These Super Bowl Party Ideas Will Impress the Heck Out of Your Friends

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Ah, the Super Bowl, aka the one game of the year where all the bandwagon fans (*raises hand*) suddenly get on board and pretend they’re into football. OG sports fans or not, everyone’s entitled to sit on the couch for four hours and eat their body weight in nachos—even if this is technically their first game all season—and if you're in need of some Super Bowl party ideas, then we're here to help, bb. After all, you might as well have people over to share your couch and nachos. Otherwise, how would this be any different from what you do every Sunday?

But let's be clear: You can do better than just inviting your friends over, flipping on the TV, and passing sad party snacks around. To make this party totally awesome (and Insta Story–worthy), you’re gonna need some help. That’s where we come in. Before you text your mom asking for Super Bowl party food ideas or search for “Super Bowl party decorations” on Amazon, let us work our magic. We did a total internet deep-dive (trust) to find the best Super Bowl party inspo. Here, 25 creative ideas for your Super Bowl party that might even get Bill Belichick to smile.

1. Send out cute invites.

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Rather than simply texting your crew, send out cute Super Bowl party invitations in advance, either via email or through the mail if you have enough time. You can find tons of downloads on Etsy that you can then print and mail or simply send as a digital file, and Paperless Post is a great place to go for online invites.

2. Serve a baked football bread bowl.

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Chips and dip are a watch party must-have, and a football-shaped bread bowl filled with kale-artichoke dip is the ultimate Super Bowl snack. Check out the recipe from Delish.

3. Have everyone dress on-theme.

Whether you're actually a fan of the teams playing or just love an excuse for a ~themed party~, have your guests dress in their sporty best. Maybe even hold a best-dressed competition to amp up the energy.

4. Make your own concession stand.

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Gather your snacks all in one place with a football-themed spread, which you can decorate with a banner, an astroturf table runner, and black-and-white striped backdrop.

5. Try some touchdown punch.

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If you're not super into beer or straight-up shots of liquor, then pls allow us to introduce you to this delicious punch. Here are all the ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 L Sprite

  • 4 c. Seltzer

  • 1 bottle Prosecco

  • 1 c. vodka

  • ¼ c. blue Curaçao

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

  • 3 c. ice

Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl and stir, then serve into glasses. You can check out the full recipe at Delish.

6. Create a DIY photo booth.

Pics or the party didn't happen. You know the drill! Make a cute lil photo booth with a football-themed backdrop and some fun props. Y'all miiight just have more fun doing this than watching the game...just sayin'!

7. Organize a betting pool.

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There's nothing wrong with a lil friendly competition. Super Bowl Squares is suuuuper easy to play, and all you need to do to set up is print out a grid and invite your guests to place their bets.

8. Bake football cupcakes.

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Your sweet-loving friends will flip for these adorable chocolate cupcakes, complete with chocolate-dipped strawberries decorated like smol footballs. You can get the recipe from Delish.

9. Invest in football-shaped serving platters.

Yeah, you could serve your Tostitos and salsa out of regular bowls, but what fun would that be? These serving sets and trays are waaaay cuter and basically begging to be ’grammed.

10. Play Super Bowl bingo.

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Play a game of football-inspired bingo or commercial bingo (you're watching them all anyway, so might as well make a game out of it)—and you can even add a lil booze if ya want. Every time a person gets bingo, they have to finish their drink or take a shot.

11. Light a game day candle.

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If you really wanna set the mood for your party, grab this game day candle that legit smells like a real leather football. You'll win the host of the year award from your friends with this party trick.

12. Add some festive decor.

Incorporate a few balloons, some festive napkins, and a banner to spice things up a bit. Pro tip: Keep the decor free of team names so you can use 'em again next year.

13. Sing halftime karaoke.

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Wanna get your guests more involved when it comes to the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Whip out a karaoke mic and let your frands channel their inner Rihanna.

14. Cook up a football pizza bomb.

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Charlie Gillette

Yep, this appetizer is truly le bomb. Filled with cheese and pepperoni, this creation is ideal for dipping or eating on its own, and you can get the recipe at Delish.

15. Party tailgate-style.

Bring the tailgate vibes to your backyard/front yard/patio/balcony/fire escape by havin' a good ol' cookout. Pull out the grill, some weenies and patties, a bucket filled with beers, red Solo cups, and a BP table, and it'll legit feel like you're at the parking lot of the stadium.

16. Get fancy with mojitos.

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If you're not getting the theme here, obviously alc is ~the move~ for Super Bowl Sunday. And it might be worth impressing your guests with a supes fancy mojito to make up for the fact that you're having to watch football (heh). Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 parts Bacardí Superior Rum

  • 4 lime wedges

  • 12 fresh mint leaves

  • 2 tsp extra-fine sugar

  • 1 part soda water/club soda

  • Sprig of fresh mint

Add the lime wedges, sugar, mint leaves, and gently muddle until the limes release juice. Then, add Bacardí Superior and mix the ingredients with a bar spoon. Fill with crushed ice and stir once again, and top it all off with club soda and a hint of mint. You can get the full recipe from Bacardí Rum.

17. Craft a snack stadium.

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Setting up an impressive snack stadium will be easy AF with the help of this cardboard food tray, which is made to look *just* like a miniature football stadium.

18. Load up on football-shaped goodies.

It's not a real function if there's no dessert involved! Put together a sweets bar or board (whatever fits the aesthetic more) and load it up with a variety of themed pastries, chocolates, and candies.

19. Make some predictions.

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Keep things interesting with this Super Bowl predictions game, which you can hand out to your guests to fill out before kickoff. You can then reward the person who makes the most correct predictions with a prize!

20. Put together BBQ sliders.

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The main event of any good Super Bowl party is obviously the food, and sliders are a must. Here's a recipe from Half-Baked Harvest for Southwest BBQ pork sliders that'll make your mouth water.

21. Get creative with paper goods.

Sure, you can set out boring ol' red solo cups and white paper plates—or you can jazz things up with some on-theme paper goods.

22. Challenge your guests with trivia.

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Before kickoff or during some downtime, test everyone's knowledge with some Super Bowl-related trivia questions, which you can either pose to the group or have your guests fill out individually. Make sure you reward the winner with a prize!!

23. Impress with an Oreo cheesecake football.

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Delish

If you want to serve up a dessert that everyone can enjoy together, then try whipping up a dippable, scoopable Oreo cheesecake football for a party of any size. You can find the recipe on Delish.

24. Hand out goodie bags.

Don't let your friends leave empty-handed! Put together some inexpensive lil goodie bags that everyone can take home with them (along with their ~memories~ ofc).

25. Give out prizes.

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