Kick Off a Great Superbowl Party

February 02, 2010

Between all of the wild Martin Luther King and Groundhog Day parties we've been planning, the Fandangle team sure has been busy!   It's been so long since we updated the blog that you'd think we saw our shadows and went back into hibernation.  But we have a break before all of those craaazy Presidents' Day parties, so we thought we'd check in with a new post.

Punxsutawney Phil may have locked in six more weeks of winter, but even the laziest Snuggie-wearing couch potatoes will venture into the Michigan cold this Sunday for one of winter's most beloved annual events: The Superbowl.  

Family rooms across metro Detroit will fill as friends and family gather to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Superbowl XLIV.  And while many people will throw parties for the big game, few will use an event planner to help coordinate them.  Here are some tips from Fandangle's playbook to help tackle your Superbowl party:

The Pre-Game Report
If you're keeping things casual, inviting your guests via Evite or Facebook is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to go.  Feeling crafty?  Invitations assembled using Colts or Saints mini-pennants or die-cut football helmets will get plenty of RSVPs. 

FANDANGLE TIP: No one wants to cut players from the team.  But having more guests than seats for the big game is a party foul.  Make sure to have plenty of comfy seating for your attendees.

Quench Their Thirst
Besides plenty of beer, make sure to have other beverages for your guests.   Mix up your favorite punch and name it 'The Touchdown'; your guests will appreciate not missing a play to make a drink, and it saves you from putting out a full bar.  In addition, always have non-alcoholic beverages available for the non-drinkers and designated drivers of the group.

FANDANGLE TIP: Don't forget to have ample amounts of ice, napkins, etc.  No one wants to run to the store at halftime...

Gametime Grub 
Your guests will be planted at your place for quite awhile, so don't forget the food!  Keep in mind that people will be grazing throughout the game, so choose menu items that will hold up well over the course of the party.  Channeling your inner Iron Chef? Pick regional favorites from the teams' hometowns.  If you are going the more traditional route, chili is always a fan favorite, as is a deli or sandwich tray.  Just be sure to let guests add their own toppings and condiments.  Chips and salsa, nuts and veggies are great coffee table fare.  

FANDANGLE TIP: Forget the idea of ordering pizza if you want to eat it before midnight; you're not the only one with THAT brilliant plan...

Up the Ante
Whether your guests have come for the commercials or the rivalry, a friendly pool or football squares keeps everyone in the game.  

FANDANGLE TIPCLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on setting up your football pool.