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Here are a few shots I took in the actual studio and an article I wrote for their website.
Arizona’s enthusiasm is evident due to our very own Cardinals making it to Super Bowl 43. More than ever I expect to see every Arizonan rallying together and celebrating by throwing a spectacular Super Bowl Party. Here are a few tips; new and old; that can get you on the right foot or in our case, cleats.
Seating & Viewing: If you are thinking about throwing a party, make sure you have plenty of chairs and room for your guests to maneuver. The game festivities usually become an all-day event, starting with the pre-game so having comfortable seating is a must. If you don’t have enough chairs available at home, ask your guests to “BYOC”; Bring You Own Chair. This way you won’t have to worry about it. If you have a smaller space for viewing think about bringing TVs in from other rooms of your home to more public spaces. Not everyone has to watch it on the big screen. The fun factor is being together to watch the game.
Food & Beverage: Football and beer go hand-and-hand but please keep in mind other non-alcoholic alternatives for your designated drivers, kids and the non-drinkers. It can be as easy as Cardinals Kool-Aid or Jones soda pop (maybe in flavors that reflect Cardinals colors!). Also, snacks are a must during the big game and barbecuing is very traditional during sports events. Having other options for your guests is a good idea. Don’t over think it and keep it simple--popcorn balls, sandwich wraps or finger foods. Hit up Costco for selections, as they have a fantastic array of pre-made party foods. Just remember to put your order in as soon as possible because it’s sure to be a busy weekend.
The Décor & Activities
Floral: Here are a few ideas for arrangements if you have the extra time and want to do something different than the usual balloons and banners. Purchase an inexpensive football and cover it with white mums and red rose petals. You can adhere the flowers onto the ball with floral glue or a hot glue gun. Or buy some plastic mini footballs, and add them right in to your floral arrangements. Drop them in a clear glass cylinder and fill with water; then add your Cardinal-colored flowers. Consider using something you already have at home—a flower pot or bowl—and paint it maroon or white. Then add flowers in the contrasting color. Keep it simple and cut stems short for a foolproof centerpiece. Just pick up a few bunches at the grocery store when shopping for all of your game-day food.
Props: Bring fun props into the equation and have your guests wear them and pass them around. Utilizing props at any event can enhance the energy level and animation and wouldn’t this be an even better photo opportunity for memories? After the party is over you can make thank you cards for your guests and use the silly pictures on them. Guests will love that memento!