(Family Features) - It's the biggest sports day of the year - what are your plans for the Big Game? This year, grab a few of your favorite sports fans, stock up on all-star snacks and get ready to party. Here are some tips to help make your party one that could get you honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
Got a printer and a package or two of plain white t-shirts? Create a custom t-shirt commemorating your party using iron-transfer paper. Better yet, create two - one cheering on one team, one for the other. Everyone will love to have a souvenir of the day.
Use masking tape to "draw" a line roughly down the middle of your party space - then decorate each side of the room in one team's colors. Have fans sit on whichever side represents the team they're rooting for. Start that friendly rivalry going the second your guests walk in the door and you're sure to have a lively crowd from the very beginning.
Give the fans at your party another way to express their passion for the game and their team. Pick up a couple of soft foam footballs that can be hurled at opposing fans at the party when a big play is made.
Football watching can be hard work - and your guests will get hungry. So it's essential to have plenty of hearty, tasty snacks on hand. Make it easy on yourself and keep the menu simple, with one or two hot appetizers and plenty of munchies.
Did you know that 11 million pounds of potato chips are served on Super Sunday? This year step up your potato chip game and skip the ordinary chips in favor of all-natural, great-tasting Kettle Brand Potato Chips. With many intense, all-natural, delicious flavors to choose from, you're sure to find the right flavor combination for your get-together.
Set bowls of snacks all around the room to keep the party circulating. Put out crowd-pleasers such as Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts or Pop Secret Premium Popcorn. Salty, crunchy munchies will be exactly what your partiers will crave.
Your guests will also be thirsty. Make sure you have plenty of drinks that are easy to access. If you're not sure how much to purchase, the general rule of thumb to go by is five six-packs for every ten guests.
Consider bringing an extra TV or two into your party room to expand the crowd's viewing options. If you really want to go big, rent a mega-screen for the day.
Your guests will be interested in watching the game (and talking trash) - they won't care if their food is served on your grandmother's fine china. Make set-up and cleanup easy on yourself and go with "green" paper plates and napkins made from recycled paper.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a Party Hall of Famer?
This year, in honor of the biggest sports day of the year, Diamond Foods, Inc. and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are teaming up to honor Party Excellence. One lucky fan will win the prize of a lifetime and be recognized during the enshrinement weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, complete with a trophy awarded by a Hall of Famer and a plaque on display. If you think you have what it takes, visit www.SnackBowl2011.com to find out more.