Any sports fan knows if you can’t be in Atlanta on February 3rd, the next best place to watch the Super Bowl is in your living room. With no crowds, no one blocking your view, and all of your favorite snacks just a few steps away, the day couldn’t be better except with a big win from your team. Get your home Game Day ready with these tips, and invite family and friends over to cheer alongside you.
- Stock your bar cabinets with the staples.
Super Bowl Sunday should be low maintenance, so set your bar up to be a self-serve station by stocking a few staples. Have vodka, rum and whiskey along with the classic mixers like club soda, tonic, coke, orange juice and cranberry juice. Throw champagne in the mix if you want mimosas on the menu—and obviously plenty of beer. You can use a drink calculator if you want to determine how much alcohol you should have in your bar cabinets, or go with the average estimate of three drinks per person every two hours. This guide also helps.
- Get creative with your cooler.
Instead of the standard bucket of ice, keep drinks cold in a more creative way. You can order an inflatable football field or goal post cooler for some functional décor. Or for an easy DIY option, simply spruce up the exterior of a metal beverage tub with some football-themed decorations.
- Keep the menu filling and bite-sized.
The Super Bowl lasts about four hours—and real sports fans will arrive early—so having plenty of food and snacks is the key to satisfied guests. Instead of light options like chips and dips that never seem to make you full, opt for a fiber and protein packed menu. Think lean meats like chicken, turkey, or fish and lots of veggies. You also want food options that are easy to eat, so finger-foods and bite size appetizers for the win.
Here’s a sample menu that checks all of the boxes:
- Chicken wings served with celery and Greek Yogurt Onion Dip
- Loaded nachos layered with turkey chili, Cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeños
- Pigs in a blanket made with sausage or hot dogs
- Hummus and crudités
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Homemade Pizza Poppers
- Buffalo Chicken Dip and crackers
- Make sure there’s plenty of prime seating.
Good food means your guests won’t get “hangry,” but if they can’t see the screen, a whole other type of fury will rise. Layer seating in front of your TV room cabinets by placing the lowest seating options first, such as beanbag chairs and picnic blankets. Place high bar stools behind the couch to create additional seating that won’t block anyone’s view. If the television sits low on your entertainment center, you might want to add a second TV set in your kitchen or dining room, depending on how many guests you’re hosting.
- Keep things light with games.
Some sports fans can get heated when watching their team play, so have some games of your own ready to keep things light. You can find free printables online that are designed around the game itself or commercials. Guests can channel their competitiveness in a friendlier manner, and non-football fans can get involved even if they’re not super familiar with the sport itself.
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