The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and whether you’re a diehard football fan or just have a casual interest, we turned to some of DC’s best event planners to snag their pro advice on how to plan the best party in town.
Sarah Kazemburg, founder of Sarah Kazemburg Events and Styling, says to create a “DIY photo booth by pinning a football jersey or two to the wall for a backdrop, and provide football-inspired props and a selfie stick for guests to snap silly photos during the party.”
Teresa A. Lee from Rex and Regina Events encourages hosts to “get creative in finding ways to visually wow your guests. Make your table into a football field with green artificial grass or green felt and mark the yard lines with white felt or tape.”
“I definitely suggest that hosts take the time to ensure that the atmosphere is fun and laid-back,” says Sonia Hernandez of Clarity and Class. Hernandez suggests repurposing a deflated football by folding them in to make a lined dip tray. She also added the idea of using Igloo spout coolers (found at most athletic games) to dispense punch or water. “Place yellow napkins in a tin, and label them as penalty flags,” she adds. “You will find that people will enjoy well thought out DIY elements over store-bought ones.”
Drinks: Keep It Traditional
“Beer and football go hand in hand,” says Kazemburg. “Choose a variety of craft beers for guests to sip on and stock a bar cart with fun beer glasses and drink menu signage to give it an extra touch. I also love the idea of Moscow mules, which are easy to make and perfect for football.”
“It’s always fun to put out glass dispensers with lemonade to mimic Gatorade or water for ‘water breaks,’” adds Martin.
Food: Buffet Is Best
For food, Kazemburg suggests typical football game fare like chicken wings, pigs in a blanket, crab dip, cheese platters, and mini sliders. “Buffet style is great for football parties, and you can use mini football signs for labels of the food options,” she added.
Katie Martin of Elegance and Simplicity Events encourages hosts to think about what is sold at football games at high schools, universities and pro levels, like popcorn and hot dogs. “Kick that up a notch and provide three different type of popcorn with a hot dog bar with toppings that are common for each side of the field with a crock pot full of chili too!” she says.
Lee says to consider a make-your-own food bar using nachos, chili, or tacos. “And don’t forget dessert! Build your own sundae, whoopie pies, or ice cream sandwich stations are always big hits.”