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5 unique party themes from the 2009 NFL season for your Super Bowl party

Super Bowl XLIV is coming to Land Shark Stadium in Miami this year after a season filled with redemption, a celebration of history, and questionable coaching calls.

Here’s a list of five unique and fun Super Bowl party ideas based on the drama of the 2009 season to help party planners pick the best Super Bowl decorations and supplies that they'll need.

1. Brett Favre
One of the most talked-about stories of the year was the return of quarterback Brett Favre playing for the, the rival of his former team the Green Bay Packers. The teams faced each other on two occasions this season, and both times Favre emerged victorious, making him the first NFL quarterback to beat every team in the league.

And if Favre caps the season off with a trip to Super Bowl XLIV, you can combine Viking and Super Bowl party supplies including plates, napkins and a centerpiece for your Super Bowl party. For Favre fans, pass around Viking helmets as Super Bowl decorations and make sure there is enough hearty Viking-esque food to go around (think meats like chicken and steak).

2. Retro jerseys celebrating 50th year of the AFL
Early in the season, fans were greeted to old-school uniforms from the teams that originally played in the American Football League, which had its first season in 1960. The teams involved in the celebration were the: Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs (formerly known as the Dallas Texans), New England Patriots (the Boston Patriots), New York Jets (the Titans of New York), Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans (the Houston Oilers).

Consider using this theme in your Super Bowl party decorations with the old-school logos of the teams tacked up on the wall. It also may be a good idea to ask guests to wear any old football jerseys they had when they were younger.

3. Resurrection of the New Orleans Saints
This is the kind of team a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans needed, with quarterback Drew Brees seemingly unstoppable as he leads his team toward a possible perfect season. Celebrating the Saints' season, whether it turns out perfect or not in the end, is a great theme for a New Orleans-style party, complete with Mardi Gras beads, the team's Fleur-de-lis logo and Cajun food.

Party planners who want to use this opportunity to raise awareness may also want to research charities and organizations involved with the city's rebuilding since the hurricane.

4. Celebrating the Underdog
Every sports league has them, and this year NFL fans were treated to two different stories, one in movie theaters and one on the field.

The Blindside, staring Sandra Bullock, is a movie based on the real-life story of Baltimore Raven Michael Oher and how he was taken in off the streets and eventually developed into a one of the best defensive tackles in the league.

On the field, the season had the Detroit Lions, who broke their 19-game losing streak in September. While they still aren't a contender for the playoffs, they are no longer one of the worst teams in the league, a title that has been taken over by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Use that to focus your Super Bowl party theme on inspirational underdogs who have taken their poor lot in life and done the most with it. As a nod to them, consider serving hot dogs and maybe pigs in a blanket.

5. Bad Calls
While bad calls are part of the game, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made one this season that created a collective moan from fans.

Toward the end of the fourth quarter against the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts, Belichick opted to go for it on a 4th-and-2, which the Patriots didn't make, giving the ball back to the Colts. Less than two minutes later, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw the game-winning touchdown.

Have fun with bad calls as part of your Super Bowl party this year. Create a custom banner that says “The Bad Call Section”. Under the banner can be a collection of strange foods and broken toys or items. Have guests write about “bad calls” they've made; fold them and place them in a large bowl; and then randomly read one aloud at every time-out and commercial break.

Here’s some quick links to everything you’ll need for a great football party, whether you’re looking for Super Bowl party decorations for the February 17, 2010 big game; NFL team party supplies for your favourite team for a weekly or playoff football party; or NCAA party supplies for a bowl game.ADNFCR-2319-ID-19507291-ADNFCR

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