Now that the teams have been established for Super Bowl 2014, party themes can fall into place and the planning can really start. When the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014, households around North America will be cheering along and spreading out with their own tailgating parties, which is more than anyone attending the actual game will be able to say.
Even if you're not all that into football, Super Bowl provides a great excuse to throw a party in the dead of winter. The competing team colours offer an instant, if garish, decor scheme (navy, green and grey for the Seahawks; blue, orange and white for the Broncos), and while the game will naturally be the main focus, some side activities will be appreciated too.
We've pulled together 10 ideas to help make your Super Bowl party enjoyable for everyone — even fans of the losing team.
Make Your Own Foam Fingers
Not everyone's going to be cheering for the same team (unless, of course, you're in Denver or Seattle), so why not let people define themselves by their fingers? Learn <a href="http://onecharmingparty.com/2012/10/22/diy-foam-fingers/" target="_blank">how to create these at One Charming Party</a>.
Even a simple paper chain can set the decor stage right for your party. Set competing team colours on different sides of the room, or combine the teams' colours for football harmony. Learn <a href="http://catchmyparty.com/blog/super-bowl-paper-chain-decorations-diy" target="_blank">how to create this at Catch My Party</a>.
Table Of Football
All those delectable snacks have to go somewhere, so why not put them on a green field complete with goals? It's a relatively simple craft that looks like it took <em>way</em> longer than it did. Learn <a href="http://www.hwtm.com/themes/big_game_party/the_big_game/tabletop" target="_blank">how to create this at Hostess With The Mostess</a>.
Blowing In The Wind
Forget annoying windchimes — to help people find your house for the Super Bowl party or just to celebrate the season, create your own windsock for your porch, complete with team colours. Learn <a href="http://the-wilson-world.blogspot.ca/2011/09/football-windsocks.html" target="_blank">how to make this at The Wilson World</a>.
Rate The Commercials
Part of the fun of Super Bowl (especially for non-football fans) is watching the commercials. Add to the enjoyment by handing out these rating cards and let everyone feel like a critic. <a href="http://www.studiodiy.com/2012/01/31/super-bowl-commercial-rating-signs/" target="_blank">Print out the signs for free (and learn how to make them) at Studio DIY</a>.
Set Up Manicure Stations
That's right — team colours can be worn anywhere from your shirt to your nails. And if your guests haven't quite had time to paint them by Feb. 2, offer a station so they can. Check out <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1020511/seattle-seahawks-nail-design-tutorial" target="_blank">the colours used here at SheKnows.com</a>, or find a <a href="http://www.setinlacquer.com/2012_12_01_archive.html" target="_blank">Denver Broncos option at Set in Lacquer</a>.
Go one step beyond the rating game and play BINGO with the companies whose ads show during the Super Bowl. <a href="http://calamityjennie.com/2012/01/31/super-bowl-bingo/" target="_blank">This card, made by Calamity Jennie</a>, is from 2012, but you can easily sub in other corporate logos for your party.
Cheer On With Pom Poms
Want to cheer but don't want to commit to a team? These football-shaped pom poms offer the option for the most polite of fans. Learn <a href="http://blog.peartreegreetings.com/2013/01/football-party-ideas-super-bowl-party-ideas-how-to-make-football-shaped-tissue-poms/" target="_blank">how to create this at Pear Tree Greetings</a>.
Make Memories To Last
You've probably already encountered a professional photo booth complete with props at a wedding or conference — so why not set one up to commemorate your Super Bowl fiesta? It's a relatively easy craft to create, and the pictures will be so much better than the side profiles of everyone watching TV. Learn <a href="http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/01/football-party-photo-booth-idea-referee-striped-backdrop-themed-props/" target="_blank">how to make this at Hostess With The Mostess</a>.
Put Your Pen Where Your Mouth Is
Set up a ballot box and <a href="http://tobylovesfood.blogspot.ca/2013/02/super-bowl-sundaes.html" target="_blank">have people guess what the final score might be</a>, Toby Loves Food suggests. You can also extend the game and put odds on everything from how long the game will run to <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/seahawks-fans-loud-causing-problems-seattle-defense-loops-004319122--nfl.html" target="_blank">how loud the Seahawks fans will be</a>.
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