Apparently there’s this big football game coming up on the first Sunday of February. If you are attending or (gasp!) hosting a party but can’t tell a tight end from a quarterback, here are a few ways you can still enjoy yourself.
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Ask the guys what it takes for a good party and they’ll just tell you they need beer, food, and a big TV. But if you want to make it an event that appeals to everyone, it takes a little more thought.
Decide who you’re inviting to create the kind of vibe you want. Do you want loud, hard-core fans only, or a mixed group of laid-back guests? Are you inviting family, friends or co-workers and will they all get along? Consider spouses who aren’t into football or young children: they will need some space and entertainment other than the big game.
Layout the Room
Everyone wants to be able to see the TV, so arrange your furniture so it works for the majority of guests. Borrow or rent extra chairs and have side tables set up for food and drink stations.
You may even want to set up a side room with another TV and seating in case there is overflow and where it’s a little less noisy. This can work for guests who would rather socialize and let smaller children play without getting in the way.
Your party theme is obvious. Go with football designs and balloons or banners in team colours for a cheap and festive atmosphere.
Football parties are casual, so it’s okay to ask guests to bring a potluck dish or a case of beer. No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen missing the fun, so food should be fast to prepare and easy to serve. Classic self-serve dishes include pizza, chili, nachos, and hoagies (large sandwiches). Don’t forget healthy and vegetarian options for some of your guests. Decorate desserts with football shapes or team colours.
While beer is the dominating beverage for games, you can get creative with craft beer or have a beer tasting during half time with several different kinds. Be sure to include wine and lots of non-alcoholic choices too. Have fun with a coloured punch or juice in the two teams’ colours.
When guests arrive, have them pick a team — any way they want. However they pick, give them a homemade pennant or a plastic lei in the appropriate colours and assign them to the left or right half of the room with the rest of their “team.”
Get out a pack of cards and some board games so guests less interested in football can entertain themselves as well. This is great if you have a mix of adults and children as they can all play.
Make fun wagers on who will win. Have guests write down their guesses on a board and at the end of the game the winner with the closest score wins a prize – maybe a new football signed by all the guests! You can place bets on which player makes the most touchdowns, or who will dance in the end zone, or who will get into a yelling match with another player. Make it so that people who don’t understand the finer points of the game can still participate.
In the end, it’s not about who wins the game, really. It’s about hanging out with friends, having a few drinks, some laughs and warming up a cold winter’s day together. Touchdown!
By: Jo on the Go