Hosting a Super Bowl party that’s too much fun

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We’ve all had a few weeks to get over the fact that Super Bowl 49 will not include the Denver Broncos.  If that’s not hard enough, do I really have to choose between the spoiler Seattle Seahawks and the deflate-gate New England Patriots? I guess if I want to be involved in any Super Bowl party football pools I will.  And that’s the only reason.  Because no matter what, I will be at a Super Bowl party.

I love the game:  the atmosphere, the commercials, the food, the snacks, the commercials, the pools, the company, the commercials.  2015 wouldn’t start off right without watching this game with other people.

We’re actually hosting a Super Bowl party this year.  I just thought I’d treat it like any other festive event, but once I went online I realized there are a lot of things to consider.  It’s not just about the food.  What about the best seating arrangement?  Or the board with the pool? Or instead of a football pool, have each guest predict the winner’s final score? Or the decorations?  Or the bar?  How many people are coming? There’s a lot to think about.

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I’m not saying the suspect in the photo above necessarily did this for a Super Bowl party, but in Florida, police are searching for a suspect who stole $4,000 worth of chicken, ribs, fries and wings from Jerome Brown BBQ’s in Jacksonville.  He also got away with $5,000 in cash.

In case this is all rather daunting, there’s actually a website for How to Throw A Super Bowl Party if you need a refresher course.  It’s pretty helpful, but I don’t need that site because I have the privilege of knowing Mike and Patty Trisler. The king and queen of Super Bowl party bashes have been throwing these annual parties since 1977, which they first hosted in their garage in Fremont, California.

1989 The Original Mike's Sports Bar, Fremont, CA“The Raiders were in it.
I bought two 10-pound prime ribs and invited 30 people over.  We built bleachers and borrowed couches,” says Mike Trisler, “and that was the beginning of more than 30 years of Super Bowl parties.”Buffet table in the backyard - Fremont


After they moved to Westminster, they continued their tradition.  They put up a tent in their backyard, rented TVs, brought in lots of food and invited new neighbors, co-workers and friends. Scuba modeling his Raffle Prize at the Legion During half time, “one of our neighbors, who was hosting his own annual Super Bowl party down the street, dropped by to visit and when he saw what we had going, he went back home and brought his entire party over to our house to finish watching the game.” TV on the deck Trisler says from that moment on, they were the go-to Super Bowl party house.  It helps that he works for KFC and has been to just about every sports stadium, field, park and venue in the US and is a sports memorabilia collector.  Mike’s Sports Bar, in their basement, is a sports fan’s fantasy.

Tented deckEvery year the number of people at their Super Bowl party grew, and grew.  They would expect so many converging on their house that the prep became incredible.  “It would take three weeks to decorate, to set up astro turf, to put up the tables and the chairs and hook up all the televisions. The buffet table just kept expanding to accommodate more and more food” says Trisler, “and it would take weeks to clean up.  Patty was an amazing trooper, but it was a lot of work!”


Five years ago, the Trislers  hosted what would be their final Super Bowl party.  “225 people came.  People invited friends who invited their friends.  Patty and I pride ourselves on how we have been feeding groups of people for decades and on that evening, in the 3rd quarter, we ran out of food.  We had never run out of food!” Trisler says they had lived through more than 30 years of a lot of fun and they knew it was time to change the game plan.

Super Bowl 2015

While they still oversee a Super Bowl party every year, it’s not at their home.  Now it’s at the American Legion in Broomfield.  “We still run it,” say the Trislers, “we send out fliers, make the boards, sell raffle tickets, make sure the food is there.  And all the proceeds from the raffle tickets go to the American Legion Post 11-11.” When the game is over, the Trislers go home.  It’s a win-win for everyone.

So if you’re not sure about what you’re doing on Super Bowl Sunday, head over to the American Legion in Broomfield.  If you’re hosting, take a tip from the Trislers and be warned:  if it’s the best party ever every single year, you could have over 200 people show up and run out of food.  If you’re a guest, Jacqueline Whitmore, writing in the Huffington Post, has 12 Super Bowl Party etiquette tips.

I picked my top three Whitmore tips:
  1. Never come to a Super Bowl party empty-handed.
  2. If you touch something on the buffet, take it. It’s bad manners to put it back.
  3. Be polite and respectful to guests rooting for the opposing team. It’s only a game after all.

Not sure if anyone at our Super Bowl party will be really angry about who wins and who loses. Maybe I should invite a die hard Patriots or Seahawks fan.  Or not.                                                                 
Lois’ Living Through It blogs are posted on Mondays and Thursdays. Join her Monday mornings around 8:45am on Good Day Colorado.

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