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Your Guide to Hosting a Stress-Free Game Day Party

Easy, affordable tips and creative ideas to score big with the sofa super-fans in your life.

As the big game approaches, excitement fills the air, and so does the pressure to throw a great viewing party without any fumbles. We’re sharing our playbook for décor, snacks, and more to win over your guests by the time the first whistle blows.  Whether it’s Game Day Sunday or a college face-off, these smart strategies will ensure the only stress on game day is which team will win.   

Kick-off with Pre-Game Prep 

Start your party planning just like the pros with a strategic huddle. Make a game plan several days in advance, going over all of your party must-haves, like seating, snacks, and set-up. Make sure you arrange your viewing area so that every seat feels like the best one in the house. With all the subscription services, it’s also worth making sure you’ll have access to the big game and that all your devices are up to date. 

Add some Budget-Friendly Decor 

You don’t need to splurge on decorations to capture the football spirit. Dress your den in team colors using crafts and creativity. DIY pennants or paper chain link streamers in team colors are a great starting point. If you’ve got extra spirited fans or kids in the audience, consider leveling up your play with things like temporary team mascot tattoos or face paint.  Show your home team pride on the snack table with colored paper plates and napkins and/or color-coordinated treats, like frosted cookies or cupcakes.   

Get Ready for the Action 

The secret to any successful game day bash is having most of the work done before kickoff. Opt for a menu that can be mostly prepared in advance.  Assemble snack trays, dips, and spreads before guests arrive. For items served warm from the oven, it’s helpful to prep and keep them refrigerated in a baking dish labeled with the cook time and temperature. Taking some help from the store is also a winning move.  Order trays of sliders, wraps, and sandwiches from the deli counter in advance and pick them up before party time to satisfy linebacker-sized appetites without breaking a sweat.    

Make some Big Batch Beverages 

Just like the hydration stations on the sidelines, you’re going to need options to keep your team going strong until the final whistle. We like to offer one large batch cocktail, like sangria and Moscow mule, one non-alcoholic drink everyone can enjoy. Set up a self-serve drink station with clearly labeled coolers or pitchers. This not only prevents a traffic jam in the kitchen, but also lets you enjoy the game instead of playing bartender. 

Make some Game Day Grub 

When it comes to feeding your team, think easy to share and simple to make. Our French fry board [TK link to recipe when live TK] is your MVP here: a crowd-pleaser that you can prep before guests arrive. Lay out a variety of condiments – classics, like ketchup and mustard, as well as upgraded options like truffle mayo and beer cheese – and nobody will be able to resist. Build-your-own stations, like this DIY bar starring a delicious beef chili,  add an element of fun that allows guests to customize their bowls with upgrades like pickled jalapeños and corn chips. Plus, anything that utilizes your slow cooker’s keep warm function makes a perfect addition to a buffet table, ensuring it stays hot from kickoff to overtime.  

With this playbook of pointers, your get-together is sure to be crowned MVP – Most Valuable Party.  An afternoon full of exciting action on the field, good food, and good company means everyone will be a winner, no matter the score.  

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