Have Lots Of TVs, Food & Alcohol And Fun Hosts
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
Here’s 10 tips from the house party pros at PubClub.com on throwing the best Super Bowl party that people will be talking about – in a good way! – for months after the game.
1.) Invite Your Best – And Most Fun – Friends
The #1 key to have a great Super Bowl party is having great guests. That may seem overly simple but it’s more important than the food and even drinks. It’s also important NOT to invite some people, which we address in tip #10.
2.) Have Coolers Full Of Ice
You always need space to put beers other people bring and the fridge is the worst place because it fills up so fast. Have coolers placed around the house with ice, so people can have a place to put their own beers. And this leads nicely into tip #3.
3.) Have Plenty Of Ice
This is true with any party. Use this as a rule: You can never have too much ice.
4.) Have Seating And Viewing Area(s) For Guests
Arrange your TV (or TVs) in a large area where people can gather around and watch the game. And the commercials, which often become more of a point of interest than the game. If people have to wedge their way into a tight space to a TV, they will not have a good time. Unless they are flirting with a member of the opposite sex in the kitchen or hallway. If you’ve got a big house and a big party, be sure and set up several TVs. Even smaller places should have at least two TVs in different areas of the living room
5.) Put The Food In A Separate Place From The Alcohol
You want to avoid any human gridlock, so keep the two things people want the most – the food and the alcohol – in different places.
6.) Put The Beer In A Separate Place From Mixed Drinks
You’re probably getting a keg – or two or three kegs – and have that in a different place from the booze.
7.) Have Some Entertainment Other Than The Game
The Super Bowl is so much more than the game – most people aren’t paying much attention to what’s happening on the field anyway – so have some other form of entertainment. A magician is cool, going through the crowd performing tricks. Set up some activities or games, like Karaoke. Or Twister! If you’re throwing a huge bash, have a DJ or even a band.
8.) Be Engaging With Your Guests
If you’re bounding around with a drink in your hand and having fun, you’re guest will be relaxed and will be having fun, too. Just like a football team is a reflection of its coach – New England, all serious like Bill Belichick and the Seahawks all loose like Pete Caroll – house parties are a reflection of their hosts. If you are tense and serious, the party will be tense and serious. If you’re laughing and enjoying yourself, then your guests will be doing the same.
9.) Stay On Top Of What You May Be Running Low On During The Party
When mingling with guests, ask them if everything is okay, is the liquor supply holding up, is everyone being fun and and friendly. Getting this feedback will enable you to quickly address any problems.
10. ) Identify – And Get Rid Of – Potential Troublemakers
Nothing can ruin a party faster than someone causing trouble, causing an argument or even a fight. If you know people who are prone to do any of these things, don’t invite them or give them a stern warning that any bad behavior won’t be tolerated. If they do start anything, act upon it quickly and ask them to leave.
Party crashers bring their own issues. Usually, they are moochers. They bring nothing and immediately start consuming food and drinks as if they supplied everything. The best way to get rid of a party crasher is to deny them any food or alcohol. Don’t give them anything and don’t engage them in conversation. Eventually they will leave and seek to go mooch at someone else’s party.
Now good luck, have a great party and cheers!