How to Throw an Awesome Super Bowl Party: Our Step-by-Step Guide

So you're hosting a Super Bowl bash this year? We've got your back. Follow these easy steps, then just put your feet up, pop open a beer, and actually enjoy the game.

Step 1: Buy Lots of Beer and Put it on Ice ASAP

Step 1: Buy Lots of Beer and Put it on Ice ASAP

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Don’t wait until game day to buy the beer. Shop at least a couple of days beforehand to be safe, and pick up a variety of beers so everyone will be happy. Pick up lots and lots of ice too. On game day, put the beer in a cooler, with the ice on top. (If you don’t have a cooler, the fridge is fine—but the beer won’t be as cold.)

Step 2: Make Some Chili

Step 2: Make Some Chili

source: Martha Stewart

On Super Bowl morning—or better yet, the night before—make a big batch of chili. Serve it with mix-ins like chopped avocado, cilantro and red onion.

Step 3: Address the Snack Situation

While the chili is on the stove, start making snacks. You need two kinds of finger foods that people can shovel into their mouths with while watching the game. One should be salty, the other sweet. Both of these recipes are simple.

Make these Chili and Lime-Seasoned Nuts.

source: Shirley Fan


For a sweeter snack, try this Salted-Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow.

source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Step 4: Make Some Spicy Wings

Step 4: Make Some Spicy Wings

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After you’re done with the snacks, it’s time to attack the wings. Everyone will love these spicy-sweet Baked Honey Sriracha Wings.

Step 5: Whip Up Some Dip

Part 5: Whip Up Some Dip

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While the wings are in the oven, get your dip on. This Creamy Artichoke & Spinach Dip is always a crowd favorite, and it should take you less than 20 minutes to make. Serve the dip with chips, toasted baguette or veggies.

Step 6: Don't Forget the Nachos

Part 6: Don't Forget the Nachos

source: Tide & Thyme

Wait until your guests start showing up before you make the nachos-- because no one wants cold cheese and soggy chips. This recipe calls for just cheese, beans, tortilla chips and store-bought salsa, so you can throw it together even while you’re opening the door and passing out beers.

Bonus: Make Football-Themed Cookies

Bonus: Make Football-Themed Cookies

source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

If you have time the day before, make some football-themed cookies. These are so darned cute, but no—they’re not an essential part of a successful football party.

Step 7: Stuff Your Face and Watch Some Football

Part 7: Stuff Your Face and Watch Some Football

Enough said.

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