Living in one of New York City's notoriously small apartments means having very little room for hosting a Super Bowl party. Forget about going to an overpriced, overcrowded bar when you can be slightly crowded in your own home with better food and people you know. With a few tips and tricks, you can host a Super Bowl party that will be able to fit in your little apartment. On Sunday, February 6, 2011, throw on your jersey and get ready to have the best football party of the year.
It can get uncomfortable during the Super Bowl party if everyone crowds into the kitchen to get food or passes bowls back and forth while trying to watch the TV. Set up a table off to the side for food instead of using a table in front of the television or serving it from another room. Opt for stacking cooling racks on top of each other on the table to take advantage of vertical space instead of using too much horizontal space. Put a sheet of foil on each rack and place appetizers on them for easy grabbing. Give guests reusable bowls or plates instead of paper plates so they have more room to put food without needing to keep getting up.
A big part of hosting a Super Bowl party is dispensing a huge amount of food to people that seem to have bottomless stomachs for the night. If you plan on ordering pizza, call that morning and request to have it delivered at kick-off time. Store cans of beer and soda in a cooler, bathroom sink or tub that's filled with ice if there's no room in the fridge. Consider serving chili, which is a filling meal in itself. Other options are boneless wings, meatballs, hot dogs boiled in beer, stuffed mushrooms, pita chips with hummus and jalapeno poppers. They all require little cooking time, are relatively easy to make and take up a minimum amount of space but will leave your guests satisfied.
Should you decide on Super Bowl decorations, consider having a banner made from an office supply store like Staples. You can also put out bunches of balloons that consist of your team's colors. Purchase posters of football players and team logos or print them out from the Internet so you can tape them up for the party.
There are several ways to add more seating for the Super Bowl party if you don't have enough. Pull the couch as far away from the TV as possible while still leaving a pathway behind it so guests won't have to walk in front. Throw large, comfy pillows on the floor in front of the couch and allow some guests, especially kids, to sit on them. You can also buy cheap seating off websites such as Craigslist where it's possible to get free furniture as well. Should you not want to keep it after, sell, donate or give it away. Another option is to rent seating from a furniture rental store. Compare places as some require a minimum rental of a month or more.
To save money on Super Bowl party supplies, get them from the dollar store where you can buy plastic forks, cups, napkins, baking racks and bowls. Some also sell food and snacks, including chips, popcorn, salsa and frozen chicken wings, that cost much less than what you would pay in a grocery store.
Rearranging a few pieces of furniture, placing necessary items out of the way and being proactive can allow all your guests to jump around your small apartment, scream at the television and flail their arms in anger or jubilation without hitting each other, spilling food or breaking your things. It can also keep you from running back and forth to the kitchen for refreshments, cleaning up messes and dealing with annoyances all night. Super Bowl happens only once a year so even as the host, you should be able to enjoy it without worry.