How to Host a Winning Big Game Party

How to Host a Winning Big Game Party

( Even if your team has already been eliminated, hosting a watch party for the big game can give even the rowdiest group of fans reason to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or have the entire team together for one more chance at glory, these tips can help ensure your bash is a winner.

Decorate Your Space

To help make your guests feel like they’re on the sidelines, set the scene by adding team spirit to your party space. Hang banners, streamers and garland in your favorite team’s colors then add festive details like drink and food toppers, foam fingers and a football field rug to provide just the right amount of big game flair.

Lean into a Themed Menu

No big game party is complete without some fan favorites on the menu – wings, pizza, nachos – but football-shaped snacks and treats like pizza and cookies or brownies can be a big hit. If making the food itself themed is too over the top for your crowd, opt instead for football-themed serving dishes, like football-shaped plates, decorative napkins with plays depicted on them or miniature helmets for serving nachos or favorite dips. Cocktails and mocktails can also be curated to match team colors along with team-inspired cups or koozies.

Create a Comfortable Seating Arrangement

Making sure you have enough seating with unobstructed views of the television is paramount, so in addition to your couch, add bean bags or floor cushions to create a comfortable viewing environment. If you’re still worried, bring in the patio furniture or ask guests to bring their own collapsible chairs to make it a true tailgate in your living room.

Plan for Extra Fun

Even though the big game and halftime show are the main sources of entertainment, planning for a little extra fun can keep the party going. Traditional tailgating games like cornhole, frisbee and ladder ball make for simple pre- and post-game fun while halftime bingo or trivia are good options to keep even casual fans invested in the on-screen action.

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