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.
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.
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.
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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