Throw a Successful Super Bowl Party: Beer, Cocktails, and More

A Great Party Begins with Great Drinks!

Beer and cocktails
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Planning parties can be a big task, but a Super Bowl party is easy! Any game day party -- whether it is for the pros or the local college team -- has a very casual atmosphere. It allows you, as the host, to prepare ahead of time and leave the rest to fate while you sit down and enjoy the game.

Plan a Game Day Party

A fun Super Bowl party can be very simple. The entertainment is taken care of and all you need to do is prepare the venue, which could be any room in your home. Some hosts even convert their garage into a party space for the day, bringing in a big screen TV and chairs.

Once you have the space, all you need is some great food and a lot of drinks!

Beer... Lots of Beer

Have plenty of beer chilled and buy more than you think you will need. Recruiting someone to go on a beer run in the middle of the game is not an easy job.

Choose a selection of beer so everyone is happy or turn it into a BYOB event. If guests are in charge of bringing their own beer, then you don't have to worry about them complaining about what you choose (it also saves money!). If your friends have a particular beer they like, be sure to have a few cases of that on hand. You can also shake things up and grab a selection of craft brews that will force them out of their comfort zone. Who knows, there may even be a new fan favorite in the lot!

It is likely that you will have more beer than your refrigerator can hold. Depending on where you live, use the cold temperatures outside as your cooler. Otherwise, stock up on ice and borrow a cooler or two to keep it at the perfect temperature.

Serving Cocktails on Game Day

Decide if you want to serve a couple of signature cocktails or go the easy route and serve a punch like this Touchdown Tea. Either is an excellent choice and gives non-beer drinkers an option.

Also, don't forget to serve a mocktail or two for the designated drivers and non-drinkers in attendance.

Mixed drinks are a great option, but they may take more time than you think. Be prepared and follow a few tips so you're not mixing cocktails through the entire game.

Game Day Cocktails

Almost any cocktail will be a great choice for the Super Bowl party, so choose your favorites. Here are a few that have a fun game day twist.

You may want to browse these lists as well. They are filled with fun cocktail recipes that are perfect for game day.

The biggest game of the year? For many Americans, it's the Super Bowl. Whether you're a die-hard fan, your team made it to the big game, or you just like to enjoy the commercials and halftime show, there's a great cocktail for everyone. 

The Football Shot Game

Some football fans like to make the on-screen game a little more interactive. Many parties will organize a football pool and this shot game is another fun option. 

  • Start by choosing and pouring a round of shooters.
  • Go with the same shot for both teams or choose different shots for each.
  • Split up into two teams. If it is a mixed fan party, split up by fan base. If everyone is rooting for the same team, well... someone may have to go to the other side or you'll need to adjust the rules.
  • Jell-O shots are a fun shooter for this game or you might try something a little different and go with pudding shots instead.

Break down the game so players have to shoot a drink during specific football plays or events (touchdowns, penalties, sacks, etc.). It is a decision that depends on the game's pace and the participant's willingness to get drunk.

Tip: If the game is a blowout, you might have to change the rules mid-game.

  • When one team scores, the opposing fans must shoot the scoring team's shot as a penalty. Or, the scoring team fans shoot their own shot in victory.
  • If a quarterback gets sacked, his team takes two shots.
  • If the ball is fumbled, the fans of that team slam a shot.
  • Interception? Decide if you want to take a shot in celebration or defeat!

This can be a really fun way to enjoy the game and it can lead to some unexpected intoxication. Just be sure you have a designated driver available to get everyone home safely.

Now that we have the important matter of gameday drinks out of the way, here are a few more tips for making your Super Bowl party a hit.

The Food

You have the drinks covered, now it's time to think about the food. Game day parties are best with quick dishes: think dips, hot dogs, snacks, and other easy munchies. 

  • Prepare all of the food ahead of time or ask guests to contribute a dish for a potluck.
  • Keep food warm with warming plates or slow cookers.
  • Designate one table for food and allow guests to help themselves.
  • Do everything you can to make clean up quick by using things like disposable (and recyclable) utensils, plates, and cups.

If you're looking for delicious ideas, browse these quick and easy recipes:

Prep the House

This party does not have to include fancy decorations, but there are a few things you might want to do to get your house ready.

  • Protect your furniture and furnishings from accidents the best you can.
  • Clear everything unnecessary from tables and end tables.
  • Set out plenty of coasters. Hopefully, guests use them but don't get angry if they don't. Casually pick up their drink and place a coaster under it. They might get the hint!
  • Keep a towel nearby for quick clean up of spills.
  • There is usually someone at the party who isn't interested in football. If they are willing, enlist their help for clean up, food prep, etc.

Team Colors

If you want to get 'fancy,' decorate the house in team colors.

  • Use opposing team colors on opposite sides of the room.
  • If you are partial to one team decorate with those colors only.
  • Pick up colorful plates, napkins, and cups.
  • Cover the table with a game-day-worthy. Choose a disposable one and save your good tablecloth for another affair!