Why wait until the Superbowl to throw your party? There are a lot of games and opportunities to party in the months leading up to the Big Game. With these great tips, you can plan for football parties throughout the season, or at least when your favorite team is playing!
Who to Invite
People who share your enthusiasm for the game would, of course, make the best guests. But don’t be afraid to mix it up. Some of your friends may not be football fans, but they can still enjoy a good party, just as long as they respect the game. And the guy who roots for the other team? There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly rivalry, as long as no one gets hurt.
If your living room normally seats five and you’re having a dozen friends over to watch the game, you’ll need to get creative to ensure everyone has a place to sit. Get the chairs from the dining room. Bring in the bench from the picnic table outside. Grab a few plastic crates from the garage. Or purchase some folding chairs that can be stored out of the way when not in use. Another option is to ask your guests to bring their own! (Almost everyone has a camping chair or two!)
Grilling & Good Eats
Football and grilling go hand-in-hand. If you’re lucky enough to have a grill on a nearby deck or patio, be sure to have plenty of propane (or charcoal) and fire it up! No grill? There are one-time use disposable grills that will suffice for your game party. Now, if you live in the city or other place where outdoor grilling is not an option (I feel your pain), there’s always the stove top grill.
Whether or not you grill the main attraction (think burgers or wings), you can prepare other one-pot dishes (think chili or coleslaw) the day before so you can enjoy the game with your guests. Just make sure to have plenty of variety and high-protein food on hand. Chips alone won’t cut it.
Plenty of Beer!
Proper planning calls for about one 6-pack per person, per game (or 2 beers per hour). To keep your brews ice-cold, use a cooler. Opening the fridge too many times will affect the temperature and your beer (and food) won’t stay cold.
With all that beer, there will be a lot of traffic in and out of your bathroom. Before your guests arrive, be sure to stock up on t-paper and keep extra rolls out where guests can get to them. Have plenty of hand soap—and don’t forget the air freshener!
Gamble on the Game
Engage everyone—even those who don’t understand the game—by wagering a few bucks on a football pool. It’s 100% luck and anyone can win. Make the ‘pot’ large enough and you can have a winner at the end of each quarter and one at the end of the game. Here’s how to make and play football squares.
Gear Up the Tunes
There will be breaks in the game—plenty of commercials, half-time, replays and commentators—so have your playlist set up and ready to go with a flick of a switch. Using the same sound system that’s broadcasting the game, keep your music playing, then simply change the input each time there is a break.
Large Screen TV?
Are you getting a new flat-screen TV just before the game? By all means, get a professional to mount it! They can hang it straight, with minimal holes in your wall. They know how to manage the cables so your installation is clean and the TV will appear to float on the wall. A professional installer can also help set up your new TV with your sound system, giving you the feeling of being immersed in the game!