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8 Tips to Make Your Super Bowl Party the Best in the Neighborhood

footballThis Sunday folks will be getting together to watch an American Classic, the Super Bowl. There will be all kinds of gatherings and parties across the Tar Heel state for the game, but today we’re offering some tips that will make sure your party is the talk of the neighborhood.

1. Plenty of Seating
If your place is set up for a family of 3 or 4, you might want to look into changing around your TV and living room set-up a little bit to get the maximum amount of chairs for folks to watch the game. You don’t want to put everyone on top of each other, but you also don’t want the majority of your guests standing up or sitting on the floor.

2. Ask Everyone You Invite to Bring their Favorite Appetizer
If you want a variety of foods, just ask everyone you invite to bring their own appetizer. In addition to having an array of great food, it could be a great conversation starter between two of your pals that don’t know each other very well.

3. Don’t Skimp on the Salsa
While number two above has you asking your friends to bring a variety of appetizers, it is an unwritten rule that the party host must provide the salsa. They must provide the salsa like a champion. If you’re hosting, you might want to check out some salsa recipes at AllRecipes.com.

4. If Need Be, Go Multiple
Sometimes, you just have to call the audible at the line. It happens. If you have more than one TV in the house, you might want to check out your set-up and put another TV in the watching area for maximum coverage. Your guests will thank you.

5. Gussy Your Place Up A Little
This one may be for the ladies more so than the men, but it says a lot when you walk into a house for a party and decorations are placed everywhere. Placing balloons, streamers, and colored napkins is a good place to start. Last year, you may have had to look around for green and yellow streamers and balloons (Green Bay Packers), but this year both team have the same colors; red, white and blue.

6. Have a Prize at the End of the Night
When everyone gets to your place, have them write down what they think the score will be to the game. When the game is over, check out all the scores and award the person with the closest score a little prize of your choosing. Extra point if it football themed.

7. Tailgate Before the Game
If you have been to a college or pro football game, you know it is all about the tailgate. Just because you’re not at the game doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of outside fun. Kickoff is slated for 6:30pm on Sunday, so just have the outside tailgate where you grill up some chicken wings, hamburger sliders, etc. from 3:00pm till 6:00pm. At six, everyone can start making their way inside to find a seat for the game. If you’re real hardcore, just bring the TV outside, but this is not reccommended.

8. Make Designated Driver Plans Well Before the Game
If you are going to one or hosting a Super Bowl party, make sure you and the people at the party have a way to get home if they have been drinking alcohol. If you want to be the best host in the world, have someone on stand-by who is able to take people home safely.

This is post 1 of 5 of an ongoing celebration of the 2012 Super Bowl. Come back tomorrow for more!

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