How to Host a Football Party

Celebrate the big game with a party centered around your coffee table.

It’s the biggest game of the season, and even if your home team isn't playing, chances are you plan to tune in along with the rest of America and have already chosen which team you’ll be rooting for. For this year’s Super Bowl, go the distance by hosting a game-watching bash that guests will be cheering about until next season’s opening-day kickoff. Keep reading for easy breezy snack recipes, a perfect party punch and decor ideas that couldn't be simpler.

The Menu

Though this kind of party doesn't demand a complicated, multi-course menu, guests will require enough tasty finger foods to last throughout the game. Arrange an abundant snack spread on your coffee table with chips and guacamole, popcorn, marinated olives, classic Italian meatballs on skewers and cheese pizzettes. Set everything out for guests to help themselves, but keep extras warm and ready to be replenished when needed.

For arguably the most-important element of the day, create a drinks station where guests can fill and refill their cups with Fourth-Quarter Punch, or stock up on chilled canned beer.

The Decor

Don’t let the masculine nature of the event discourage you from creating a thoughtful and interesting party atmosphere. Ensure that guests are comfy and cozy by tossing throw pillows and floor cushions around the coffee table for ample seating options, and add a splash of greenery to the space with small succulent plants that are potted in team-colored tin cans.

A game-watching party is also a great opportunity to break out some do-it-yourself activities, and a garland made with twine and round color-coding labels adds a spirited burst of color in a flash. For guests needing a break from the television, create a “Pin the Football in the Goal Posts” game where a blindfolded player must stick a paper football in between masking-tape goal posts. And for the ultimate expression of game-day revelry, make confetti cannons out of brown card-stock paper and white masking tape, which guests can use to fire confetti into the air when their team scores.

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