Football season is in full force. For both college football fans and NFL football fans across America, this means a multitude of things – tailgating, getting decked out in fan gear, fantasy football, and party hosting! Nothing brings people together like some friendly rivalry, great food, and good company. Hosting a football watching party at your house is a great opportunity to do that, and planning one is actually pretty easy, both on you and on the wallet.
Just think about how much people spend when they are in a sports bar atmosphere for three or more hours. Ordering greasy appetizers for large groups of people and who knows how many pitchers of beer can get expensive quick, even if you are splitting the bill with fellow football fans. In addition to saving money, hosting a party provides your friends and family with a place to watch their favorite teams in a comfortable environment, and with clean bathrooms!
The planning and hosting process for a football party is as simple as it gets. Just make sure you cover these basic fundamentals and your party will get an MVP-nomination for sure:
Feed Your Fans
Food is probably one of the most important components of a football party. The plus side to this is that the style of food is finger-foods, bbq’able items, and snacks that will last awhile on the serving table. Pot lucks are common for sports themed parties so it is up to you whether you want to take advantage of this option and allow your guests to bring a dish to share with everyone. Firing up the grill outside is a viable option as long as weather permits. You can keep beverages on ice in coolers outside or in the kitchen to alleviate refrigerator space and make them easily accessible to everyone. These days, there are a number of healthy food options available (check Pinterest), even for rowdy football fans, so consider creating a dish like that instead of opting for traditional hot wings and potato chips. You never know who is “watching their weight”.
Don’t Forget the Little Ones
Sports spectating is a family-friendly activity, which means your party should be as well. If you have kids of your own, ask them what kinds of activities they would like to do with their friends who will come over the day of the football game. Chances are they won’t be into the game from kickoff until the final seconds run out. They need some fun things to do in between, whether it’s play outside on the playground, play a game of flag football in the backyard, help cook a sweet treat in the kitchen, or do a fun football themed craft like make signs supporting their favorite team (which can later be hung up in their bedroom).
All-Star Party Planning Tips
- Work as a team and give everyone in your family a simple task so that you don’;t stress yourself out too much the day of the big game
- Depending on the weather, utilize your outdoor patio, deck, or backyard by using a large white bed sheet or the side of the house, and a projector to show the game.
- Go all out with the team’s colors when it comes to decorations. Linen rental companies can offer you practically any color combination you desire, and at a time rental fee as opposed to having to purchase a bunch of decorations you will never use again.
- Create a check-list of all the things you will need to buy and do so that you don’t have to get it don’t frantically on the day of your party.
- Send out e-vites or use social networking websites to organize your event. This allows all your guests to communicate with each other on an open platform, which comes especially in handy when people are figuring out who is going to bring what dish.