[image-1]TREATS: Whats a party without supplies? Plan your food purchase around how many people youll be having over. The last thing you want is people leaving hungry by halftime. Remember, youre competing with the doctor. While your knowledge of Super Bowl MVPs past is impressive, it might pale in comparison to his endless supply of baklava. You dont need the most luxurious of local catering but youll want plenty of finger foods. Shrimp, chips, chicken fingers, subs, veggie trays, and pizza are all good suggestions. Having people bring a covered dish is never a bad idea, that way youre not left footing the bill. Dont forget the paper/plastic utensils. You dont want to be doing dishes for post-game celebration.
TV: Depending on the size of your place, you may consider two or more televisions. A large-screen plasma isnt required, but you dont want twenty people huddled around your iPod either. With anything more than a dozen people, you may want another boob tube so people can float around and watch. Volume is also key. Amazingly, not every person will be tuned into the game. We suggest keeping the volume high enough so the conversationalists can get the hint.
COMMERCIALS: You get up for a beverage during a commercial break only to forget that some corporation has just spent $2.5 million on the next thirty seconds to sell you something you dont need. The next day, someone asks you if you caught that one commercial with the monkey in the tutu dress dancing the lambada and you feel out of the loop. Dont worry about it, your drink was better anyway and youll likely see that commercial for the rest of eternity. But many partygoers will want to pay attention to the ads. Keep in mind, thats part of the Super Bowl and money makes the world go around.
[image-2]LIQUOR: BYOB are four letters your friends should be familiar with. Its bad enough youre going to have to clean the place on your own, you dont need your crew getting drunk at your expense. Have people bring what theyre going to drink. Remember, one of the benefits of hosting a party is the leftover booze, assuming there is any. Make sure people bring a variety so the gang isnt drinking the same flavor of Arbor Mist all night. Mixers are important too. Keep an adequate supply of soft drinks and juices on hand.
GAMBLING: Since most of us wont be playing Super Bowl odds at a Vegas sportsbook, well have to make do with a pen and paper. No Super Bowl party is complete without a Super Bowl grid. Aside from adding an illegal edge to your shindig, it keeps people entertained and gives everyone the chance to leave with more money than they came. Create a ten-by-ten square grid on a large piece of paper and post it on the wall. Do NOT assign numbers to the grid until all 100 squares have been filled out with names of people at the party. Depending on the median income of the group, charge anywhere from a quarter to a few dollars per square. Once all the money is collected and all the squares are filled in, assign teams and numbers to the grid. One team is assigned the horizontal, another the vertical. Have the prettiest girl at the party pick random numbers from 0-9 out of a hat and write them in the order theyre picked along the top and side of the chart. Prize money can be awarded per quarter or at the end of the game, winners determined by the last digit of each teams score.
Heres hoping your party is a success. Dont forget to send me an invite. I know what BYOB stands for.