Step Up Your Super Bowl Party

I am SO excited for this year’s Super Bowl. I mean, I love football and get excited every year, but I am a Panthers fan and they are actually IN the Super Bowl this year! No, I’m not a bandwagon jumper. My brothers made me choose a team when I started getting into the NFL and I chose Carolina because the first-overall draft pick Cam Newton was joining their team. (Side note: While I appreciated his athleticism, I also found him very attractive).

We host people for “football day” every Sunday throughout the NFL season with three TVs and lots of food, but the Super Bowl has to be bigger and better. We plan long ahead for our party every year. While these aren’t the most sophisticated of affairs, we like to make it fun and themed. So here are some helpful tips to help you plan for your own amazing Super Bowl party!

1. Décor Ideas – Party City

Party City is my go-to whenever I’m planning a theme party. They have cutlery, plates, tablecloths, cups, etc. in pretty much every colour you could want. In addition, they often have entire sections for “themes” – in this case, they have all of the Super Bowl stuff you could want. I personally went into the Party City store myself, but if you don’t have one near you, order online! I just picked up Super Bowl 50 plates, napkins, and cups along with a bunch of baby blue/turquoise items as I’m a Panthers fan and am going with a Panthers theme.

2. Have a Pool

Every year I create a big board with our guesses for our Super Bowl game. We guess a bunch of things – who wins the coin toss, how long the anthem will be, how many interceptions will be thrown, score at half, who scores first, etc. Every can chip in $5 OR you can do funny gifts for the winners if you don’t want money involved. Check out this pool board for keeping track. You can check out some other trivia for your party too.

3. Make Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels in Team Colours

Head to your nearest Bulk Barn (cheaper) or Michael’s and get the “chocolate wafers” or “candy melts” in the team colours. This year, you’ll want a light blue for the Panthers, and probably orange for the Broncos. They are SO easy to make – just melt the wafers in the microwave, dip the pretzels half way in & let the excess drip off, then put them on a plate or cooling tray. Voila – fancy snack to fit your Super Bowl theme!

4. Make Football Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

All you need is some milk or dark chocolate and a little bit of white chocolate. You can get this on your trip to Bulk Barn or Michael’s for your pretzels. Just dip the strawberries in the chocolate and put them in the fridge to cool. Melt some white chocolate and put it into a small Ziploc bag, poke a small hole in the corner, and use it to draw the laces on your footballs.

5. Make Crab Dip in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

In case you haven’t heard, the Super Bowl is in “San Francisco” this year. Or at least it’s hosted by the San Fran 49ers… who actually play in Santa Clara. But we’ll roll with the host team’s city and go for two of its specialties – crab and sourdough. We’ve been to San Fran a few times now and I LOVE the crab stands at Fisherman’s Wharf and chowing down on some Boudin sourdough. But since you likely won’t have those in your local neighbourhood, grab a sourdough loaf from the grocery store and make this crab dip to stuff inside. Simply cut out the centre of the loaf and cube the insides for dipping.

Recipe:

  • 1 can of crab meat – drained
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream or mayo, your choice)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • OPTIONAL: add some cayenne for a hint of heat!

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop the dip into your bread bowl and bake for 40-50 minutes at 350o  

6. Make Soft Pretzel Bites

When you’re watching the game, no one wants to use a fork and knife. I go for fingers foods, and these bites are delicious!

7. Serve up San Fran Brews

San Francisco and area host a bunch of amazing breweries. One well-known favorite is Anchor Steam, which is readily available at most liquor stores. One of our personal favorites is Lagunitas IPA. While it’s not brewed directly in San Fran (it’s actually from about an hour north in Petaluma, CA), we associate it with San Fran. If you’re into IPAs and refreshing but hoppy beers, give this a shot. You can typically pick up a six-pack at Co-op Liquor Stores in Calgary.

8. Half Time or Commercial Break Game

We found this silly football ring toss game at Party City a few years ago. Find a similar version here. You could totally make your own or something similar from the dollar store. We buy scratch tickets ahead of time and play bingo during commercial breaks. You can also try this commercial bingo from Party City. Winners get scratch tickets!

Other game ideas (if you are so inclined): football bean bag toss, football beer pong.

9. Choose A San Fran Neighbourhood Cuisine

San Fran has many diverse neighbourhoods – two it is most known for are North Beach and Chinatown. North Beach is dubbed the “Little Italy” of SF and hosts a large number of Italian restaurants. For North Beach you could make some homemade pizza or calzones, or you can serve up some fried dumplings or wontons to represent Chinatown.

10. Attempt Cioppino

I can’t say that I am attempting this dish, but if you’re looking to stay with the San Francisco theme, this is a dish that was invented and perfected in the city. It is basically a seafood stew. Try this recipe if you’re interested in giving it a go!

While I like to stick with a theme, I also need to make sure everyone is fed. We’ll be cooking some locally produced Italian sausages.

Bonus: Here are some fun food facts about San Francisco!

What are you doing for your Super Bowl party?

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