It is that time of year again, and everyone is gearing up for the big game. In anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday, it’s a great time to throw a party and include the kids! They may or may not understand football, but they certainly understand the fun and excitement of the big game. And, oh boy, if you are lucky enough to have a football-crazy boy with a late January or early February birthday, half your planning is done for you!
To decorate, throw football confetti on the party table and around the room. If you have any football stuff in your home, such as jerseys, knee pads, shoulder pads or other memorabilia, put it out as well.
Arrange your party area and furniture to accommodate all of your guests. This is an especially good time to set up a separate kids’ area if possible. You can decorate the kids’ table with a football tablecloth and a balloon tied to each chair, perhaps in the color scheme of the teams playing, or the team you are favoring!
Super Bowl Party Games
When your guests arrive, hand out a safety pin for each person to wear and make “football” the quiet word. When someone says “football,” the person who catches him collects his safety pin. The person who has the most safety pins at the end of the game wins!
Assign a party referee—an older kid may love to play this role. Have him wear a referee shirt and throw a yellow flag for the following offenses:
- Party Foul: Double dipping anything!
- Holding: Holding on to food for too long!
- Illegal use of hands or language
Have the kids make their own paper footballs. Buy brown construction paper, black markers and finger paint kits for decorating their balls.
Play a round of football Pictionary and definitely include the kids. Some of the words teams may want to draw include cheerleaders, penalty, helmet, pass, bleachers, fans, safety and touchdown.
Have the kids break open a football pinata. You can fill it with trading cards, whistles, bubble gum, stickers, etc., for goodies to take home.
If you have two TVs in your home, arrange one for non-football viewing. Even kids with good attention spans can find the pre- and post-game shows and all the hoopla of the big game a liitle long.
Super Bowl Party Menu
Serve a great menu of party food, and make sure to rename each item to fit the party’s theme: Nachos (Touchdown Tortillas), Hot Dogs (Holding Hot Dogs), and Munchies (Defense Doodles). Other foods to serve include a large pot of chili with breadsticks, veggie platters with dips, cheese platters with crackers and relish side dish, etc.
For dessert, enjoy a football cake. Amazon has a fun cake pan for this.
Here’s to the best team winning and the kids really whooping it up for the big game!