The Jet Press teamed up with our friends over at FoodSided to determine seven Super Bowl party hacks that anyone could master. Here’s how to make your party as awesome as possible.
Throwing an epic Super Bowl party can sometimes be just as important as the actual game itself. With the New York Jets sadly not a part of this year’s event (not that that’s a surprise or anything), Jets fans may be more interested in the extra-curricular activities surrounding the actual Super Bowl.
That’s why we teamed up with the incredible Cristine Struble of FoodSided.com to come up with the best hacks to throw an awesome Super Bowl party. Whether it’s various food ideas, entertainment suggestions, or just standard advice, Cristine has got you covered for this year’s big game.
A special thanks to Cristine and FoodSided for these seven incredible Super Bowl party hacks for the party experts and novices alike. With that, take it away Cristine!
As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the pressure for the party host can be tremendous. When your favorite team is in the final two teams, the focus is on the game. This year, the outcome might not be the biggest priority.
Given this scenario, the food and the party itself become a bigger focus. Throwing an epic Super Bowl party doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming. With a few easy, Super Bowl party hacks, anyone can throw the party remembered long after the Lombardi Trophy is raised in victory.
Here are seven Super Bowl party hacks that anyone can master.
Chicken wings are a classic party favorite that is chosen by millions of people all across the country as their food of choice every year for the Super Bowl. They are an immediate hit at essentially every party making them the perfect choice for nearly any occasion.
Cristine tells us why they are perfect for any Super Bowl party.
Wings are always a popular choice on Super Bowl Sunday. Billions of wings are eaten every year during the Super Bowl. This food is a great choice because you don’t have to worry about forks and knives. The biggest concern can be flavor and dips.
To have a broad appeal, pick two wing flavors, a mild and a hot. Also, leave a bottle of hot sauce out on the table. If people think that the mild isn’t flavorful enough, they can add heat (same for the hot).
Also, ranch and blue cheese should be available. Of course, people have their preferred dipping sauce. It is better to have both options than to alienate some of your guests.
Next: Try flavor stacking
2. Try flavor stacking
Flavor stacking is an incredible, little-known way to create an awesome new experience for your taste buds. This practice involves taking multiple different flavored foods, typically Pringles, and stacking them on top of each other to create an entirely new flavor.
It’s like a pseudo-science project you can do at home for less than five dollars.
You can purchase a bunch of different flavors and see which ones you or your guests enjoy the most. This will not only spice up the atmosphere of your party but hopefully give you some new, delicious flavors to try.
Here’s what Cristine has to say about the whole flavor stacking recommendation.
Have you hear of flavor stacking? Pringles, with its unique shape, lends itself to creating new, stacked flavors. There are over 318,000 flavor combinations. Pringles has even created two Super Bowl inspired flavor stacks.
Buy various Pringle flavors and have your guests create their own “winning” flavor stacks. It could be an engaging way to get everyone’s mind off the game.
Next: Guacamole is a must
3. Guacamole is a must
Who doesn’t love a good side of guacamole? Much like chicken wings, guacamole is a party classic that is sure to excite friends and family who are coming for the game but staying for your party.
Get some chips and use it as a dip or simply keep it available as a spread, either way, guacamole is a must have for any big party. This is especially true for Super Bowl season where snacks will be the main focus.
Let’s see what Cristine has to say about this wonderful party addition.
First, there is no avocado shortage. Second, everyone loves guacamole. From a dip to a spread, guacamole (and avocados) are a must at any Super Bowl party. Remember to keep the guacamole covered. No one wants to eat brown. A little squirt of lime juice can keep that away, too.
And as she makes note of, don’t worry folks there is no avocado shortage.
Next: Potlucks are great
4. Potlucks are great
Not everyone has the time to plan an entire Super Bowl party. On top of that, planning a large-scale party could be equally expensive.
Potlucks can be a great way to save time and money while still having fun and playing host. The party turns into more of a team effort but you still get to be the host of the big event.
Truly a win-win for everyone involved.
Cristine pops in again to tell us why having a potluck could be the best way to go about your Super Bowl party.
Don’t have time to plan a huge event? Have a pot luck. Granted, you don’t want everyone to bring another bag of chips. Still, create a list and have people sign-up to bring a dish. It takes the pressure off the host. Plus, you don’t get stuck with a bunch of leftover food.
Next: Keep beverages simple
5. Keep beverages simple
There’s no sense in going all out to buy every beer, liquor, soda or juice in the book for your party. Everyone will have different preferences, so it may be best to supply generic beverages that essentially all of your guests will enjoy.
Water is a must as your guests will likely be quite thirsty from the evening’s food and events and look to quench their thirst. Make sure to stack up on water bottles ahead of the party.
Moreover, just a couple of classic beer brands should do the trick. There’s no need to go out and buy five or more different brands to try and please everyone’s tastes.
Cristine gives some great advice on why keeping beverage options simple is essential.
Everyone has a signature drink or preferred drink. But in the words of The Dude, maybe it is time to switch up the usual. Your house isn’t a bar or restaurant. You aren’t expected to have every beer, liquor and mixer. Pick two beers, a specific wine and plenty of water. If someone really wants that bourbon barrel IPA, they could have brought a six pack to share.
Next: Get inspired by the Super Bowl commercials
6. Get inspired by the Super Bowl commercials
You can plan ahead for your party by taking a sneak peek at this year’s Super Bowl commercials to determine potential foods/beverages to buy.
This could be incredibly helpful as there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a commercial for food that you really want and then having that food readily available. Your guests will appreciate the preparation and love the satisfaction they get when they appease their cravings.
Cristine is here once again to tell us the importance of planning ahead using leaked Super Bowl commercials.
Way before kickoff, lots Super Bowl commercials have leaked. Wouldn’t it be great to have a bag of the new Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho for everyone to try? Yes, these Doritos are definitely delicious. Use those fun commercials as inspiration for your food table.
Next: Just have fun
7. Just have fun
It’s really as simple as that. All of the the other hacks on this list won’t matter as long as you and your guests have the best time possible.
Watching the Super Bowl can be fun on it’s own but throwing an awesome party can make the evening even greater. If you and your guests are having a great time, then you know you’ve done something right.
Whether it’s the game itself, the party, or simply enjoying each other’s company, as long as you and your guests are having fun then the night should be considered a success.
Cristine is back with some parting words on why this hack is the most important of them all.
The best, and only Super Bowl party hack to remember is to have fun. In the end, the food and drinks aren’t the most important part of the event. Sunday night is about spending time with friends. You will laugh at commercials, shout at bad calls and hopefully not change the channel to the Puppy Bowl midway through the game.