Super Bowl Party Checklist

Don’t fumble on game night—check out our list of football party must-haves to score big points with your guests.

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You're in good company if you plan to watch the big game at home. On average, 90 million people tune in each year. But what makes the game even better? Inviting friends and family over to watch the game with you. Planning a successful Super Bowl party is easy as long as you remember the key elements of a successful football-themed shindig.

If you need help figuring out where to start, we came up with some foolproof Super Bowl party ideas to keep you from fumbling on game day. From decorations and food to seating and drinks, these tips will have your guests voting you MVP of the day.

Super Bowl decorations

  • Buy a banner and streamers to hang, scatter real or inflatable footballs around the party room, and dangle football-shaped balloons from the ceiling. Let team colors dictate your party color scheme.

Coolers, buckets, or small tubs for drinks

  • If you have the space, get a few small containers and fill them with ice to keep beer and other drinks cool. Place them in strategic spots so guests won't constantly be getting up and going to the kitchen for a refill.


  • Keep plenty of ice on hand, more than you think you'll need. You'll want to keep your drink coolers full so drinks stay cold and non-beer-drinking guests have ice to add to their beverages, too.


  • Stock up on an assortment of bottles and cans to keep everyone happy. You might want to invest in a keg if you're expecting a large crowd. Mini kegs are another great option—you can buy a variety of brands, and they'll contribute to the party atmosphere without reminding you too much of a frat house.

Soda or other non-alcoholic drinks

  • Don't forget about the non-drinkers in your group or those who want to take a break between brews.

Bottle openers

  • Invest in a few of these so your guests won't have trouble hunting one down; the fewer distractions from the game, the better.


  • Serve a mix of items to satisfy everyone, and go for finger foods that are easy to pick up and eat—think sandwiches, chips and dips, wings, and pizza—and heartier fare like chili and barbecue to balance out all that beer. Make sure you have plenty of food; guests will want to replenish often during the game. It's best to set up a buffet table off to the side where people can load up on main-course items, then have several smaller tables in the TV room with snacks that people can have a snack during the game.

Plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery

  • If you're going the disposable route, choose sturdy items that can hold up to heavy fare, like loaded nachos, pizza, and chili. Now is definitely not the time to break out your best china—things will inevitably get knocked over during the excitement of the game.

Serving platters, trays, and bowls

  • Pick up inexpensive football-themed items to add to the fun. Just make sure you have enough serving pieces for all the snacks you'll be setting out.


  • You'll need lots of these for wiping messy fingers and greasy spills throughout the night


  • After food and beer, this is the most essential element of your party. Make sure you have enough seats in front of the TV for everyone attending. Ask friends to bring over folding chairs if you don't have enough, and don't forget to dig up those lawn and camping chairs you've stored for the winter. Put out throw rugs or blankets and scatter some large pillows so that even those seated on the floor can get comfortable.

Now that you have all your party elements in the works, there's only one thing left to do - enjoy the game! And, whether your team wins or loses, you can be confident that you pulled off a great Super Bowl celebration.

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