In 2018 Americans spent more than $15 billions on Super Bowl-related items such as food, drink and apparel, according to the National Retail Foundation. Super Bowl parties are a tradition, and whether you are a football fan or not, there’s a good chance you’ll be invited to and will attend one. We want hosts and guests to be prepared with their best manners on this festive day.
10 Tips for Being a Great Guest
- Dress the part. Wear a team jersey, t-shirt or at least one of the team’s colors.
- Never come to a Super Bowl party empty-handed. Super Bowl Sunday is our second favorite day of the year to eat so having a lot of food is important. If you’re not sure what to bring, ask the host. This will help make sure there’s a good variety of food and drinks for everyone, and there’s a lower risk of too many chips, salsas and dips!
- Don’t show up too early to the party. If there’s no pre-game festivities planned by the host, don’t show up too far before the game and expect to be entertained. And don’t be the last to leave either!
- Don’t pick off the buffet. Most Super Bowl parties are set up buffet style. And the food all looks so good. And you’re excited and less formal because you’re watching a football game. You may not be at a wedding but do bring your wedding manners when it comes to the buffet and wait to begin eating until you’re back to your seat.
- Go easy on the alcohol. It’s easy to over-indulge in drinks when you’re toasting your team but be careful on the drinks. Be especially mindful if you’re with business associates as well as friends.
- Be careful not to swear, especially if it’s a kid-friendly party. Few things bring out the swear words like a bad play or a bad call during the Super Bowl, especially when it’s your team. But if you’re not in the comfort of your own home, swear words should be avoided.
- Watch the game and talk about the game. If you’re at the party because your spouse wanted you to come, be mindful of the others who are there to watch the game. If there’s another guest who isn’t really into the game, take your conversation to a corner or to another room.
- And watch the commercials, too. Super Bowl Sunday’s ads are a huge reason people watch the game. This is the one day where talking during the commercials is bad form.
- Leave the remote control to the host. Never change the channel or adjust the volume. The remote control belongs to the host!
- Respect guests who are cheering for the opposing team. There’s almost always someone rooting for the other side. Good manners say you should be polite to them and not cause trouble.
Following a few simple Super Bowl rules will ensure you’re a special guest for parties now and in the future!