Sick of holding football parties where you do all the work while everyone else enjoys the game? Most gatherings are anything but stress-free for the host. If you find yourself running to the kitchen at halftime or passing out beer during the big play of the day, you might want to re-think your planning strategy. The key is to set it up and let it run itself.
Decorating madly for your football game party may be tempting, but it’s completely unnecessary. Just a simple sign on the door should be sufficient. Your guests are looking to watch a football game, eat some good food and have a few drinks. Nothing more. Keep your football game party green and stress free by using minimal decor. The host shouldn’t be too busy decorating to enjoy their own party.
A couple tubs full of ice and a stack of cups solves the fridge run problem. Just put your drinks on ice, provide cups and you’re done. Better yet, enact the old BYOB rule. Saves you money and time. Keep the drinks in plain view so you don’t have to show guests where they are either. It’s a stress free way to keep football game party guests happy and hydrated.
Skip the elaborate menu plan. Make something simple that can be kept warm in a crock pot or chafing dish. Chili is an excellent choice. Stack bowls, plates, napkins and silverware on the table. Make a simple cake and frost it right in the pan. Provide chips and shredded cheese as chili toppings. Guests can serve themselves without bothering the host. Vegetarians coming? Make one batch meatless. Don’t forget a bowl of breath mints.
If nobody in your crowd likes chili, or you’re just sick of it, why not lay out sandwich ingredients and chips, buffet style? You can also do a make your own taco or pizza venue. Keep the oven on and let them heat up their own. Better yet, order pizza, bread-sticks and salad for your buffet table. How about a party sub? All these ideas keep the host stress free and able to enjoy the party.
Excuse Me, Where’s the Restroom?
The inevitable result of food and drink is the need to use the restroom. Don’t spent your night showing everyone where it is. Make signs to point the way. Be sure to stock the restroom with visible tissue, soap and towels before the party begins. As the host, you should be able to watch the football game like everyone else. A stocked restroom means no running to the corner store at half time.
Inevitably, someone will be short a babysitter and have to bring the kids along. Most young kids might prefer entertainment other than a football game. It might be a good idea to set up a room with a rented movie or games for the younger set too. This creates a stress free atmosphere for both the host and guests.
Of course, the main event is the football game. What if guests want to stay longer? What if someones spouse is just not that into the football game? Be sure to set up a card table with cards and games to choose from. Find enough chairs for everyone before the party too. Now everyone at the party has something to do, a place to sit, food and drinks. Guess the host has time to enjoy the party now, instead of spending the whole time serving and entertaining everyone else.