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15 Super Bowl Party Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

If you’re one of the millions of Americans tuning into Super Bowl LIII on February 3, don’t let these Super Bowl mistakes ruin the big game.

You try to show off in the kitchen

bbq chicken hot wings on parchment paper with ranch and celeryJoshua Resnick/Shutterstock

A Super Bowl party is not the time to showcase your latest culinary creations. Instead, follow celebrity chef and Food Network star Sunny Anderson’s No.1 rule: KISS, or “Keep It Simple Susan.” “Keep it simple with all the flavors that people are expecting—do not disappoint! Game day is a classic American affair, so let’s do burgers, hot dogs, wings, chili, chips and dips,” she says.

You’re not building a snack stadium

Homemade Sweet potato chips and fries served with dips / Thanksgiving foodvm2002/Shutterstock

Game day is incomplete without plenty of different chips and dips to munch on, says Sunny, which is why having a snack stadium centered around—you guessed it—your favorite dip is a touchdown. “The field is always some kind of dip that you’re dragging those dip-ables through. I like to dip simple things like chips and pretzel sticks, and people love to dip vegetables like carrots and broccoli,” she says. Sunny’s go-to, no-effort dips are the premade ones from Heluva Good! “I put out the typical French Onion dip, but they also have a Jalapeno Cheddar and Bacon Horseradish; I love a dip that has flavor so you don’t need to add anything else.” If you have gluten-free guests, try Good Health’s gluten-free pretzels or tortilla chips made of black beans and rice. Serve up some of these 16 delicious, diabetic-friendly Super Bowl snacks.

You don’t have enough space

Table at home with chips and drinks for friendsAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

There’s nothing worse than sitting elbow to elbow when you’re trying to eat finger foods, balance a beer, and cheer for your favorite team. Move any non-essential furniture and decorative items that may block your guests’ views to a different room, ask friends to bring along folding chairs, and encourage people to embrace that comfy carpet. Put most of the food along one wall or in a neighboring room to save even more space.

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