How to Host an Outdoor Super Bowl Viewing Party

With all the best snacks, of course.

Whether or not you're a football fan, Super Bowl Sunday is always a fun excuse to meet up with friends and family over good food. Is your house too small to accommodate your dozens of friends? Bundle up, get together in the backyard, and stream the game together.

We'll leave the logistics of projectors vs. outside TV mounts to you, but there are a few dos and don't's to hosting an outdoor event, including which tasty snacks you choose to serve, and making sure your guests are comfortable and happy to hang throughout the game. Read on for some more helpful tips to make your next Super Bowl an outdoor blast.

Have a stash of blankets at the ready.

If you live in a cold-weather zone, nothing will put a damper on your party like shivering guests leaving halfway through the game. Stocking your patio (or wherever you're hosting) with throws and fleece blankets will help everyone stay cozy and happy throughout.

Fire up the grill.

Utilizing your outdoor grill will be the best way to keep the food coming while you interact with your guests. This grilling guide will walk you through how to prepare food on the grill in any season, whether or not you're already a pro.

Serve condiments in individual portions.

Speaking of grilling, no hot dog or burger would be complete without all the fixings. Utilize individual ramekins for condiments like salsa, ketchup, and mustard to avoid double dipping and the passing around of jars and bottles. No ramekins? No problem—you can repurpose a cupcake tin and squeeze all your favorite sauces and dressing into their own tin container.

Best Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Only two teams get to face off at the Super Bowl. But there are a bevy of food options to choose from to keep the fans snacking throughout the game. For our absolute favorites, stick to the three bite-sized options below.

Homemade nachos recipes - Single-Serve Nacho Cups
Grace Elkus

Single-Serve Nacho Cups

Plates of nachos aren't exactly pandemic-friendly, but these adorable individual servings certainly are. Don't worry, they pack in all the same flavor and texture as the beloved originals.

Get the recipe.

Glazed Cocktail Meatballs
David Prince

Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

Forget spaghetti—these party favorites are served with a toothpick and make the perfect grabbable nosh.

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Super Bowl Snacks: Pigs in a Blanket
Use frozen puff pastry to make these addictive, crowd-pleasing snacks. Get the recipe: Pigs in a Blanket. Quentin Bacon

Fancy Pigs in a Blanket

The fan favorite gets an upgrade with chicken sausage in place of standard franks.

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