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Planning a Super Bowl Party? These Clever Ideas Will Wow Your Guests

Your party is sure to score a touchdown with these smart, budget-friendly hacks.


Whether or not you’re a football fan, a Super Bowl party is a fun way to kick back, catch up with friends, and enjoy some tasty snacks and drinks. If you’re planning to host a party for the big game on Sunday, February 12, we’ve gathered some creative tips for leveling up your snacks and creating a festive atmosphere. No matter who you’re rooting for, these party tips will make your Super Bowl Sunday unforgettable.

Add twinkling charm with pretty pretzel candles.

Candles decorated with pretzel sticks
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A few handfuls of pretzels and ribbon transform plain votive candle cups into snack-themed twinklers.

To Do: For each, place a rubber band around a glass votive candle cup. Slip pretzel sticks under the band until glass is covered. Hide the band by wrapping with green ribbon, then tie in a bow. Add four finished twinklers to a small square tray and display.

Simplify serving with a ‘home turf’ cooler.

Beer bottles in green turf-covered cooler
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A turf-inspired ice bucket keeps drinks cold and within reach.

To Do: Wrap the outside of a galvanized tub with a cut-to-fit length of sheet moss; hot-glue to secure. Knot a green ribbon around the tub and add ice and drinks.

Score instant smiles with a celebratory spread.

Table set up with Super Bowl party decor and snacks
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The key to throwing a Super Bowl bash that allows you to kick back and join in the fun: setting up a stylish, serve-yourself buffet filled with sips, snacks, and football-inspired extras. Here, wooden crates are topped with a long plank on a table to create a rustic surface for a gridiron runner, a tiered dessert tray, and bowls of treats. Adding cups for beverages, festive party-store plates and napkins, and glass jars filled with snacks like pretzels, cookies, and more makes cozying up to watch the game even sweeter. For finishing flair, add one or two small goalposts displayed on the buffet and mini footballs sprinkled all around.

Pep up utensils with a cheery napkin wrap.

Utensils in green napkin wrapped with yellow ribbon
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Loved ones will cheer when they see these cute cutlery bundles kissed with yellow “pom-pom” ribbon cuffs.

To Do: Place cutlery in the center of a green paper napkin, then roll the napkin into a cone shape. Snip 12 lengths of yellow curling ribbon to 4 inches, stack together, and cinch in the center with more curling ribbon; tie around the napkin cone and knot to secure.

Collect compliments with a stylish veggie sampler.

Super Bowl vegetable tray on table
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A colorfully crowd-pleasing tray of crudités becomes trophy-worthy when arranged in a chic design.

To Do: Arrange baby carrots in a wide “M” shape at the center of a 12-inch square platter. Arrange celery sticks above and bell pepper strips below carrots in “M” shapes. Fill space at the top and bottom with cherry tomatoes.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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