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NWR: Super Bowl Parties

Getting ready to host a Super Bowl party and got to thinking about how people host them. Do you provide everything? Just food, then have people BYOB? Potluck style?

I love making the food for everyone (snacks are my favorite!) and go all out. But I do appreciate people bringing a six-pack so I don't have to make the extra trip to the liquor store. What about you guys?

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    lyndausvilyndausvi mod
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    edited February 2015
    We are having people over this afternoon (so weird to have the SB on a 4:20, I'm use to 6:20 or even 7:20 when in the islands).  We are providing everything.  It's pretty standard for us.  

     I know at least one guy offered to bring orange soda for some special shots we make.  They are unique to a bar in St Thomas , which we all happen to live at different times, but didn't know each other. But we have the Jager.   

    I would not be surprised if someone BYOBs, but we already have everyone's likes in the house already.

    I get irrationally irritated  when people bring food to one of our parties. It really bugs me. I also think it's tacky.   I do not think OFFERING is tacky, just bringing something without asking.

    While we always have everyone's likes as far as beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in our home, I do not mind if people bring booze.  After a few times they realize   we have it covered and then tend to just bring wine as a hostess gift.








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    I wish I could host superbowl parties! My friends don't really care for football, so I usually go to a sports bar either by myself or one of my friends humors me. V goes sometimes too but he brings his laptop so I'm my own little island ha. My mom is coming up and we are going to watch the game together. I hope my Seahawks win!
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    We are not hosting anyone, but if we did, we'd supply everything.  If we go anywhere, we always offer to bring something and, if nothing is needed, we will always bring booze.  I don't think anyone can ever have enough booze.  :)
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    I like to make the food but our circle of friends drink quite a bit...and that's just not in the budget.  I'll provide non-alcoholic, but alcohol is on them.
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    I provide everything. If someone asks what they can bring (most of my friends do) I tell them if they want to drink something specific, to bring that with them. But I usually have a lot of drink options on hand too.
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    I'm a do everything myself sort. Like lyndausvi, I get irritated when people just bring things without asking. Especially if it's ugly. Don't fuck with my menu. I don't want ugly food on my table. I know how to do this.
    If someone asks, I'm on the same page as climbing wife. I say I already have a b c d to drink, but if they prefer something else, feel free. 
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    I always offer to bring something, and in my circle, the host will always take you up on the offer.

    We're going to a friends place, I asked what we could bring, she said something sweet and finger foods if I want. So I made cupcakes and a dip. I made everything last night so I just have to frost the cupcakes and throw the dip in the oven after church today. I don't have as much time in the afternoon to cook because, being in Alaska, it's on at 2:30.
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    atlastmrsgatlastmrsg member
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    edited February 2015
    Going to a party instead of hosting this year, which is nice since our house isn't built yet and our loft is tiiiiiny.  Anyway, the friend hosting is doing what I always do--providing enough food/alcohol for the complete party.  But I asked what I could bring anyway, she said nothing but if I wanted to do a dish, it would be welcome.  I noticed that there wasn't anything vegetarian/vegan planned yet, so I'm bringing a veg friendly dish.

    I like people to be able to come over when I host and not worry about a thing.  But in the south, people feel obligated to bring things.  That just adds to the spread usually unless it's something terribly out of place.  I always ask for this reason, or in case there's going to be catered food.  
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    Same as Annabelle and Climbing. I'll say "I have (all these things) but if there's something else specific you want to drink, you're welcome to bring it." Then everyone shows up with MORE CHIPS AND SALSA and I have to feign gratitude.

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    We are hosting (GO PATS!!!!) we have all the food, beer wine, and liquor, but I think they are also bringing beer too. 

    While we said we have everything most of our friends will always bring extra beer no matter what you tell them. It is so bad the people who host end up with a fridge full of beer after any party. So more beer for another day, not a bad problem.
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    I usually bring a host gift (usually wine/alcohol) and sometimes the hosts decide to open it or don't. Because I have such a strict diet, I usually ask what will be offered and then ask if they would mind if i brought a dish.
    I don't expect people to go out of their way to make every dish accommodate my crazy diet. But if they have some kind of starch and some kind of protein, I'm happy. Bonus points for a dessert/sweet I can eat. 


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    We hosted the Super Bowl party for our circle and we did a potluck of sorts. We had a lot people bring what they wanted  but I still provided enough in case people didn't bring much.

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    I'm a do everything myself sort. Like lyndausvi, I get irritated when people just bring things without asking. Especially if it's ugly. Don't fuck with my menu. I don't want ugly food on my table. I know how to do this.
    If someone asks, I'm on the same page as climbing wife. I say I already have a b c d to drink, but if they prefer something else, feel free. 
    You are just like my mom! My mom hates when people do that, in particular my cousin. My cousin (Mom's niece from her sister) and her brothers lived with us for a few years when I was a kid after their mom passed away. So they are like her other kids to her. Well, this particular cousin isn't the greatest cook, and when she brings stuff the presentation isn't the greatest. My mom HATES that lol. When my mom hosts, she makes sure the presentation is top notch.

    We hosted a small gathering this year. FI ordered pizza and wings, because he says that is the ultimate Superbowl meal. I bought a bunch of chips, and my best friend and her boyfriend brought beers, dips, salsa, and veggies. I made a guacamole, and we had a nice spread. They always bring stuff when they visit, and she always tells me what she is thinking of bringing. We also had plenty of beer and liquor for everyone.
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    I always offer to bring something, and in my circle, the host will always take you up on the offer. We're going to a friends place, I asked what we could bring, she said something sweet and finger foods if I want. So I made cupcakes and a dip. I made everything last night so I just have to frost the cupcakes and throw the dip in the oven after church today. I don't have as much time in the afternoon to cook because, being in Alaska, it's on at 2:30.
    This is where we are for most social gatherings.

    When we host I provide the majority of food and beverages (enough for everyone if no one offers to bring something) and if someone asks what to bring I will usually "assign" them dessert because desserts usually travel well.
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    In our circle, everyone always offers to bring things. The host usually provides drinks and a main dish (in the case of the SB it was smoked brisket and several other sides). 
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