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20 Ways To Throw An Awesome Football Party For Your Friends

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20 Ways To Throw An Awesome Football Party For Your Friends

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"Hey, let's order some pizza and watch the game!" said the guys with no idea in the world on how to throw a proper football party.

Don't be those guys. Follow these keys to make your football party epic.

20. Make Absolutely Sure Your Cable Bill Is Paid Up

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20. Make Absolutely Sure Your Cable Bill Is Paid Up

Because cable companies are jerks, they love scheduling service interruptions for delinquent accounts during the Super Bowl.

Don't let it happen to you. Pay the cable bill.

19. Invite At Least One British Person

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19. Invite At Least One British Person

People from the UK are absolutely hysterical at Super Bowl parties. Find the most British British person you know, and invite them. If it's Nigel, the new guy in marketing who moved here in November -- invite him.

Until you've watched the Super Bowl with a British person, you haven't watched the Super Bowl.

18. Invite Everyone Way Ahead Of Time

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18. Invite Everyone Way Ahead Of Time

In fact, right after the Conference Championships is when you want to start putting the word out that you're having people up to the house. Get in there early so you don't get 27 replies of "I don't know what we're doing yet..."

Be the thing they turn other things down for.

17. Clean

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17. Clean

You want your place to be clean -- there's people coming over.

Especially if Courtney from the office brings her friend Kelli-with-an-i who's visiting from Michigan for the weekend. Unless Kelli-with-an-i has a fetish for hoarders, you'll want the joint looking nice.

16. Double And Triple Check There's Space For Parking

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16. Double And Triple Check There's Space For Parking

Nothing says inconvenient like having your car towed during a Super Bowl party.

Make sure there's space for everyone's cars, and that your neighbors are cool with everything.

15. Cough Up The Dough For A Nice TV

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15. Cough Up The Dough For A Nice TV

Nothing ruins a football party like trying to gather around a crummy TV, squinting for a good view of the game. Take the time, spend the money, and get a nice TV for the game. You'll thank yourself later.

14. Provide A Variety Of Beers

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14. Provide A Variety Of Beers

Don't just get one beer that you like, put it out there and expect your guests to like it or lump it. People are happy when they're drinking beers they like -- so put a few different ones out there.

And no, don't make it BYOB. That's tacky.

13. Have A Designated Driver Policy And Enforce The Heck Out Of It

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13. Have A Designated Driver Policy And Enforce The Heck Out Of It

There's nothing awesome about letting your pals drive home after tying a few on. Collect keys and don't be afraid to enforce your "don't die in a car wreck" policy.

For added fun and entertainment, assign a Keymaster.

12. Invite The Ladies

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12. Invite The Ladies

Honestly, why wouldn't you?

11. Encourage Casual Wagering

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11. Encourage Casual Wagering

A few bucks here and there to cover the spread, betting the over/under, or any other casual type of wagers -- are very fun and should be encouraged. It's a great way to get the more casual fans involved, as well.

Just make sure that it's, y'know... legal to do in your town. Kind of an important thing to check.

10. Serve Food Most People Wouldn't Think To Serve

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10. Serve Food Most People Wouldn't Think To Serve

Anyone can do a giant party sub or a stack of delivery pizzas. Buffalo wings and a veggie platter? Old news.

Think about doing tacos, pitas, or even Texas BBQ. Something everyone likes, but wouldn't think to serve at football.

9. Skip The Cheesy Decorations

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9. Skip The Cheesy Decorations

How many cookie-cutter crepe paper and streamer festooned parties have you been to in your party career? Because there's no other way to know you're at a football party than to see football-shaped mylar balloons?

Don't be like everyone else. You have a nice place -- let your place be nice.

8. Invite Friends That Don't Know Each Other

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8. Invite Friends That Don't Know Each Other

Don't just invite your friends from work, or only your friends from softball. Invite everyone -- especially if they don't know each other.

This way everyone gets to meet new people, new faces, have new conversations, and maybe make new friends. Who knows, some of them might hit it off?

7. Also Be Okay With Excluding Some People

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7. Also Be Okay With Excluding Some People

There's no steadfast rule that you have to invite everyone you know. If Chad can't go nice places, then don't invite Chad. And if Chad has something to say, tell him flat out "Chad, you can't go nice places and since you're a Raiders fan I don't trust you around my valuables."

There's nothing worse than Chad ruining it for everyone. Take Chad out of the equation.

6. Overestimate The Snack Foods

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6. Overestimate The Snack Foods

There's three rules to these things. Do not run out of beer, do not run out of food, and do not run out of beer or food.

You're going to have a fair amount of the standard snack foods as well as the good stuff. Buy both of these in bulk. It's better to be eating Super Bowl food on St. Patrick's Day than to have guests go home hungry.

5. Don't Get Cute With The Food

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5. Don't Get Cute With The Food

You want it to be out-of-the-ordinary, but don't forget -- it's football. The real kind of football, not soccer.

Save the foofy, ritzy stuff, and stick with hearty foods that fit with football. You might make a banging quiche, but the Super Bowl is neither the time nor the place for it.

4. Ignore Any And All Requests For Vegetarian Alternatives

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4. Ignore Any And All Requests For Vegetarian Alternatives

Guests who refuse to eat meat? You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

Why are you friends with vegetarians, anyway?

3. Make Your Peace With Having To Explain Football To Some People

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3. Make Your Peace With Having To Explain Football To Some People

Some people only watch football once a year on the Super Bowl. Pity for them, but it's true. You're going to have to explain the basics of the game to them without being a jerk about it.

Yes, you will have to explain what a 3rd and 4 is. Just be okay with that.

2. Make Sure There's Plenty For Folks Who Don't Drink

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2. Make Sure There's Plenty For Folks Who Don't Drink

Again, drivers need to be designated. Take care of these folks -- they're saving lives.

Put out plenty of non-alcoholic goodies to make sure they're well taken care of and feeling good.

1. Immediately Throw Anyone Out Of Your House That Mentions The Puppy Bowl

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1. Immediately Throw Anyone Out Of Your House That Mentions The Puppy Bowl

Anyone who thinks the Puppy Bowl is cool, is not someone you want at your function.