The highly anticipated big game is soon upon us, and that means millions of football fans across the country are planning their own game day parties. Not only is the game itself the center of attention, but the infamous halftime show that typically features some of the music industry’s biggest names is also a reason to watch.
But aside from enjoying the game with friends and family, no game day party would be complete without food, decoration items, and even some fun activities. There’s a lot to consider, and luckily you’re just in time to start planning your party now.
So, what do you need for an epic and unforgettable game day party?
A Word About Your Guests
Before we get into the must-haves for game day, look over your guest list to get a feel for the type of crowd that will be attending. The type of people you’ve invited will dictate how you plan to feed and entertain them. A party with a group of parents with small kids will certainly look a lot different than a gang of young adults.
Knowing what the crowd will be like can help you determine what type of atmosphere they’ll be more likely to enjoy, as well as the type of food they might prefer to nibble on.
Parties are more festive and exciting when the venue is decorated appropriately. And based on the teams that have made it to the finals, it would make sense to add some decor in the theme of the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. This will get fans of either team into the spirit of the game and the festivities.
Party stores are usually fully equipped for the big event, so be sure to check them out when looking for decorations. And take a look at Walmart while you’re at it, as this popular department store is known for its wide selection of party favors and decorations at low prices. And with Walmart coupons in hand, the savings can be even greater.
In terms of the food you serve, there are always game-day staples to consider. Chips, peanuts, wings, nachos, and beer typically serve as the basics of game day party menus. But based on the people who will be joining you, it’s important to take everyone’s tastes and food sensitivities into consideration when it comes to your food spread. Balance your menu to include a healthy mix of both sweet and salty foods to appease all tastes. Also, consider serving both appetizers for pre-game snacking and main course dishes for everyone to fill their bellies throughout the game.
Some ideas for appetizers may include:
- Soft pretzel bites with cheese dip
- Veggie platter
- Fruit platter
- Donut holes
- Cheese platter
- Spinach artichoke dip with chips
- Gluten-free treats
And here are a few ideas for your main dishes:
- Crockpot tacos
- Pasta salad
Alternatively, you may want to avoid main dishes altogether and just stick with a variety of appetizers that will keep everyone full and satisfied. Just remember to stock your home with enough paper plates, bowls, cutlery, cups, and napkins.
No big game party is complete without drinks to accompany all the savory treats. The type of beverages that you serve will be completely up to you, but parties like these are often filled with beer, wine, and spirits. Just make sure that you have sodas or juice for mixing cocktails, as well as a bottle opener.
You’ll also want to have all guests who are non-drinkers covered, so having a few non-alcoholic beverages handy is important. Soda and water will do just fine or you can throw a mocktail into the mix. And if there are kids present, juice boxes are always a hit.
To top off your beverage list, consider serving a team-oriented signature cocktail to your guests. An easy way to tailor this drink is to add some food coloring to match your favorite team’s colors and serve the drink in cups decorated with the team’s logo.
Instead of stocking your refrigerator with cold beverages, keep a large cooler handy in the living room (or wherever you happen to be watching the game). That way guests can help themselves without you having to cater to them every time someone needs their drink topped up.
If you don’t already have a cooler, now’s a great time to get one. Walmart is always a great source for products like these, and you can score great savings by shopping this time of the year. To get an even better price, download some Walmart coupons and get your cooler at a discount.
In order to keep your drinks cold, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got plenty of ice. The amount of ice you need will likely be a lot more than what your fridge’s ice maker is equipped to handle, so be sure to pick up a few bags just before the party starts.
It’s always important to make sure there is enough seating to accommodate all your guests. Depending on how many people you’re expecting, you may even need to rent or even buy a few fold-up chairs to make sure everyone’s got somewhere to sit comfortably while watching the game. Don’t forget to use coupon codes so you can snag them at a discount in-store or online.
Otherwise, you can mimic a tailgate party by putting out some extra blankets, pillows, and camping chairs to mix things up in the seating department.
While the football game itself is the center of attention and the reason for the party, some guests might want to mingle with each other and have conversations outside of the party. But guests who are really into the game might find such conversations distracting. Rather than limiting the venue to just the room where the game is being shown, include separate areas where guests can gather to chat without bothering anyone focusing on the game.
You can really ramp up the fun factor at your big game party by adding a few activities into the mix. This is especially helpful if there are kids at the party or adults who might not really be into the actual game. Some game ideas can include:
- Tossing a football (perhaps outdoors)
- Bean bag toss
- Game day trivia
Anything that can hold your guests’ attention and keep them entertained will work well as part of your list of activities.
Host Your Best Big Game Party Yet!
Having a game day party is tons of fun, though, it also entails plenty of work and prepping. Not only that, but you’ll be spending a bit of money to tie things all together. That said, there are plenty of ways to enjoy savings on all the gear you need to host a big event like this, such as downloading coupon codes online, shopping in clearance and sales sections in stores, and signing up for deal alerts from your favorite places to shop.
Enjoy the big game, and happy hosting!