7 Secrets to Hosting a Big Game Party
To some, the 51st Big Game is a great opportunity to throw a party. For others, it’s serious business. The best game day party accommodates both sides. Here are some things to keep in mind if you decide to don your NFL gear and celebrate the most important pro football game of the year:
- A big screen television – Don’t have one? Don’t even think about hosting without a screen big enough for everyone to get a good view and enjoy. New models are rolling out this month, so now is the time to start looking for discount prices and big box store coupon codes.
- Lots of seating – It’s important not just to have enough seating for everyone attending, but also to arrange it in the least disruptive way possible. Put “aisles” around every couple of chairs to help your guests easily get to the restroom and to load up on food.
- More than one bathroom – If you’re like me, you clean your main bathroom when guests come over and leave your private bathroom a mess. But remember, with a house full of people drinking and eating for more than three hours, there’s going to be some bathroom overlap. Be sure and tidy up to avoid embarrassing moments.
- Great food options – With the game falling in winter, menus for the big event tend to get pretty heavy. And while I love cocktail weenies as much as the next person, don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch. When you do your grocery shop for that game day party, try theming your menu around the locale of one of the teams.
- Drinks – Beers, Bloody Marys and margaritas, oh my! While these tend to be the most popular adult beverages, branching out into the world of cocktails can be a lot of fun to pair with your menu. Don’t forget to provide non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers.
- Think of the children – Kids are loud. Kids get bored. Kids will stand in front of the TV, scream and generally ruin your life. More so than a kiddie’s table, a separate space for kids will give them a chance to unwind watching age appropriate movies (it’s easy to subscribe to Netflix at a discount), talk through the game without disrupting others and, if you’re really lucky, fall asleep.
- For those who couldn’t care less – Some people, not me, but some people just don’t care about the game. Or football. I know, I don’t get it either. But for those folks (I’m looking at you, Mom) that just go to socialize, having a separate space can be a lifesaver for everyone involved. A nice, small seating area will empower them to gab without interrupting every single play of the game.
When you love throwing parties but don’t exactly love the reason you’re throwing it, pulling all the details together can be a challenge. But really, hosting a Big Game party can be pretty simple. As long as everyone can see the game, get their bellies full, relax and enjoy themselves, you’ll have a winner!