ICYMI — in other words, in case you've been living under a rock for the past few months — the biggest football game of the year is happening this Sunday, Feb. 1: The almighty Super Bowl. In addition to bringing us what's sure to be an intense game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, this Sunday will also mark the premiere of some pretty epic ads and movie trailers, as well as a halftime show performance from Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliot. It's kind of a big deal! Though I understand not everyone is into football (much like yours truly), I'm sure we can all agree on one thing: Even if you're not a fan of the sport, Super Bowl parties are still the jam.
When it comes to planning a Super Bowl party, though, what exactly goes into making it an epic one? Many of us, of course, opt for the traditional junk food and booze route, but there are still plenty of ways to get creative with it and throw a Super Bowl party worthy of even the celebs who will be attending the game! (I'm sure all of us here have seen Pinterest...there's a way to turn bacon into a helmet, right?)
Because, really: though we can't quite rock out like the stars of the halftime show, or the major celebs who will be sitting in their private lounges at the stadium on Sunday, we can at least pretend. Here are a few ways your favorite stars can inspire your Super Bowl party this Sunday. (Don't worry, they all involve snacks.)
Okay, screw the Super Bowl, this is 100% a Puppy Bowl party! The real centerpiece to the evening is OF COURSE the Kitten halftime show. There will be sweet football themed treats and prizes! Make a Puppy Bowl Bingo Game, with boxes like "a puppy falls asleep on the field," or "a kitten bats at the tail of another kitten."
Alternatively, if you're so inclined to watch the actual Super Bowl, play, "Shake It Off" every time there's a particularly brutal tackle, and "Blank Space" when someone misses a pass or a field goal.
First requirement: Wardrobe is strictly sweats-only. Only the beefiest beefcake snacks. We're talkin' chili, nachos, beef jerky... yeah, you get the point. Also, aside from Chan-Chan's notable physique, we all REALLY love him for his moves, so make everyone at your party create their own Channing Tatum-inspired touchdown dance.
Is there anyone more perfect for a Super Bowl party than Tami Taylor/Rayna James herself? I think not. So, listen up, y'all: Grab your cowboy boots, white wine, and get ready to get into the game. Must haves: BBQ, corn bread, and plenty of country music blasting over that boring old football commentary.
Turn off the volume on the TV and make up fake SCANDALS (get it? Get it? Because... Scandal) between the players as they call the plays. Before you know it, you'll be in a web of lies and intrigue. Don't forget to take plenty of wine breaks.
No one picks a team to root for because everyone is rooting for every team. Cheer for every good play and shout, "Aw, it's okay, you'll do better next time," or "It's okay to fail!" when someone fumbles or misses a pass. Menu includes: Waffles, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and a few baked goods.
Make number cards for all of your friends to rate the players butts as they get close-ups on screen. Then, make up insane trashy celebrity gossip about a player when he makes a touchdown. "Oh number 37? Did you hear he got botox in his biceps AND secretly married Nicole Richie 10 years ago?" Don't forget all of your favorite junk food: Pizza rolls, ice cream, Doritos...the gang's all here. No beer allowed, though; only team-themed cocktails. For instance, the Seattle Sangria and New England Fizz!
When the game gets boring (so basically, right away), just replay Beyoncé's halftime show spectacular from 2013...on repeat...while enjoying all of the other parts of a normal Super Bowl party — aka, the food. Buffalo chicken dip ALL DAY.
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