Yeah, maybe I should have written this sooner, but really – would you have remembered it? So, if you’re a small church youth ministry planning a soiree around the big game Sunday night, here are some tips for a successful event. That is, if success means: students brought friends, relationships were strengthened, everyone had fun, and Jesus was the quarterback of it all. Can’t imagine what success would look like otherwise, but to each youth group its own.
TIMING: Don’t start too early. Kids can quickly get bored with the game, especially if they’ve been hanging around for a few hours before kickoff. If kickoff is at 6:30pmE, then make the party start time at 6:00. Its enough time to get the kids in, food situated, etc.
FOOD: if its strictly youth party, don’t get fancy. Stay away from Pinterest ideas! Cheese and pepperoni pizza is enough. Kids can bring soda and munchie bags. Don’t open too many of the bags, though, because there will be leftovers. Do you really want 6 open bags of Cheetos? Who knows where their hands have been? To make it more “super bowl-ish” I pop for the themed tablecloth and napkins. Gives it a festive touch without going crazy. (This will leave you snacks for your upcoming Valentine’s event. Put it all in a different serving bowl and you’ll look like a generous hero.)
HALF-TIME: In case you didn’t know, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno are the entertainment. So, based on that – you can all watch it together OR use that for your devo time. The Skit Guys have put out some great half time stuff. Whatever you choose, make sure everyone knows half-time is spent together. Give away prizes and do a secret ballot for their fave commercial. Those that picked the winning fave get a (youth) team signed football.
HAVING ALTERNATIVES: Have the game on in the main room, but have board games set up somewhere else and maybe even a movie in yet a third spot. Kids will get bored, especially the middle schoolers – so if you don’t want them to leave early, be prepared. You might set a “don’t get picked up before” time. I’ve had a few youth Superbowl parties over the past 20 years where the kids were all gone by the 3rd quarter.
OK, plane’s starting to land so I gotta go. Any other ideas anyone?