6 Essential Steps to Planning Your Virtual Super Bowl Party
January 27, 2021
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Are you ready for some football? This year’s Super Bowl is a matchup of epic proportions: iconic quarterback Tom Brady will take on the league’s most talented upstart, quarterback Patrick Mahomes. And just because we’re still in social-distancing mode — thanks to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions — it doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great bash. To make the most of your online football fest, check out our 6 essential steps to amp up your virtual Super Bowl party. Game on!
1: Pick your video conferencing platform and send out e-vites.
While there are many options out there, like Google Hangouts/Meet, Houseparty, and Facetime, Zoom tends to be the crowd favorite, and for good reason. The platform includes a comprehensive set of features that makes any virtual Super Bowl party more fun, like breakout rooms, chat, and up to 30-hour sessions (for the relatively inexpensive monthly cost of about $15). Oh, and then there’s Zoom’s unique virtual background functionality — see #2 below.
2: Create a Super Bowl Party-themed Zoom background.
If your virtual platform of choice is Zoom, invite the gang to make their own football-themed backgrounds. Make it interesting by awarding a prize for the best one.
Create a poster or grab an image of the goalposts, cheerleaders — or whatever says Super Bowl to you. Copy or take a picture of your work and upload it to your desktop. Log in to your Zoom account and click on your profile picture. Select “Settings,” then “Virtual Background.” Upload your image from the desktop and voilà — instant Super Bowl pride! To ensure you don’t fade into your virtual background, make sure the camera is facing a wall painted in one solid color. If necessary, drape or hang a cloth behind you to keep your virtual background clean.
3: Get in the spirit with team-colored clothes.
While you could spend a small fortune on official NFL tops, why not show your spirit by wearing clothing in team colors? It’s a whole lot easier and just as much fun as high-priced jerseys. Encourage your guests to pick a team and dress to show their support. Layer colored t-shirts, hoodies, and shorts to flaunt your Tampa Bay (red, pewter, and bay orange) or Kansas City (red and gold) pride.
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4: Plan a themed menu so you can eat (nearly) together.
Okay, this is a little tricky since you can’t share a single spread. Still, eating together is a big part of the Super Bowl party experience, are we right? To make it special, coordinate on a menu ahead of time so that you’re all eating off the same page, so to speak.
Then, make it easy by ordering from Goldbelly — comfort food curator extraordinaire. Right now, you and your guests can benefit from Goldbelly’s flash sale on items like NY style pizza, empanadas, twice-baked potatoes, and so much more. Order now, then defrost and warm up for game day – easy! Oh, and did we mention that Goldbelly even has an “Arrives before Super Bowl” category filter?
If you’re more of a grill fiend, be sure to stock up on choice meats and fixings sooner rather than later. In fact, award-winning meat purveyor Chicago Steak Company is offering 20% off restaurant-quality freezer fillers like filet mignon, boneless chicken breasts, and more — right now.
5: Try a group beverage tasting.
Super Bowl party beverages are almost as important as the food, if not more so. In addition to having your favorites on hand, create a flight of beers (or wines) that everyone can try together. Invite guests to submit a recommendation for their favorite brew ahead of time, then pull together a list and include it with your e-vite so that everyone has the same bottles to sample. During the party, try each one as a group. You can have guests introduce their pick and then vote for the best of the bunch.
Be sure to pace yourself over the course of the evening if alcohol is involved — a tasting doesn’t have to be a full can or bottle; a couple of ounces will do. If you need a little brewski inspiration, check out Craft Beer Club for savings on a curated selection of exceptional craft beers.
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6: Create a photo montage to commemorate the event.
Don’t forget to remind everyone to take photos of all the Super Bowl party action. Collect the images and create a photomontage with snaps from each guest’s household. Email it out as a thank-you for “attending.”
For an added bonus, treat yourself to a new digital photo frame to relive the event at the press of a button. In fact, you can get a 13.3 inch Wi-Fi Photo Frame on sale for $169.99 from leading digital photo manager Nixplay.