There are two keys to a successful Super Bowl party:
- Good game
Without these two factors, your party will be a dud. I can’t change the first key, but I can definitely help you out on the second.
Food is such an important factor to any successful party. People get hungry, and if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly on the hunt for food. The worst parties are when the host doesn’t provide any food or finger snacks, and you’re just waiting there for the party to end so you can go to the closest McDonald’s drive through (this has happened to me at least twice). I’m the opposite kind of host. I provide so much food that there will be leftovers for days. Let me tell you my secrets.
There are a couple of specific foods that you always want to have at a Super Bowl party. Let’s call them the essentials. The essentials are burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and nachos. Then you got the filler items like a salad, chips and salsa, veggies and dip, and other chips and assorted snacks. The filler items are sort of an appetizer to the essentials. Picture a Super Bowl party with just the fillers items – it’s just not right. You need the essentials to have a good time and the filler items to make it a great time.
Depending on how many people you’ve got coming to your party, I would suggest prepping the essentials way ahead of time. I’m saying hours ahead of time or even the night before. You want your meat all marinated so you can just throw it on the best quality gas grill you got laying around your house. When people start arriving, you can lay out the filler items. You shouldn’t have to spend too much time making these filler items. They can be quickly bought at the store, and you can even have some of your guests bring these snacks! When your guests arrive or even shortly before, you want to start cooking your essentials. Timeline is a strategy you’ll learn quickly if you ever have more than 1 of these Super Bowl parties. You want your cooking to be done about a half hour before the game starts. That way guests have time to eat before the game, but the food will also be good for during the game if people want seconds or thirds (I always do).
It’s really important to get your timeline figured out and a cooking grill you can rely on. You never want your guests to show up and your grill to suddenly break. That’s why I’ve got the best performance bbq of the month. I’m not kidding you when I say I do serious research on my BBQ each year before my big party. If there’s even a little tiny thing wrong with it, I’ll take it in or get it fixed right away. Remember, no food = no fun.
Hope these keys to a successful party helped! And if anything goes terribly wrong, make sure you have a ton of beer.