A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Entertaining for the Super Bowl

A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Entertaining for the Super Bowl

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Taryn Williford
Jan 24, 2017
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The whole "two kinds of people" trope sticks around because it's true! Either you like football, or you don't. Either you like hosting parties, or you don't. Either you already have Sunday, February 5th penciled in as the date to throw your neighborhood-famous Super Bowl bash, or... you don't.

But good news: If you're reading this, it's not too late to get your act together and put something, anything together for the big game day. You just have to start from a place of introspection (we're getting deep here—football parties are serious business where I'm from).

Step one: Figure out where you fit on the matrix above, taking into account both your enthusiasm for watching big men crash into each other on television and for crudités. Then scroll down to discover some Super Bowl entertaining ideas that match up with your game day party style.

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If you get more into the football than the entertaining...

Order a pizza and put together some quick print-out party games. You'll need something to keep your fantasy league busy now that the season's smack talk is over, so have everyone fight it out over something else equally competitive.

Squares is a classic game for Super Bowl Sunday, and you don't even have to know much about football to play—players claim squares on a print-out sheet, which is later labeled randomly with the numbers 0-9. Players win when their square's numbers match up with the score of the game (tell everyone to bring plenty of dollar bills!). Or you can print out a bunch of Super Bowl Bingo cards from Print Your Bracket that will keep everyone at the party busy watching for first downs and Ford commercials.

If you get more into the entertaining than the football...

You can use the Super Bowl as a chance to whip up all of those cheesy, breaded comfort food recipes you've been pinning all year. Plan an inspired menu of twists on classic tailgate bites like Korean fried chicken wings, grown-up prosciutto & cheddar Hot Pockets, homemade oven jerky, and chorizo nachos with white queso sauce. Or capitalize on one of 2017's hottest party trends: a taco bar. My favorite lowbrow/brilliant variation is a walking taco bar, where your guests can build their perfect taco right inside a bag of Frito chips (The Girl Who Ate Everything will walk you through it, no pun intended).

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If you get equally into entertaining and football...

You'll need a shortcut that lets you put out a great spread, but also have plenty of time outside the kitchen to enjoy the game. Enter Martha (yes, that Martha). Martha & Marley Spoon is a meal kit delivery service (à la Blue Apron) and they've crafted next week's meal plan with game day favorites like chili, nachos and chicken wings—but, you know... how Martha would do it, with buffalo cauliflower bites and jalapeno yogurt on the nachos.

We heard from Martha & Marley Spoon Culinary Director Jennifer Aaronson, and she mentioned that you could easily hack the week's meal plan to make a killer game day spread by cooking the meals up all at once on Sunday and presenting them on self-serve platters: If you ordered 4 of the 2-person meals ($76), you could feed up to 10 people, and 4 family-size meals ($140) could feed around 16. Sign up by January 26th for Super Bowl-week delivery.

If you don't really feel like football or entertaining at all...

Consider this your Get-Out-of-Super-Bowl-Weekend pass. If you need an excuse, explain that you have an important conflict: February 5th is both World Nutella Day and National Chocolate Fondue Day, so you know what to do.

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