to serving dishes.  After the party it all becomes part of an indistinguishable pile of detritus, especially if they forget it when they leave!

A well-attended Super Bowl party attracts all food preferences, in addition to the usual burger-and-hot-dog lovers.  Everyone from vegetarians to all-protein diets can be expected, with both heavy and light eaters.  In addition to your main course, offering dishes that are filling and avoid both meat and cheese are a great help to a successful party.

Stuffed peppers or mushrooms with no cheese or meat, in addition to those that are fully loaded, come in handy.   Mixed-bean salads are popular, as are baked potatoes with an abundance of toppings.  A bowl of meat-less pasta, with sauces on the side, can be a good side dish, but isn’t usually sufficient on its own.  Plan ahead that everyone will want to enjoy these dishes, not just the vegetarians.

A note that bar-be-que can be problematic indoors, as many people consider it a finger food.  Their fingers will inevitable smear a tad of sauce on many other surfaces.  The same is true of fried chicken.  Save any hand-held greasy food for the 4th of July picnic outdoors.

On another subject … is there another subject on Super Bowl Sunday?  Well, actually … just a thought that now is the time to plan your Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign through Sportsroses.com.  Early arrangements are essential, so check the Sportsroses.com site for “fundraising,” both through order referrals and through wholesale sales.  It does take time to hand-craft Sports Roses in bulk, so don’t delay!

Please let us know – What have you done for a Super Bowl party that made it special and fun?

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