Are you ready for some football? We are SUPER ready!
When it comes to the Super Bowl, there is no one that gets more
excited than us. Coming together with friends and family is truly one
of our greatest American traditions. Super Bowl Sunday has become a
sort of national holiday for avid football fans. Due to the Covid-19
Pandemic, Super Bowl parties this year might mean celebrating with
those you live with but that does mean you can’t still enjoy watching
the game with people in your household. This year is especially remarkable
for us as Kansas and lifetime Kansas City Chiefs fans as they fought their
way through the season to make it to the championship for a second year
in a row. We will be rooting for the Chiefs as they try to “Run It Back” and
defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Here are things we have learned
over the years for throwing a fun Super Bowl party:
A whole smorgasbord of delectable delicacies can be served and
make a Super Bowl party a success. Well, you can’t have a SOUP-er
Bowl without soup! Our traditional meal we served made for the last
several years is a variety of soups, chili, and a build-your-own sandwich
station. This makes for easy meal prep and it is a crowd-pleaser! Our dad
makes a mean chili and you can’t beat our mom’s chicken noodle soup.
If you can, try making chili with deer. It is Kristin’s favorite substitute
for hamburger. Kristin also loves to try out other soup recipes she finds
on Food Network, Taste of Home, All Recipes, or small cooking blogs.
Dip and chips are also a classic staple for any Super Bowl party! Our
dad makes a great hamburger and Velveeta cheese that everyone loves.
Here is a similar recipe (except we usually make it in a crock pot):
When Timothy was younger he was fascinated by the design of NFL
logos. When the Super Bowl came he knew he had to go all out! Timothy
created mobiles with the specific team logos and super bowl logos. He
tried to think of innovative and inexpensive ways to bring the house to
life for the Super Bowl celebration. One way he got creative was with
the use of plates! It was a cheap and inexpensive way to decorate any
place because they can be hung up around the house with ease. You
already have to buy plates for the food so why not use the extra Super
Bowl plates for décor? Timothy usually gets the plates with each teams’ logo
and the current year’s Super Bowl logo on them. You can hang these up
in sets of three to make a nice display. The plates can be found at Party City.
Party City is also an obvious choice for sourcing other things to bring
your Super Bowl viewing area to life with streamers representing the
two teams’ colors. Timothy likes to intertwine the two colors that denote
a team and then run those colors along opposite walls to create a tunnel
of colors clashing signifying the competition between the two teams.
Timothy strongly suggests using anything with Party City. They have
great things like banners, cups, and mobiles to hang around the house.
One of his favorite items are pennants. He started collecting them in
Super Bowl 48 and has had every pennant since then. They look like a
showpiece when people come over and are usually pretty inexpensive!
Timothy and Kristin like to add some homemade decorations by
making some banners out of posterboard. Timothy also makes mobiles
with each team’s logos, main players, coaches, etc. on each mobile and
then after the winner is declared, he will go around the room with scissors
and cut down the side of the one representing the losing team. Homemade
decorations add that nice finishing touch and add to the personality of the
party. To hang all these things up Timothy recommends white Scotch
mounting putty. It will not leave a mark on the house walls and will come
off easy without the fear of décor falling down mid-party.
Some of Timothy and Kristin’s favorite decorations are the seven-foot
tall field goals and large football field rug they have. This creates a little
football field in the room and adds to the ambiance of the event. These
things were acquired from our local liquor store after they did not need
them following the previous year’s Super Bowl. After the Chiefs and
Buccaneers face off this year, try heading to your local liquor or grocery
store to see if they have any old décor or promotional
items they are willing to give away.
ACTIVITIES TO ADD TO THE FUN:
The Choice Board Competition and Super Bowl History Trivia!
Activities can make the Super Bowl even more fun for those who may
not be as excited about the game itself. Several years ago, Timothy
came up with the idea to do a choice board competition where everyone
could place their “bet” on what team they thought was going to win and
write down what the final score was going to be for each team. It is an
entertaining, low stakes competition that all ages can participate in. The
winner gets their name put up on the wall every year and is awarded
a “Super Bowl” which is a large bowl that can be put to use in the kitchen
once the winner is declared. For the board Timothy has name plates for
each person and then has a small Command hook under each name. On
the hook he hangs a sign with each teams’ names on either side. This sign
can be flipped depending on who the person wants to choose to win.
Under the team, Timothy also hangs a small blank piece of poster board
with mounting putty. This is where people can write their score predictions.
Try this fun idea out at your next Super Bowl party!
Lastly, another fun activity is to create interactive signs that allow your
guest to learn more about Super Bowl history while putting their
knowledge to the test. Kristin created this activity a few years ago by
hanging up a question about Super Bowl or NFL team history. Then
the sign below it can be flipped to reveal the fun fact. This is an engaging
way for guests to learn more about the background of the event they are
watching! Here are some fun facts you could use for this
activity: https://www.rd.com/list/super-bowl-facts/ or simply
search “Super Bowl Facts” on Google!
We hope however your Super Bowl looks this year in quarantine, that
you have a good time watching the Kansas City Chiefs take on the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers! (Hopefully cheering on the Chiefs!) You can
also save these tips for next year when we will hopefully be able to
celebrate in a more normal fashion. Whether you watch for the football, the
hilarious commercials, or the halftime show, we wish you happy viewing!