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        Easy Tips for Creating an Awesome Game Day Party

        (ARA) – No matter what the sport, it’s tradition to get together with friends for some fun while watching the game. Although the competition is enough to keep everyone excited, there are some party tips that help ensure everyone is having fun.

      The stars of the Food Network’s “Road Tasted” and authors of “The Deen Bros. Cookbook: Recipes from the Road,” Jamie and Bobby Deen are sport party enthusiasts. Here are some of their expert tips for planning and pulling off a festive, fun and fuss-free party.

      Pre-Game Strategy
      From settling on a party theme to planning the menu, there’s a lot you’ll need to get done before kick-off. Start by making a list and then, to cut down on time, visit a warehouse store, like Sam's Club, to get all your party supplies in one stop. Since you’re shopping for a group, buy in bulk to get better deals. Don't forget about decorating with a festive theme so that your guests can cheer on their favorite team. Encourage your guests to dress comfortably and support their favorite team by sporting a jersey or t-shirt.

      Party food should be delicious, but it should also be fun and casual -- this isn’t an occasion for champagne and caviar. One example from the Deen Bros. cookbook is “Lime Marinated Chicken Wings with the Avocado Dip.” This recipe is full of flavor and not too spicy, so everyone will enjoy.

      Avoid Party Fouls
      Party food is messy -- BBQ sauce, salsa and ketchup all have a way of ending up on clothing. To keep your jersey clean until the final play, try a portable cleaner like Tide to Go. It’s an instant stain remover that will help you and your guests tackle food and drink stains when and where they happen. It’s also a great “armchair essential” so you don’t have to get up or miss a minute of the game -- or commercials -- when disaster strikes.

      Stadium Seating
      It’s easy to create the right atmosphere and viewing experience to make every fan feel like they’re part of the action on game day. For those who want to go all out -- think about a new TV to get the best picture and sound. If an HD set is out of your budget, at least make sure your living room is setup for success. Arrange furniture in an “L" shape with extra chairs around the perimeter of the room. That way, most guests will have a good view of the television and they can also sit and talk. Also, put food on tables throughout the room, instead of one central location.

      Post-Game Wrap-Up
      No host wants to end the evening with a big mess. To avoid hours of clean-up after the game, use disposable paper products for everything from tablecloths to plates and napkins. While paper might be too informal for a dinner party, it’s definitely appropriate for this occasion. Best of all, you can buy them all in your favorite team’s colors to match your party decor.


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