By Deanna Atkins

This upcoming weekend holds an event that is probably very close to your honey’s heart: the Super Bowl. It’s easy to get caught up in the game day festivities, but taking care of preparations with your guy in advance can help you relax and enjoy the game together.

Whether you have the privilege of seeing the Super Bowl live in New Orleans or you’re planning to host a viewing party, you need to make sure everything is in order for your sweetheart — even if you’re more excited for the half-time performance.

If you’re both rooting for the same team, hit up a sporting goods store for matching game day jerseys and foam fingers. While you’re out, make a stop your local party place for any decoration needs: football-themed plates and napkins, colored streamers and noise makers. If you really want to impress your guests, splurge on a football-shaped cake pan to make a special dessert decorated with colored icing and football player figurines. Your shopping won’t be complete without going to Costco or BJ’s for the most important items: food and beer. Let your babe take the reins on this one – what guy isn’t going to get excited over wings, burgers and brew?

As your guests arrive, your man can be in charge of the grill, cooking up an all-American feast of foot-long hot dogs and double-stacked hamburgers. If you live in a colder climate, splurge on a 6-foot hero that will feed about 25 to 30 people. The great news is that you can mix and match and make the hero any size; opt for one side American and the other Italian to ensure that everyone will enjoy it. Don’t forget to add buffalo chicken wings to the order too. Then, for dessert, bring out your sweet treat, and if the frosting happens to to turn into face paint, then the fun can really begin.

With the essentials out of the way, you and your beau are ready to entertain without the stress of running around at the very last minute. If you do need a few extra things on game day, ask your friends to pick it up on their way over. Now that you’re prepared for Super Bowl madness, your weekend is sure to be a touchdown!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday? Share your experiences below.