How to Host a MVP Worthy “Big Game” Party

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Hosting friends and family for the Big Game may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and tricks that make throwing a Big Game party feel like a breeze.

Plan Ahead

Preparing in advance will help the game day go smoothly so you can enjoy yourself. First, make a guest list so you know how many people to cook for and to ensure adequate seating. Send out email or text invitations and include an RSVP date so that you know exactly how many people are coming. If you are sending paper invitations, be sure to allot enough time for mail delivery.

Finger Foods on a Budget

A food menu can make or break a party. Great food doesn’t have to cost a fortune, though. Finger foods work best for a big game party, since most of the eating and drinking will be done in front of the television.

Drink Up

Aside from the traditional beer and wine; it’s also nice to create a signature mixed drink for your party. This will definitely stand out to your guests and is a great conversation starter for people that don’t know each other. Create a drink table with your signature cocktail featured in the center. Serve it up in fun plastic cups to minimize cleanup and avoid any broken glasses. Fill large buckets with ice to keep other drinks cold. Be sure to offer soda and water for party-goers who don’t drink alcohol. You can also place some ice-filled coolers underneath the drink table to free up space in the fridge.

Keep it Fun

To keep the fun going during commercials and half-time, plan some exciting games for your guests. If it’s an adult-only party, beer pong is always a hit. There are other drinking games you can play as well, such as Flip Cup, Never Have I Ever, Quarters, and Jenga.

Set the Scene

Creating a warm and inviting home for your guests is key to getting them to feel comfortable right away. Clean the day before, so the day of the party can be for cooking and setting up. Set up additional seating, if necessary throughout your living and dining area so that guests can be relaxed. Be sure that your television is large enough for all guests to see, since the game is the focal point of the party. Unless you want all of your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home, consider placing area rugs over your floors and carpets to protect them from any damage. Decorate with football-themed banners and tablecloths to tie into the game day theme. Use paper plates and plastic cutlery to minimize cleanup so that you can enjoy the party.

Remember to have fun with your guests. Preparing as much as possible in advance will allow you to enjoy the game along with your guests. Remember, a relaxed host leads to more comfortable guests and a memorable party.

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