If you’re like most people, chances are the first party you’re throwing in the new year is a Super Bowl watch party. After Dry January and failed New Year’s resolutions, when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, people are ready to drink, indulge in game day food, and watch some football (maybe).
But perhaps you’re a little rusty on your hosting duties after the madness of the holiday season. Or maybe you’ve never thrown a party before in your entire life and the Super Bowl is your first rodeo. If that’s you, there’s no need to sweat it. A Super Bowl watch party is the easiest event to pull off. All you need is some friends, some delicious bad-for-you food, beer, and a TV set.
OK, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but it is easy. And if you’re still worried, there’s no need to worry any longer. We’ve broken down the 20 Super Bowl party essentials you need for your event this year.
Perhaps it should go without saying, but before you stock up on drinks and chicken wings, you might want to invite a few people over. Text your friends, send out an email blast, or make a Facebook party invite. Keep it casual, but make sure you have butts on your couch for the big game.
It may seem obvious, but make sure you have enough plates, serving dishes and spoons, forks, knives, glasses, and napkins before your party starts. To keep things simple, we recommend stocking up on paper plates and plastic cutlery to make sure there is more than enough for everyone. You don’t want to run out of napkins while people are chowing down on barbecue ribs and chicken wings!
Don’t invite eight people over to your home if you only have a loveseat and a beanbag chair. (Also, if this is you, get your life together.) Make sure you have enough space for all of your guests and ample, comfortable seating and TV viewing spots. You don’t need to have a huge house to be a host, it is possible to throw a party in a tiny city apartment; just make sure you can be accommodating.
Food is the most important part of any Super Bowl party; you want to make sure it’s kept at the appropriate temperatures. Invest in some steam tables and food warmers for the big game and borrow a few slow cookers for your dips and chili. Don’t forget the massive coolers for your beer, soda, and bottles of water; you don’t want people opening your fridge every 10 minutes.
You know what would be truly tragic? You put together a great Super Bowl party, a massive feast, have a dozen people over, and your TV is fuzzy, you forgot to pay the cable bill, or your antenna is broken. Make sure your TV is in proper working condition and you have a way to watch the game way before Super Bowl Sunday.
You don’t want to be cheering on your favorite team and marveling at the halftime show while staring at dust bunnies and smelling something funky coming from the kitchen. Be sure to give your home a deep clean before people come over. Plus, since people tend to overindulge during the Super Bowl, have some guest rooms, clean blankets, and fresh towels available. You never know who may need a place to crash at the last minute!
Yes, we know. Guacamole is technically a dip. But we believe this avocado dish is in a league of its own. Experiment with your guac this Super Bowl Sunday with these 50 variations on this Mexican classic.
It's such a simple party appetizer, but such a crowd pleaser. This rolled up hot dog recipe is so easy to follow, even your kids can do it!
It's winter. All you want is some comfort food, and the best comfort food is some sweet and savory slow-cooker chili. Thankfully, this winter soup is perfect game day food!
Sandwiches are a great dish to prepare for a Super Bowl party. Our go-to is this apple butter barbecue pulled pork sandwich, which is cooked low and slow in the oven all day. To save time and space in your oven, you can easily make this the day before your party and heat it up before the bash begins.
If pulled pork isn’t enough barbecue deliciousness for you, make some perfect barbecued ribs. Whether you like your barbecue tangy, spicy, mustardy, or smoky, it’s all good in our book.
You need something sweet after loading up on all that meat and cheese. Our go-to Super Bowl dessert is the iconic brownie. And, please, ignore the box mix. These recipes are better than that nonsense, anyway.
Not everyone wants to drink beer, especially on a work night. Be sure to stock up on non-alcoholic beverages like soda, juice, and bottled water for the non-drinkers.
Now that you know what you need for a Super Bowl party, you need to know how to act. Here’s 10 tips for being the best Super Bowl party host ever.