Summer is gone, and football season (also known as fall) has arrived. Whether you’re a diehard fan or you don’t know a first down from a touchdown, hosting a great football party can be a blast. Here are some tips to help you kick off your game day gathering right.
Set the scene
The game is the main event, so make sure everyone has a seat and a good view of the screen! Set up your party in a space with plenty of seating, whether it’s indoors on the couch or outside with chairs on the patio. Provide a space where it’s easy to socialize and access the refreshments.
Feed the team
Football and finger foods are a classic combination. Whether you’re going the traditional route and grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, or you’re assembling a charcuterie board for a more refined twist, make sure there’s enough to go around. Grab and go options like chips and dip, taquitos and sliders are always a fan favorite. If you’re not keen on cooking, ask each of your guests to contribute their own dish.
Dispense the drinks
It wouldn’t be a football game without a cold drink in hand. Keep the cooler or fridge stocked with a variety of beverages for your guests. Soda, cider and beer are popular standbys, and for more healthful options, consider unsweetened iced tea and sparkling water.
Keep it fun
A slow game or an unenthusiastic audience is no excuse to let a football party peter out. Turn on some music, put out a yard game or break out a deck of cards to help keep everyone entertained and engaged. To encourage some more competitive spirit, have your guests submit guesses for the final score when they arrive, and offer up a fun prize or gag gift to the winner.
Even if you don’t live and breathe football, good food and good company are more than enough reason to play host. Don your team colors, turn up the volume and have fun!