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01/28/2015 03:43 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2015

Super Bowl Party Etiquette: 12 Tips to Minding Your Manners on Game Day

All eyes are on Phoenix as Super Bowl XLIX takes places this Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. If you're attending a Super Bowl party, don't leave your etiquette at home.

Here are 12 tips for being a super Super Bowl party guest:

  1. Never come to a Super Bowl party empty-handed. If you're not sure what to bring, ask the host in advance to find out what you can bring. This will help make sure there's a good variety of food and drinks for everyone. If you have any dietary restrictions, let your host know ahead of time. This is even more reason to bring your own snacks or a covered dish.
  2. Smile and be a gracious guest. If something has you down, try to forget about it and focus on having fun. Also, don't show up to the party too early and don't be the last to leave.
  3. Don't eat in line. It's impolite to sample from the buffet. Serve yourself then take your plate to your seat.
  4. If you touch something on the buffet, take it. It's bad manners to put it back.
  5. Don't double-dip. A better practice is to put that salsa or spinach dip on your own plate so you can dip as much as you like.
  6. Clean up after yourself. No one likes to tiptoe around a mess. Other guests and your host will appreciate it.
  7. Pace your alcohol consumption and don't get sloppy drunk.
  8. Refrain from using offensive or foul language and be extra careful in the presence of children.
  9. Remember to call or send your host a handwritten thank-you note after the party.
  10. Offer to help the host clean up at the end of the evening. No one likes to be left alone to clean up a huge mess.
  11. Try not to talk off-topic. Be mindful of those who want to watch the game. If you want to join other guests to talk, hold your conversation in the other room away from the television.
  12. Be polite and respectful to guests rooting for the opposing team. It's only a game after all.