Super Bowl Sunday for families


The excitement is in the air – office pools, friendly bets, lots of spirit wear. Denver vs. Seattle. It’s going to be the Big Game. It’s a great time to throw a party and a great time to spend with family. Even if they don’t understand the game, they can pick up on the excitement.

Getting the room ready

Move your furniture around for maximum viewing. Don’t be afraid to blow the interior decorating – it’s not the kind of event where holding true to an aesthetic is important. Your friends will forgive you. Try to develop a kids’ area over to the side. Maybe decorate a small table with kid friendly stuff: small footballs, confetti, balloons and small toys.
If you have more than one TV, put one in a separate room running a movie or some non-football kid-friendly entertainment. This will help keep bored children from jumping between you and the Big Game.

The kids may need their own referee

Adults will want to be left alone to watch the game. Kids are not going to respect that. Fights and arguments will break out. Assign a party referee to make the call. An older kid or even a paid babysitter can be the go to person for settling arguments.

Games for the kids and grownups too

When guests arrive, give everyone a safety pin. Make “football” the quiet word. No one can say football, if they do, they lose their pin to the person who catches them. Of course, like most games, this one can also be modified to include beer.

Grownups can have their own referee who can make up all kinds of penalties. “Holding” the hamburger for too long. “Roughing the passer” and “Illegal use of hands” could be applied to a variety of things. Come up with creative penalties.

How about a football piñata for your own half time entertainment? Add some nachos, chips and dip and you’ve got a party. Of course, margaritas.

Source: Peppers and Pollywogs


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