How to Host the Ultimate Game-Day Bash
Football and Sunday go together like PB&J. Here’s how to do game day right.
It’s almost kickoff time! Between the big game, the halftime show, the commercials, the decadent food and socializing, even the least enthusiastic football watchers can enjoy themselves. If you’re hosting a game-day gathering, here are a few tips to make sure it’s a winning one.
Make (or buy) a variety of items, and don’t be afraid to ask for help with your menu. Your guests will likely ask you if there’s anything they can bring. Tell them to pick up a veggie and dip tray or dessert!
Football food can be as simple or as involved as you want. Use a Crock-Pot to make a beef chipotle chili so good, no one will believe it’s that easy! No-cook options like these Italian sub skewers are simple to make and are delicious.
Also, look in the frozen and prepared sections of your favorite grocery store. Easy apps include pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket. Pre-marinated chicken wings are another great choice—all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Crudités are great for munching, and chips with salsa, guacamole, or hummus are all crowd-pleasers that require little to no preparation.
If you’re a football fanatic, lean in! Themed accessories like a serving board are low maintenance and add a festive feel. These tongs are a low-cost way to add some flare as well. Why not add some of your team’s throw pillows to your living room to show your support? If they win, leave ’em there all year! Your local party supply store may have some additional decor items, like cups, plates, and napkins, that are easy to clean up.
Above all, relax. At the end of the day, your vibe is going to determine the viewing party vibe.
If you have the space, spread the food out around the room or throughout your home, instead of loading everything in front of the TV. This way, football fans can watch the game, and those who are there to socialize can have their own spot.
In addition to alcoholic beverages, make sure to have sodas and water readily available. It may be a party, but Monday is a work day!
Accept help or ask friends to pitch in with tidying up your place. It can be something as simple as sending someone on their way with a trash bag to drop down the chute.
If you don’t want leftovers in your house, chances are someone else does. Send your guests home with extra food. It’s pretty much the best party favor ever, especially if their team lost.