Who’s playing the Super Bowl? Who cares?! It’s all about the party – especially with these gridiron-ready accessories
Get your head in the game
by Christie Moeller
Super Bowl 101
Or, how to party like a pro (even if you have no clue what’s going on)
Each Super Bowl season, I explore ways to get friends who aren’t rabid football fans (like me) to enjoy the festivities without feeling they have to become walking football encyclopedias. Here are some common questions I get:
What should I wear on game day?
I usually suggest coordinating colors for a team you’re rooting for. For last year’s Super Bowl, I suggested pairing blue skinny jeans with white shoes and a white top, with a red scarf to represent the New England Patriots. Or blue skinny jeans and a lime-green top to represent the Seattle Seahawks. (Just) make sure it’s going to be a solid addition to your wardrobe beyond football season.
I’m hosting a party. What should I serve?
A nacho bar is a great place to start. Lay out the chips, then bowls containing salsas, guacamole, beans, jalapeños, sour cream, rice, then have a few crock pots going with shredded chicken, beef and a mild queso dip. This will also give options to those with dietary restrictions. Sure, you can spend months planning a majestic lunch meat stadium complete with celery goal posts. But the most satisfying sustenance is usually the simplest, so spend less time in the kitchen and more time watching the game!
How do I talk to these strange, football-obsessed people?
Go to Super Bowl parties equipped with some historical knowledge on the game. Here are five quick-fire bits of trivia. 1. The $50,000, 22-inch, seven-pound Lombardi Trophy is designed by Tiffany & Co. 2. No NFL team has ever played in a Super Bowl in the team’s home stadium. 3. Of the 32 NFL teams, only the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars have never appeared in a Super Bowl. 4. The first Super Bowl was on January 15, 1967. Tickets were $6, $8, and $12. 5. There will be 72 Wilson footballs on hand during the Super Bowl.
Vanessa-Franchesca “VF” Castro is the author of The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron.