4 Quick Tips for Hosting a Memorable Game Day Party
We’re just days away from the biggest game of the year.
It also happens to be one of the very best excuses to invite friends over to your home for food, drinks and an all-around good time. Whether your guests will be focused on the game or more interested in the commercials, you’ll want to make sure a great time is had by all.
Here are a few tips to make that happen:
Have a Game Plan for the Menu
Pizza and wings are great. No argument there. It’s what 99% of the parties will be serving this Sunday. Try something different. How about adding a little local fare in honor of the teams on the field?
Start with a party-sized Philly cheesesteak, sliced for quick bites. New England is a little tougher. Skip the lobster and go for clam chowder or Boston baked beans.
Round it out with a variety of easy finger foods — chicken nuggets, pigs in blankets, meat or veggie skewers, nachos. Plus a full roster of beverages — soda, water, juice and of course, beer and any other house specialties.
Prepare the Playing Field
In your case, this is the food and beverage tables. Dress them up to resemble football fields with end zones on either side.
You can also add centerpieces to help make it pop. Fill Mason jars with brown confetti to resemble a football or with confetti in the team’s colors. Top them with football helmet cutouts for a finishing touch.
Don’t Forget the Favors
You’re here to cheer, after all. Hit your nearest party store and stock up on inexpensive foam fingers or pom-poms to hand out to guests.
These small items let your guests know that it’s OK to cheer and get a little loud.
It’s also a good idea to have a football or two laying around. They could even be soft, stuffed footballs. It’ll help set the mood and give your guests something to toss around the room during the game.
Add a Little Friendly Competition
Want to make it interesting?
When each guest arrives, invite them to pick the winner of the game and the final score. Write all the guests’ picks on a chalkboard or put sticky notes on the wall for everyone to see.
Whoever picks the winner and comes closest to the final score, gets the Grand Prize. Nothing crazy. Make it a $20 gift card to a local eatery.
This way, no matter who wins on the field, at least one of your guests will go home a champion.
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