11 Super Bowl Party Ideas for People Who Care More About the Schmoozing Than the Football

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, which means it's time to get your friends and family together for drinks, snacks, and a good time. From cooking up some of your favorite Super Bowl dishes to putting together a few creative decorations that will wow your football-loving guests, there's plenty to do on Super Bowl Sunday—even if you're not the biggest football fan.

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Whether you're excited about the food, the commercials, the half-time show, or the big game itself, here are a few ideas to help push your Super Bowl party right into the end zone.

1. Roll Out the Green Carpet

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Impress your guests before they even step foot inside the house. All you need to create this football-ready carpet/welcome mat is some grass carpet, a.k.a AstroTurf, and white duct tape. You can even use any excess materials to create your own football pennants or a game-worthy table runner. If crafting isn't really your thing, you can also buy your own carpet for the same effect. This one from Amazon is a nice accent indoors, too.

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2. Concoct the Perfect Game Day Cocktail

What's a Super Bowl party without some drinks? Go beyond beer and soda with a pitcher-style cocktail (we have some great recipe suggestions here) or swap out that uninspired can of Bud with one of these delicious beer-based cocktail recipes.

3. Send Out Personalized Party Invitations

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Skip the boring email blast and send out personalized party invitations instead. If your invites are this nice, then there's no telling how great your party will actually be.
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4. Make Some Crispy Avocado Fries

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From loaded nachos to football-inspired mini hot dogs (try drawing on "laces" with mustard!), the Super Bowl is the perfect opportunity to get creative with your cuisine. We love the idea of serving avocado fries baked in crispy panko breadcrumbs in lieu of traditional french fries. Pair them with a spicy chipotle dipping sauce and you've got yourself a game day treat.
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5. Print Festive Party Decorations

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Decorating doesn't have to be difficult—especially when you're resourceful. Head to Etsy for adorable print-outs of mini footballs, foam fingers, and tiny home team jerseys. String them into a liner for the edge of the table or tape them to cups and toothpicks for serving snacks.
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6. Serve Your Snacks in a Festive Football Dishes

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The only thing that makes reaching for some chips and guac during the game better is having your snacks served in a fun dish, like this mini stadium with a football dip bowl. From paper football plates to mini ramekins and serving dishes with your home team's name on them, don't be afraid to go all out on game day.
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7. Make a Game Out of Watching the Game

If you're not actually a fan of football but rather a fan of the party, print up some of these game day bingo cards with spaces like "one-handed catch," "pass interference," and "fumble" to see who can fill up their card first. Mark them with candy, goldfish crackers, pennies, or anything you have on hand.
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8. Spice Up the Game with Some Empanadas

Super Bowl food is comfort food. Of course, hot wings, chips, and sliders are all welcome, but it can also be fun to spice up the party with a few new snacks. These spiced beef empanadas are the perfect Super Bowl snack because they can be eaten with your hands and made ahead of time in large batches. Add some score marks on the dough with a fork before baking to make the empanadas look like little footballs for extra fun.

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Ingredients:
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound ground beef, 80-85 percent lean
1/3 cup gold raisins
2 tbsp. ketchup
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
Kosher salt, black pepper
2 store-bought refrigerated, rolled pie crusts

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Directions:
Cook the olive oil and chopped onion in a skillet on medium heat until soft, about five to six minutes. Add beef and break up while cooking until no longer pink, three to four minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, cinnamon, raisins, and ketchup. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut circles from the pie crusts and divide the beef mixture onto each circle. Brush the edges of the crust with water, fold in half, and press with a fork to seal. Brush the tops of each empanada with egg wash and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

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9. Dole Out the Dip

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From celery sticks to nachos, a creamy spinach-avocado dip pairs well with all of your favorite game day treats. (Get the recipe from Delish here.) You can even whip up your own homemade pita chips by chopping pita bread into triangles, brushing on a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil, and baking in the oven for about seven minutes or until lightly browned.

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10. Give Out Fun Football Party Favors

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When the game is over, don't let your guests go home empty handed. These football mason jars are the perfect gift that can be filled with snacks and keepsakes so your guests can take home a little piece of the game with them.

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11. Serve Up a Super Sweet Dessert

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From football-shaped brownies to helmet-shaped cookies with your favorite team member's number on them, making Super Bowl desserts can be fun for the whole family. Give everyone a little something sweet to celebrate with this ooey gooey s'mores nachos recipe (below). For another party in your mouth, you can also try whipping up a marshmallow and caramel stuffed cookie-dilla. Win or lose, it's always fun to have something sweet on game day.

Ingredients:
2 sleeves of graham crackers
30 marshmallows
3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Layer one sleeve of graham crackers, 15 marshmallows, and one cup of chocolate chips in an oven-proof skillet and repeat once. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown. Melt the remaining cup of chocolate chips and drizzle on top.
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Recipe from Delish

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