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    Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Host a Super Bowl party your friends will talk about with these 10 tried and true tips

    The big game is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to throw an amazing party. Between the food, decorations and making sure everyone has fun - including those that only watch the commercials - it’s a huge job to undertake.

    According to a new report, 83% of Americans are planning to watch Super Bowl LVII and 72% said they will watch even if their favorite team isn’t playing. The average person will spend $69 on the day including food or drinks at a bar or restaurant.

    For those saving some money and partying at home or with friends, there are some quick tips on making your party amazing.

    Place friendly bets

    Start a betting pool of who will win and by how much. Make prizes such as a bottle of wine or a special dessert to take home. This keeps those invested in the game and those commercial watchers engaged and having fun.

    Dress up your pets

    It isn’t just you that can throw on a football jersey for your favorite team. Get your pets into the excitement by dressing them up. Maybe your family or friends love watching the Puppy Bowl before the game. It’s a perfect way to get the whole family involved.

    Don’t forget the classic dishes

    There are some dishes that just scream Super Bowl when you think about them. Pigs in a blanket and some cheesy dip are made to be shared and passed around the room during the big game.

    Play Super Bowl bingo

    Create a bingo card for the game and the commercials. The kids will love it as well and they get to mark off things that happen or certain commercials that show up. First touchdown? The Doritos commercial? Put them all down and mix them up on the cards.

    Rate the commercials

    For many people, Super Bowl is more than just a football game. The commercials bring a lot of enjoyment. Rate the commercials as a party from 1 to 10.

    Have a tailgate brunch before the big game

    The game doesn’t start until 6:30 p.m. Why not host a tailgate brunch before the game? Keep the festivities going for longer and break out the breakfast food, mimosas, Bloody Marys and other snacks.

    Whip up some wings

    A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be complete without wings. Offer your guests a few different flavors. Don’t forget the blue cheese versus ranch debate and have both on hand.

    Have plenty of seats

    One of the worst things about going to a party - especially one surrounded by watching TV - is not having a seat. Make sure your guests have plenty of seating and that everyone is comfortable.

    Make it a potluck

    If making food for a huge group of people is a little overwhelming for you and you’re worried guests might not like your snacks, make it a potluck. Ask guests to bring appetizers, snacks or side dishes and just worry about the main course. This way everyone has something they want to eat.

    Stock your house with TVs

    During most parties, guests love to stand around in the kitchen and chat. Some will be in the living room sitting down. Make sure there’s televisions all over in the popular spots. No one wants to miss a second of the action because they wanted to chat with friends and family.

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