The DO’s and DON’Ts of Hosting a Big Game Party

29 Jan, 2014

Do's and Don'ts for a Big Game Party

With the big game quickly approaching, you may be planning a party with family or friends. To make sure your game-watching event goes off without a hitch, check out our do’s and don’ts of hosting a football party!

The DO’s:

1. DO offer a variety of classic snacks and hearty appetizers – and plenty of them.
Make sure you don’t fumble and run out of chips or pizza. Plan ahead and prepare enough food for the amount of guests you will be hosting. You’ll want filling appetizers and snacks to last guests from the first quarter – to the halftime show – to the final quarter. Need some appetizer inspiration? Check out our Party Pinwheels, Tomato Bruschetta and Garlic Potato Skins with Onion and Spinach Dip recipes on the blog.

2. DO DVR the game for easy replay of the game and commercials.
Make sure no one misses a beat by DVR-ing the game. You’ll be able to rewind and re-watch your favorite plays and commercials or catch up on what you missed while preparing food or refilling drinks.

3. DO adjust your TV to optimal viewing quality before guests arrive.
Configure your TV’s display settings to ensure your guests can view the game in perfect quality – some TVs even have a “sports” setting. If you’re planning on purchasing a new TV for the big game, check out h.h. gregg’s selection of Ultra HD TVs, LED TVs and 3D TVs for the ultimate viewing experience.

4. DO make sure there’s plenty of seating.
Request that your guests RSVP so you’ll know how many people will need seating. If your entertainment room doesn’t have enough seating as is, use kitchen chairs or purchase a few folding chairs to ensure that everyone has a seat by the big screen.

The DON’Ts:

1. DON’T ignore healthy dishes.
It’s okay to have some splurge-worthy, calorie-filled dishes, but don’t forget to include some lighter fare for guests looking to eat healthy in the New Year (read our post on Meeting Your Fitness Goals to jump on the healthy-living bandwagon!).

2. DON’T neglect guests who aren’t diehard fans – have a party area for them, too.
Let’s face it: not everyone is a football fan; some people may be attending your party for the food and friends – not the game. Make sure you include a sitting area with snacks and beverages for anyone in the group who wants to take a break from touchdowns, first downs and field goals.

3. DON’T feature complicated gourmet menu items.
When hosting a gathering that involves hanging out in front of the TV, stick to easy-to-eat foods that don’t require a ton of preparation. After all, you want to enjoy the game, too! Simple finger foods that are easy to clean up are ideal for a big game party.

4. DON’T wait until Sunday to prepare.
While it’s fine to make a few last-minute preparations – like heating up a dip or setting up seating – Sunday should be reserved for just that: last-minute items. Make sure you plan in advance, whether it’s shopping for decorations, disposable tableware or the ingredients for your party menu.

Are you hosting a big game party? What are your best party-hosting tips?

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