How To Keep Everyone Entertained At Your Big Game Party
Football's Big Game is one of the main events of winter. According to the Nielsen ratings company, in 2014, more than 100 million people watched the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks, making Super Bowl XLVIII the most watched television event in U.S. history. We all know not everyone likes football, but even non-football fans participate in this annual event and, as hosts, we want everyone to enjoy the party. Here are 4 ideas to make your Big Game viewing party fun for everyone.
Behind Thanksgiving, the Big Game is the most important day for food in the United States. You can make the food fun by turning into a competition. Have half of your guests bring their best appetizer and half of your guests bring their best dessert. When guests arrive, have them put their dish on display in the dining room. Give each person a ballot and have everyone taste each of the appetizers and each of the desserts and vote on their favorites. Announce the winners at the end of the half-time show.
Not everyone will be paying attention to what's happening on the field, but advertisers know everyone watches the commercials otherwise they wouldn't spend $4 million on a 30 second spot. Big Game commercial bingo is a popular way to tick off each type of commercials and advertisers. Make your own bingo cards or check out Julie Blanner's free printable bingo cards on her website. If you want to make the commercials more competitive, have everyone predict the types of commercials - ones with monkeys or celebrities, about cars or beer. Or you can have everyone rate each of the commercials to determine the best, worst and most outrageous.
The Big Game isn't just football - it's a big piece of popular culture with plenty of trivia around the event that has nothing to do with fumble statistics or touchdown tallies. Do you remember which Big Game contender made a rap video? Answer: The '85 Bears. What show was unseated by the Big Game as the biggest American TV event ever? Answer: the M*A*S*H* series finale. How many footballs are used during one Big Game? Answer: 72. There's no shortage of trivia to keep football fans and commercial watchers busy throughout the game.
The half-time show is one of the elements of the Big Game that links football to popular culture. Though there has always been a half-time show at the Big Game, it wasn't until the 1990s that the NFL made it as big and spectacular as the game itself. The 2014 half-time show, headlined by Bruno Mars, drew 115 million viewers (more than Madonna the previous year) and its viewership has been growing steadily. To make the half-time show even more interesting, have your guests predict the set list (Katy Perry is headlining the 2015 half-time show), rate the show or predict disasters and/or controversies.
The Big Game is a great excuse to have a party in the winter - there's no reason only football fans can join in the fun. A little food and a lot of entertainment can get everyone excited for some football.