13 Essentials to Make Your Bowl Party the Best Ever

College bowl games are on their way, and the NFL playoffs are next. It’s a time for Americans to gather and cheer on our favorite teams. If you’re planning to throw a bowl party, you’ll need a few things to make it great.

To make things easier, we gathered 13 essentials to make any bowl party great.

1. Kamado Joe Classic II 18″ Grill

Grilling is a staple of any football viewing party, and Kamado Joe makes the absolute best. I’ve tested grills from Charbroil, Traeger, and more over the years, but nothing comes out as mouth-wateringly delicious as the ceramic Kamado Joe grills.

The Classic II 18″ grill includes an as-open dome with a tower top vent, configurable grate system, and slide-out ash drawer that makes cleaning easy. It can easily handle ribs, burgers, steaks, chicken, kebabs, or anything else you want to feed your friends and family during the big game.

Find a Kamado Joe Classic II Grill at KamadoJoe.com or Amazon.

2. NFL Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot is synonymous with slow cookers, and it still makes the best around. Cook up chili, nacho cheese, pulled pork, or any other shareable appetizers in a snap with one of these marvels of modern technology. This year, the company also gained an NFL partnership that lets you show your team colors during the game.

In addition, the Cook & Carry line lets you seal the lid and bring the food with you anywhere you decide to tailgate or watch the game. Even if you’re not hosting your own Super Bowl party, you can bring a delicious treat to the house you do watch it at.

Find a Crock-Pot Cook & Carry of your favorite NFL team at Crock-Pot.com or Amazon.

3. Blueair 211+ Air Purifier

When a lot of people start gathering at your home, you’re introducing a lot of germs. Things get even worse when kids are involved, especially since playoff season coincides with flu season. Combat those germs with a Blueair air purifier.

The 211+ air purifier has a particle filter inside and pre-filter outside. It’s capable of cleaning up to 540 square feet with a 350 CADR, using an average of 93W of electricity. The pre-filter comes in a variety of colors, so you can dress it up in your team’s colors and easily wash/replace the pre-filter after the final whistle.

Find a Blueair air purifier at Blueair.com or Amazon.

4. Doc Popcorn Team-Branded Popcorn Tins

Popcorn is a great snack to munch on while watching any sporting event. Doc Popcorn takes popcorn to a whole new level, with amazing flavor combinations like Cookies ‘N’ Cream, Caramel Bliss, Cheesy Cheddar, and Apple Crisp. The popcorn is delicious, but that’s not the only reason you’ll want to buy DP.

The popcorn comes in a sturdy, reusable tin, and you can find a variety of NFL, NCAA, and MLB logos. Show your team spirit and let everyone know you support them all year long with one of these high-quality popcorn tins.

Find Doc Popcorn team-branded tins at DocPopcorn.com.

5. Canyon Cooler Scout 22qt Sandstone Cooler

Although Yeti is the brand most people think of for rugged coolers, I’m an Arizonan and always support the local businesses. Canyon Coolers are aptly named because they’re made in the biggest city near the Grand Canyon. They’re durable enough to handle any type of outdoor adventure, from white water rafting, to just going outside in the Phoenix heat.

Keep your game day drinks cold in one of these beautiful white granite Scout coolers, which I can personally attest are amazing. They go all the way up to 125 quarts, so regardless of how big a party you’re throwing, you’ll have enough cold beer, soda, and water. And even if the game goes into overtime, the double-walled insulation will ensure everything stays cold until the end.

Find a Canyon Cooler Scout at CanyonCoolers.com or Amazon.

6. Sea to Summit Latitude LTII Sleeping Bag

It’s not uncommon for everyone to have a few drinks during a Super Bowl party. You certainly wouldn’t want your loved ones driving while intoxicated. Of course, you’ll need some gear to accommodate the extra people in your home. That’s where a comfy all-weather down sleeping bag comes in handy.

This Sea to Summit mummy sleeping bag is my favorite from my days living in a van. It’s 750+ loft ultra-dry down in a 2D Nanoshell nylon fabric that can keep you warm down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless of how could it gets the night after the big game, this sleeping bag will ensure everyone wakes up the next morning feeling refreshed.

Find a Sea to Summit sleeping bag at Seatosummitusa.com or Amazon.

7. Vivitar DVR 988HD 4K 360 Action Camera

The Super Bowl and most other championship games are going to be filmed in 360 degrees moving forward. Why not film the viewing party in 360 too? It’s a great way to provide an immersive experience for anyone out of town who couldn’t make it to your party (or who you want to make jealous for not RSVPing).

The Vivitar DVR 988HD 360 camera has two 12.1 megapixel lenses and is capable of filming in 1080P or 4K resolutions. It’s affordable, high quality, and comes with a plethora of useful accessories, including mounts, a tripod, protective cases, and more. It’s the best entry-level 360 camera on the market.

Find Vivitar 360 action cameras at Vivitar.com or Amazon.

8. UE Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

While today’s TVs are getting thinner and sleeker, they’re doing so at the expense of sound. Your 4K or 8K TV has brilliant colors and brightness, but abysmal audio. While a soundbar can fix this, I prefer the UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker. If you don’t have built-in Bluetooth on your TV, it’s easy to find an external Bluetooth transmitter.

The UE Boom 2 is the standard for Bluetooth speakers, featuring a rugged, waterproof design and 360-degree sound. Even more impressive, you can daisy-chain over 150 speakers so each person can have their own individual controls and fill your room with immersive sound during the game.

Find UE Boom bluetooth speakers at UltimateEars.com or Amazon.

9. Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 Two-Way Radios

If you actually plan on attending any playoff or bowl games, you’re going to have issues with congested cell towers. Your cell phone simply isn’t a reliable means of communications at major events. If an emergency happens, you’ll be in even more trouble. Relieve these issues with a two-way radio.

Motorola’s Talkabout T600 H20 series is a top-of-the-line solution for mobile communications. They have a 35-mile range and can be used in even the most extreme outdoor conditions. If the crowd starts rioting to protest the outcome of the game, you’ll be in full communication with your party and make your way out safely, so long as you have a pair of these on hand.

Find Motorola two-way radios at MotorolaSolutions.com or Amazon.

10. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Despite the popularity of football in America, some people just aren’t aware when it’s bowl season. There’s nothing worse than trying to watch a a clutch play only to be interrupted by the doorbell. Now somebody has to get up and miss something just to catch that solicitor or late party invitee.

The Ring Video Doorbell puts those problems in the past, by letting you just pick up the phone and see who’s outside. Adjustable motion sensors, infrared night vision, live-streamed video and audio, and compatibility with iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows 10 devices makes Ring an all-around great buy for your front door.

Find Ring video doorbells at Ring.com or Amazon.

11. D-Link AC2600 Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Router

More and more people are choosing to cut the cord and stop paying for expensive cable packages. This led to many professional sports leagues to broadcast the games live online. Of course, you’ll need a solid Internet connection to do this without issues, especially during a big championship game.

The D-Link AC2600 Mu-Mimo router was designed for high-bandwidth gaming and 4K video streaming applications. Eliminate issues with pixelation, blurriness, and signals cutting out with this top-of-the-line router that will ensure you don’t miss a single crucial moment of the big game.

Find D-Link Wi-Fi routers at Dlink.com or Amazon.

12. Daily High Club Monthly Subscription Box

I don’t know about you, but my friends typically like to enjoy a little weed instead of alcohol while hanging out. Of course, everyone has their own preferred way to smoke. Some people enjoy blunts, while some want joints, and some will only smoke out of glass. You’ll need a smoking subscription service to accommodate everyone.

A subscription to Daily High Club is a great way to ensure you always have the right smoking accessories on hand. Lighters, glass, air fresheners, hemp wick, and other high-quality items are included in each box. I just received the company’s December box and am absolutely in love with the frosted snowman water pipe. I can’t wait to show it off during next weekend’s games.

Find Daily High Club subscription boxes at DailyHighClub.com.

13. Nebia Spa Shower

Finally, we have to remember that cleanliness is next to godliness, especially when packing a lot of people into a crowded area. You don’t want to be the person that puts everybody off with your smell. Most people I know rarely wash their jerseys (gross) and need to stay clean before putting it on. And if you’re the type who likes using body paint, you want a quality shower head to get that stuff off and look normal for work on Monday.

Nebia’s spa shower uses less water than your typical shower head while still providing an amazing spray. The combination of a rain shower head and magnetic handheld help you hit every crevice with microdrops of water that clean everything. It’s the perfect way to prepare for game day (or clean it all off to look professional again the next day).

Find Nebia Spa Showers at Nebia.com or Amazon.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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