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How to host the ultimate Super Bowl party

Galit Breen is a Minnesota writer.On any given day she can be found juggling three kids, one husband, one puggle and her laptop. Galit has had essays published in several anthologies, is the editor of Pens and Paint, a series anthology o...

Let's get this (Super Bowl) party started!

From cheering for your favorite teams to enjoying game day fare, Super Bowl parties are fun to attend and even more fun to host. Our Super Bowl party plan includes everything from Super Bowl party food to Super Bowl party decorations and will keep your littlest and biggest fans happy.

Superbowl party

Our Super Bowl party plan includes everything from Super Bowl party food to Super Bowl party decorations and will keep your littlest and biggest fans happy.

The game rules for throwing a fabulous party are to keep things simple and to leave time to enjoy your guests and all of the fun you've created. Focus on the details in advance so your game day is all about enjoying the moment with your guests.

Seri Kertzner and Michelle Cassera Bachman are the party planners behind the site Little Miss Party, a premiere party planning service offering a one-stop shop for all of your entertaining needs. About perfect party planning, they say, "The key to a successful party is a relaxed host. And the secret to being relaxed… is getting yourself organized and ready for your party in advance! Also, keep it simple! Less is more. A few bud vases, candles, bite-size appetizers and a signature drink will make for a laid-back evening where your guests can take it easy and enjoy!"

Taking a page from Seri and Michelle's playbook, here's the plan for Super Bowl Sunday!

1

Set the scene

One of the best and easiest ways to add some punch to your party decor is color. This year's Super Bowl teams are the Seattle Seahawks — whose colors are "college navy" and "action green," with an accent of "wolf gray" — and the Denver Broncos — whose colors are bright orange and navy blue. Have some fun with the team colors in your decor! Three sweet and simple ideas are:

  • Team-color balloons
  • Clear dishes filled with team-color candy
  • Tablecloths, paper plates and plastic silverware all "color-coded" to match the Super Bowl teams
2

Think of the kids

If your party guest list includes children, plan a few simple activities to keep them busy. Happy, entertained kids means their parents are relaxed and free to socialize. In this case, happy kids mean a happy party! Some kid-friendly ideas include:

Kid-friendy super bowl activities

  • Set aside a small table for a nail-painting station with team color nail polishes on hand. We love Maybelline Color Show nail polishes because they're quick drying and inexpensive. (Target, $2-$4)
  • Super Bowl inspired coloring sheets can be found on free sites such as YesColoring and OnColoring. Have a variety of choices and crayons, markers and colored pencils available, and the kids will be entertained for longer than you might think.
  • Rainbow looms are the craft of the year for a reason — they're fun and simple to master. Consider buying bands in team colors and letting your littlest guests loom! (Michael's, $3-$15)
  • Cookie decorating is always a big hit. Pre-make simple cut-out cookies and have team color frosting, gel decorating tubes and sprinkles available for a messy but sure-to-please activity.
  • For a little more "organized" fun, consider a football-shaped piñata! (Party City, $25)
3

Create a signature cocktail

Signature cocktails raise the fun a notch or two. This year, try these perfect team-themed cocktails. They're simple to make and are sure to please.

The 206 Pride for the Seattle Seahawks

The 206 Pride for the Seattle SeahawksIngredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a shaker and pour into a chilled tall glass.
  2. Garnish the glass with an apple slice and enjoy.

The Denver Driver for the Denver Broncos

IThe Denver Driver for the Denver Broncosngredients:

Directions:

  1. Pour the Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka and orange juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake the ingredients and pour into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.
4

Food, glorious food

Some of the best memories are made gathered around the table — or the counter — enjoying delicious food with family and friends. Consider keeping food simple and pre-made. Put in your kitchen time in advance so you can fully enjoy the party you're hosting.

Valerie Rice's Gouda Dip and Bean Dip

Photo credit: Eat Drink Garden

Three simple ideas are:

  • Set up a party food bar. Everything from chili to tacos to sandwiches can be served "bar style" with the ingredients displayed in pretty serving dishes so guests can create their own meals.
  • Try a tasting. There's something fun about small bites and lots of variety. Consider serving two kinds of the same food, such as traditional chili and white chicken chili or spicy salsa and fruit salsa. Servings can be small — think soup "shooters" instead of bowls — for this serving style, and from appetizers to main dishes, this is such a fun take on party food.
  • Chips and dip are a game day tradition that there's no need to shy away from. Buy a variety of fun chips and serve them with great dips. We love Valerie Rice's goat Gouda dip and bean dip for perfect crowd pleasers.
5

Don't forget about dessert!

And lastly, sweeten the night with game-day treats. An ice cream sundae bar, football shaped cookies or a sheet cake with green frosting to look like a field are fun and simple ways to end Super Bowl Sunday on a sweet note.

No-bake football cookies

No-bake football cookies

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