The Ultimate Super Bowl Party Guide & Checklist

January 26, 2016

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The Ultimate Super Bowl Party Checklist

The Super Bowl is coming up on February 7!  The teams have been decided: the Denver Broncos will be playing the Caroline Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and now it’s time for the Super Bowl Party!

What do you need to have a killer Super Bowl party?  We’ve done the work for you.  We have created a video and a PDF checklist that you can print out that will help you get organized and remember everything you need to have the Ultimate Super Bowl Party.  We’ve even curated simple time-saving delicious recipes for the most popular food and drink options.

Keep reading below to find out what you need to have the ULTIMATE SUPER BOWL PARTY!
Click Here To Download the handy Super Bowl Party Checklist

Guest List & Invitations:

-The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out your guest list and invitations. Make a list of everyone you are inviting and gather their e-mail addresses.

-Decide if you want to have the party be BYOB or potluck. Paying for all the food and drink can be pricey, so if you have BYOB or potluck style, this defrays the costs.

Super Bowl Party Invitation from Evite

Super Bowl Party Invitation from Evite

-Send out e-mailed invitations. That’s generally the easiest and most practical thing for a Super Bowl party. Good etiquette says to send out invitations 2 weeks before the party.  Evite is a good site for free e-mail invitations.  


Photo by: Triple Tri on Flickr

Photo by: Triple Tri on Flickr

Now that you’ve sent out your invitations, it’s time for the most important part of the Super Bowl Party. No, not the Game… the food!  Here are the most popular items, plus some super quick and easy recipes for each one.

The most popular options for the Super Bowl party are:

-Chicken Wings.  Here’s a delicious but EASY and quick Chicken Wings recipe .

-Chili. Here’s a super easy crockpot Chili recipe that’s sure to be a hit.

-Nachos/Potato Chips. Here’s a delicious nacho recipe shore to score you a touchdown: Honestly Yum Super Bowl Beer Nachos Recipe.

Honestly Yum Superbowl Beer Nachos. Courtesy of Honestly Yum

Honestly Yum Super Bowl Beer Nachos. Photo by Honestly Yum


Salsa (here’s an easy and yummy bacon corn salsa recipe.  That’s right, I did say bacon! plus 20 other easy salsa recipes to try),

Hummus (5-minute hummus recipe),

Spinach-artichoke dip (great, quick, and easy spinach-artichoke dip recipe),

Multi-layer dip (here’s a great Mexican Layer Dip that will be the star of any Super Bowl Party), and

Guacamole (did you know that 79 million pounds of avocados are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday?!  Eat your share with this super easy Paleo-friendly Guac recipe).

-Pizza (Domino’s says that Super Bowl Sunday is its busiest day of the year).  The easiest and quickest thing would be to call and order in.  But if you’d like to make your own, here are 10 quick and easy, kid-friendly pizza recipes.

-BBQ: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, hot dogs, hamburgers/sliders

-Subs/Hoagies (Again ordering a sandwich platter would be easiest and quickest or set out sandwich fixings so everyone can make their own.  If you’d like to prepare a hoagie for the group here’s a great classic Italian Hoagie Recipe)

-Healthier Fare: vegetable platter, fruit salad, shrimp cocktail


Peanut Butter Football Cookies

Peanut Butter Football Cookies by Blue Apron. Photo by Blue Apron

Don’t forget desserts, such as

-brownies (Here’s a super easy brownie recipe with only 5 ingredients)

-cookies (easy and festive Peanut Butter Football Cookie Recipe.  It’s always nice to have desserts with football theme)

-cakes/cupcakes (this is a truffle football cupcake recipe  is true to them and that looks delicious, but I won’t lie… it looks like it requires a fair bit of work.  The recipe says it’s only 25 minutes of prep time.  If you decide to do this one, make sure to take a picture and let me know).


The next most important ingredient for a Super Bowl party is drinks. And when you think of Super Bowl, generally you think of alcohol.

-Beer: bottles, cans, or keg (if you’re expecting a big group)

-Cocktails: when you’re serving cocktails it’s fun to pair them with the food you’re serving or make drinks based off of the teams playing.  For the latter, here’s a blog post with several cocktail recipes inspired by the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  I love that there are even Bronco and Panthers’ themed jello-shot recipes.  


Don’t forget Non-Alcoholic drinks for kids, designated drivers, and those wanting to take it easy on the booze:


-Soft Drinks


Coolers/Buckets/Small Tubs to store the beverages.

Bottle Openers:  Have several around so guests won’t need to go hunting around for them and miss the game.

Ice –You need enough ice to fill the coolers/buckets and for drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Buy even more than you think you’ll need.

Table Settings – Plates, Bowls, Cups, Napkins and Cutlery

Serving Platters & Serving Spoons

Image Courtesy of Spaceships and Laser Beams

Image Courtesy of Spaceships and Laser Beams

Decorations: The focus will be on the food, drinks and camraderie, but adding a pop of festive décor will help set the mood.

Some ideas:

-banners and/or streamers

-football shaped balloons

-actual footballs or football jerseys as décor

-decorate using team colors

I’m not particularly crafy, but if you are crafty and into decor check out Spaceships & Laserbeams for tons of ideas and craft projects to make your Super Bowl party look amazing

Enough Seating for All

Everyone should be comfortable and able to see the television. Get extra folding chairs if needed (you can ask people to bring some with them). Also, you can use rugs, blankets &/or throw pillows to make sure that even those who end up on the floor are comfortable

Mini Games for Fun

Side games are a fun way to make a Super Bowl party even livelier.

Games for Adults:

-Betting Games are always a hit.  The Boxes game allows everyone who wants in to put money on a particular square. This game is much more about luck than skill, so anyone (even those who don’t know or care much about football) can enjoy this.

-Prop Bets are other fun ways to get people involved.  A prop bet is a wager that is not affected by the final outcome of the game, but allows betters to bet on all sorts of other things such as: the coin toss result, gatorade shower color, national anthem length, which coach will be shown first after kick-off, which song will the half-time entertainment perform first during the half-time show, etc.  

Another popular form of entertainment during the Super Bowl is drinking games. Some popular drinking games are to drink every time a specific player’s name is mentioned or a particular scandal. In 2015, drinking for every mention of DeflateGate was a popular drinking game rule. Drinking game rules can also apply to commercials or the half-time show (for example, you have to down your drink for every wardrobe malfunction during the show or take a sip for every cute animal shown in a commercial).

If you’re having drinking games, be safe and make sure you task a designated person to stay sober and hold everyone’s keys.

Games for Kids:

You want to keep the kids occupied and happy so don’t forget to get some games for them. To avoid them getting sucked into their screens, you can offer classic games such as twister, board games, musical chairs, or hot potato

You can also set out crayons and coloring books and/or arts and crafts to keep them busy.


Last, but certainly not least you need a television to broadcast the game. Use the biggest television you have. If you have a large crowd and it’s hard to see, you can have more than one television broadcasting the game.

Also, if you decide to buy a new TV this is a good time. There are some of the best sales of the year on televisions leading up to the big game. You can expect to save approximately 19% at this time of year!

If you want a bigger screen, but don’t want to buy a new one renting a large TV or a projector and screen are also options.


That’s everything you need to have a great Super Bowl party other than to show up and have fun!

Click Here And Downloadthe Checklist Mom Ultimate Super Bowl Party Checklist to make sure you forget nothing, accomplish everything and have a winning party!

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