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5 tips for an ideal Super Bowl party

By Jessica Rodrigo
Jan. 25, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

Alex Figueroa, 43, of Victoria shows off a selection of flatscreen TVs at Rent-A-Center on North Navarro. Figueroa has been district manager of Rent-A-Center, formally known as ColorTyme, for 27 years.

Don't Forget these things

Here are a few things, you want to make sure you have a surplus of if you are throwing a party:

• Napkins

• Paper plates

• Ice

• Water, soda and juice for the kids

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Don't watch the big game on a small television screen - go for the 90-inch. And don't settle for Velveeta cheese and Rotel, get it catered.

Super Bowl parties are all about the game, the food and the commercials. Here are five things to know when planning a get-together for the big game.

1. Go big for the big game: Rental stores, including Rent-A-Center and Aaron's, offer televisions to show the game on for the weekend or a month. Alex Figueroa, district manager of Rent-A-Center, said his store offers some of the best high-definition, flat-screen televisions on the market.

"They really offer the best picture quality," he said.

Instead of weekend rentals, Aaron's offers customers a lease-to-own option, Cyndi Mata, general manager of Aaron's in Victoria, said.

"We do a month-to-month term, and a lot of people will do it the whole month," she said.

Because Aaron's offers month-to-month rentals, customers can watch more than just a weekend's worth of television on a big-screen television.

"People are looking for the biggest screen they can get," she said. "We sell out of all our TVs about this time."

2. Have enough seats: More is always better, David Ramos, owner of A Plus Party Rentals, said.

"Every party is different," he said, "but if you invite 100 guests, usually about 50 to 70 percent will show up."

He said his popular option for Super Bowl parties include folding chairs, but there are a lot of options available.

The rental stores, like Rent-A-Center, offer recliners or sofas for more comfortable seating.

3. Feel like you're at the game: Surround sound systems are also available for rent for those looking to feel like they're at the game, Figueroa said. Rent-A-Center employees will deliver and set up the equipment in the customer's home, he said.

The surround systems include speakers that are placed throughout the space and give guests a sense of being in the stadium.

4. Get out of the kitchen: Enjoy the party by having someone else do the cooking.

John Pierce who co-owns Back Door Catering with his sister, Lauren Tagliabue, said it's a good idea to call the caterer ahead of time to develop a menu that is friendly for all the people at the party.

"Chicken wings are always a big hit," Pierce said.

Finger foods and heavy hors d'oeuvres are a good way to go so people can eat and snack throughout the day. He suggested that a queso bar with pico de gallo and chips or Cajun boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce is easy to do for big parties.

5. Keep the kids entertained: Offer the little ones something to occupy them for a few hours.

If the weather is nice, rent a jumphouse or an inflatable slide for the backyard.

"A lot of times, they're not interested in watching the game," Ramos said.

Nowadays, there is a variety of inflatable games available, he said, including double-hoops basketball game and carnival games.

Make sure you also have something on the menu for the kids. It's important to make sure the little ones have something to eat, Pierce said.

"We always keep chicken strips on hand or miniature sliders for the kids," he said.

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