POMPTON LAKES — The Super Bowl – a yearly excuse to wear your football jersey, eat buffalo wings, and scream as loud as you want during the game. It’s also a great excuse for a party.
Christy Bareijsza of The Red Carpet Events, an event planning company originated in Pompton Lakes, suggests starting with team colors.
Everything from invitations to tablecloths can be decked out in the favored team’s color. If you have guests who are fans of both teams she suggests making the event more of a competition, using themes from both.
To foster competition, split your living room down the middle with a fifty yard line, and have your guests sit on their team’s side.
"With the Super Bowl the biggest thing is to bring people together," Bareijsza said. "But people still want to watch the game."
To encourage game watching among your guests, set up as many televisions as you can in your entertaining space.
Ask friends and neighbors bring their flat screens, Bareijsza suggested, and turn your living room into a sports bar. Make sure to include one in the kitchen, if that’s where people will end up gathering, too.
At any social event, food is a staple. Be sure to have an array of items that are both tasty and easy to eat on your lap while watching TV. Bareijsza suggests jazzing up a traditional menu of snacks and finger foods with interesting twists, like serving stadium food - popcorn in old fashioned paper containers, crackerjacks and hot dogs.
Take it a step further and have tailgating party, Bareijsza said. Instead of a formal spread on the dining room table, bring a picnic table inside. Serve burgers and dogs and your favorite tailgating foods.
Bareijsza also suggested making food themed for football, like beer can chicken. Or try something team specific like "Packers Pickles" for Green Bay, or green beer for the Jets. Don’t forget a football shaped cake or cupcakes with brown icing and white frosting laces for dessert.
Beer is an all-time favorite for sporting events, but if you’ll be hosting friends and family who don’t like beer, or are looking for something harder, Bareijsza said a signature drink is a good way to go.
You don’t have to find drinks that are already in existence, either. Bareijsza suggests searching the web for sites that help you find or build your own drink based upon specific criteria. For example, you might want a drink to have a green tint in honor of the Jets, but with vodka as a base.
"You can do as little or as much as you want," Bareijsza said. "The biggest thing is picking a direction and sticking with it … because people miss the point when there’s too much going on."
In other words, make your theme simple. If you go with tailgating, then don’t try to set the room up like a sports bar, too. One main theme is important, and then you can work with something simple like team colors as a sub theme, she said.