You can’t control whether the 49ers bring their legendary season to a satisfying close, but you can control whether your Super Bowl party has the snacks, supplies and games to make it a memorable night. In fact, with proper planning, you might even reach that nirvana where years later guests remember your Buffalo chicken dip and rounds of celebrity more than who won or lost the game.
To reach that hosting heaven, even the most experienced party-planner can use a little support. Which is why we put together this handy Super Bowl party checklist. Assume you’ll have food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for everyone who is of age. This checklist will cover everything else.
Oh, and ask one person to get ice. You can’t have too much ice, but you can definitely have too little ice.
Super Bowl party supplies
You could make the best hors d’oeuvres in the history of the Super Bowl, but if you don’t have plates, napkins or places for people to sit, you’re gonna have a bad time. Let’s get this stuff out of the way:
- 100% Compostable Paper Plates
- 100% Compostable Utensils
- 100% Compostable Bamboo Dinner Napkins
- Bottle Opener, football themed, portable
- Bottle Openers, football themed, wall-attachment
- Coleman foldable chairs with drink holders and 4-can cooler pouch
49ers-themed party supplies
If you’re looking to make yours a 49ers-themed party, you have options. Party City covers a lot of what you need, both on its own store and on Amazon.
San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Party Kit for 36 Guests on Amazon Prime
That includes plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, tablecloths and ballons for $84.99, and you can get it delivered fast on Amazon Prime—great if you’ve procrastinated.
Party City has a physical store in The Mission, too, so you can either choose fast shipping online or pick up in store. You’ve got plentiful options:
You know what people will be talking about when they go home? How crazy you were for having an inflatable snack stadium. Because it’s an inflatable snack stadium.
Super Bowl party games
Super Bowl pool
A Super Bowl pool is the most popular Super Bowl party game. You should have one. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the rules are simple:
- Start with a 10 x 10 grid
- One team (say, the 49ers) takes the columns and the other team (the Chiefs, in this example) takes the rows
- People at your party pay a set amount to buy each square on the grid
- Once squares are bought, the numbers 0-9 are randomly assigned to both the columns and rows, i.e. 0-9 across the top and 0-9 across the side
- This creates 100 different squares
- At the end of each quarter, one square wins money based on the current score
- Ex: If the score at halftime is 49ers 17, Chiefs 13, you’d look for the square with 7 for the 49ers and 3 for the Chiefs
- This square would win whatever the designated amount is
- Payouts usually go up with each quarter, with the final score having the largest payout
You can pick up a pretty sweet “The Big Game” banner at Amazon for $12.91, as well as this significantly simpler Football Pool Game at Party City for $6.99. You can also just print out squares like these. But you want to be festive, right?
Super Bowl commercial bingo
No, the commercials are not the best part of the Super Bowl. But they are an essential part of the experience. But Super Bowl bingo can be a fun way for non-football fans to get into the spirit.
FanDuel has Super Bowl commercial bingo outlined in an article with printable boards. Basically, you put 24 of the potential 32 brands, like Mountain Dew, on a bingo board, and then win that square when the brand’s ad plays.
You can pick up a generic football field board, like this one on Amazon for $39.49. Or you can find a bunch of 49ers-themed cornhole boards and bags on NFL Shop and Amazon.
49ers cornhole sets on Amazon
49ers cornhole sets on NFL Shop
You probably don’t want to be playing this during the game, but you could also just put the halftime show on mute and play then. Celebrity requires only sheets of paper, pens or pencils, a bowl or hat and a sense of humor. Or, if you’d rather just be technology-based, download a reasonable facsimile in the Heads Up app.
Super Bowl party decorations
You have three routes: 49ers-specific decorations, Super Bowl decorations and generic football decorations.
The previously listed party packs at Party City should mostly have you covered. But if you’re looking for more decor, there are also these:
Super Bowl San Francisco 49ers Balloon Kit for $24.99
San Francisco 49ers Balloon Kit for $11.99
Super Bowl decorations
If there’s a Chiefs fan in the house you need to appease, you can get something like this:
The difference from the 49ers one from earlier: This one includes a Chiefs balloon, so you will look like you’re being objective and fair to everyone (don’t be).
Rob Lowe-level generic football decorations
If Rob Lowe taught the world anything during the NFC Championship Game, it’s that some people just love the NFL. You can display your love with these tasteful NFL logo balloons:
NFL Drive Balloons for $2.99
Otherwise, you can pick up this smaller football themed party supply set for $19.99. There’s also this Football Buffet Decorating kit at Party City for $9.99 that, while not as the previous kit, will provide everything you need for a dedicated snack table (minus the actual snacks). At the very least, you’re going to want a Game Day Football Table Cover ($11.99 at Amazon), particularly if you want to keep guacamole off your table.
This full football party set costs $35.99 on Amazon
It includes a tablecloth, plates, disposable flatware, cups, napkins, and cupcake toppers along with swirling streamers to hang from the ceiling and green-and-white balloons. But it also says things like, “Go team,” and “Go air attack,” which no one has ever yelled at a football game without having batteries thrown at them.
For the minimalist, Amazon has an inflatable ice serving buffet bar (with drain plug) for $9.95. That’s cheap and easy.
But there’s also the more durable and portable Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Hardbody Cooler for $39.99, and this 100 Quart XTREME 5 Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels at Wal-Mart for $81.95.
If you feel like going all out, you can go with YETI Hard Coolers, which are built to survive extreme conditions like arctic fishing, hiking the Diablo Range, or your ex-football player friend “Tank” after he drinks six Coronas. One helpful feature at the YETI site: You can filter coolers by how many beers you want to fit in them.
Super Bowl snack stadiums
Finally, and most importantly, you need a snack stadium. Like this disposable snack stadium, available on Amazon for $12.27, or this reusable one, for $32.96. What’s a snack stadium? It’s a stadium for snacks, you philistine.
Come to think of it, if you’re going to eat your snacks out of a stadium like a deranged Roman emperor on the cusp of catastrophic decline, well, you might as well just play the fiddle amid the fire…
A superfluously large TV and expensive sound system
Now, everything after this point is going to be expensive; X out of this article now if you want to keep your wallet in tact.
Since this is the first year ever that the Superbowl will be broadcast in upscale 4k and HDR, then, in a way, it’d be sorta crazy not to buy a brand new 4k TV, right? Especially since Best Buy is offering up to $500 off 4K tvs from Sony, LG, Samsung and more. This Toshiba 50” Class LED 4K smart TV Fire TV edition is only $279.00, and it comes with a Free Echo Dot. It’s almost like you’re meant to watch the game in high quality this year.
And once you have that really nice TV, well, it’d be a bit awkward if you didn’t follow up with a really great sound system, right? That might be why Best Buy is offering an extra $50 – $200 off Samsung sound bars when you buy certain 55” or larger Samsung 4k or 8k TVs.
If you’ve already got your 4k TV, no worries: you can pick up this Sony Z9F Soundbar with Dolby Atmos and a Wireless Subwoofer for $698 (normally $899.99), or this Bose Bass Module 700 for $599 (Normally $699). At the very least, you could grab this JBL Bar 2.0 All-in-One Soundbar for $169.95 (normally $240), just so the game lives up to its potential.
After all: How often does a Super Bowl victory come around?
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