How to Plan a Legendary Super Bowl Sunday

More than 100 million people worldwide watch the Super Bowl every year. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will face off next week on February 12. Besides being the most anticipated sporting event of the year – Super Bowl LVII will surely be one for the (play)books – delivering phenomenal football and a few firsts.

  • This will be the first Super Bowl where two brothers will play against each other – the Chiefs tight end, Travis Kelce, and Eagles center, Jason Kelce.
  • It is the first Super Bowl matchup that features two Black starting quarterbacks.
  • Andy Reid will become the fifth head coach to coach against his former team in a Super Bowl.

Make it Memorable

While a few lucky fans are escaping winter weather to watch the game in Arizona, most of us will be huddled around a flat screen. Whether you are positioned to fly like an Eagle to a friend’s party…or stay Chief of the game right at home, we have you covered with 8 Timeless tips for your most memorable Super Bowl Sunday ever.

1. Healthy Competition

Maybe you aren’t into hosting or attending a Super Bowl party. Instead, stay connected with friends and fellow fans over the big game.

  • Initiate a fun betting pool. Then, create a “Super Bowl” group thread on text and FaceTime the highlights! Venmo makes winnings and losses easy to collect without ever having to leave your couch.
  • Not quite sure how to set those squares? Try this easy app from Grid Kings.

2. Party Food That’s Worthy of a Touchdown Dance

Let’s watch some football! But first, let’s eat. Set the mood for your party by transforming your space into a stadium-style luxury box with a few easy tips.

  • Use AstroTurf as a tablecloth or runner, and decorate walls with team pennants and vintage sports paraphernalia found on eBay.
  • Hang your favorite team jerseys on the backs of chairs.
  • Elevate your centerpieces by spray painting footballs metallic gold or the colors of participating teams. Simple white duct tape easily creates football laces on cocktail napkins, paper plates, and cups.
  • Foam fingers and face paint are optional!

3. Create a “Concession Stand” at Home

Score big points with friends by designing a memorable menu like this one.

  • Start with a “Coin Toss” toast, and space out food service throughout the game via “First Down” snacks, “Half Time” bites, and a “Hail Mary” dessert tray.

4. Pigskins in a Jersey

Please tell me they will have pigs in a blanket at this party. This classic app is always a crowd favorite. And, what’s more, ‘concession stand vibe’ than hot dogs? Make yours with a twist in this fun football theme.

  • Once fully cooked, use ketchup and mustard to write initials for “Super Bowl,” or get crafty and try designing the competing team logos.

5. Set Up a Slider Bar

Easy finger foods like sliders, wings, and nachos are well-loved fan faves.

  • Make tiny team flags for appetizer toothpicks, and have a veggie burger or a few healthy options to serve too.

6. The Hail Mary

Chill a couple of bottles of champagne to pop open during those nail-biting last plays of the game.

  • These chocolate-covered strawberry ‘footballs’ make for a fun party finale.

7. Here For The Commercials

Did you know that just one 30-second spot aired during the Super Bowl can cost $7 million? Why not make this incredible part of your viewing party even more fun for a crowd?

  • Start a game where people can vote for their favorite ads and hand out prizes.

8. Tailgate Trivia

So, we’ve covered the food, the decor, and game day prep. But the best part of any party is the guests! We’ve gathered a few fun trivia facts for you to hand out during your party on little cards or handwrite on coasters as conversation starters amongst the crowd.

  • Did you know the Lombardi Trophy weighs seven pounds and costs $50,000? The trophy is named after legendary coach Vince Lombardi.
  • The very first Super Bowl was on January 15, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
  • The NFL has a policy against holding Super Bowl games in stadiums with a climate of less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit unless it is enclosed.

Wishing you the best Super Bowl Sunday, and may the best team win!

About the Author

Hilary Pereira
Hilary Pereira is a best-selling author, entertaining expert, designer, experiential marketer, and award-winning beverage entrepreneur. She is a sought-after guest speaker on women in business and all things lifestyle and culinary. Hilary has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Veranda, Refinery29, Real Simple, and multiple other beverage and lifestyle publications. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Living Show and is a frequent guest panelist & host for brands like American Express, Food & Wine Festivals, Birch Box, and Dermalogica.

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