Five Tips To Make Sure Your Super Bowl Party Ain’t Lame
The 17-week NFL regular season and playoffs are finally over. We finally know the two teams that will play on Super Bowl Sunday. You and your friends have decided to get together to watch the big game. So, how do you make sure the party is ‘lit’ and your guests have the time of their lives? F&TS is here to help you celebrate America’s unofficial holiday in style. As a premier source of the NFL and fantasy sports news and information, we’ve become expert football party guests. In fact, we’ve blacked out and some of the best viewing parties ever. Consequently, we’ve come up with our five tips to make sure your Super Bowl Party kicks ass.
1. Top Shelf Booze
The Super Bowl is the granddaddy of football parties so plan accordingly. If beer is your adult beverage of choice, avoid the bargain suitcases of Bud, Coors, or Miller. Break out some craft beer to impress your friends and guests. We suggest Innis & Gunn, IPAs, or even better, imported beers. Our current beer of choice is a German Hefeweisen like Ayinger Brau Weiss. We also recommend an Aventinus or if you prefer more citrus notes in your beer, a Belgian white is delicious. We enjoy New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White.
You want to offer your guests some variety when it comes to their adult beverages. For your more refined guests, you can avoid the beer altogether and go with a high-end bourbon. Hipsters love it and so do we. A few words of caution, most hard liquors have a higher level of alcohol by volume than a standard serving of beer. So if you’re going to be drinking whisky or bourbon at your Super Bowl party, pace yourself. We recommend Hudson Baby Bourbon, Maker’s Mark, or Bulleit.
For the Ladies
Remember, the Super Bowl is a pop culture phenomenon, not just a game. Ladies are encouraged to join in the festivities and are always welcome. A signature cocktail or lighter drink should be available. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a sommelier to pick a good wine. For reds, keep it simple. Go with an affordable Cabernet Sauvignon or French Bordeaux. For whites, offer the ladies a buttery Chardonnay. If wine ain’t your thing – here is a recipe for Raspberry Gin Rickey from Bon Appetit magazine.
2. BYOA – Bring Your Own Appetizers
Encourage your friends to bring an appetizer, snack, or a favorite dessert. It makes your party more interactive and takes a lot of pressure off the host. Handheld foods make the best choices at a football-watching party. So stock up on potstickers, chicken wings, pigs in a blanket with dipping sauces, and for ethnic food lovers, empanadas. Yes, you do want one signature dish as an entree, but since the Super Bowl is practically an all-day affair, keep the snacks coming.
3. Cash Rules Everything Around Me – C.R.E.A.M
Super Bowl Sunday is a gambler’s dream. But if your guests aren’t ardent football fans, betting on the game can be intimidating. That’s why we recommend, do some research and develop a list of low stakes prop bets. You and your guests can bet on the coin toss, over/under on the number of deflated balls references, who breaks the seal first, will Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch grabs his balls, over/under of E.D. commercials, and whether Katy Perry disses Taylor Swift during the halftime show. Have fun with the different scenarios that will take place on Super Bowl Sunday.
4. Comfy Seating
An NFL game typically lasts 3.5 hours, but Super Bowl Sunday last forever. So your backside will need good seating. Pick your seat early, but make sure to get up a few times to stretch and keep your blood circulating. The movement will help you digest the nearly 1,800 calories the average American eats on Super Bowl Sunday.
5. Good Friends and Cookie Pie
F&TS has some of the best friends in the world, so we’re lucky our Super Bowl Sunday party has become an annual tradition. Plus, we always have cookie pie as the dessert, as long as Larry doesn’t get anywhere near the oven. In conclusion, enjoy the day and we hope our five tips to make sure your Super Bowl party kicks ass helped make the day memorable.