A College Party for People in Their 40s: Middlesex Couple Hosts Epic Super Bowl Celebration

It's that time of year again - Super Bowl season! While most people were busy picking out their Halloween costumes, Brittany and Mike Werkheiser from the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick were already in...

It's that time of year again - Super Bowl season! While most people were busy picking out their Halloween costumes, Brittany and Mike Werkheiser from the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick were already in full party-planning mode. Their annual Super Bowl party has become legendary, attracting up to 40 people and featuring an array of exciting activities and competitions.

A Tradition of Epic Proportions

What sets the Werkheisers' Super Bowl party apart from the rest is their commitment to creating an immersive experience for their guests. It all started more than a decade ago with just a small group of friends, but as the years went by, the party grew in size and scale. The Super Bowl being hosted at MetLife Stadium in 2014 and Mike's favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, competing in 2018 only added to the excitement.

To ensure a well-executed and memorable event, Brittany and Mark begin their party preparations 100 days before the Super Bowl. They create a Facebook event page, jot down party ideas, make a game schedule, and plan the menu. The result? A meticulously crafted two- to three-page document that outlines every detail of the celebration.

The App Bowl: Where Food Takes Center Stage

While football may be the main event for some, the Werkheisers know that a good Super Bowl party is about more than just the game. Their "App Bowl" food competition has become a crowd favorite. Friends and family compete by preparing their favorite appetizers or other delectable dishes. The attendees then vote for their favorite, and the winner receives a football-themed prize. In the past, prizes have included items like blankets, mugs, camping chairs, and coin banks.

A dish made for the Werkheiser family Caption: A dish made for the Werkheiser family

Fun for the Whole Family

Now that Brittany and Mike have two young children, their Super Bowl party has evolved to include activities for kids as well. From a bounce house to football cookie decorating, there is no shortage of entertainment for the little ones. Brittany's 6-year-old son even gets involved in the planning process, creating a list of all the food they need.

To keep everyone engaged throughout the game, event planner Amanda Hudes suggests incorporating activities like indoor or outdoor sports games and crafts. Kids could even decorate plain jerseys with felt and glue, adding a personalized touch to the festivities.

The Werkheiser family began setting up their annual Super Bowl party in January. Caption: The Werkheiser family began setting up their annual Super Bowl party in January.

Creating an Immersive Experience

For Brittany, hosting a Super Bowl party is about more than just football. She believes it's about creating an environment where everyone can have a good time. To achieve this, she incorporates food and decor related to the teams playing in the game. This year, with the Super Bowl taking place in Las Vegas, their party will feature a "Welcome To Las Vegas" backdrop, playing cards, and dice.

"It's not just about football, it's about the day," Brittany says. While their party may be extravagant, she acknowledges that Super Bowl celebrations can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be. The key is to focus on togetherness and having fun.

The Werkheiser family hosts a legendary Super Bowl party every year. Caption: The Werkheiser family hosts a legendary Super Bowl party every year.

Get Ready for Super Bowl Fun

As the Super Bowl approaches, Brittany and Mike are eagerly preparing for another unforgettable celebration. With their dedication to creating a memorable experience for their guests, it's no wonder their party has become a beloved tradition in their community.

So whether you're a diehard football fan or just love a good party, take a page from the Werkheisers' book and create your own epic Super Bowl celebration. Remember, it's not about the size or scale of the event, but rather the joy and camaraderie that comes from sharing this special day with friends and family.

Jenna Intersimone

Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey since 2014. She is a blogger-turned-reporter who shares stories about food, drink, and fun. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @seejennaeat and on Twitter at @JIntersimone.

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