One of the joys of owning a home is being able to throw your own Super Bowl party! With the big game just a few days away, it’s time to start making your gameday strategy. This year poses a new set of challenges, though, with most of us isolating at home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun party! Here are our best tips for throwing an amazing virtual Super Bowl party that you can share with your family and friends.
Get your tech ready
Even though many of us have been Zooming through meetings for the better part of a year, it still helps to get prepared ahead of time. If you’re planning to host your virtual party through Zoom, get yourself familiar with the platform (if you aren’t already). Send out links ahead of time and have the link handy during the game for last-minute additions. Get your space set up so that you have your Zoom device easily accessible in the same room where you’ll be watching the game. And remember the lighting! Zoom parties are more fun when it’s easy to see all the participants, so be sure there’s enough light to illuminate your face.
Create a mutual menu
While it’s always fun to watch the game, let’s be honest — the star of any Super Bowl party is the food. Gameday snacks are a must. If you want your Zoom party to feel more like a shared experience, then create a mutual menu. Share with your guests some (easy) recipes that everyone can make. Create a signature cocktail you all can enjoy during the game. While you may be physically apart, eating and drinking the same things will help you feel more together. So browse online for your favorite nacho recipe, get the martini shaker ready, and don’t forget to make a yummy dessert or two!
Decorate your background
Just because your party is virtual doesn’t mean there can’t be decorations! The best part is that you can confine them to one small space if you want. Concentrate on your Zoom background to get the biggest bang for your decorating buck. You can choose to use a virtual background with team logos or even a picture of a stadium. Or hang real decorations in the space behind you to get in the spirit. Decorations may seem like a small detail, but it will take your virtual party to the next level. Of course, you can add to the fun by dressing in your team’s colors and painting your face, too!
Play virtual games
Super Bowl parties are multi-hour events. You can keep the energy up by playing virtual games with your guests during downtimes. You can create all kinds of fun games that are easy to play via Zoom, such as NFL Trivia or Super Bowl Bingo. You can even plan to give prizes to the winners, like emailed gift cards. This is a great way to keep everyone engaged, and you can choose your games based on the ages of your guests.