13 Super Bowl Party Etiquette Tips

By: Jacqueline Whitmore
All eyes are on Phoenix as Super Bowl XLIX takes places this Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. If you’re attending a Super Bowl party, don’t leave your etiquette at home!

Follow these tips to be agreat Super Bowl party guest:

  • Never come to a Super Bowl party empty handed. It’s disrespectful when someone invites you into their home to show up with nothing.
  • Speak to your host in advance to find out what you can bring. This will help make sure there’s a good variety of food and drinks for everyone. If not, you could bring the same 12-pack of beer and chips as everyone else. Too much of the same thing and not enough of the other makes for a boring party.
  • Smile and be a gracious guest. If something has you down, try to forget about it and focus on having fun. Also, don’t show up to the party early and don’t be the last to leave.
  • Don’t eat in line. It’s impolite to sample from the buffet. Serve yourself then take your plate to your seat.
  • If you touch something on the buffet, take it. It’s bad manners to put it back and you wouldn’t want to eat something that someone else handled.
  • Don’t double-dip. A better practice is to put that salsa or spinach dip on your own plate so you can dip as much as you like.  mexican-guacamole-and-chips-breakfast_GkVXiwYd
  • Clean up after yourself. No one likes to tiptoe around a mess. Other guests and your host will appreciate it.
  • Pace your alcohol consumption and don’t get sloppy drunk.
  • Refrain from using offensive or foul language and be extra careful in the presence of children.
  • Remember to call or send your host a handwritten thank-you note.
  • Offer to help the host clean up at the end of the evening. Just think if it was your party and you were left with a huge mess.
  • Try not to talk off topic. Be mindful of those who want to watch the game. If you want to join other guests to talk, hold your conversation in the other room away from the television.
  • Be polite and respectful to guests rooting for the opposing team. It’s only a game after all.

Enjoy watching Super Bowl XLIX with your family and friends!

Jacqueline Whitmore

Jacqueline Whitmore

Author and Leading International Etiquette Expert at Jacqueline Whitmore
Jacqueline Whitmore is a leading international etiquette expert and the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. She is the author of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and Poised for Success (St. Martin's Press, November 2011). Jacqueline travels all over the world presenting seminars ranging from techno-etiquette and professional presence to business etiquette and cross-cultural protocol. She also offers train-the-trainer courses to men and women who want to start their own etiquette business.

Jacqueline is a popular source for media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Time, Fortune, Cosmopolitan, Women's Day, Women's Health, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among others. She has appeared on a variety of television and radio shows including ABC's 20/20, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, ExtraTV, CNBC, and NPR.
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