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Hosting a Super Bowl Party? Get Ready to Score a Touchdown with These Tips

January 26, 2015

Super Bowl Party FoodFebruary 1 is the biggest football day of the year. Fans of every team gather to cheer on the participant they’ve chosen to win the big game. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party for family and friends in your new Chicago home, the pressure is on to ensure that your guests have a wonderful time, whether they’re rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots.

Planning a Super Bowl event is all about the preparation. If everything is well-planned and gets done in a timely fashion, the party will be a huge success. Your guests will get to enjoy the big game, while you get to introduce everyone to your new home in Chicago.

One of the first to-do items when you’re planning a party is to create the guest list. Send out the invitations about two weeks prior and put an RSVP date for one week before the event. Having a head count in advance will help with planning the menu items accordingly. Make sure to specify if the party is adults only or if kids are included. There is no reason to spend money on paper invitations, especially with today’s technology and the relaxed atmosphere of a Super Bowl party. A great, simple and free way to send out invites is to use www.evite.com. Remember to ask your guests to wear their favorite teams’ jersey or colors.

The next item to check off of your to-do list is the menu. There are many appetizers and party favorites to choose from. One staple is chicken wings, but just be sure to have a lot of napkins nearby! Dips are also an essential Super Bowl item. One of the easiest and most crowd-pleasing dips is Velveeta Salsa Dip. Prep time for this quick dish is about 10 minutes and can be kept warm for hours in a crock pot. Plus, you can personalize the dip by adding ground beef, chorizo, jalapenos or other items. Just be sure to have several bags of tortilla chips on hand! If this is a family party, include appetizers that kids will enjoy as well. What kid can pass up pigs in a blanket? Include a healthier alternative by putting out bite-size veggies, too. Finally, don’t forget about dessert! Include fresh baked cookies or brownies, or search your local bakery or grocery store to find football themed items.

Decorations are another essential item to a successful Super Bowl party. Go to any party store or grocery store and there will be themed plates, cups, napkins and other decorations. Or, if you prefer to do-it-yourself, search Pinterest for fun party décor, such as football pennants, a football field tablecloth and much more. There is a huge variety to choose from which will make being creative easy.

The day of the party is the time to start arranging your home for your guests. Today’s homes offer open and spacious floor plans which make entertaining a breeze. Rearrange your furniture to make sure all of your guests can get the best view of the game while creating an easy flow between the game watching area and the food and beverage stations. New homes are also focusing on an open concept kitchen that has plenty of room for guests to mingle around the island while they munch on snacks and watch the game from afar or from an additional kitchen TV.

Using these tips for planning a Super Bowl party in your new Chicago home, the event is sure to be a blast for everyone in attendance!

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