Super Bowl Party Ideas & Themes to Score Big With Guests

Updated February 24, 2022
Super bowl party food

Super bowl party ideas should be fairly simple and easy to put together, since the star of the party is the game itself. Guests will arrive ready for a good time, so all you need to do is set the scene and provide the food!

Super Bowl Themed Parties

Whether your team made it to the Super Bowl or not, it's always a great idea to get together with friends to watch the game. Celebrate in style with these Super Bowl themed party ideas.

Half Time Show

A half time show inspired party will get your guests excited about dancing the night away with family and friends while enjoying great food and drinks. For a fun spin on a Super Bowl party, have guests wear costumes to represent artists who have performed during previous half time shows. Guests will have a blast trying to guess which artists they are portraying. Just make sure there are no wardrobe malfunction involved.

Tailgate Party

Tailgate Party

Have your car parked on your driveway and decorate your trunk with Super Bowl party decorations or one of the two teams' colors. You can display your Super Bowl food and drinks buffet style to keep things fun and casual.


Pizza Party

Plan a backyard cookout party with family and friends to kick off the Super Bowl. Ask your guests to bring burgers and hot dogs to be grilled at your house while you take care of all side dishes, drinks and appetizers.

Football Pizza Making Party

Pizza Party - Female football player holding spinach pizza with tomatoes and olives

Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser for Super Bowl get-together so why not make it the focal point? Invite family and friends for a pizza making party before the game starts. Set out pre-made pizza dough, sauce, and pizza toppings and encourage the guests to come up with their own football inspired pizzas. A football field pizza or a buffalo chicken football shaped pizza are creative designs your guests can absolutely pull it off. If kids are attending your Super Bowl party, these football pizza pockets can be a great choice.

Simple Super Bowl Viewing Party Themes

There are two basic themes you can go with for a Super Bowl party: NFL teams or an overall football theme. If your team has made it to the big game, that's the perfect opportunity to haul out all of your swag.

Here are some suggestions for simple themes to choose from:

  • Team colors - You can choose only the team that you're rooting for to win the game, or the colors from both teams.
  • Hometown team - If your team is playing in the Super Bowl, use its logo, mascot, colors, and other items to decorate with. Make sure everyone has t-shirts, hats, or flags to cheer the team to victory.
  • NFL teams - In the interest of fairness, you can use logos and other images of each NFL team to set the scene for your party. That way, everyone in attendance will have his or her favorite team represented, even if they aren't playing.
  • Football theme - There are lots of football-themed items available at party supply stores, so choosing an overall football theme should make things really easy.

You could also combine a couple of themes by using one set of team colors along with some items decorated with a football motif, for example.

Inviting Guests to Your Super Bowl Party

Since this is such an informal gathering, you can generally invite friends by word of mouth, by phone, or by e-mail. However, a printed infusion can be a nice touch. Consider these printable Super Bowl party invitations if you'd like to send a written invitation. Be sure to ask guests to RSVP so that you'll have an idea of how much food you'll need.

Super Bowl Food and Menu Planning

Game day football party table

Food is a central focus of any Super Bowl party. Use Super Bowl party food ideas to make sure you have plenty of great items available for people to munch on during the game, halftime, and commercials. You can also make Super Bowl food ahead of time so you don't miss a moment of the big game. From traditional football party food and recipes to a Super Bowl themed cake or one shaped like a football, you'll want to offer a variety of finger foods and other tasty treats served buffet style. If the weather cooperates, you may even want to fire up the grill for a few tailgate grilling recipes.

Don't forget drinks. Have an array of serve-yourself soda, water, and beer along with a classic cocktail such as an old-fashioned or Manhattan and some Super Bowl mocktails for the non-drinkers. Or, serve up a Super Bowl party punch, tasty Super Bowl themed mocktails, Super Bowl shots, or even some fun cheap Super Bowl cocktails.

Super Bowl Party Decorations

Decorating for a Super Bowl party doesn't have to be complicated. A few large football-related items, such as team banners and flags, should do the trick for football party decorations. You could also hang team jerseys or print out team logos using your computer. You'll also want to set the stage with a few table decorations since food is such a central part of any Super Bowl viewing party. Consider a casual centerpiece or candles in team colors, along with some DIY upcycled table decorations (if you're feeling crafty).

Create a Multi-Screen Viewing Experience

Football fans at home watching the game

If you have the space and multiple TVs in your home, consider moving several into the party room. Keep the volume up on only one television, using an extra set of speakers, if possible, to make sure everyone can hear it. The extra televisions should be placed around the room so that all of your guests have a front-row seat for the game. You'll also want to make sure there is a television tuned to the game near where the food is set up so that guest can keep up with the action while munching on finger foods at the buffet.

Super Bowl Party Games and Activities

The main attraction will be the football game, but football theme games and other activities can be part of the festivities.

Plan to incorporate a few Super Bowl party games into the evening. You may also want to have some pre-game football trivia and Super Bowl quiz questions ready to get everyone warmed up for the main event.

If children or others who aren't big football fans will be in attendance, it would be a good idea to have some alternative activities prepared. Plan ahead for kid-friendly Super Bowl activities to keep the littles occupied. Consider setting up another room in the house with tables, chairs, and board games, or provide a corner of the main party room for those who wish to sit and chat.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Big Game

The great thing about Super Bowl parties is that, once you've set up the food and seating, there's not much left to do but enjoy the game with your friends. Still, you'll want to make sure that everyone has a good time and that all the details are looked after. Hosting a Super Bowl Party is a great opportunity to catch up with everyone, share the joy or agony of the game itself, and have a good time.

Super Bowl Party Ideas & Themes to Score Big With Guests