After five long months of going head to head, we have finally reached the culmination of the 2018-2019 NFL season, the Super Bowl. The big game will take place on February 3 on CBS. This year, it’s an east coast v. west coast battle with the New England Patriots facing off against the Los Angeles Rams. Surprising no one, I don’t really care *that* much about the game, but you know I love hosting a good party. So, whether you’re there for the ads or there for the game, you can throw an epic Super Bowl party your friends won’t soon forget.
Super Bowl Party Set Up
Unlike a dinner party, your Super Bowl party may not have the most chill vibe + that’s okay! Even if you don’t care for either team, it’s easy to get swept up into the excitement of the game. You want to create a space where being loud + celebrating good plays is encouraged. This is not the time to use your good china. A simple set up with ample seating that allows everyone to be able to see the TV but also converse with other is best.
Just because it’s not super fancy doesn’t mean you should avoid décor. Your local party store will have a ton of football-themed decorations. You can also use your games as decorations. I know it may seem counter-intuitive to have games during a game, but for those not interested, or in case of a blowout, it is nice to have something else to distract people. A pre-game Super Bowl squares game is a great way to get people invested in the score of the game. The Duel has all the instructions you’ll need on this. Super Bowl Bingo is another great option. I did not have it in me to create cards but these are a great option. Beer pong + other drinking games are also always a hit.
Super Bowl Party Food
We all know that aside from the actual game, food is the most important part of a Super Bowl party. While menus vary for every party, there are true staples likes chips, dip, and wings. The key to good Superbowl Party food is that it needs to be handheld + able to be eaten without a table. While it may seem like this limits your menu options, it actually allows you to be creative. So, whether you’re hosting the party or just attending, here are some of my top foods to bring along.
Cheese Football – this dish has been a hit to every party and event I have ever taken it to. It can also be shaped into a regular cheeseball + even a pumpkin for those fall events + friendsgivings. Making the cheese ball is simple as long as you give yourself enough time. I typically make mine the night before.
Whether for a potluck or holiday party, this cheeseball is an easy + perfect dish everyone will love.
- 2 blocks Cream Cheese
- 1 packet Ranch Dip Powder
- 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 cups Topping pretzels, bacon, pecans, more cheese, etc.
- Plastic Wrap
Mix together room temperature cream cheese + ranch packet.
Once the powder has been absorbed by cheese, mix in cheddar cheese using a hand mixer.
Allow the blend to sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden.
Shape cheese into football while rolling in the topping. For this cheese football, I used pretzels, for a cheese pumpkin, I use cheddar cheese.
Secure in plastic wrap with the shape in tact and chill in the fridge for at least two hours. Pull out 30 minutes prior to serving,
Spinach Dip – speaking of chips, dip is a must at your event. Here in Memphis, a tub of Ponchos cheese dip + salsa is a must, but I also love a good spinach dip – it just *feels* healthier. Check out my recipe for cheesy bacon spinach dip this post!
Sausage Plate – like a charcuterie (which you can totally make if you want to be fancy) but a little simpler. Kielbasa, cheddar + gouda cheeses, pickles, and grapes are all featured on my Super Bowl LIII sausage plate.
Mini Taco Cups – these little guys are a hit at any type of party. Whether taken to housewarmings, tailgates, and Cinco de Mayo these are always one of the first foods gone. As long as you have the right cupcake pan, these are a breeze to make + can be served warm or cold (though warm is better). Check out my recipe where I detail how to make my version of these delightful Tex-Mex treats.
Meatballs– handheld meat is what every Super Bowl Party goer wants. Wings are a great option, but I prefer these simple meatballs. All you need is one bag of Homestyle or Swedish meatballs (not Italian), a jar of grape jelly, and Heinz Chili Sauce. Combine the ingredients into your crock pot + leave them for four hours. If you want to thicken them up, add a tablespoon of cornstarch + ¼ cup of water. These meatballs also made an appearance at my Olympics party!
For the rest of your menu, fill it with foods you love + are easy to grab. Items on my menu include tater tots topped with cheese, wings, bagel bites, and the veggie tray someone inevitably brings. With all or any of these items + ideas, your Super Bowl party is sure to be a hit! I’m ready for some amazing commercials + cheer on the Rams!