Celebrate Underdogs with an Northern Illinois vs Florida State Orange Bowl Party


Root for the underdogs in the 78th annual Orange Bowl with a party celebrating the Northern Illinois Huskies or the Florida State Seminoles. When the game begins at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens this New Year’s Day, gather friends for food, football, and fun! Going into the game, both Florida State and Northern Illinois University are underdogs overall, but ESPN predicts a close game, and one worth watching. Plan a watch party to enjoy an afternoon of exciting football and good food with your friends. Shindigz has football party supplies and tableware in Huskies or Seminoles colors to set the scene. Plus, check out these tips for an Orange Bowl party worth cheering for.

Decorate your living room, tailgate, or other party venue for watching the game using decorations in team colors. Choose party curtains in the team colors—cardinal and black—to create a shimmering backdrop for your party. If you’re hosting a watch party in your home, use the curtains in doorways or to transform your living room by covering the walls. For a big entrance, use a stretch column in cardinal and in black on either side of the room and hang a personalized team banner between the columns.

Cheer on your team with collegiate party supplies and fan gear in your team logo or colors. As guests arrive, hand out fan poms in cardinal and black or gold and garnet so everyone can cheer on the team. You can use the poms as a centerpiece on your buffet table to add team colors to your decor as well. For more team favors, choose spirit beads, foam fingers, or temporary tattoos in your team’s colors. Adding team spirit to your party helps guests really get into the game. You can also use bigger fan gear items as prizes for big winners or break out categories in your party pool predicting the game’s outcome.

football_photo_standeeAdd a unique twist to your Orange Bowl party decorations by incorporating elements that set the scene for the bowl game, not just your team pride. Use floral sheeting  and a city street light to create the impression that guests are curbside for the Orange Bowl Parade. Use the floral sheeting to create a backdrop or festive walkway at your party’s entrance. Floral sheeting also works as a unique, durable table cover. It’s available in a variety of colors, including team colors.

For activities to keep your friends entertained during commercial breaks or between plays, keep some footballs handy to toss in the back yard, create a trivia game about this year’s College Bowls  or Orange Bowl history or about your favorite team. Check out our drinking games for grown-up fun too.

If you’re Seminoles fan, we have you covered too. Our Florida State party supplies include tableware printed with the team mascot, drink umbrellas, mints, even Eyeblacks with the team logo. Supplement your printed party supplies with solid colored gold and garnet tableware too.

With the Super Bowl around the corner, hosting an Orange Bowl party is a great way to enjoy hosting a football event ahead of the hype or if someone else has snagged Super Bowl privileges. Plus, a football party is a great way to spend New Year’s Day. Check out all of our football party supplies and tailgating tips for more ways to make your Orange Bowl party a stand-out.

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  • Love the ideas! I’m having a big football party this weekend for my friends and coworkers at DISH to close out the regular season. My wife and I wanted to change it up a little, and these your site has some great suggestions! Also, I’m going to turn our basement into the ultimate football headquarters.

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