Are you ready for some football? Even though the Panthers didn't make it the whole way, you can start planning the ultimate Super Bowl party in your apartment in Mooresville, NC. If you plan ahead you will be ready to sit back and relax when the Seahawks and the Broncos kick off.
Here are the key ingredients for hosting a party to remember, no matter how the game turns out:
Food: For guests, especially those with little interest in football, the biggest draw of a Super Bowl party is the food (and the ads). Standard fare like chips and dip, mini meatballs and pigs in a blanket are always a hit, but get a little creative to truly wow your guests. Once the teams are set, you can create a theme around those cities’ signature dishes (salmon for Seattle, green chili for Denver).
Drinks: The Super Bowl is the perfect excuse for a Sunday Fun Day, so plan accordingly. The rule of thumb when throwing a party is to have enough for an average of three drinks per person. Get a variety. You can also tailor the drink choices around the team theme – Denver means beer brewed in Colorado, not hard to find.
Seating: If you only have a couch and you have the space for more seating, consider borrowing some from the neighbors (if they’re invited) or other friends who live nearby.
Massive TV: Although the food, drinks and socializing are all important, the main reason for the party is the game and the commercials. A 27-inch TV with no surround sound will work fine, but a 50-inch with a speaker setup will allow the diehard sports fans to analyze every play as if they’re in the booth. Not to mention, bigger is always better with a great halftime show.
Friendly competition: Especially for those with no connection to either team, a little wager can add some excitement to the game. Of course a football square is always fun, but if you want to do something different...Make all of the guests pick a favorite before they get there and wear that team’s colors. Or, focus on some of Las Vegas’ prop bets, like whether the first touchdown will be scored by a player with an odd or even number on his jersey. You can also make a game out of the commercials, like which animal will appear in the most – dogs? Clydesdales? – and who GoDaddy’s spokesmodel will be this year.