Boys love football parties—no matter the age of the “boys!” The Big Game will be here before you know it (February 2). So…are you ready for a Big Game party? On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, I specialize in parties for boys, so I have some great ideas to help you plan yours. Invitation, decoration and food presentation suggestions will help you think through what you can do to host a great Super Bowl bash for guys and gals!
Big Game Party Ideas
Kick off some fun by actually sending invitations through the mail—you’ve still got time to do that. Perhaps the envelope is done in black and white referee stripes or a picture of a cheering crowd; use some sort of football motif such as a football, helmet or goalpost shape for the actual invite. Include a “my predictions” card that you ask guests to bring to the party, already filled in of course. The predictions can include the final game score, total number of points in the game, score at the first quarter, halftime score—you get the idea. Exchanging their guesses will give them fodder for getting the conversation going at party time.
The Big Game lasts longer than a typical televised NFL game. Forethought will keep things running smoothly on game day. Don’t forget the practical considerations: where are you going to put all of those coats and shoes, how will you keep the extra food hot/cold, do you have enough chairs and pillows—and make sure the floor is vacuumed because some guests are likely to be sitting on the floor!
Big Game Party Food Ideas
Most Big Game gatherings will contain a mix of levels of football enthusiasm, but everyone will want to eat! Hand-held and finger types of food are safe bets for a casual party. Some foods lend themselves to individual servings in small cups or canning jars. There are quite a few recipes available with football-shaped foods that make a festive presentation, too. You might want to have a side table with bowls of nuts, popcorn, chips, etc., for grazers and offer more hearty fare mid-way through the game at a main serving table. If you don’t want to miss the fun commercials (one of my favorite parts!), be sure to have everything set out buffet style so guests can serve themselves whenever hunger pangs strike. Yea for crockpots!
Big Game Party Decorating Ideas
Create a festive atmosphere with game day decorations. Pennants, helmets, footballs, trophies and the usual sport embellishments offer inspiration. Food tables can look like miniature playing fields when you cover them in green felt, fabric or artificial turf. Use white ribbon, tape or paint for yard lines. Create mini goal posts with wooden dowels or PVC pipes. Use themed bottle wraps, food labels and team colors in your table service. Miniature football figures—paper or plastic—can add amusement when they’re arranged around the food.
Creating a space for kids to blow off their super energy is a good idea. Have some games lined up to engage their interests when the long football program is too much for their attention? They’ll be happier and so will the adults who don’t want the noise distractions of whining kids!
Whether the game itself, the commercials, the half-time show, the food or who you’re hanging out with is the most important part of the Big Game party for you, you can make it a successful gathering for all of your guests by pre-planning the day’s activities. Check out my football round-up post for lots more specific party ideas…