How To Throw The Ultimate Super Bowl 2020 Party
By now, you’ve probably heard that the highly anticipated Super Bowl 2020 is making its way to Miami.
In fact, this will be the city’s 11th time hosting the event, breaking a tie with New Orleans for the most Super Bowls hosted.
Taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens—which serves as the official home to the Miami Dolphins—Super Bowl LIV (54) will bring more than 65,000 fans under one roof. Now, take that number and add about 100 million more: that's how many people are expected to tune in around the world.
Showcasing one of the most-watched football games of the year, Super Bowl LIV will also feature one of the most epic halftime show performances of all time with both Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
If you weren’t able to score tickets to the game (don’t worry, most of us couldn’t), we know exactly what you should do instead: host an unforgettable Super Bowl party for friends and family. It’s actually easier than you think, especially with these five pointers. Here’s everything you need to know about hosting the ultimate Super Bowl 2020 party.
Send Out Invites ASAP
The secret to hosting an iconic Super Bowl watch party? Besides killer food, a big crowd is what will make your game day party one for the books. Don’t snooze on inviting family and friends––since this year’s Super Bowl will take place at home, your closest friends and colleagues may have already secured plans if you invite them too late.
Create a mass group text or create a private online event page with everything your guests should know, including your address, the start time, and any food or drink requests. Once you receive an estimated headcount, you’ll be able to start preparing food, decorations and games (more on that later).
Deck Out Your House
There's no better way to get into the game day spirit than with themed decorations. As the Super Bowl approaches and the two teams going head-to-head are announced, pretty much every supermarket and party store will offer game-inspired items, from napkins and tablecloths to banners, balloons and hats. Make sure to tell your guests to dress up in advance, too.
Don’t Wing It When It Comes to Food
You’ll definitely want a hearty supply of wings at your Super Bowl event, but you won’t want to “wing it” when it comes to preparing in advance. As thousands descend on South Florida for the big game, it's important to plan your party menu weeks in advance. And because the game is taking place in Miami, we suggest adding local flavor to your party, beyond staples like wings, burgers and chips.
Lucky for you, the tri-county area is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, from Louie Bossi’s and Burlock Coast, to El Vez and Terra Mare. As the game approaches, consider calling your favorite food spots and asking if they have a game day pick-up special.
Otherwise, venture to a specialty market, such as Graziano’s or Vicky Bakery to purchase a variety of finger foods, such as empanadas, croquetas, sandwiches, prepared meats and cheeses, and desserts. Visiting your nearby Publix is also a surefire way to make sure you’ll have enough food for your gathering. Consider placing orders for a handful of platters, including the supermarket’s legendary fried chicken or a platter of Pub Subs.
If you want to really impress your guests, whip up some iconic Super Bowl snacks with four recipes by four of South Florida's most famous chefs.
Pour the (Local) Beer
It goes without saying, but no Super Bowl watch party would be complete without cases of beer. Instead of drinking national suds, we’re opting for something homegrown. Stop by any one of South Florida’s local breweries to stock up on bottles of your favorite brews.
Even better, inquire about ordering a growler or keg. If you’re not sure where to start, check out West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault in West Palm Beach; Concrete Beach Brewery or J Wakefield Brewing in Wynwood; Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach; LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale; Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park; and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company in Doral.
Play Your Own Game
Whether you’re tuning in to the game for the football, the commercials, or the half-time special, entertain your guests in-between with a couple of family friendly games. Think mini football toss, ring toss on beer bottles, commercial bingo, or even a place-your-bets on the winning team with everyone betting $1.
From Super Bowl parties to must-visit places in South Florida, make sure to check out the comprehensive guide to Super Bowl 2020.