It’s that time of the year again. Football season! For some, this is the best time of the year, when the leaves start to change colors, the air is crisp and there are high school football games on Friday nights, college games on Saturday, and pro games all day and night on Sundays. Then, of course, there is the traditional fun of Monday night football.
If you love football, you’ll probably want to throw at least one great party this season so that you can enjoy the thrill of the game with your friends and family members. Here are some tips on how you can throw a memorable and fun football party.
Location, Location, Location
The most important feature of a football party is going to be the television and its location. In some homes, the living room is the best place to hold the party, while in others, a large finished basement might work out better. Whichever room you choose should have plenty of space so that everyone can get an obstructive view of the game.
It would also be nice if there was an area where non-football-loving party goers could chat quietly together outside of the main television viewing area.
Provide Lots of Food and Drink
Place bowls of munchies within easy reach of guests. Old favorites like chips and dip may seem mindless, but they are easy to grab and eat when the game is on the line. For more substantial fare, you may want to consider ordering pizza or some easy-to-eat finger foods such as Buffalo wings or small sliders from a restaurant. Ordering from a restaurant frees you from having to plan a menu and cook the food and will also give you more time for entertaining your guests — which is what parties are for in the first place, right? Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Ordering Chinese for a football game party is out of the ordinary, but Chinese food goes a long way.
You should also have plenty of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, on hand, but be careful that everyone has either a designated driver or that they remain in your home until they are sober enough to drive.
Adding some kind of game, such as a football pool, can make your party more entertaining, even for those guests who may not be into watching players chase around a pigskin. You could either have your guests place small dollar bets or, if you don’t want your party goers to have to put out money, you could just award small football-related prizes to the winners.
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you could create a trivia game about your favorite team and ask questions at commercial breaks. Award your winners with team gear or other football-related items.
You don’t have to go overboard, but a few football-themed decorations can make your occasion look more like a party than just a casual gathering of friends. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on specialty items, purchase inexpensive tablecloths and paper napkins in team colors to give your room team spirit.
Football games are a great occasion to invite your friends and family over for a fun party. The best part is that it shouldn’t cost you a lot of money or time to set up even the ultimate football party.