Football season is upon us. The only thing more sacred than bundling up in the stadium watching your favorite teams hit the gridiron is having the same view from your mancave, surrounded by a few dozen like-minded buddies.
Here are five ways to make sure you’re hosting the ultimate football party.
Get Your Home Theater System Up to Par
Nobody is coming to your house to huddle around a measly 27-inch screen. Step your game up with a home theater system for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Take a look at some of the latest high-definition, energy-efficient smart TVs from brands like Samsung and LG Home Electronics to upgrade your experience. You want your surround sound to overpower the yells, jeers, and boos, and your display to be visible even with all the arm-flailing.
Have Good Eats
The food and drink you serve runs a close second to your home theater system. Football food is fun, it’s a little messy, and it’s delicious. Have plenty of it, but choose menus that are easy to plan and to mass-produce. Some practical staples include pizza, meatballs, chips and dip, and wings.
If you’re looking for a full meal, consider chili, or sausage and peppers. Have appetizers ready to serve when guests arrive, but you may want to make your heavier spread available at halftime.
Start the Cocktails Flowing
Most football parties have beer, or at least ask guests to BYOB. But if you want to step it up a notch, think about ways to be more creative than the standard domestic. Some new twists on some old favorites include combining Guinness over Smithwick’s Ale, or mixing Corona, vodka, and raspberry lemonade for some fruity refreshment.
Don’t forget to be a good host and provide soft drinks and water for those who don’t want to drink.
Theme It Up
In this case, your party theme isn’t about dressing from a certain era or the most creative way to wear a bow tie. Your theme is all about the pigskin, from the football-shaped chocolates on the coffee table to the napkins and paper plates that sport the colors of your favorite team.
Extra points for wearing your team’s gear — a sweatshirt, a hat, or waving around a pennant. You should encourage your guests to do the same.
Make Sure You Have Enough Seating
Make sure you choose the biggest room in your house for the party, with free rein to the food and the drink spread.
Now is the time to put those lawn chairs to use, and grab the extra chairs that came with the card table. Your extra-large couch is a good start, but make sure you prepare for a few more people to show up than the ones you actually invited. Provide comfortable seating with a nice a view of the screen.
An awesome football party awaits, sweetened only by the thrill of your team’s win. If you can’t get to the game — or just prefer the comfort of your own couch — hosting at least one good viewing party this season is an admirable goal.