Super Bowl 2020 party checklist: 10 essentials for the ultimate game day bash

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Super Bowl party entertaining essentials (Photo: Getty)

The big game is just a few days away! Whether you’re hosting your own party or heading to a friend’s house, you only have one shot to ring in the biggest game of the year in style.

Having a low-key shindig with just a few pals? Going all-out with a snackadium? From adorable football-shaped serving boards to a bean bag toss you can use for years to come, these festive finds will make any Super Bowl 2020 party a guaranteed touchdown.

Here’s what you need for the ultimate big game party.

Bamboo Football Shaped Serving Board

Piled high with deli meats and cheeses, this football-shaped cutting board will do justice to your famous antipasto platter. Made from ethically-sourced bamboo, the board is sturdy, knife-friendly, and easy to clean. When the game is over, make a note to take it out early next fall and use it on game day all season long. Or if you’re a super fan, you can run a hook through the small hole on the side and give it a permanent place on the kitchen wall.

Shop it: Bamboo Football Shaped Serving Board, $20,

Super Bowl Football Party Supplies

Super Bowl Football Party Supplies. (Photo: Amazon)

The last thing you should be worrying about on Super Bowl Sunday is whether you have all the decorations you need. Instead of running to the jam-packed store in the last minute, this all-in-one kit can arrive at your door all at once, and it requires little work. Included in this pack is: football banner, cake toppers, bunting signs, and a tailgate wall decoration.

Shop it: Super Bowl Football Party Supplies, $8 (Was $11),

Football Dip Bowl Dish

Football Dip Bowl Dish. (Photo: Amazon)

You can never have too many small serving bowls—and that’s doubly true when you’re serving football fans. Just think of the possibilities with this ceramic nesting bowl fit for theme. Fill it with sauces or dips or load it up with mini pretzels, nuts or candy and scatter it on side tables.

Shop it: Football Dip Bowl Dish, $15,

Football Snack Stadium Chip & Dip Platter

No Super Bowl 2020 celebration is complete without the requisite chips and dip. This loud and proud set fits the bill perfectly. In the shape of a football field—with special compartments for chips, dip, veggie sticks, and even subs—the extra-large platter is sure to lure a crowd to the buffet table. (Not to mention: Though the platter is made of plastic, it’s sturdy enough to last for way more than a single shindig.)

Shop it: Football Snack Stadium Chip & Dip Platter, $21,

Super Bowl LIV 8-pack plate set

Super Bowl LIV 8-pack plate set. (Photo: NFL Shop)

If you’re setting out a lavish spread, you’ve earned the right to cut down on dishes by using disposable plates and cups. Stamped with the Super Bowl 2020 number and location, these dinner plates mark the occasion nicely—and precisely. Pair them with matching napkins and cups to make a complete Super Bowl set.

Shop it: Super Bowl LIV 8-pack plate set, $4,

GoSports Portable Cornhole

GoSports Portable Cornhole. (Photo: Amazon)

When you’re hanging around before the game or during commercials, it’s good to have something to do besides trash talk the other team. This football-themed beanbag toss game can be played outdoors or in (and folds up for easy storage). Just don’t get so distracted playing this addictive game that you forget to watch the one that’s on the TV.

Shop it: GoSports Portable Cornhole, $32,

The Tailgate Cookbook: 75 Game-changing Recipes for the Tastiest Tailgate Ever by Beth Peterson

The Tailgate Cookbook: 75 Game-changing Recipes for the Tastiest Tailgate Ever by Beth Peterson. (Photo: Amazon)

When you could use some inspo for your game day menu (and who couldn’t?), turn to the experts. Published just last fall, The Tailgate Cookbook: 75 Game-changing Recipes for the Tastiest Tailgate Ever is packed with recipes for spins on fan favorites—like Chipotle Cilantro Deviled Eggs, Pomegranate Guacamole, Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets and Cherry Cream Cheese Hand Pies. Author Beth Peterson is a chef, recipe developer and mom of football players, so you know she knows her audience well. Treat yourself to her beautifully laid-out book, or if you’re watching the game elsewhere, bring it along as a hostess gift.

Shop it: The Tailgate Cookbook: 75 Game-changing Recipes for the Tastiest Tailgate Ever by Beth Peterson, $18,  

Harry & David Football Sausage & Cheese Gift

Speaking of hostess gifts, if you’re going to a game day get-together, you’ll never lose by showing up with something to eat. The hearty football sausage and cheese gift from the experts at Harry & David includes crisp three-seed crackers, a sharp cheddar cheese, a bacon cheddar cheese, and a summer sausage in the shape of—what else?—a football! It’s a sampler you’ll want to include in your regular game-day playbook.

Shop it: Harry & David Football Sausage & Cheese Gift, $40,

8-Piece Football Cookie Cutter Set

8-Piece Football Cookie Cutter Set. (Photo: Amazon)

If you prefer to BIY (Bake It Yourself), this cookie cutter set will give you an assist. In the shapes of a helmet, jersey, football and flag, these cutters are the key to ending your meal on a sweet and spirited note. Here’s a fun idea: provide the icing and sprinkles and let everyone decorate their own cookies. It will up the entertainment factor for your guests and reduce the workload for you.

Shop it: 8-Piece Football Cookie Cutter Set, $10 (Was $12),

Retro Football Field Throw Blanket

Retro Football Field Throw Blanket. (Photo: Amazon)

When the game goes late and the viewing party tires out, break out this cozy oversized blanket. Made from super-soft fleece, it’s the perfect thing to snuggle under—and it will keep you nice and comfy until you’ve watched the final Gatorade shower.

Shop it: Retro Football Field Throw Blanket, $26,

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