7 Tricks to Throwing Your Own Super Bowl Party

With the Denver Broncos facing off against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, we’re betting (legally, of course) that this year’s Super Bowl is going to be better than ever. Even if your team didn’t make it past the playoffs, these tips are proof you can still pull off the perfect game day party:

Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Antonis Achilleos / The Nest
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You'll be too distracted by the game to worry too much about the food, so remember to keep appetizers simple. (Mini burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese should do the trick.) If you're feeling festive, serve up appetizers that represent each team. For example, onions are the state vegetable of Washington, so set out some crispy rings. And since it'll be freezing, warm up your guests with some homemade Colorado chili.
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Find yourself zoning out after the first quarter? Get back in the game (and keep guests busy) with this referee-themed background we found on Etsy. You can even take the DIY-route and make your own using black and white paper.
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Party City
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Satisfy your sweet tooth by setting out jars filled with colored candy. Party City has a huge selection of festive sweets that you and your guests can snack on during halftime; plus, you can even send 'em home with mini treat bags.

SHOP NOW: Rock Candy, PartyCity.com
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Etsy
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Deck our your referee backdrop (and pose for pics!) with fun cutouts like these faux Denver specs.

SHOW NOW: Denver Broncos eyeglasses, Etsy.com
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Etsy
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Get your head in the game with these team props from Etsy.

SHOP NOW: Seattle Seahawks football helmet, Etsy.com; Denver Broncos football helmet, Etsy.com
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Etsy
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Show your guests that you're worthy of the Lombardi tropy by displaying your space in style. Football pennants are perfect for dressing up your home and we found these great homemade pennants on Etsy. Take things one step further by creating a football field on your table using fake Astro Turf squares from Party City.
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Etsy
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Add a colorful touch to drinks with festive straws. This way, party guests can pick sides while sipping on their favorite cocktails.
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: Party City
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Dress up your dinner table and decorate your walls with these inexpensive options from Party City. Because surprisingly enough, sometimes all you need are few festive napkins to get your guests in the team spirit.

SHOW NOW: Pennant Banner, $4, PartyCity.com; Paper Plates and napkins, PartyCity.com
Superbowl 2014 party ideas and recipesPhoto: HouseofBoys5 shop on Etsy / Flamingo Toes
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Admit it, you're secretly into the game for the commercials. Keep guests busy during plays by playing good 'ol fashioned (wait for it) bingo. Yes...bingo. Car commercial? You get a "B"! Reference to John Elway? You get a "G"!

SHOP NOW: Bingo check-off game, Etsy; Commercial bingo game, FlamingoToes.com

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