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Hosting an Outdoor Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl LVI is happening on February 13, 2022, and it’s time to get started on your Super Bowl party planning! If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, keep reading for our top Super Bowl party tips.

Weeks Before The Party

Create a Guest List and Send Out Invites

The clock is ticking! Be sure to make out your guest list and start sending out your Super Bowl party invitations soon. If you have concerns about Covid, you may want to limit your guests to close family members only. But, if you and your guests feel comfortable, you can still host a large outdoor Super Bowl party bash. 

What Time Is Super Bowl LVI Kickoff? 

If you’ve never hosted a game-day bash, you may be wondering, “What time do Super Bowl parties start?” The Super Bowl will begin at 5:30 PM CST, but you can definitely get the party started much earlier. If you’re unsure how to throw a Super Bowl party, we’ve got plenty of ideas!

How to Watch Super Bowl LVI? 

The Super Bowl will be broadcasted nationally on NBC. You’ll want to be sure to give your guests at least one-two hours before game time to socialize, snack, and make their predictions. Whether you watch to see the competition, the halftime show, or even the commercials, there’s something for everyone on game day!

Decide on The Venue 

A huge part of Super Bowl party planning is choosing the venue. You have many places to watch the Super Bowl to choose from, but the most popular - and traditional - option is to plan a Super Bowl party at home. If you’re planning on an outdoor Super Bowl party, the weather will be a big consideration. February is still chilly in most parts of the country, so you’ll need to think about how to keep your guests warm. Hosting your party in a Super Bowl tent is a practical - and fun - solution! Considerations include:

  • What size tent you’ll need, depending on the number of guests;
  • What type of tent, can it be open or will you need sidewalls;
  • How many tables and chairs will you need and will you need to rent them.

The Week Before the Game

Outdoor Super Bowl Party

Plan Super Bowl Party Food 

Now that you’ve sent your invitations and decided how to host a Super Bowl party at home, it’s time to start planning! Our tips include: 

  • If you want to make your own Super Bowl party food, keep it simple with finger foods and easy snacks so that you can enjoy the game with your guests.
  • Take-out or delivery pizzas are super easy and always a fan favorite.
  • Make sure to include vegetarian and gluten-free options for guests with specific dietary restrictions.

Think About Drinks 

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a huge Super Bowl block party, you will need to provide drinks for the party. Just like your food menu, you probably want to keep your drink selection simple. Have a variety of beers available to grab from a cooler and make sure to provide easy access to recycling containers for your guests. You also can create a drink station with a variety of liquors and mixes and an ice bucket so guests can whip up their own favorite cocktails. 

Plan Super Bowl Party Decorations 

Now for the fun part - thinking about your Super Bowl party decorating ideas! The most obvious and appropriate choice is to choose team-inspired decor. Super Bowl party decorations such as banners, balloons, and other party items are easy to find online If you have a favorite team competing this year, use their mascot as part of the decor. Other Super Bowl party supplies, such as paper plates, napkins, and other table settings are also available online or in party stores.

Set Up Your Home Theater Set-Up 

If you’re hosting your first outdoor Super Bowl event, you may be thinking about the best way to watch the big game. If you don’t have a garage made for entertaining, a backyard tent will ensure that your electronics are protected from the weather. Modern large screen televisions are relatively portable as long as you have a solid surface to place them on. Another option is to rent a projector so that your guests can have an immersive game day experience. 

Plan Super Bowl Party Games 

Sometimes the much anticipated big game isn’t quite as exciting as you might hope. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan ahead and prepare a few Super Bowl party games. If weather permits, the usual cornhole toss or bocce ball are fun options, even if your guests just want to stretch their legs for a bit. Otherwise, a few decks of cards, cribbage boards, or dice games will keep your guests occupied during commercials or a landslide competition.

The Day Before and The Game Day

Super Bowl Tent Party

Get Cooking 

If you want to know how to throw the best Super Bowl party, the answer is simple: planning. Start prepping the day before so that you can relax and enjoy the big day. If you are hosting a large Super Bowl block party and plan to cook for a crowd, do as much cooking the day before to eliminate pre-game stress. Get your family or friends involved in decorating ahead of time too. If you are having your event catered or ordering food, check in with your vendor to ensure your order will be on time.

Plan the Clean-Up 

Whether your team wins or loses, you’ll come out ahead if you plan the clean-up in advance. Enlist a few family members and friends to help out after the game is over. To be extra efficient, assign specific clean-up tasks to each volunteer. Also, keep plenty of trash and recycling easily accessible at the party so guests will leave a minimal mess. If you want to save your decorations for next year, purchase an inexpensive plastic tote and stash everything safely away for the next big game day.

Set Up Heating Supplies 

As we mentioned before, February weather is notoriously finicky. Unless you’re a Green Bay Packer fan and accustomed to watching the game in freezing temperatures, you’ll want to make sure your guests stay warm and toasty. Keep in mind:

  • Outdoor heaters are generally inexpensive to either purchase or rent.
  • Be sure to choose a heater that will work efficiently and effectively in your party space.
  • For more advice, check out our recent blog for advice on how to best heat a winter tent for helpful tips.

More Tips to Keep Your Super Bowl Event Safe

Tips for Super Bowl Event

Opt for Take-Out Food

If you’re concerned about how to throw a Super Bowl party and keep your guests safe, that’s understandable. Take-out food not only takes a lot of pressure off the host, but it also makes it easier to separate guests and keep them from gathering too closely.

Make an NFL-Themed Mask

Even if your guests don’t love wearing masks, they won’t mind too much if they are festive Super Bowl party masks. If you’re not a fan of either team this year, or your favorite team let you down (we’re looking at you Packers), provide guests with masks that feature your home team’s logo.

Set Up a Sanitation Station 

Our most important Super Bowl party tips are about safety. Keep up with CDC guidelines and make it easy for your guests to do their part by providing hand sanitizing stations or by providing inexpensive hand sanitizer party favors for your guests to use and keep. Use sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces frequently and strategically place garbage bins for easy disposal.


Even though we’re bummed that our beloved Packers won’t be playing the Super Bowl this year, we’re still excited here at American Tent for the big day. We’re also excited to help make your Super Bowl party a huge success! Contact us today to get started planning your event.

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