Just because fall is over doesn’t mean the football festivities have to end. With the Super Bowl approaching, it will soon be time to whip out your best game day recipes and get the grill going. Whether you’re looking to host your own tailgate, or provide some creative ideas to share, scroll down to check out 4 ways to host the ultimate football party of the season.
- Keep lots of finger food handy. There’s nothing that pleases a crowd more than a spread of savory snacks. For a no-hassle approach, set aside a table specifically for the fare. Elect to go with foods that are self-serve (think items on a stick or ones that dip) so guests can help themselves as they go. For warm dishes, simply set out a slow cooker, and for perishable items, keep a cooler or ice bucket handy. Just be sure to keep lots of disposable plates, napkins, and serveware within reach to save you potential messes (and trips to the kitchen) during the game.
- Decorate with team colors. Keep the day on-theme by working in the respective teams’ colors to your decor. Banners, streamers and balloons are the easiest way to distinguish the room based on the roster. For your strategy, designate specific sides of the space to deck out with each team color, or, elect to mix the two hues together in a collaborative display. Take the sentiment a step further by using serveware in contrasting schemes and allow guests to pick their plates accordingly. Then, keep everyone on a similar field by laying out bowls of solid colored M&M’s (Amazon $18.50) for people to nosh on while they watch. Regardless of the final score, everyone will feel represented during your gathering.
- Supply comfy seating. Proper seating is a MUST to ensure everyone watches the game in comfort. If your current couch isn’t enough to situate your crowd, consider turning to a party rental company for extra options. Otherwise, invest in some floor cushions (Bed Bath & Beyond $24) to temporarily cater to your guests. Simply push any ottomans aside and let these padded pillows serve as an extra row of seating along your sofa. Be sure to keep throws and pillows handy to ensure everyone remains at ease for all four quarters of the game!
- Offer alternative activities. Just because you’re the biggest fan doesn’t mean all of your guests will be, too. Encourage others to participate in the day by offering things to do beyond watching football. For example, station a bean bag toss in an open or outdoor area for others to play around with while the game is on. Consider setting up a craft table with football-themed activities to entertain the little ones. Finally, make the meal itself more interactive by going with a Bloody Mary bar or walking taco station to keep friends occupied while they’re looking for a bite to eat.
Either way you play it, as long as good food and company are involved, your next tailgate is sure to be a hit among any crowd.
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