You don’t have to spend tons of time or lots of money getting your home ready for a top-notch Super Bowl party…and an eco-friendly Super Bowl party at that.
Before I give a quick rundown of easy tips to make your Super Bowl party a bit greener, let’s take a look at 3 creative DIY decorations that will blow your fellow fans away.
Beer Mug of Blooms
1-800-Flowers is selling a giant stein full of fake beer with team-colored flowers spilling out of the top for $29.99. I think that is a pretty crazy price. Here’s how to make your own:
- Pick up some cheap beer steins at an antique store, secondhand store (like Goodwill), or maybe you already have some collecting dust in your cabinets
- Make your own fake ice cubes with nothing more than amber- (read: beer) colored craft beads, a small block of wood, and tinfoil (because fake ice cubes very expensive to purchase, if you can even find them)
- Fill with flowers that sport your teams colors. Fortunately, for this year’s Super Bowl 46, the Giants and Patriots have similar colors…so everyone wins when it comes to the color scheme
Football Field Tablecloth
Celebrations.com had a good idea for last year’s Super Bowl. Deck out your table(s) in a protective football field replica tablecloth. All you need to do is:
- Use some leftover green felt (if you’re a crafter), pick up a few swatches of AstroTurf from your local hardware store, or maybe you can find an old green tablecloth at a secondhand store or tucked away in a drawer somewhere
- Use chalk, tape, or paint to draw the field lines on whatever material you choose for your protective pigskin table covering
- Optional: Go all out and paint the end zones with Giants and Patriots logos.
This table covering won’t just add to the fandemonium of your Super Bowl party, but it will protect your table(s) from the inevitable beer and dip spills.
Make Your Own Penalty Flags
Flag! FLAG! OMG, FLAAAAAAG! Yeah, that’s pretty much what I’m screaming when I’m watching my teams play (but only when it really was a penalty, mind you, heh).
Blow off some steam and have some fun by throwing your own laundry on the “field” when you feel like your favorite player has been violated.
I posted this idea at The Fun Times Guide to Living Green 4 years ago in an article about how to throw a green Super Bowl party, regardless of team colors…and it’s still a great one! WikiHow says:
- Find some yeellow fabric (such as linens, old t-shirts, or nylon), rubber bouncing balls about 1″ diameter, and rubber bands
- Cut the fabric into rectangles that are about 1 foot by 1 1/2 feet
- Place the bouncing ball in the middle of the fabric
- Pull up all four sides of the fabric together
- Wrap a rubber band around the fabric to cinch the ball in place. You may need to wrap the rubber band around several times to ensure a tight fit
More Easy Green Super Bowl Party Ideas
Some staple ways to make any party, including your Super Bowl party, a bit eco-friendlier are:
- Use real dishes and glasses, not disposables
- Encourage your guests to use the same beverage glass all evening
- Recycle glass bottles and paper or plastic cups and plates (if you’re not going the real dishes route)
- Divert food waste to the compost bin (if you compost)
- Don’t leave lights on in rooms your guests aren’t in
- Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full
- Don’t leave the water running while washing the dishes by hand
- Use non-toxic cleaners and hand soaps
- Make healthier (but still crazy tasty) party recipes like one of these 4 dips or pizzas on the grill
I could go on forever with little ideas like that, but what are some of your favorite ways to throw a greener Super Bowl party?