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How to throw a Super Sunday party worthy of the 12th Man | The Scene
Super Bowl Sunday is coming Feb. 2 but, following the Seahawks’ 23-17 win in the NFC Championship, Washingtonians may well rename it “Second Christmas.”
Too much food. Too much beer. Great friends. An epic sporting event where emotional rivalries take over.
And every football fan worth their muster will want a great place to watch it. So if you’re thinking about throwing a Superbowl party, or your friends unanimously voted you as this year’s host, here are some helpful tips and tricks:
Thankfully, a Super Bowl party is probably the least stressful gathering you can host. It’s a relaxed environment where everyone has the same objective: watch the game and have fun. Remember this in your planning/hosting—whether it’s portrayed in your decorations, food or general demeanor, have a good time with it.
One of the best parts about the Super Bowl is the food. But that doesn’t mean you need to get stressed out and bake all day. Buy chips, dips, meat/cheese trays, vegetable trays and frozen pizzas—these options are easy and please most everyone. However, if you can cook and have the time, barbeque wings are always a crowd favorite. Make sure to have the proper dipping sauces to accompany them. Another great option is crock pot recipes—you can put them in the night before and have them ready to go at game time. Can’t cook, or just don’t want to? Put in an order at your local bar or pub and pick up some favorites before the game. This way people have their bar food favorites but can still watch the game in a comfortable, warm and friendly environment. If you don’t want to use your personal dishes, grab some party packs in your teams colors. Seahawk party kits can be found online here: http://www.partycity.com/product/seattle+seahawks+party+supplies.do.
Super Bowl Sunday isn’t the same without refreshments. And we all know what kind of refreshments I’m talking about. In order to throw a great gathering, make sure you have a lot of options for your guests. This includes a variety of beer, cider, wine, hard alcohol, soda and juice. If you don’t want to go all out and spend a lot of money, tell people to bring whatever they would like to drink. Chances are they would have anyway and then you won’t have to stress out about pleasing every single person’s drink desires. That being said, make sure you have plenty of plastic cups.
One of the most important aspects of hosting a Super Bowl party is making sure you have enough room for everyone to sit comfortably with a good view of the TV. Whether this means bringing in extra chairs or moving furniture around, it’s key. I personally know that the most frustrating thing is being at a Super Bowl party and not being able to see the screen. If there isn’t enough space, don’t invite as many people.
Remember that if you host a party where people are drinking, you are responsible for their safety. Be aware of how many drinks certain people have had and if they’re trying to drive home. Be prepared with the number of a local taxi service or a couch where someone can sleep it off.
All in all, remember that this day comes but only once a year and it’s been eight years since the Seattle Seahawks appeared in Super Bowl XL (and we all know how that one ended...definitely still some underlying bitterness). So if you end up hosting a Super Bowl party, do it the right way, have fun and don’t take the day for granted.