Host a House Divided Football Party
I’m a Tebow-loving, orange-and-blue-bleeding Gator and I live in a house divided. If you’re like me, you love your partner despite his/her terrible
life college choice. To you, Thanksgiving weekend brings the only football game that matters all season. This year, how ’bout you hug it out and host a house divided football party together? “GO TEAM!”
Dress the Part
This isn’t the time for a T-shirt with your team mascot. Go all out with a head-to-toe ensemble that can’t be ignored. Get your nails did, put on that face tattoo and cover yourself in glitter! If you’re lucky enough to live close to your alma mater, your local Walmart, Kohl’s or Target are great places to find inexpensive, NCAA-licensed football apparel for you and the kiddos. If not, check for deals at Foot Locker or Finish Line. Don’t let the other team’s fans outshine your school spirit on gameday!
Feed the Fans
You’re not in college anymore; it’s time for a grown-up party spread! Depending on the time of day, this could be a boozy brunch, heavy h’orderves or a hot and cold buffet. Avoid a sit-down dinner, as your guests will want to mingle, talk smack and watch the football game. Think about doing signature dishes, cocktails or pudding shots (look them up, they’re awesome!) that incorporate your school colors. Name them after famous football alumni, popular campus hangouts or school fight songs. And whatever you do, don’t run out of food or beer! Stock up for less with grocery coupons.
Get in the Games
As shocking as it may sound, some of your guests won’t want to watch the game. So, you’ll need other ways to keep them entertained. Look no further than traditional tailgate games. Corn hole, ladder ball, washers, flip cup, beer pong and lawn bowling are all crowd-pleasers. If you’re handy, you can make your own custom versions with supplies from Home Depot or Lowe’s. If you’re not, please don’t try! Pick up games from your local Kmart or Sam’s Club. Don’t forget about the kids, either. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles are cheap and fun for all ages.
Decorate Your Space
This is where the fun really begins! Bust out that team garden gnome, blow up those balloons and throw confetti everywhere (I guess you can be tasteful, too!). The way I see it, you have two options when it comes to decorating: choose a team color from each of your football teams to mix and match or have separate stations dedicated to each team. Get crafty with your decorations by hitting up Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. They have an entire section dedicated to NCAA crafts and decor on their website! To buy party favors and decorations in bulk, Oriental Trading Company is a must-stop. And don’t forget to take lots of pictures for Facebook and your scrapbook! Especially of the scoreboard if your team wins! Have a blast and remember, a house divided can be united when it comes to having an awesome football party.