Top 5 Super Bowl party themes

Jan 14, 2010 at 5:49 p.m. ET

Super Bowl Sunday is considered a nearly religious holiday for some, and we admit, it's kind of a big deal. So why not make your party a big deal, too? Host the best party on the block with these fun and easy Super Bowl party themes.

Chilli Cook OffPotluck block party

Plan a party to remember without breaking the bank by inviting neighbors to combine their Super Bowl parties into one big block party. Close off entries to your street (let's face it, the streets will be pretty dead, anyway!) and set up some tables in a central area for food and drinks. Plan ahead so you don't end up with just chips and dip -- or designate one or two people to pull their grills out into the street for burgers and grilled chicken. Designate a few houses for football watching, or really do it up and move some couches/chairs and televisions into the driveway for some authentic cold-weather football watching.

Glitz and Gridiron

Just because it's a football party doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to jerseys, jeans, burgers and dogs. Class up your Super Bowl fete by "requiring" guests to dress their best, and serve classy appetizers. Ban beer in favor of a signature Super Bowl cocktail!

House divided

Decorate your home with both teams' colors, hang flags representing both teams, and be sure to divide the football-watching room into an area for each team. Have guests "sit with their teams" and encourage a little fun-loving rousting. Have guests from each team make mini-bets throughout the game, such as how many turnovers each team will have, which player will have the most interceptions and which member of the opposing team will be the LVP (least valuable player.) Remember to keep it fun and semi-clean. It's just a game, after all!

Beer-loving Bowl Game

Think back to your college days, when getting together for a football game really meant getting together for much more exciting games such as beer pong and flippy cup. Take a page from the good old days and stock the fridge with a ton of cheap beer, and set up some fun drinking game stations. You could even make up your own games -- such as drinking every time a team scores a touchdown. Don't forget to collect everyone's keys when they arrive, and have a few sober drivers on hand to taxi guests home (your 16-year-olds and their friends will likely volunteer!).

Chili cook-off

Let's face it: Half (or even more?) of the fun of football comes in the form of tailgating and cooking all kinds of yummies. So this year, combine your Super Bowl party with another sport: Competitive cooking! Invite guests to whip up their favorite chili recipes. During half-time, have an official blind tasting, or simply set up all the chili entries in numbered serving bowls and have guests drop their votes into a ballot box. Reveal the winner at the end of the Super Bowl. Don't forget a fun football-themed prize.