7 tips for hosting a fun family Super Bowl party
by Melissa Brodsky
Super Bowl time can prove a great opportunity to get your loved ones together to watch the game, talk and laugh, and share some delicious food. When you’re including kids in the festivities, you do have to put a little more thought into the fun. But with careful planning and an all-inclusive mindset, your game-day party is sure to be a hit.
Here are some ideas for planning an exciting, family-friendly Super Bowl party.
1 Go for the easy edibles. Super Bowl parties are made for finger foods. Think Buffalo wings, chips and dip, nachos, pizza, mini hoagies, and stuffed peppers. Then add in a crowd pleaser like tasty chili and crusty rolls. Since this is a family event, go light on the spiciness, so the kids will enjoy the food as well. Or make spicy versions of your favorites for the adults and mild versions for the younger set. A football-shaped cake and sports-themed cupcakes are also sure to please.
2 Provide snacks. Your party attendees will want to snack throughout the day, so provide two to four snack foods people can easily grab and much on. You’ll only need a couple if you’re only feeding your immediate family, but you’ll probably need more if you’ve invited the entire gang. Position the snacks strategically about rooms used for the party, so that attendees can grab something no matter where they happen to be hanging out.
3 Decorate with a football theme to make the whole event more festive. You can find football-themed streamers, plates, napkins, tablecloths, etc. You can even get the kids in on making some decorations, such as posters for their favorite team.
4 Provide plenty of seating. Although some people will probably do a lot of standing, make it comfortable for people to sit. Besides your sofas and everyday chairs, you may want to provide sturdy folding chairs and maybe bean bags or child-sized seats for the little tykes.
5 Put safety first. Secure any furnishings, appliances, and knick knacks that could get knocked over by the vibrations of enthusiastic touchdown dances. Remove and re-route any cords that could trip partiers up and childproof your home in preparation for tiny guests. For example, you’ll want to restrict access to household chemicals, medications, hot foods, electrical cords, and electrical outlets. Make a plan for keeping kids away from hot pots, pans, dishes, and grills as well.
6 Provide some entertainment for kids who might get bored with the game. Age-appropriate toys, puzzles, board games, and even easy-to-clean-up arts and crafts can keep little ones occupied once they lose interest in eating and watching the game. It might even help to enlist volunteers to take the kids outside and help them blow off steam during commercial breaks or at half time.
7 Consider some other great ideas as space and money allows. For example, you can obtain a football-shaped pinata (and fill it with toys and crafts to keep the kids occupied), designate a separate room for the kids to play in when game overload strikes, and set up a second TV to run kid-friendly movies. Even older kids may get a little tired of watching the game after a while.
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