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Planning Guide for Your Super Bowl Party

Ideas, Games,Crafts, Decorations and Recipes


The Super Bowl is held on a Sunday in early February, usually the first weekend of February.   It is a time for football fans to enjoy the end of a terrific season and hopefully root their favorite team to victory.  What better way to do this than to have a super bowl party.  Let football fans you know enjoy watching the game together and non-fans socialize as well.  This should be the easiest party that you ever host.  For a successful Super Bowl party, you'll need plenty of food and drink. Keep it simple by serving snacks and appetizers that can be prepared in advance.   Remember the TV is the focal point for this party



When selecting who to invite to your party you must consider the number of guests that you can accommodate in your home.  Is it an adult party or are you going to include the kids?  Once you have answered these questions begin to create your guest list.


Your invitations should be sent 2 weeks in advance.  This will give your guests plenty of time to respond and will give you time to finalize preparations.  Make sure you include the theme, date, start and end time, location, special instructions like dress for the occasion, whether food will be served and an RSVP date with your phone number or email address.  If you know that your guests check emails regularly you can send the invitation via the internet.


Does your invitation include the kids? Set them up with their own viewing room. Provide kid-friendly snacks and beverages, and a stack of board games and movies. Hire a few responsible teenagers to make sure things remain calm and organized.  Provide face paint so that the older kids can turn the younger kids or the "young at heart" into real football fans!  Play some organized games with them.

Play Football Charades

Divide your guests into teams and give each team a card with five football related words on it. The object is to take turns acting out the words for the team to guess. The team that guesses the most words wins. Use a timer to keep the game from running into the next quarter. Examples: cheerleader, shoulder pads, helmet, field goal, pompoms, touchdown, referee, referee whistle, coach, clipboard, team, football, quarterback, football fan, cheer.


Football Passing Game

This game is best played in a big open area. See how far each guest can throw the ball.  See who is best at running passes and who is best at throwing / catching passes when both people are standing still. Be sure to have small prizes available to add to the fun.

Create a Word

Write the word Super Bowl on paper and see how many words the kids can make out of it in 5 minutes.


Half Time Show

Get the non-football fans, young and old,  organized into a cheering squad to perform a half-time routine.  Give them some notice so that they have 15 -20 minutes to brain storm and practice.


Hot Football

A spin on the classic "Hot Potato" game, kids sit in a circle and pass the football while the music is playing. When the music stops, the person holding the football goes out of the game and receives a small prize.  Be sure to play We Will Rock You/We are the Champions  by Queen

Candy Ring Game

Drop a plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably a team color).  Cover it with candy and trinkets such as toys, pencils, footballs, candy etc.   Have the children stand a distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.  Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep.  Be sure to have goodie bags available.  This game has always been a great hit with the kids.

Cookie Decorating

Make a football cookie ahead of time for each child.
Prepare team color frostings.
Get team color sprinkles.
Purchase theme appropriate candy such as chocolate footballs.

Let the fun begin

 Football Face Paint

1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
2 drops food coloring (green)

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, mix well. Draw a  shamrock on everyone.

How to make a hand held pennant....

Sports banner are really easy to make. For hand held banners you can buy felt in appropriate team colors, and cut out large pennant size triangles.  Glue a wooden dowel to the edge of the triangle as a handle.  Decorate the triangle with the team’s name, player’s name, sports paraphernalia etc… Be sure to keep the team colors in mind when decorating.  It is really easy if you purchase pre-pasted vinyl letters, footballs etc… and adhere them to the felt.

Super Bowl I-Spy

Wondering how to keep the little ones interested in the big game? Try giving them this project. Print a copy of this page for each kid playing. Just have them choose a team to spy on.
Answer these two questions before the game starts!

Which team is going to score first? ________________________

Which team is going to win? ________________________________

Then keep your eyes (and ears) peeled. Write down the things you spy during the game.

Which player:

Has the longest name? _____________________________ _________

The shortest name? _________________________________________

Is the tallest? ____________________________________________

The smallest? ______________________________________________

The oldest? ________________________________________________

The youngest? ______________________________________________

The heaviest? ______________________________________________

The lightest? ______________________________________________

Has the highest jersey number? _____________________________

What is the team's mascot? _________________________________

Now back to the game!

  Super Bowl Party Decorating Ideas

Select balloons based on Super bowl team colors.  Use a bunch of balloons as a focal point on the table and strategically place them in the room.  Drape team pennants, and streamers throughout your party space. Use props, like footballs and pompoms and goal posts, to help create the theme.  Cover chair backs with sports jerseys. Give your table some height by placing bowls on top of clear plastic memorabilia boxes.  Purchase theme or color related plates, cups and napkins. Order life-size cardboard cutouts of your favorite football heroes from the internet and set them up for photo ops.  Use colored masking tape to divide the TV room into opposing sides. Encourage your guest to dress in team colors and give a prize to the best dressed.  As the host you may consider dressing like a referee.

Make a football centerpiece

Purchase 6 to 8 mini foam footballs from your local party store for each centerpiece that you wish to create.

Purchase clear vases, approximately 6 inches wide by 10 inches high, from a florist or craft store.

Stack the footballs in the vases and wrap ribbon (team colors) around the top of each vase.

Create a football field table cover

I made this at one of my Super Bowl parties and it was a hit with my guests.  Purchase a piece of green   Astroturf  from Home Depot to fit the size of your buffet table.  Use white electric tape and self-adhesive white numbers to create a scaled down football field.  You can add team's names and/or logos for extra detail.   Once the party is over remove the tape and numbers and use the Astroturf as an outdoor throw rug in the garage.  This example is to help with your creativity it is not my table cover.



Keep things simple and make food that is appropriate for your theme.  Use football-themed serving ware, such as a football platter or a football helmet converted into bowl.

  • Chilled cocktail shrimp
  • Turkey Lettuce Wraps
  • Veggies and Low Fat Ranch Dip
  • Fruit Kabobs
  • Chili
  • Nachos
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Pizza
  • Cheese plates
  • Six-foot long hoagie or sub
  • Potato skins
  • Variety of chips and dips
  • Put mini-chocolate footballs in a clear glass bowl as a sweet treat

  • Make or purchase a football cake or football cupcakes

 Super Bowl Party Recipes

Super Bowl Fondue

Select a variety of fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, grapes. bananas, apples, pineapples or oranges and some sweets like marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake squares. Display the goodies on a football platter.


12 ounces sweet German chocolate, or semisweet chocolate chips
1  tsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup light cream or half and half

Add small pieces of chocolate into a saucepan on low heat. Add the cream and stir until the chocolate is all melted. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Transfer the chocolate sauce to a fondue pot. Using the fondue forks or small wooden skewers, spear the goodies and dip into the chocolate.  


Candy Necklace

Candy Necklace

I have made this many times will all age children.  Younger children will need a bit of help but kids all love it!

I would recommend that you make a sample so that you can judge how much candy and ribbon you will need to purchase.  That is the most difficult part of this project if you are making it for a group.  Also, you can vary it for different holidays by changing the color ribbon and candy used. 


Plastic wrap (Saran wrap)
Individually wrapped  candy.
Super Bowl teams color curling ribbon cut into 6 inch strips


Lay out three feet of plastic wrap, cutting it in half lengthwise.  Place a few pieces of candy every three inches.  The exact number will vary based on the size of the candy.  You want each section to look full.

Roll the plastic over the candy to cover completely and seal the candy in the middle.

Tie ribbon (knotted) between each section of candy.

Tie the two ends of plastic wrap together and cover the knot with another ribbon.

Finished product will be a great hit!

Football Ice Cream Cake


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix

  • 1 container, 14oz chocolate frosting

  • 15 Oreo cookies

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups ice cream

  • White frosting for piping


  • Mix cake following box directions.  Divide batter in half and pour into 2 greased 9 by 13 pans.

  • Bake according to box directions.  Let cakes cool.

  • While cakes are baking, remove and discard filling from Oreo cookies.  Put cookies into a plastic bag and crush into crumbs.

  • After cooling place one cake layer onto a tray that will fit into your refrigerator.  With a knife, cut off corners to create a football shape. Cut the same shape into the other cake.

  • Put ice cream in a bowl and defrost in the microwave until soft, or let soften on the counter.  Use a spatula to spread the ice cream, about 1 inch thick on top of cake layer that is on the try.  Freeze for about 1 hour to set.  Once set place second layer on top.

  • Frost the cake, including sides, with chocolate frosting, Sprinkle Oreo crumbs on top.

  • Pipe lacing onto the cake with frosting.

Super Punch


Combine 1/2 gallon sherbet and pineapple juice in a punch bowl and mix well. Add carbonated beverage stir until sherbet is almost dissolved. Mix well.  Scoop and float some additional orange sherbet on the top of the liquid if desired.  Serve punch immediately


Touchdown Treat
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Ingredients Required:

  • A cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe)

  • Green and white frosting
  • Fruit leather
  • Pretzel stick
  • Chocolate-covered almond

Frost a cooled cupcake with green frosting, then mark the yard lines with white decorators' gel.

For a pennant, wrap a fruit leather triangle around a pretzel stick and plant it in the field as shown.

Set a chocolate-covered almond or brown almond M&M football topped with white decorators' gel laces on the field.

Spinach Dip

  • One 10 oz package of frozen chopped Spinach (uncooked and drained well)

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 package Good Season Italian dressing

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Cut up 1 inch pieces of Italian or French style bread to serve with it.

Dip can be served in a hollowed out round loaf of bread.

Pizza Dip

Layer in a 9 inch pie plate or quiche pan the following ingredients:

  • One 8 oz package of cream cheese (spread like a pie crust)

  • One 14 oz jar of pizza sauce

  • 1/3 cup chopped onions (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • One 3 oz can chopped black olives

  • 3 ozs chopped pepperoni

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve with corn chips.

Note: can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated.

Hoagie Bowl

  • 1/2 lb Cappacola

  • 1/2 lb imported ham

  • 1/2 lb Provolone cheese

  • 1/2 lb Genoa salami

  • 1/2 head shredded lettuce

  • Chopped tomato to taste

  • Chopped onion to taste (optional)

  • Oregano, salt and paper to taste

  • Olive oil to taste

Tear lunch meat and cheese into bite-size pieces and put into a large bowl.  Add lettuce.  Mix well.

Before serving add tomato and onions (optional).  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Add olive oil and mix well.

Serve with small Kaiser rolls.

Salad Bar Pizza

  • One 8 oz pkg refrigerated crescent rolls

  • One 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened

  • One 1 oz pkg original ranch salad dressing mix (dry)

  • About 1 lb finely chopped salad bar vegetables.  Example: red and green peppers, broccoli, carrots, black olives, cherry tomatoes. 

Unroll crescent rolls and place the sections on a cookie sheet. Press the perforations and seams together to form a crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cream together cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth.

Spread the mixture over the baked and cooled crust.

Sprinkle veggies over creamy mixture.  Chill, cut into squares and serve.