The New Year has already been and gone which can mean only one thing – it’s almost time for the Super Bowl! More than 100 million Americans are expected to tune into this year’s big game, with even more doing so from other parts of the world.
Many will choose to watch at home or at a sports bar, but others will go a step further and host a Super Bowl party for themselves and their football fan friends. If you’re one of them, you might be wondering what sorts of things to include in your planning.
But don’t sweat! We’ve got you covered with all the things to consider when organizing a big game bash.
Where Will Your Party Be?
You might think that the phrase location, location, location refers exclusively to real estate, but it’s just as important for party planning. Where you host your Super Bowl party is important for both aesthetic and logistical reasons.
The logistics are something you may want to address first. If you’re planning to host a couple of extra pals to watch the NFL Champions get crowned, then your own home might be big enough. However, if there’s going to be more of you, then it may be necessary to move it to a friend’s house if they have more space.
The aesthetics are important too. If you’re in the middle of redecorating your home, then bare walls and no carpet aren’t going to work. Again, you might need to alter your plans for something a little more welcoming.
Can Your Internet Connection Cope?
A robust internet connection is something you might not think is necessary at a party, but your Super Bowl soiree is no ordinary party.
Watching sports is now often a multi-screen experience, especially in the case of football. There are lots of reasons for this, most notably the fact that many fans now enjoy placing wagers on games from their computers and mobile devices.
The activity has been given a boost by brands like FanDuel that have been offering free bet promotions to new customers as part of their marketing efforts, particularly during the time of the big game.
Many of these sportsbooks include live or in-game betting as part of their service, which allows fans to make predictions after play has already started. These predictions may be on the overall score or the spread, which may fluctuate in recognition of events on the field, or it may be on propositional wagers like which team will make the next foul.
For live betting like this, having a fast and low-latency internet connection is going to be important. While you don’t normally have to give much thought to this, you will do when you have a dozen people around and they’re all trying to connect at the same time.
Therefore, you might want to consider doing some tests before Super Bowl Sunday.
What Snacking Options Should You Prepare?
Super Bowl snacks are just as important as the game itself. What you choose to offer to your guests is entirely up to you and, in fact, you may even make it a potluck affair with everything bringing something to share.
Some of the most popular options include pizza, chips and dip, and chicken wings. Along with many other snack foods, these will be available from practically everywhere in the days and weeks leading up to the big game, so you won’t have any trouble getting hold of them.
Generally, foods that work best are ones that can be eaten with one hand or that don’t require a knife and fork to consume since you’re likely to be crowded around a TV without a proper table to rest a plate on. You may have your own traditional foods and snacks that you prepare for the Super Bowl. For some people, these are part of the experience and the preparation can be a big part of the fun. Therefore, it’s entirely up to you what you choose. Just be sure to prepare ahead of the Sunday.