Tips to Throw the Ultimate Superbowl Party

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We must admit, we’re not the sportiest gals around. On Sundays, we’re often blogging away, while our husbands are glued to the TV watching the NFL But we always love an excuse to entertain, especially when that party involves a fun theme and plenty of DIY projects. Not to mention, we always like a shindig that earns us extra wife points!

Snacks are a major part of any good football party. We love easy to grab items like cheese, crackers, pretzels and cut up fruit. So when NFL Homegating asked us to create a game plan for the ultimate Superbowl party, we immediately said “yes” and started brainstorming how to take a party like this to the next level! We believe our tips can translate for your favorite NFL team (although the Chicago Bears season hasn’t been the best…we’ll still always heart them!), so you can completely customize your football party with your team’s colors!

We also really like the idea of throwing a tailgate inspired party at home…aka “NFL Homegating.” And with those winter temps officially here, we’re happy to avoid tailgating in the freezing cold. Instead, this is a way to celebrate game day from the comfort of your own home. Now that’s something these 2 rookies can get behind!

Game Plan for the Ultimate Superbowl Party

Create a fun atmosphere for your ultimate football party with balloons in your teams colors and easy to reach snacks!1. Choose a low maintenance menuUltimate Football Party idea #1 is to choose an easy dish to serve. Like this chili, in a Chicago Bears mug.

It’s no secret that we’re not the best cooks around, but there are a few dishes we actually have in our repertoire. Chili is one of them! As long as we have a recipe to follow, we can usually make a pretty tasty chili.

Decorate your chili bar with your teams gear! We chose these awesome Chicago Bear mugs for our chili.

Chili is an amazing food to serve at parties because you can make it ahead of time and then just throw it in the crockpot to keep it warm. We decided to create a little chili bar area so you could build your own bowl! Let your guests add topping that they like to their football chili. Some options are cheese, sour cream and scallions!

We included fun toppings like tortilla chips, avocado, cheese, and green onions to really fancy things up! We also ordered these Bears soup bowls from NFL Homegating (sadly they’re sold out on, but you can pick some up at Bed, Bath, & Beyond) and they’re huge! Such a cute little container for a hearty cup of chili.

2. Incorporate your Team’s ColorsWhen you have friends over to watch the big game, make sure your football watch party is the ultimate!

When you’re celebrating your team, it’s easy to figure out the party colors. In our case we used blue & orange throughout.

We each donned some Bears gear, and then picked up some navy tassels and orange/blue balloons. We used this Chicago Bears Garland in the team colors to decorate our bar cart.

We got balloons in orange and blue to decorate for our Chicago Bears ultimate football party.

All it takes is a few touches of these colors to really bring the entire look together.

3. DIY an Inexpensive Runner

To keep your mess to a minimum, make a cute DIY runner out of brown paper or butcher paper. You can decorate it with slogans or football plays!

When it came to the table, we wanted to keep it simple so the fun snacks could really shine. So we took some craft paper and made a super simple runner. To make it a bit sporty, we used a sharpie to draw plays right onto the paper. Seriously, so easy yet looks adorable.
Here's one of Casey's football plays written out in a sharpie on the DIY table runner.

Plus, the runner kept my marble table a lot cleaner from all of the snacks & dips. A delicious spread of apps makes any football watch party a great time! Try cheese, nuts and sandwiches for an easy spread. Planning the ultimate football watch party? Don't forget the great snacks!

4. Add Height to the Table Tailgating at home? AKA Homegating? Make sure to set the table right, using multiple levels to create the right tablescape aesthetic.

Whenever we’re creating a tablescape, we always try to use varying heights on the table to create interest. It’s just like decorating any space. You need to layer items in and create a variety of levels.

nfl_chicago_bears_homegating-appetizersBridget loves her Chicago Bears (at least she loves this Chicago Bears sweater she is sporting!) She's getting the crackers ready to offer the football party guests. We put this football-shaped cutting board on a white bowl to give it a boost in height. And we also added some flowers to the table for some freshness and to add in a taller object.

5. Pick Out Merchandise that Makes a Big Statement

The NFL made these adorable salt and pepper shakers for all of their teams! Get a set for your next football watch party!

The NFL Homegating collection contains some really cool pieces. We especially loved these jersey salt & pepper shakers. I mean can you even? They’re hilarious. The NFL also made these great coffee mugs for all of their teams! We got Chicago Bears mugs of course. This appetizer tray, the chili bowls, and this cheese board really took the party atmosphere to the next level too. And we’ll have all of these items for years, so we can whip them out for every NFL football & Super Bowl party <– let’s hope the Bears someday make it to the Super Bowl again…
Check out these awesome frosted beer mugs the NFL has created for all of their teams!

And you can’t forget glassware! Mr. Finn was especially excited that we picked up some Bears pint glasses. A cold beer just tastes better out of a nice glass, doesn’t it?! We definitely earned some wife points with these items (and these all might make for some good holiday gifts if you’re buying for your dad/brother/husband!).

6. Throw Away Silverware

We DIY'd these adorable orange plastic cups to look like little footballs, and to act as holders for our disposable silverware!

Another party tip? Don’t use “real” silverware. Instead purchase some plastic silverware in your team’s colors. Way easier when it comes time to clean-up. Yum, this chili looks amazing! It's the perfect party food.

7. Don’t Forget the Washi Tape Using Washi tape is another fun, easy decorating pro-tip. We used black and white tape on these plain water bottles.

A few more thoughtful touches helped take everyday items to the next level. Black & white striped tape wrapped around plastic bottle water makes little H2O referees.

And navy washi tape on orange cups creates football laces, and it really made our silverware display that much better.

Check out the blue tape on the orange mugs, made to resemble footballs. There are so many simple details like this you can use to take your party to the next level!

Putting a little extra effort into every aspect of the party really brings things to another level. And all of these tiny tweaks are super affordable and only take a bit of time #worthit

8. Use What You Have

Here's our chili set up for our football watch party! Fun signage, team-themed mugs and delicious chili all make for a great party!As with most everything we do in our homes, we always use what we already have. There’s no use buying tons of new items when you can shop your home for stuff. Our lightbox sign came into use to jazz up our chili bar. Here's our bar cart, all stocked and decorated with our team's colors for the big game!

And a few festive additions on the bar cart made it party ready! So what do you say? Are you ready to throw your own Superbowl party? 


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