With NFL season in full swing, you might consider throwing a football party. It’s always fun to gather around the TV with some friends and snacks to watch some Sunday games. Whether you invite just a few friends or a large group, you’ll need to plan certain aspects of your party ahead of time to make sure your guests can sit back, relax and watch some football. Here are our favorite tips to host the perfect football viewing party.
Bring on the Snacks
No sports party is complete without an overflowing snack table. You can’t go wrong with the staples, like chips and salsa, veggies and hummus and cheese and crackers. If you really want to wow your guests, bring in some elevated snack foods. Try making some football cupcakes, with chocolate frosting and vanilla icing in the shape of a football’s stitches.
Want to go one step further? Match your party’s menu to the team you are supporting. For example, if your guests will be cheering on the Buffalo Bills, make some tasty buffalo cauliflower bites or a savory and spicy buffalo chicken dip. If you’re supporting the Eagles, make some miniature Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. The guests will appreciate your creativity.
If you’re on a budget or you’ve invited a lot of guests, you might not want to handle the drinks and snacks on your own. Make sure you coordinate with your guests regarding what you’d like them to bring. If you don’t know what people are bringing, five people could show up with spinach artichoke dip. If guests will be coming late, ask them to bring a dessert, and if guests need to leave early, suggest that they bring an appetizer.
Don’t Hold Back on the Decorations
Buy some streamers that match your team’s colors and print out photos and funny memes of star players and coaches. If you can find plates and napkins that match your team’s colors, stock up on them. You might even want to create a football-themed wall or doorway that can make a fun backdrop for guests to take photos.
Bring in the Chairs
Understandably, a majority of your guests will surround your TV. Make sure you have plenty of seating options for your guests to get comfortable. With tons of snacks and drinks available, you might want to put away your nicer pillows to avoid any unfortunate spills.
Play a Game of Your Own
Spice up the party by adding a game of your own into the mix. During halftime, play a little NFL trivia. Or if you want to go all in, have your guests fill out sheets at the beginning of the game, estimating the final score of both teams. Whoever guesses the closest gets a small prize, like maybe beautiful flowers or a popular nearby store or restaurant.
Hosting a football viewing party is a great way to get together with friends amidst the craziness of the holiday and enjoy a little downtime. This is an important time of the year to remember to take a step back and remember everything and everyone you are grateful for.