Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, which is so hard to believe. Do you watch for the game or the commercials?? Let’s be real I’m mostly there for the snacks! The Super Bowl is always a fun time to gather together or hangout at home as a family regardless of the teams playing. Don’t get me wrong it’s extra fun when you’re team is in the Super Bowl, but either way it’s a great day. My favorite part of the Super Bowl though is definitely coming up with fun tailgating style games, snacks, and drinks for everyone to enjoy though. Whether you just watch the Super Bowl at home, go to a Super Bowl Party, or host a Super Bowl Party these ideas for the perfect Super Bowl Sunday will help give you some inspiration.
People will of course be watching the TV for Super Bowl Sunday, but having some fun lawn games set up can be a fun way to also enjoy the day. Lawn games are especially great if you have a TV or projector set up outside to watch the game on. I’m always a big fan of corn hole. You could even make a little competition by having a corn hole tournament. For some added competition have everyone contribute a small amount of money and then create a bracket and have the winner take all. Giant wood towers are another fun lawn game that is great for tailgating before games or even while watching the game.
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Super Bowl Squares
Creating betting squares is also popular for the Super Bowl and can be another friendly little competition. If you’ve never done this before it’s fairly simple, but does require some work in advance. You essentially use a piece of paper or a poster board to create a chart with 11 x 11 squares. You then number the horizontal and vertical rows 0-9, but not in order. You’ll also want to assign one team to the horizontal axis and one to the vertical axis. You have everyone who wants to contribute pay X dollars per square. Then at the end of each quarter you see who won based on the last number in the score. You can split the total money evenly among the winner each quarter or divide it up, so the person who guessed the final score of the game wins the most. Either way this is an incredibly fun little Super Bowl competition, but you have to make sure all the squares are filled out prior to the start of the game.
Super Bowl Squares Example
I included an example of the squares below. You’d write Team 1 on the left vertical axis and Team 2 on the top horizontal axis. Then people would right their name in whichever box or boxes they’d like. Then after each quarter you check the score to see who won. For instance if after the first quarter the score was 7-0 with 7 being team 1 and 0 being team 2 then the person whose name was in that box would win the first quarter. In this example I put an E in that box. You continue doing this for each quarter. If the score becomes double digits then it’s based on the last number in each double digit. For example, if the score was 21-11 with 21 being team 1 and 11 being team 2 then the person whose name was in the box with X in it below would win.
Another fun interactive idea to go along with the actual game is having a guessing game that’s filled out prior to the game starting. This is usually just questions about what will happen during the game and then each person circles, which team will do that thing during the game. It’s basically predicting what you think will happen. The person who guessed the most correct at the end of the game wins. This can also be turned into a friendly competition with having everyone pay a small amount if they want to participate and the winner wins all. I’ve included a fun example below to give you some inspiration. You can also mix it up between the answers being a team to circle or yes or no depending on how you want to word the questions.
|Questions||Team 1||Team 2|
|Which team will score first?|
|Who will take the first timeout?|
|Who will score the first field goal?|
|Which team will be winning at half-time?|
|Which team will win the coin toss?|
|Which team will score a touchdown first?|
The food and snacks are definitely my favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday! It can be fun to get creative with some food ideas for the perfect Super Bowl Sunday. I like to keep things pretty simple though. If you’re wanting to serve some items that are like “main dishes” I think some hamburgers or hotdogs are always great paired with football. Some other options could be wings, BBQ pulled pork, or fried chicken. Aside from the “main dishes” I think snack foods and grazing options are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. Think things like chips and salsa, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, vegetable trays, bowl of fruit, or even trail mix. If you want to get a little fancy you could even add a charcuterie board. Then for dessert if it’s cooler where you are s’mores could be a great option. Dessert choices like cookies, cupcakes, and pies are always sure to be a winner too!
Another fun festive idea is trying to keep some of the food options to match the colors of the teams playing. This of course might be easier with some teams more then others. Let’s say one of the teams has red as a color you could stick to a bowl of red fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, red grapes, etc. If one of the teams has green as a color you could do a green vegetable tray with celery, cucumbers, green peppers, broccoli, snap peas, etc. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it and get creative.
I usually say to keep the drinks pretty simple. Especially if you are hosting a party having drink dispensers set up or a cooler will always make life easier. I think beer and seltzers can be a great simple option for a day of watching football. If you want to get a little more creative I’d go back to playing off the teams colors. Maybe make 2 pre-made drinks one that’s one teams color and the other for the other team. This could be a fun option to do as non-alcoholic drinks as well that I’m sure kids would love. You can keep it simple too. Maybe add some juice and soda or sparkling apple/grape juice to create a tasty festive drink! Top it off with some fruit in it for a little extra flavor too.
I hope you found these ideas for the perfect Super Bowl Sunday to be helpful. As always don’t sweat the small stuff too much. Enjoy the time with those around you creating memories and don’t forget to have some fun!
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