Super Bowl LV: How to Set Up Your Home For The Best Virtual Super Bowl Party
With COVID-19 restrictions in place across much of the United States, your Super Bowl party will likely look a lot different this year. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the food, drinks, and fanfare that comes with the Super Bowl — all from the comfort of home.
With that said, it will take a bit of pre-planning to set up your home for a fun and memorable virtual Super Bowl party. That’s why MYMOVE has put together a list of Super Bowl party ideas to help you pull off the ultimate digital get-together. Keep reading and learn how to prepare your home for Super Bowl 2021.
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Do a trial run with your electronics
Don’t risk a poorly timed electronic malfunction on the big day. Instead, we recommend setting up everything and testing it in advance. Whether you’ll be tuning in through traditional cable TV or using a streaming service, it only takes a couple of minutes to double-check your connection and make sure everything is coming through clearly. And don’t forget to decide how you’ll be chatting with friends – whether over FaceTime, Zoom, or another video chatting platform – and send the details to everyone in advance. You’ll definitely want to run a test if you plan to use any synchronized playback plugins.
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Show your team pride with fun decorations
There are few moments as special as watching your favorite NFL team play in the Super Bowl, so why not deck out your house accordingly? Whether you’re a Kansas City Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, you can find plenty of decorations online to show your team pride and take your game-day experience to the next level.
If you’re a Chiefs fan hoping for back-to-back championships, you can stock up on KC-themed party essentials, like napkins, tablecloths, and paper plates. Buccaneers fans cheering Tom Brady on to his seventh Super Bowl win can also pick up Bucs team decor. After all, what’s a party without balloons, banners, or a six-foot cutout of Tom Brady?
Coordinate your menu with your virtual partygoers
One of the greatest parts of any Super Bowl party is the delicious spread of American comfort food, and virtual gatherings should be no different. Even if you can’t get together in person, you can share recipes with your guests in advance so that each household can put its own spin on the classics and still enjoy them as a group.
Looking for some inspiration? Start the afternoon off with some cheesy Buffalo chicken dip, served with lightly toasted bread, crackers, or celery sticks. For the main meal, opt for a hearty dish like chili, shredded pork sandwiches, or baked mac and cheese. Don’t feel like cooking? Check out our GrubHub deals to find discounts on this popular delivery service.
Stock up on beverages before the game
Don’t leave your virtual guests hanging while you go on a mid-game beer run. Be sure to pick up all of the drinks you’ll need before kickoff, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options for everybody in your household.
If possible, try to finish your drinks shopping during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Otherwise, you could get caught up in the last-minute supermarket rush or find that your favorite beverage is sold out – and be more at-risk for COVID-19 by shopping when grocery stores are flooded with procrastination shoppers.
Include entertainment for non-sports fans
These days, the Super Bowl has become an important cultural event, even for people who don’t care about the game itself. That’s why one of our top Super Bowl party ideas to keep everybody entertained is to plan Super Bowl party games that can be played over video chat.
For example, Super Bowl commercial bingo is a popular activity that’s easy and fun to play. Before the football game starts, download the cards and send a different version to each of your guests. Each square represents a popular brand that might have an ad during the big game, and the first guest to fill up their card wins a prize (determined by the host).
Create a comfortable and functional game-watching area
With the pre-game festivities, commercials, and half-time show (not to mention the game itself), it’s going to be a long day. Be sure to arrange appropriate seating for your family so that everyone is comfortable. If you need to move your sofa to a better spot, do it before the game starts.
You might also need to bring out an extra table for all of your delicious food and festive decorations. Save yourself time and stress by making those arrangements before kickoff.
Minimize your post-party clean-up
Admittedly, this isn’t one of our most fun pre-Super Bowl party ideas, but it could save you a headache after the game is over. As you’re preparing your food and drinks, try to clean up as you go along to give yourself a headstart. Otherwise, you might end up with a messy home that doesn’t get cleaned until the next day.
Even small steps can help you avoid a massive post-party mess, like making sure your dishwasher is empty so you can easily load it up after the game. In advance of your party, make sure you’re stocked up on cleaning supplies, including stain remover, paper towels or reusable cloths, and laundry detergent. Check out our Target and Bed Bath & Beyond coupons to score discounts on these cleaning essentials.
The bottom line
With these Super Bowl party ideas, you can recreate the fun atmosphere of an in-person party in a digital environment. All it takes is the right technology, festive decorations, and plentiful food and drink selection, and your virtual Super Bowl party will be a fun and memorable experience for everyone.
Frequently asked questions
Will there be a Super Bowl 2021?
Yes. Super Bowl 2021 (or Super Bowl LV) is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, in Tampa Bay, Florida.
What time is the Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Should I go to Super Bowl parties?
You should follow your local regulations in regards to gatherings during COVID-19. If you don’t plan on attending an in-person gathering, the Super Bowl party ideas we’ve shared above will help you host an incredible virtual get-together.
How can I make the Super Bowl fun during COVID-19?
You can host a virtual Super Bowl party at home, with food, drinks, decorations, and more. Check out our Super Bowl party ideas above for more details on how to enjoy this year’s game at home.