Jan 202014
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This Big Game party planning tips shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Rubbermaid and Sharpie but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RubbermaidSharpie  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

With the Big Game coming up, I thought I’d share some of my party planning tips and ideas.  Hopefully some of these suggestions will make it easier for you to be hanging out with your guests having fun versus stressing because you forgot to buy extra paper towels.  (And trust me, with football food, you’ll want those extra paper towels!)

Big Game Party Planning Tips #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

Big Game Party Planning Tips

Make a List, Check it Twice

From whom you’re inviting to what you’re serving, you’ll need a list.  The guest list is usually the easiest thing to knock out, so do that first.  Plus you’ll want to give your friends and family enough time to shift their schedules so they can attend.  Next, write out everything you need to shop for: ingredients, packaged foods, paper products, decorations, etc.  I write out a master list on paper, then do separate digital shopping lists by store on an app in my phone.

Get Shopping

Big Game Party Planning Tips: Stock up on Supplies #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

Once you have your lists, it’s time to shop.  I do a lot of my pre-party shopping at Target as they have a great selection, especially of cool add-on items from the Dollar Spot that I can use to boost my theme.  I also love their coupon policy about pairing a Target coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for extra savings.

Don’t forget to text COUPONS to TARGET to get their coupons sent right to your phone; great coupons from Rubbermaid and Sharpie – gear you’ll want for your party – will be available from January 25-February 8.

Gather Supplies

Big Game Party Planning Tips: Gather Supplies Early #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

A couple of days before the party date, gather your supplies.  You may find that you’ve overlooked something – like the extra paper towels.  It’s also a good time to start matching items up.  For example, if you’re serving five kinds of chips, do you have five appropriately-sized bowls?  For non-perishable items, I go ahead and place them in their corresponding container and set them in my office.

Party Set Up

Big Game Party Planning Tips: Serve Food in Easy-Clean Containers #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

I have cabinets and shelves full of cool serving pieces and themed dishes.  But when it comes to the Big Game, I like to keep it simple.  I serve up most of my snacks in containers like these Rubbermaid food storage ones.  They’re easy to clean and won’t break if things get rowdy.  I especially love the Divided Snackers because you can put food in one part and a dip or sauce in the other.

Fun & Games

Big Game Party Planning Tips: Create Fun and Games for Guests #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

I like to have activities for my guests.  Sometimes I’ll ask them to bring a dish (like wings) and give it their own spin.  Then everyone can vote for their favorites.  I also do door prizes and prizes for games.  Use your Sharpies to label your prizes to make them more personal and give guests something they can show off.

Make Cleanup Easy

Big Game Party Planning Tips: Create a Leftovers Packing Station for Guests #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia

Make cleanup easy on yourself by sending your guests home with the leftovers.  I lay out a bunch of Rubbermaid food containers and Sharpie markers and let people load up on their favorite snacks.  They can use the markers to label the contents, or to write “MINE” on them so co-workers don’t snag their treats the next day at work.

What are your best Big Game party planning tips?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  32 Responses to “Big Game Party Planning Tips and Ideas”

  1. Love these rubbermaid containers! makes storing food so easy.

  2. I love the idea of leaving the containers out with the sharpies so your guests can take home any leftovers they may want. Such a great idea! I know when I take things home and toss them in the fridge, I tend to forget what the heck they were in the first place!

  3. oh, how i LOVE sharpies. looks like you have a great party planned!

  4. What a great idea to use a Sharpie to personalize your guests Rubbermaid take home container. People always want to take snacks home after a party but they almost always get mixed up. This is a great idea.

  5. Wow, you are like a pro 😉 Can you come over and help me plan & set up my super bowl party? This is great!

  6. I’m all about easy for game days. Everyone (here at least) is focused on the game, so I don’t knock myself out on food. Usually just chips, dips, and other finger foods.

  7. This is super cool! I love keeping my foods, snacks, and crafts organized in little plastic bins.

  8. I’ve never seen those side dip areas before – a great little tub to send home chips and dip, too… if there’s any left!

  9. I love Rubbermaid containers, they are great for premaking the kids lunches. Great party tips!

  10. These are fantastic ideas. I would love to be at your party. It looks like you are serving up some good stuff!

  11. I love those colored sharpies. I love how the containers keeps everything simple to organize and put away

  12. Great tips! I love the Rubbermaid storage containers!

  13. Keeping it simple is always best for the big game. After all the cooking and planning I just did for Christmas, the last thing I want to do is make a big deal over another event. We always go for finger foods and easy to clean dishes!

    • That’s an awesome point, Kecia – everyone wants to get together, but after those huge Christmas gatherings, let’s just keep it simple now :)

  14. I love the idea of take home dishes for everyone that attends!!! What a great idea to off load the huge mounds of leftovers and give a little take home for your guests.

  15. These are great tips.I love the snacks you have too. My tip – label those that are allergy friendly just in case.

  16. There are some good ideas here. Everyone likes good food, friends and fun.

  17. These tips will be amazingly handy for the super bowl! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Using the Rubbermaid containers is an awesome idea! I’m thankfully not hosting this year so I get to sit back and relax.

  19. my brother always brings his own containers when we have big dinners. it’s a easy way to get through the leftovers without being bogged down yourself.

  20. I don’t know if I would let my guest go home with my rubbermaid containers…lol. I just love them so much for organization and my sons lunch!

    • I know what you mean, Jamie! That’s why I bought the big 40 count value box that’s a Target exclusive. It was less than $9 so I don’t feel bad about handing them out :)

  21. Great ideas for game day fun!! We love those plastic containers!!

  22. Oh this makes me want to run out and buy a ton of Sharpies! I don’t know exactly how we go through so many every year, but it seems we are always either losing them or they run out of juice. LOL!

  23. I never thought of actually serving the foods inside of the tupperware dishes, making for easier cleanup. That’s genius!!

  24. I never thought to set things out in the containers you’ll be storing them in. That’s brilliant!

  25. Great tips! We are co-hosting (sort of) a party this year, so these tips will definitely come in handy. Enjoy the game!

  26. Oh I love these tips, I seriously would love putting foods out in the container I would then put them in to store. It would make my life a lot easier.

  27. Love that you served everything right in the tupperwear – a convenient way to put it all away afterwards.

  28. Great party tips. I am loving the pack of Sharpies too! I always keep a black one in the kitchen to mark my food.

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