Super Bowl Party Checklist and Tips

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Most of us agree the more, the merrier, as long as everyone can see the television clearly and you have enough bathrooms. There is a lot of easy ways to invite them. One good way is to send a mass picture text. Whatever way you invite, just make sure it’s easy for them to see all the details and address of the party.

Once you’ve extended invitations to guests, you have four party components to consider: decorations; food; activities; and favors.

Decorations for a Super Bowl party are fairly straightforward: include anything that has to do with football! You might include colorful pennants, megaphones, cheerleader poms, footballs, helmets, trophies or these free super bowl party printables.

As Super Bowl partygoers make plans for watching the big game on Sunday, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is urging everyone to put choosing a non-drinking, sober driver at the top of their checklist.

Super Bowl Sunday continually ranks as one of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 47 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday (and the early hours of the following morning)

  • Party Space & Seating: A Super Bowl party should always revolve around the big game. Set up the ideal space for your friends and family to enjoy the big game and you’ll be one step closer to executing the perfect party. First, you need to decide where you want everyone to watch the game. You can either have everyone watch one big TV or set up multiple rooms with TV’s so your guest can spread out and move around. Either way, make sure you have enough comfortable seating for everyone.

  • Decorations: Once you have decided the viewing space, you need to decorate the area with lots of football theme party decorations. You can tailor the party decorations to the teams playing in the big game. Use both team colors, mascots, and even decorations that relate to the city in which the Super Bowl is being hosted.


Expensive parties often happen because people feel that they’ve set high expectations for the event. Don’t do that. Don’t give any indication of any sort of expectation in the invitation. Just invite people to your party, and ask them to bring a little something

Super Bowl Party Food

Just in case you’re unsure, many people consider the Super Bowl an eating holiday that is on par with Thanksgiving! So make sure you have a handful of easy-to-eat appetizers ready for the entire game! 

Popular food items include the following list. You don’t need everything, but variety is always appreciated by guests!

Check out the complete list below and see what the most popular Super Bowl recipe is in your state!

Most Googled Super Bowl Recipes Google Trends GraphicThe most-Google Super Bowl recipes per state. Google

Alabama: White chicken chili
Alaska: Nachos
Arizona: Cake
Arkansas: Fried chicken wings
California: Baked chicken breast
Colorado: Broccoli cheese soup
Connecticut: Buffalo chicken dip
Delaware: Chocolate peanut butter cake
Washington, DC: Bagel pigs in a blanket
Florida: Cake
Georgia: Buffalo chicken dip
Hawaii: Football cupcakes
Idaho: Salads
Illinois: Jalapeño Poppers
Indiana: Fried rice
Iowa: Irish stew
Kansas: Buffalo chicken dip
Kentucky: Taco salad
Louisiana: Cupcakes
Maine: Paella
Maryland: Pizza
Massachusetts: Gluten-free pretzels
Michigan: Pizza
Minnesota: Tacos
Mississippi: Granola bars
Missouri: Broccoli cheese soup
Montana: Lentil soup
Nebraska: Pigs in a blanket
Nevada: Vegan cheesy bacon spinach dip
New Hampshire: Cakes and cupcakes
New Jersey: Buffalo chicken dip
New Mexico: Pea and peppercorn mash
New York: Spinach dip
North Carolina: Cobb salad
North Dakota: Baked nachos
Ohio: Buffalo chicken dip
Oklahoma: Chicken noodle soup
Oregon: Banana bread
Pennsylvania: Chicken wings
Rhode Island: 7-layer dip
South Carolina: Turkey Chili
South Dakota: Cupcakes
Tennessee: Cake
Texas: Spinach dip
Utah: Bacon wrapped smokies
Vermont: Lasagna
Virginia: Buffalo chicken dip
Washington: Cakes
West Virginia: Buffalo chicken dip
Wisconsin: Buffalo chicken dip
Wyoming: Cakes

Don’t try to impress people with expensive wines; get some “Two Buck Chuck” Charles Shaw wines at Trader Joe’s. Don’t go overboard on expensive beers, either; just pick up a couple different kinds that are on sale.

Focus on inexpensive snacks, and serve them in bowls if you’re concerned about the labels. My family usually just serves chips, a few dips, and some simple finger foods. If you serve the snacks on trays, plates, and bowls, people won’t notice or even care what kinds you bought, so don’t be afraid to buy generic snacks or ingredients. For inexpensive and easy-to-make ideas, check out this collection of party appetizers from Real Simple.

Super Bowl Pick ‘Em
Super Bowl Party Game - Super Bowl Party Game Ideas

If you’re looking to place even more bets on the championship game, give your guests this questionnaire. The winner could earn a prize or simply bask in the glory of their success. Either way, people will stay engaged from the first to the fourth quarter.

Get the printables at Moms and Munchkins »

If you feel it’s necessary to serve a meal, serve sandwiches, keeping in mind who your guests are and their potential dietary concerns. We usually just make two or three different kinds of sandwiches and store them in the refrigerator. For a warm option, fill up a slow cooker with a soup recipe – you can make large amounts of minestrone soup, for example, for just a few dollars.

Commercial Bingo
Commercial Bingo - Super Bowl Party Game Ideas

For those who don’t really care about the outcome of the game, stir up the competition with commercial-themed bingo.

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