With COVID-19 restrictions in place across much of the United States, your Super Bowl party is likely to look very different this year. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the food, drinks, and fanfare that comes with the Super Bowl, all from the comfort of your home.
With that said, it will take a bit of pre-planning to set up your home for a fun and memorable virtual Super Bowl party. That’s why MYMOVE has put together a list of Super Bowl party ideas to help you achieve the best digital gathering. Read on and learn how to prepare your home for Super Bowl 2021.
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Take a test with your electronic devices
Don’t risk a poorly scheduled electronic malfunction on the big day. Instead, we recommend setting everything up and testing it ahead of time. Whether you’re tuning in through traditional cable TV or using a streaming service, it only takes a couple of minutes to check your connection and make sure everything is streaming clearly. And don’t forget to decide how you will chat with your friends, be it through FaceTime, Zoom or another video chat platform, and send the details to everyone in advance. You will definitely want to run a test run if you plan on using Sync Play plugins.
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Show your team pride with fun decorations
There are few moments as special as watching your favorite NFL team play in the Super Bowl, so why not decorate your home accordingly? Whether you’re a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you can find many decorations online to show your team pride and take your game day experience to the next level.
If you’re a Chiefs fan looking forward to back-to-back championships, you can stock up on KC-themed party essentials like napkins, tableclothsY paper plates. Buccaneers fans cheering for Tom Brady in his seventh Super Bowl win can also pick up the Bucs team decoration. After all, what is a party without balloons, bannersor a Tom Brady six foot cutout?
One of the best parts of any Super Bowl party is the delicious array of American comfort food, and virtual gatherings should be no different. Even if you can’t meet in person, you can share recipes with your guests ahead of time so each home can put its own spin on the classics and still enjoy them as a group.
Looking for inspiration? Start the afternoon with some cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip, served with lightly toasted bread, crackers, or celery sticks. For the main meal, opt for a hearty dish like Chile, pulled pork sandwichesor baked macaroni and cheese. Do not you want to cook? Check out our GrubHub deals to find discounts on this popular delivery service.
Stock up on drinks before the game
Don’t leave your virtual guests hanging while doing a beer race mid-game. Be sure to pick up all the drinks you will need before kickoff, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options for everyone in your household.
If possible, try to finish your drink purchases during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Otherwise, you could get caught up in the last-minute grocery rush or find your favorite beverage is out of stock, and put yourself at a higher risk of COVID-19 shopping when grocery stores are flooded with procrastinating shoppers.
Include entertainment for non-sports fans
These days, the Super Bowl has become a major cultural event, even for people who don’t care about the game itself. That’s why one of our best Super Bowl party ideas to keep everyone entertained is planning Super Bowl party games that can be played via video chat.
For example, Super Bowl commercial bingo is a popular activity that is easy and fun to play. Before the football game starts download the cards and send a different version to each of your guests. Each square represents a popular brand that could have an advertisement during the big game, and the first guest to fill out their card wins a prize (determined by the host).
Create a comfortable and functional game viewing area
With the pregame festivities, commercials, and the halftime show (not to mention the game itself), it’s going to be a long day. Make sure to organize the right seats for your family so that everyone is comfortable. If you need to move your sofa to a better location, do so before the game begins.
You may also need to bring an extra table for all your delicious food and festive decorations. Save yourself time and stress by making those arrangements before the start.
Minimize post-party cleanup
Admittedly, this isn’t one of our funniest pre-Super Bowl party ideas, but it might save you a headache after the game is over. As you prepare your food and drinks, try to clean up as you go to get a head start. Otherwise, you could end up with a messy home that isn’t cleaned until the next day.
Even small steps can help you avoid a massive post-party mess, like making sure your dishwasher is empty so you can easily load it after the game. Before your party, make sure you have supplies of cleaning supplies, including stain remover, reusable paper towels or washcloths, and laundry detergent. Check out our Target and Bed Bath & Beyond coupons for discounts on these cleaning essentials.
The bottom line
With these Super Bowl party ideas, you can recreate the fun atmosphere of an in-person party in a digital setting. All it takes is the right technology, festive decorations, and a wide selection of food and drinks, and your virtual Super Bowl party will be a fun and memorable experience for everyone.
Will there be a Super Bowl 2021?
Yes. Super Bowl 2021 (or Super Bowl LV) is Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Tampa Bay, Florida.
What time is the Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LV begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Should I go to Super Bowl parties?
You must follow local regulations regarding gatherings during COVID-19. If you don’t plan on attending a meeting in person, the Super Bowl party ideas we’ve shared above will help you put together an amazing virtual gathering.
How can I make the Super Bowl fun during COVID-19?
You can host a virtual Super Bowl party at home, with food, drinks, decorations, and more. Check out our previous Super Bowl party ideas for more details on how to enjoy this year’s game at home.
Taylor Freitas is a freelance writer and has contributed to publications such as LA Weekly, Hospitality Technology, and Interest.com. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Print and Digital Journalism. Keep fighting!