How to Host the Perfect Outdoor Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl party fixins with beer, chips and salsa, and sandwiches.

Taking your Super Bowl party outdoors gives you more room to watch the game, less to clean up afterward, and is just safer for everyone in the COVID era. But how to host a perfect outdoor Super Bowl party in your backyard? Let us count the ways:

1. Prep Your Lawn

Leaves being raked into a pile
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Hosting an outdoor Super Bowl party starts with getting your lawn ready for game day. Clean up after Fido, rake any leftover leaves, and mow your grass ahead of time if it’s warm and your yard looks shaggy. 

If you’re short on time, a LawnStarter pro near you can get your grass ready for all that foot traffic. 

Once your yard is shipshape, plant some Bengals black and orange and/or Rams blue and gold flags around the picnic table. Consider adding some black and orange California tiger lilies or blue hydrangeas and goldenrod in containers for centerpieces.

2. Keep it Cozy

Super Bowl LVI will be played in sunny California, but for those of us in cooler climates, there are plenty of ways to stay warm at an outdoor celebration. Invest in some stadium blankets to get into the spirit, or set up a few space heaters under an outdoor tent for that perfect tailgate party feel.

Have a fire pit in your backyard? Even better. You can toast marshmallows while watching touchdowns!

3. Stretch Out and Have Fun  

Hosting outside means that everyone at your viewing party can get comfortable. Set up comfy outdoor seating and a projector and sound system to blast the game on the big screen. You can use your patio, deck, and other outdoor amenities to give everyone a place to relax.

Looking for ways to pass the time before kickoff? Why not get a round of cornhole going, or come up with some other outdoor party games to kick off the fun?

4. Cater to the Occasion

Variety of meats on a hot grill
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One of the best parts of a Super Bowl party is the food, and when the party’s outside, there are plenty of options of what to serve. Get out of the kitchen and fire up the grill for some burgers and hot dogs, or set up the perfect chicken wing buffet. 

Or since it’s the Bengals vs. Rams, cook up some Cincinnati chili and serve up the iconic French dip sandwiches so family and friends can savor the local flavors of their favorite teams.

If you have an outdoor kitchen, you won’t have to run back and forth into the house to stock up on drinks and appetizers during the big game. Coolers and kegs will stay nice and cold in the backyard, too!

5. Don’t Forget the Kids

Have on hand some games the kids can play away in the yard without getting hurt. Jenga blocks are a lot safer than Jarts. 

If the kids arrive early, they can help ice the football-shaped cookies at a table outside. Why in the backyard? You don’t want icing all over your kitchen, living room, or bedrooms. 

Save icing the team helmet cookies for yourself or another steady adult hand so the team logos are recognizable. 

6. Keep Cleanup Easy

young boy carrying a large trash bag for removal
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Halftime takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to cleaning up after a Super Bowl sized party. By hosting outside, you won’t have to worry about spills on indoor carpets and furniture, and when the party’s done, you can walk any waste right over to the trash and recycling.

Encourage the little ones to help pick up the dirty plates and empty drinks and shout “Touchdown!” as they drop them in the trash bag or blue recycling bin. Be ready to hit video on your phone if the kids start doing their own celebratory touchdown dances. 

7. Crunch Time

If an adult guest partied a little too hardy, call an Uber or Lyft to ensure he or she gets home safely. 

If it’s Grandma who had a Truly good time or Grandpa became best Buds with the beer cooler, show them to the guest bedroom and serve them a Super Bowl of cereal and coffee in the morning before sending them on their way.

A Super Bowl Way to Bring People Together

An outdoor Super Bowl party is the perfect way to spend more quality time with your family and friends — and to get to know your neighbors. 

Make friends with the families on the other sides of your fence by cheering for your favorite team together — or stoking a friendly rivalry.

You’ll score extra points if the friendships formed over chips, dip, chili, and tacos last till next year’s Super Bowl party and well beyond.

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Annie Parnell

Annie Parnell

Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Annie Parnell is a freelance writer and audio producer based in Richmond, Virginia. She is passionate about gardening, outdoor recreation, sustainability, and all things music and pop culture.