So you want to see the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers duke it out Sunday at the Super Bowl in San Diego?
Well, if you've got an extra $2,000 lying around you just may be able to go. That's the average price going on Ebay.com for a single Super Bowl ticket.
A much more economical and festive way to enjoy Sunday's big game is to host your own Super Bowl party.
You too can join the countless millions of football and non-football fans around the world as they turn Super Bowl Sunday into the second largest day of food consumption next to Thanksgiving.
But a lot can go in to making your Super Bowl party one to remember. Decorations, room setup, and of course the most important ingredient for a successful party, food. And lots of it.
Joe Minkel, deli manager at Super One Foods in Baxter, prepared a party tray for Super Bowl fans at the store Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
So here's a few Super Bowl party do's and don'ts to help you plan and make your soiree a good one:
Don't cram all your guests into one room. Set up a second television in another room so people can spread out and be comfortable.
Set up another TV in a separate room for those people more interested in talking about the latest episode of "Friends" than watching the big game. And if there's going to be kids at the party, make sure they're in a separate room as well, with a "Playstation 2" and enough videos to keep them occupied.
Decorate your living room or TV rooms with a theme. If you're a Buccaneers fan, set up a couple of "Chucky" dolls in honor of Tampa coach Jon Gruden, or turn your rooms into a pirate ship. If you're a Raiders fan, transform your living room into "The Black Hole" with Oaklands' traditional silver and black colors.
Don't grill hamburgers or hotdogs. Who wants to be slaving away over a grill at their own party while your guests are whooping it up in your living room? A good rule of thumb: If it can't be nuked, cooked in or on top of an oven, forget it.
Chips and dip are popular snacks at Super Bowl parties.
Stick with regular football fare. You can't go wrong with chicken wings, meatballs, chips and dip, and any other finger food you can concoct. If you do decide to whip up your family's double-secret, five-alarm chili, make it the day before. Whatever you decide to make on game day, make it easy on yourself so you can enjoy the day.
Don't get a keg of beer. Not everybody wants to drink beer and not everybody has the same tastes in liquor. Have your guests bring their own beverages, that way everyone's happy. Plus, whatever your guests don't drink just may get left behind for you to enjoy later. A small perk for being the host.
Have some contests or games. Wager on the score of each quarter, the halftime score and the final score. If the Super Bowl is a blowout or just plain boring, play some Super Bowl trivia or have a best touchdown dance contest.
If hosting your own Super Bowl party sounds like too much work, call around and find a local restaurant or bar that's having their own party. It could save you a lot of aggravation.
Is there anything else in the world of sports like Super Bowl Sunday? Absolutely not. So whatever your plans are, and whether you like football or not, remember to have fun.
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