Whether you’re rooting for the Broncos, pulling for the Seahawks, or just a big fan of clever commercials, why not invite your Trilogy friends and neighbors over for a big game bash this Sunday?  Hosting a crowd can feel like a colossal task, but when the festivities are centered on a casual event like a football game, simple touches can create big fun.

Gather the Crowd
When planning a last-minute party, an online invitation site like Evite.com is probably the quickest and easiest way to get the word out to your friends and family – as long as you know their email addresses. Or, if it’s a last-minute neighborhood soirée, slip simple invitations under your neighbors’ doors to let them know that you’ll be saving them a seat – on your couch – for the big game.  If all of this sounds a bit too last minute for your taste, you can plan to use the tips and recipes in this article when throwing a March Madness party for your favorite college basketball teams.

Set the Scene
Decorating for a big-game party can be as simple or over-the-top as you desire.  If you’re a die-hard fan of one of the teams, add some splashes of team color throughout your living room, and be sure to wear your official team gear.  If your friends are split between the Broncos and Seahawks, place a piece of masking tape down the center of the room (with the television in the middle), and decorate with blue and orange on one side, and blue and green on the other.  Head to a craft or hardware store and buy a few squares of Astroturf (usually $1 per square foot); cut out small circles to create Astroturf coasters.  Just visiting a craft store will supply you with all the football-themed inspiration you’ll need to deck-out your living room.  Or, if decorations aren’t in your game plan, your guests will be just as happy with good food, good conversation, and a good view of the television.

Create a Game Plan
Of course, watching the Super Bowl will be the main event of the evening.  But you can keep your guests entertained during the pre-game show with a twist on the traditional football pool.  Have each guest fill out a scorecard with questions that could include the following:

  • Who will win the coin toss?
  • Which team will score the first touchdown?
  • Who will be ahead at half time?
  • Which artist will perform the half-time show?
  • Who will be given the MVP award?
  • What will be the final score of the game?

At the end of the game, whichever guest has answered the most questions correctly (the closest final score can be a tiebreaker) can win a prize, like a football piñata or a giant foam finger.

Feed the Fans
The crowd will cheer when they see your table spread with a feast fit for the hungriest of football players.  The recipes below, and many more, can be found with a quick online search, or a browse through Pinterest.com.  Calories don’t count on game day, so tie on a napkin and make the most of these hearty dishes.  Game on!

Or, if you’re really feeling ambitious, serve up all of your goodies in an over-the-top Snackadium!

Enjoy this super-sized day of food, football, and friends…and don’t forget to have a super-sized pack of antacids on hand.  Your guests will thank you.  Go team!