1. Cut coasters out of AstroTurf ($1 per square foot at ondecksports.com, or go to your local hardware store).
2. Set out potted wheatgrass (available at flower shops and nurseries) topped with pennants and mini footballs (check out michaels.com and partycity.com).
3. Design your table runner to look like a football field; just spread out Con-Tact Chalkboard Contact Paper ($6 for a roll, 18 inches by six feet, at discountschoolsupply.com) and draw yard lines with chalk and a ruler. Then leave out the chalk and let your guests strategize their own plays throughout the party.
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Try Recipes for Easy Finger Foods
Upgrade traditional tailgate fare with these healthier―and tastier―versions:
Swap a sports-bar favorite for a snack that’s more refined and better for you, too. Create a potato bar by baking a 15-ounce package of Alexia Oven Fries frozen potato wedges (available at supermarkets) and serving them warm with a variety of toppings, like chopped red onion, salsa, grated Cheddar, jalapeños, and low-fat sour cream.
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Organize a Super Bowl Party Game
In lieu of a football pool, have each guest predict the winner’s final score. Write each guess on a tag and tie it to his or her beer stein. Whoever gets closest to the correct score wins.
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StocSuper Bowl Beers
Give your guests a selection of beers that reflect the names, the mascots, or the hometowns of the competing teams. Or, stock up on pints that represent your favorite teams.
AFC TeamsBaltimore Ravens: The Raven Buffalo Bills: Bison Brewing Cincinnati Bengals: Tiger Beer Cleveland Browns: Honey Brown Lager Denver Broncos: Dark Horse Beer Houston Texans: Alamo Golden Ale Indianapolis Colts: Colt 45 Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguar High Gravity Lager Kansas City Chiefs: Tomahawk Pale Ale Miami Dolphins: Hurricane Reef Lager New England Patriots: Samuel Adams Boston Lager New York Jets: Terminal Gravity IPA Oakland Raiders: Rocky River Pirate Lite Pittsburgh Steelers: Iron City Beer San Diego Chargers: Electric Beer Tennessee Titans: Titan IPA
NFC TeamsArizona Cardinals: Beermann's Rip Roarin' Red Ale Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Brewing Company Red Brick Ale Carolina Panthers: Carolina Blonde Chicago Bears: Brown Bear Brewery Dallas Cowboys: Lonestar Beer Detroit Lions: Lionshead Beer Green Bay Packers: Green Man Lager Minnesota Vikings: St. Pauli Girl Lager New Orleans Saints: Saint Arnold Amber Ale New York Giants: Brooklyn Lager Philadelphia Eagles: Yuengling Traditional Lager San Francisco 49ers: 49er Red Seattle Seahawks: Black Hawk Stout St. Louis Rams: Ram Pilsner Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Old Buccaneer Reserve Washington Redskins: Indian Wells Brewing Co. Mojave Red Beer