Tips for hosting the perfect Super Bowl party, depending on your guest count (2024)

Tips for hosting the perfect Super Bowl party, depending on your guest count (1)

By Katrina Sirotta

Updated: Feb. 4, 2024 at 9:00 AM CST

(Stacker) - Decorations in your team colors and platters of buffalo wings might be Super Bowl party staples, but are you ready to take your party to the next level? On Feb. 11, 2024, Las Vegas will host the Super Bowl for the first time in city history at its newly opened Allegiant Stadium, which means celebrating Sin City will be a popular game-day theme to add extra fun.

“Since the game is in Vegas, we will see more extravagant touches on VIP areas/themes and Casino Royale themes. Casino game-style setup will be a popular one,” said Party Hero co-founder Shannon Crist about this year’s most prevalent Super Bowl party theme. “The Vegas vibe with taking ‘bets’ and predictions on anything and everything will be a centerpiece of the party. Making prediction cards like these gets everyone excited and involved regardless of what team they are rooting for.”

If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party this year, going all-in on the Vegas theme can make your party memorable. But remember, the most important thing for hosts is keeping your guests comfortable, fed, and hydrated. Crist and her Party Hero co-founder Brie Gebhardt have seen the “over the top” party trend fading and replaced with “thoughtful, meaningful, and intentional experiences.”

The centerpiece of any football viewing party is the TV, so no matter the guest count, your #1 priority should be making sure you’ve got great reception and sound, and that there is space for everyone to see. And definitely don’t run out of food and drinks, because let’s be real, many of your guests will just be there to eat, drink, and watch Usher’s halftime show (especially if you’re throwing a big party).

Ready to plan an unforgettable Super Bowl party? Peerspace interviewed experts, scoured the web, and found tips on hosting the perfect Super Bowl party, whether your guest count is five to 10 people, 20 to 40, or a 50-plus-guest extravaganza.

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Small and intimate: 5 to 10 people

A Super Bowl party doesn’t have to be an extravagant blowout. In fact, sometimes it’s more fun if the get-together is smaller because everyone is sure to have a great seat, plus chatter or crowding won’t drown out the sound of the game. You can still go all out with the food, drinks, and games while sharing quality moments with friends and family.

For a Super Bowl party with five to 10 guests, making a football-inspired snack board is an excellent way to be festive and offer a variety of foods all in one. You can get creative with the presentation, but beige foods like pretzels, crackers, and Chex Mix tend to sculpt the best football, and green fruits and veggies can surround it like turf. Serve with an easy ranch dip or hummus for an even better snacking experience. Football cake pops, a football calzone, and football finger sandwiches are some other fun football-themed snacks you can make.

Hosting a smaller party also means you can get more creative with your drink menu. If you want themed co*cktails but don’t want to be playing bartender all night, consider pre-making co*cktail and mocktail pouches in both teams’ colors.

“[Accommodating] the guest that does not drink will go a long way,” Gebhardt added. “It’s a great touch for everyone to enjoy and also ensures the guest without alcohol will not stand out in the small group.”

Adding in some games can make a Super Bowl party more interactive. For something this size, you can keep it simple while playing on the Vegas theme by setting up Super Bowl Squares, commercial bingo (all about the items in the famed Super Bowl commercials), and predictions cards.

Midsized and memorable: 20 to 40 people

If you’re hosting a midsized Super Bowl party with 20 to 40 people, “it’s all about the logistics,” Gebhardt advised. “This size gathering is often when the basic things get overlooked that leave the host scrambling during the party,” so make sure to prepare and plan as much as you can ahead of time by doing little things like stocking the bathroom and hanging a sign on the front door inviting guests to come in without knocking.

Make sure you’ve got plenty of seating both for TV viewing and for eating and drinking, and get creative if your current setup isn’t large enough to fit everyone. Bean bag chairs, ottomans, foldable chairs, and even pillows make great alternative seat options when you’re in a pinch.

Football-themed food is always a fun idea, but let’s be honest: No one wants to bake 80 football-shaped cake pops. A large football-shaped cake might be more doable though! If you’re feeling really crafty, you can make a stadium-shaped snack tray that festively holds all your chips, dips, veggies, sliders, or whatever you choose to fill it, while sticking to the theme.

If you’re not feeling crafty, no worries, you can always purchase football and stadium-themed plates, cups, and/or snack containers instead of going the DIY route. Some go-to Super Bowl recipes that won’t take forever to prepare are nachos, chili, pizza, sliders, wings, and dips—basically, anything you can make in a big batch and let people serve themselves! The same goes for drinks: You’ll want plenty of beer, water, and sodas on hand, but you can also up the drink game with batch co*cktails.

With this many people at the party, chances are not everyone will be glued to the TV analyzing every play-by-play, but you can keep even non-football fans engaged with games of your own! Take the Vegas theme a step further by setting up your own “casino” where guests can pick and choose what games and bets they want to participate in.

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The gang’s all here: 50 or more people

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party with more than 50 guests, you’re probably already preparing to go all out. Make sure you have multiple viewing areas and seating spread out so people have a seat to watch the action. If you only have one area with a TV, you could rent a projector and screen and set up another room with chairs, bean bags, pillows, and whatever else you can find to make for comfortable viewing. For those showing up for the social fun and less of the football, you can also set up seating areas away from the TV or even outside for lounging and chatting.

If you’re a big fan of one of the teams, decorating the space with your team’s colors and logo is a must. If you’re not a diehard fan but know that many guests are, you could decorate with both teams in mind, or you could lean into the Vegas theme and pick casino or VIP-type decor. Another option is to go a more timeless route by using a color palette with green, white, black, and brown and accent with generic football decorations. A bonus for frugal hosts is that these can be used again for future Super Bowl parties.

For a party this size, you can save stress and request guests bring dishes. A concessions theme will no doubt bring on the nachos, wings, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, hamburgers, and chili. Set up a “concessions table” and let guests add their goodies to it. When it comes to drinks, buying in bulk and batching co*cktails will make your life much easier. Or you can go the tailgating route and ask guests to BYOB.

The big game will be the centerpiece of your party, but having more to do can make the party more fun and interactive for the less diehard fans in the crowd. You can set up a “casino” or simply pass out games like predictions and commercial bingo, but it’s also good to have activities set up that aren’t focused around the football game at all like cornhole or a DIY photo booth.

Crist also suggested setting up a “game face” station “that gives guests some basic supplies to show some spirit. Face paint, fake tattoos, stickers, body glitter … it’s all set up on a table with a mirror for guests to get game-ready during the pre-show.”

Story editing by Carren Jao. Copy editing by Tim Bruns. Photo selection by Clarese Moller.

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Super Bowl Party Themes

According to the article, the Super Bowl party theme for the upcoming Super Bowl in Las Vegas is expected to be influenced by the city's vibrant atmosphere and casino culture. The Vegas theme is likely to include extravagant touches on VIP areas and Casino Royale themes. The article suggests that a popular activity at these parties will be making prediction cards, where guests can make predictions and place bets on various aspects of the game [[1]].

Hosting a Super Bowl Party

The article provides tips for hosting a Super Bowl party based on the number of guests you expect to have. Here are some key points for each category:

Small and intimate: 5 to 10 people

  • Focus on creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for your guests.
  • Consider making a football-inspired snack board with beige foods like pretzels, crackers, and Chex Mix sculpted into a football shape, surrounded by green fruits and veggies to resemble turf.
  • Pre-make co*cktail and mocktail pouches in both teams' colors to accommodate guests who don't drink.
  • Set up simple games like Super Bowl Squares, commercial bingo, and prediction cards to keep the party interactive [[1]].

Midsized and memorable: 20 to 40 people

  • Pay attention to logistics and plan ahead to avoid scrambling during the party.
  • Ensure you have enough seating for both TV viewing and dining. Get creative with alternative seating options like bean bag chairs, ottomans, and foldable chairs.
  • Consider making a large football-shaped cake or a stadium-shaped snack tray to add a festive touch to the food presentation.
  • Prepare easy-to-make dishes like nachos, chili, pizza, sliders, wings, and dips that can be served in a big batch.
  • Set up your own "casino" with games and bets for guests to participate in, keeping with the Vegas theme [[1]].

The gang's all here: 50 or more people

  • Provide multiple viewing areas and seating options to accommodate a larger crowd.
  • Decorate the space with your team's colors and logo or choose a Vegas or casino theme.
  • Request guests to bring dishes to alleviate stress and create a concessions-style table with a variety of food options.
  • Consider buying drinks in bulk or asking guests to bring their own beverages.
  • Set up additional activities like cornhole or a DIY photo booth to engage guests who may not be diehard football fans.
  • Create a "game face" station with supplies like face paint, fake tattoos, stickers, and body glitter for guests to show their team spirit [[1]].

Remember, these tips are based on the suggestions provided in this article. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!

Tips for hosting the perfect Super Bowl party, depending on your guest count (2024)


Tips for hosting the perfect Super Bowl party, depending on your guest count? ›

Make sure you have multiple viewing areas and seating spread out so people have a seat to watch the action. If you only have one area with a TV, you could rent a projector and screen and set up another room with chairs, bean bags, pillows, and whatever else you can find to make for comfortable viewing.

How do you host a perfect Super Bowl party? ›

How to host a winning Super Bowl party
  1. Make it a potluck. ...
  2. Lean into make-ahead options. ...
  3. Be sure to have enough plates, bowls and utensils for everyone attending. ...
  4. Encourage guests to bring to-go containers (or give away your takeout tubs).
Feb 6, 2024

How do they choose to host the Super Bowl? ›

The selection process used to be based on the NFL inviting cities to submit an official bid to host; however, in 2018, the full-scale competition was suspended. The league now contacts the chosen city and asks it to develop a suitable proposal. The owners then vote to accept or reject it.

What time should people come over for Super Bowl party? ›

You start the party too early suggests kicking off the celebration about 90 minutes before kick-off. Make sure you know these other 13 tips for throwing the ultimate Super Bowl party.

How do you make a Super Bowl party fun? ›

Play a game of football-inspired bingo or commercial bingo (you're watching them all anyway, might as well make a game out of it!) with these printables. You can even add booze if ya want—every time a person gets a bingo, they have to finish their drink or take a (Jell-O?!) shot.

What is the #1 food consumed at Super Bowl parties? ›

1 In 7 Americans Order Take Out

"But what are people ordering for their Super Bowl watch parties?" is a question you may ask yourself because you're looking to create a game day menu. The three most popular Super Bowl dishes people order are pizza, chicken wings, and chips with dips.

How do you host a perfect party? ›

​7 Tips for Being the Best Host at Your Dinner Party
  1. Prepare in advance. ...
  2. Make desserts the night before. ...
  3. Have an appetizer or snack ready to go. ...
  4. Set the table. ...
  5. Consider crafting a special co*cktail. ...
  6. Make sure you have everything for your menu. ...
  7. Plan your party timeline.
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How do they choose halftime performers? ›

MELVIN VILLAVER: Through my research, I discovered that it's actually the host city who nominates the performers that they think-- They come up with a short list, then they bring it to the NFL. Then the NFL discusses this with their various boards and their sponsors to see if this is a good fit.

What is the average age of a Super Bowl attendee? ›

The average age of a Super Bowl viewer in 2020 was 47 years old. This statistic is significant in understanding the demographic of Super Bowl viewers.

What are three of the many benefits of hosting the Super Bowl? ›

“But that doesn't mean that there aren't some great benefits to hosting the Super Bowl.” The Super Bowl can showcase a city's attractions, culture and amenities to millions of people, for example. This can potentially lead more people to visit the city and ultimately increase tourism-related revenues.

How do you host a small Super Bowl party? ›

If your guests are arriving early, you can play some games beforehand, getting everyone into the spirit of the day. You can also play games that last all evening long, like Super Bowl Bingo, or games involving rating every commercial you see. There are plenty of great ideas for Super Bowl games out there.

How many people go to Super Bowl parties? ›

Super Bowl party costs may hit record $17.3 billion

It's often the most watched TV event of the year. According to the National Retail Federation, roughly 112 million people are expected to throw or attend a Super Bowl party this weekend with another 16 million planning to watch at a bar or restaurant.

Do people go to bars for the Super Bowl? ›

It's also common for the place to be swarmed with football fans. Super Bowl watch parties, or any football watch party for that matter, are often held in homes as well as sports bars to watch football.

What food should you have at a Super Bowl party? ›

46 Super Bowl Appetizers For Your Tastiest Watch Party Yet
  • 01 of 46. Corn-and-Smoked Sausage Nachos. ...
  • 02 of 46. Taco Dip. ...
  • 03 of 46. Candied Bacon Crackers. ...
  • 04 of 46. Loaded Deviled Eggs. ...
  • 05 of 46. Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans. ...
  • 06 of 46. West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls. ...
  • 07 of 46. Mini Potato Skins. ...
  • 08 of 46.
7 days ago

What food is often served at a Super Bowl party? ›

58 Recipes for Dips, Nachos, Wings, and More Super Bowl Food
  • 01 of 58. Buffalo Wings. ...
  • 02 of 58. Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip. ...
  • 03 of 58. Spinach Dip Hot Bread. ...
  • 04 of 58. Caramelized Five-Onion Dip. ...
  • 05 of 58. Barbecue-Spiced Potato Chips. ...
  • 06 of 58. Crispy Garlic-Glazed Chicken Wings. ...
  • 07 of 58. Spicy Cashew-Lemongrass Snack Mix. ...
  • 08 of 58.
Jan 4, 2024

How do you throw a Super Bowl party on a budget? ›

Throw a Super Bowl Party That Doesn't Break the Bank!
  1. Start with a financial game plan. ...
  2. Team up with a co-host. ...
  3. Digital invites over classic invitations. ...
  4. Downplay the decorations. ...
  5. Generic snacks: The Real MVP. ...
  6. Encourage crowd participation. ...
  7. Save big with Super Bowl promos. ...
  8. Make post-game meal plans.


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