#1 - Don't stress! It's easy to stress about having a party at your home. I've learned that every inch of the house doesn't need to be scrubbed until the surface is almost gone. The house will just need to be cleaned after the party so while I do give my whole house a thorough clean before our parties, I'm definitely not freaking out if everything isn't perfect.
#2 - Don't carry the load yourself. Ask your guests to bring an appetizer to share, they will be more than willing to do so. We like to provide a main dish and an appetizer, although I must admit, I tend to go overboard on parties and we always have way more food than what is necessary. Some food suggestions:
Chili Bar - Provide hot dogs, tortilla chips, corn bread, shredded cheese, and sour cream available. The guests can build chili dogs, chili nachos or just have a bowl of chili.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Slow cook the pork and add BBQ sauce in a crock pot. Put it in mid-morning and forget about it until party time. Low maintenance and always a hit!
Order Pizza in - Pizza is always a hit but beware. Delivery may take a little longer on Super Bowl Sunday. Another option is to make your own pizzas.
#3 - Disposable, Disposable, Disposable! If there is ever a time to use paper plates and plasticware, it's Super Bowl Sunday! It makes for an easy clean up at the end of the night! I like to get a plastic green table cloth and use white masking tape and mark of yards to mimic a football field to add a little festive decor to the table. At the end of the night I wrap up the table cloth and toss in the garbage. It has saved me from a lot of clean up!
#4 - Interactive Games - We like to make a chart and everyone picks numbers for what the score will be at the end of each quarter. We chip in a few bucks and it makes it a little more interesting. I also put together a beer taste test for our guests. I pick a few beers and have our guests do a blind taste test. The winner gets a prize.
#5 - Have fun! Enjoy the party and don't stress! Once the game starts, sit back and enjoy your company and the game! Your guests will find where the drinks are. Everyone will enjoy the party more if you are relaxed!