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Win or lose, how to make the Super Bowl a success

By KBell
Feb. 1, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

The Card and Party Store has inflatable balloons with both Giants and Patriots logos for football fans who want to add a little to their super bowl bash. The Duke is not included.FRANK TILLEY/FTILLEY@VICAD.COM

GAME DAY

The game will air on NBC and online at www.nbc.com.

Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A good number of proud Texans have probably already chalked up this football season as a loss.

But that won't stop us Southerners from rallying together for a battle between some Northeasterners.

No matter your team loyalty, the Super Bowl is one of the original American excuses to celebrate.

This year, celebrate right, with a few last-minute tips that will make Super Bowl XLVI the best one yet.



DECORATIONS

Get your guests pumped up as soon as they walk in the door. The Card and Party Store, 5221 N. Navarro St., offers a selection of goodies even the worst interior designer can slap together to create a festive celebration. Super Bowl plates, cups, napkins, even a football armchair caddy are available. Pick up a Super Bowl-themed shiny, twirly, dangly decoration to hang from the ceiling, a referee uniform drink holder and a pair or two of game-day plastic eye glasses. Plus, the Card and Party Store offers some of the limited Giants and Patriots gear that can be found in the Crossroads. Mylar balloons start at $2, and for $6.88 more, you can add a bouquet of 10 latex balloons to a Patriots or Giants Mylar balloon.



FOOD

Go ahead and warm up the weenies and Rotel dip. But to really wow your fellow football fanatics, how about heading to www.AllRecipes.com for almost 1,000 game-day recipes, reviews and tips. Try out some "Tailgate Chili" or some "Touchdown Taco Dip," and browse enough hot wing recipes to keep you full until Super Bowl C (that's the Roman numeral for 100, by the way).

You'll also need something to wash down those tasty appetizers, and if ever you need an excuse to drink a beer margarita, the Super Bowl is it. AllRecipes.com offers several beer margarita recipes, along with other intriguingly-named alcoholic beverage recipes like "Granny Smackers," a beer and vodka mix.



GAMES

Place your regular bets: the point spread, who will be MVP, whether or not Madonna will do something scandalous during the half time show? But why leave all the competition on the big screen? During time outs, get a little Super Bowl trivia competition going. The website www.DocSports.com has a list of did-you-knows that can stump even that fanatic who paints his chest in below-freezing weather. For example, who holds the record for most career Super Bowl fumbles?

Answer: Roger Staubach, with five.



ATTIRE

Assuming your party host has followed the above-mentioned, very wise advice, the least guests can do is show up looking prime to party. CBSSports.com offers a large selection of must-have Super Bowl gear and quite a lot of stuff a person never needs: like cup coasters for the car or a $99.95 Super Bowl flip coin.

But for less than $20, fans can buy one of several Super Bowl XLVI T-shirts. And for less than $60, you can arrive with your alliances decided in a Patriots or Giants jersey. The best part is that www.Shop.CBSSports.com offers three-day shipping on your Super Bowl gear for $4.99.

Because, let's face it, the only NFL gear you're apt to find around here are Cowboys and Texans jerseys ... probably on sale.

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