Anti-Superbowl Party

January is a great time to focus on renewing ourselves with our friends! The Superbowl is coming up, and my husband loves throwing a Superbowl party for his friends in our basement. I, on the other hand, couldnโ€™t care less about the Superbowl (sorry, football fans!).

When the house is filled with Superbowl fans, food, and drinks, what’s a non-football loving girl to do? Throw an anti-Superbowl party, of course!

How to do it

Anti-Superbowl parties are among the easiest parties to throw. If you have two TVs in your house, the Superbowl and anti-Superbowl party can easily be thrown in the same home. We’ll talk about that first, and discuss an alternative later.

First, suggest to the guys (brothers, dads, husbands) in your home that it may be fun for them to invite their friends over to watch the Superbowl. Invites can just be sent by word of mouth, phone, or e-mail; paper invitations are not necessary for this event! When my husband invites his friends over, I make sure to invite their wives, girlfriends, or sisters. We usually have our church announce the party to make things easier (if you have limited space, they can just announce that the invite is for a specific age group or small group), plus we invite a few others over the phone.

Next, plan the food. This is also really easy. Everybody brings a finger food or dessert, a drink, and a couple of dollars for pizza (start saving pizza coupons you receive in the mail). We supply plates, cups, and napkins, plus we make or buy a drink and an easy food.

Now it’s time to plan the anti-Superbowl part of the party! For the anti-Superbowl party I host, we watch a chick flick. I ask the girls from church, in advance, what they’d like to watch and we go with the popular vote. Generally, somebody has the movie of choice, so there are no rental charges, but if needed, rent it the night before (try the library first) so it’ll be ready to go the night of the party. This year, Nancy Drew has my vote!

The last thing you’ll want to do is make sure your house looks decent. You don’t need to spend days cleaning, but make sure things are straightened up, the kitchen counters are cleared for party food, the floor is vacuumed, and the bathrooms are clean and well supplied. This is not a job for your mom! Help relieve the stress she’ll feel by helping her out.

If you don’t have two TVs

Okay, so let’s say you don’t have two TVs. You can still host both parties at your house! The girls can hang out, talk (not gossip), paint their nails, or give each other makeovers. Do this in a room the guys aren’t in, of course!

You could also host an anti-Superbowl party even if nobody you know is hosting a Superbowl party. Just have your girlfriends over on Superbowl night for a night of girl fun! They can still bring food and drinks, so everything else (non-Superbowl related) still applies.

Skip it

Skip the decorations. There’s no need to spend time and money on decorations you’ll only use for a couple of hours. Remember, this month, we’re working on renewing ourselves, and it’ll be hard to feel renewed and refreshed if we go overboard with things. Enjoy knowing that we’re renewing ourselves and accepting the fact that, sometimes, less really is more. The less we have to plan, the more relaxed and peaceful we’ll feel about the party, and the more fun we’ll be able to have with our friends. Proverbs 122:8: โ€œFor the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’โ€

Party time

Since the Superbowl is on a Sunday night, we just have the party-goers follow us home from church that evening and the party starts right away! The food is in the kitchen, the football watchers are in the basement, and most of the girls are in the living room.

We all just chill out, relax, and have a great time together, whether we’re watching the Superbowl or not.

The clean-up is also really easy, since everybody throws their own trash away, and takes their left-over food and drinks home with them. All that’s left to do after everyone leaves is a quick vacuum for food crumbs, a trash run to the outside can, and you can call it a night!

Happy Anti-Superbowl!
Davonne Parks

Comments

  1. When I was reading this, I was thinking, “Are they suggesting we skip church to have a party? Wow…I don’t know about that.” Then I got to the end and read the part about following you after church. I thank God that there are still people who put God above celebrating (or anti-celebrating :D) a football game. So many people think it fine to miss church for this important game. I am so thankful for Christians who provide an example of being instant in season and out of season.

    And now I’m ready for the Super Bowl to come around again ๐Ÿ™‚

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