Tips for hosting an entertaining Super Bowl bash


Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:25 a.m.
Football didn't end with the BCS bowl in Arizona; there's still the biggest game in the NFL to go.
This Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts face off against the Chicago Bears for the AFC-NFC championship.
Not everyone, however, can afford the tickets.
So here are some ideas on how to throw a Super Bowl party that's (almost) as good as being there.
  • A big screen. First and perhaps most importantly, you'll need a television, preferrably a big one. David Ware, manager of Buddy's Home Furnishings, said he has several big screen televisions still available for rent. But business usually goes up this time period, he said. The one-night rental fee for a large-screen TV ranges from $150 to $250.
    Some people have rented out a TV since the BCS Championship game all the way to the Super Bowl, he said. One TV may not be enough if your party is hosting people who aren't football fanatics.
    Mary Lou Wilson, author of Party Like a Pro, said a good idea might be to have two TVs - one with the game on while the other has a football movie like "Rudy" or "Remember the Titans." No football party is complete without friends to make your living room as loud as the Swamp at the University of Florida either. Wilson advised that it is important to make sure that people's superstitions are kept in mind.
    "Let them chant to their gods," she said.
    She suggested that parties center themselves around sports superstitions and that the party hosts should embrace it.
  • Decorate. To help create a friendly atmosphere some decorations and party favors might be in order. Wilson said not everything has to be NFL related.
    She suggested using decorations from Target or Wal-Mart for those who don't want to spend too much on creating the right atmosphere. Phil Vitti, general manager of Simply Unforgettable Party, said he has a variety of designs for Super Bowl plates, napkins, trays and penalty flags. He said these are soft so they are meant to be thrown.
  • The eats. Instead of preparing all the food yourself, order out.
    Kyle Cohan, owner of Wing Zone in Gainesville, said his restaurant is preparing between 15,000 and 20,000 chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
    "We do almost a week's worth of business in one day," he said. It can be challenging keeping up with all the orders, he said. However, he said they have a new plan for Super Bowl Sunday and are preparing between 15,000 and 20,000 chicken wings.
    If you don't want the task of cleaning up afterwards, consider watching the Super Bowl at a sports bar. Beef O'Brady's manager Josh Adams, said the restaurant usually hosts a Super Bowl all-you-can-eat-and-drink night.
    "Most people eat wings," he said. Wilson also advised that people should be mindful of traffic flow at their parties. She said it's important to make sure that people can see the television and that food is easily accessible.
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