It’s the Superbowl! And you want to throw a party. What fun! It’s the perfect focal point for a winning gathering: a football game -- or any big TV show for that matter -- the Daytona 500, the Oscars, or even a royal wedding is a great excuse for a party.
You get an instant theme and instant cheap entertainment. The timing works well -- your guests can come and go, alternating mingling and watching the TV. Foods are easy—no big sit-down dinner necessary. And, you don’t have to dress up.
So put on your game face, ready your play book and your festivities will be sure to score. You won’t need to punt if you take a minute to consider these handy tips!
- Don't start any remodeling or other big projects prior, no new hobbies, etc. This will only add to the stress of entertaining! Make life easier for yourself.
- Make personalized invitations for each guest that look like tickets. They’re inexpensive, easy to find online and fun.
- Pick your favorite team and decorate everything from the buffet tables, to the room in team colors: cocktail napkins and blinking ice cubes to sparkling pompoms on the buffet table. You can even decorate the room as if it were a football field.
- Create a menu with as few last minute steps as possible. Think finger foods you can prepare the day before and crock pot dishes that you can get started in the morning,
- Set the buffet stations in advance. Always serve main course during half time, but have great first quarter snacks. The focus during half time will be the commercials, so again, keep the food stations close to the TV area.
- Think "tailgate" for your yard and front door to let guests know that your home is the party zone. Typical tailgate decorations are big and bold, as they are meant to be seen amidst a sea of cars in the stadium parking lot.
- Use Super Bowl Trivia questions or scoring pools for team-oriented prizes to break the ice and warm up the group prior to the game starting.
- Depending on your budget, you can personalize the beer bottles and water bottles with stick on labels that can easily be found online for less than $1.50 each. Or make your own temporary labels by soaking the labels you’ve printed and cut out briefly in milk (not skim) and smoothing onto the bottle. Let dry and wipe off any residue with a damp cloth.
- Set out outfits for yourself and kids in advance. It’ll just be one less thing to think about. Have an extra one on hand, just in case…
- Get the guests involved, they will have more fun. Let them set out the extra chips or refill the napkin pile.
- Expect mistakes but it’s no big deal! It’s part of the game!
Enjoy your party.. and the planning! Go Team!
Images courtesy of www.party411.com. Check out their website for more fabulous ideas and themes for other types of parties, too!
And watch for Jennifer's party planning spot on KPTV's Good Day Oregon airing soon!