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Football reminds me of lazy Sundays with my dad, so even though I only know enough about football for people not to groan, I’m always excited for the Super Bowl.

For those of you who have been out of the loop this season, allow me to catch you up to speed: this Sunday’s matchup of the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers is interesting because it pits head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh against each other. Yes, you read right – Jim and John are brothers!

The Super Bowl is the ultimate football fan holiday, and no holiday is complete without a party full of good friends, delicious food and drinks, of course. If you’re looking for ideas for a fun Super Bowl party, look no further – we have everything you need to keep the cheer going until the final touchdown.

The Colors

Super Bowl party ideasDesigners, from left to right: Brian Patrick Flynn / Brian Patrick Flynn / Cortney and Robert Novogratz / Meg Caswell / David Bromstad / Emily Johnston Larkin / Judith Balis / Greta Goss

Nothing says fanfare like decking out your home in team colors. Conveniently, brothers serving as head coaches aren’t the only two things tying these teams together. The Ravens and the 49ers also share glitzy gold (our January Color of the Month) as one of their team colors, but are divided between violet for the Ravens and scarlet for the 49ers. What’s great about these color combos is that they look good all year, so feel free to make your Super Bowl decor a little more permanent.

Visit the links below for easy decorating ideas for that football fan in your life:
Crafty Super Bowl Party Ideas
Home Turf: DIY Super Bowl Sidelines
DIY Party Decor: Simple and Creative Ideas for Your Next Bash
Daily Delight: Super Bowls for the Super Bowl
8 Dude-tastic Man Caves

Food

super bowl food

The perfect Super Bowl party always has a seemingly endless flow of snacks. That means chips, dips, pizza, burgers and anything else that is easy to eat crowded around a television screen. If you know you’re hosting a full house, make sure to start cooking Saturday evening instead of Sunday morning – you’ll thank yourself later when you’re watching the big game instead of sweating it out in the kitchen!

Get more party food ideas and recipes here:
Quick and Easy Appetizers
Six Layers and a Chip Dip
Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip
Your New Go-To Guacamole Recipe
Food Network: Big Game Bash Recipes
Party Food: 6 Resolution-Friendly Healthy Appetizers

Drinks

super bowl drink ideas

Everyone knows football and cracking open a cold beer go hand-in-hand. However, with the holidays well over, a Super Bowl party is your chance to finally trash that bottle of peppermint schnapps and experiment with new cocktails, like a spicy Michelada – great for accompanying that “endless” bowl of chips and dip!

The Super Bowl is also an opportunity to give your bar some love – what better way to end football season than by serving drinks on brand new countertops or rooting for your favorite team from the seat of cushy new barstools?

Keep the party going until the final touchdown with drink recipes and ideas for building a stylish but functional bar:
Classic Cocktails: Our All-Time Favorite Drinks
14 Quick and Easy Cocktails
Happy Hour Happens: Easy Tailgating Drinks
10 Mocktail Recipes
Ultimate Guide to Stocking Your Bar
How to Style a Bar Cart
The Best Kitchen Barstools for Every Budget
Daily Delight: Beer Keg Bar Stools
Build a Reclaimed Door Top Bar
Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar
How to Make a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Ravens or 49ers? Tell us who you’re rooting for!

4 Responses

  1. [...] Survival Skills: Host a Super Bowl Party HGTV Design Happens Tue, January 29, 2013 6:00 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate Share (function(){var [...]

  2. MKR says:

    I always enjoy your blogs Jessica. Always good ideas. Those little hamburgers look delicious.

  3. cant wait to see the ads during this superbowl!

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Jessica YonkerJessica Yonker is a writer for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler in training. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on...

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