Super Bowl® Party Games
Hosting a party for The Super Bowl® this year? While watching the game will be the main event of your party for most of your guests, there will probably be some guests that are more interested in the commercials and half-time show. We suggest some other types of games to turn any non-football fan into a lover of all things Super Bowl®:
Super Bowl® Squares:
One of my all-time favorites and probably the most popular, is a simple pool game, where anyone can win. While most pools usually involve a cash prize, you can make it all-age friendly with creative give-aways or good ol’ bragging rights.
1. Draw a 10 x 10 grid on a sheet of paper and write numbers 0-9 across the top and sides. Check out this printable version.
2. Write the name of one team on the top and the other on the side of the grid
3. Determine the cost of each square: $1.00 or even $50 if your feeling gutsy
4. Each person writes their initials in the squares of their choice, however many they want to buy
5. Once the game is over, determine the winner by matching the last digit of each team’s final score with the grid to decide the winner. For instance, if the score was Giants 17, Patriots 14, then the person whose square is located at the intersection of “Giants 7″ and “Patriots 4″ wins the money or prize!
Here is another game using a grid like the Super Bowl® Squares but with a little more creative flare. While in the Squares game you wager the score of the game, in this version the bids can be more creative:
• which team will get the most penalties?
• what will the first commercial be? (ok i’ll give you guys this one it is always Bud Light)
• who will score the first touchdown?
• which commercial will have the most Youtube hits the next morning?
….I think you get the idea. So to get started:
1. Draw a grid. The side and top will depend on the # of people participating and the # of ‘weird wager’ categories you want to have
2. Write the names of everyone betting on the side of the grid and all of the ‘weird wager’ categories on the top
3. Have everyone who wants to participate add money to the overall prize: again, this can be anything from $1.00 to $50.
4. Now everyone fill in their answers to the ‘weird wagers’. For example – If one of the ‘weird wagers’ is what will the first commercial be? (and you didn’t read my hint above) One participant might write Nike, while another might write Coke. So every box on the ‘weird wagers’ chart gets filled out with the participants’ guesses.
5. Stay glued to the Big Game to see if your guesses were right and usually the more outrageous the wagers the better!
6. Once the game is over, the person with the most correct guesses wins!
Name of the Game:
While this may seem like an elaborate game of hot potato it is always a hit and keeps everyone on their toes. To start all you need is a plastic cup. The host usually starts as the one holding the cup and gets to make the first rule. If they pick “touchdown,” for example, then on every play that does NOT result in a touchdown, the cup is passed around the group with each person adding a dollar to the cup. Whoever is holding the cup when a touchdown is scored gets to keep the money in the cup, and the game begins again. You can pick from any kind of football play including penalty, field goal, etc.
Choose to play one or have them all going at the same time and keep all of your guests entertained. For even more Super Bowl® Party games, here are some of my favorite sites: http://party-games-etc.com/super_bowl_games.htm, http://super-bowl-fun.com/super-bowl-party-planning/.
Don’t forget to kick-off your party with pingg’s collection of football invites.