If it’s January, it’s time to watch some serious football on TV. Between the college and pro games, there’s enough televised excitement in the coming weeks to merit a number of parties. These should be the least fussy parties you’ll host or attend all year – the game is the main attraction. In any event, a truly stellar game-day party consists of three primary elements: great company, comfortable seating by the TV, and plenty of food and refreshments. If you’re heading out to a party, you’ll want to travel with the right supplies. But whether you’re playing home or away, the MVP is always the disposable container: it’s perfect for traveling, essential for leftovers, and keeps the game-day party from getting too fancy. Here are some other touchdown tips.
Assemble your team
If you’re the host, consider limiting your guests to good friends only (as opposed to the wider social net you might cast for a cocktail party), so that you can enjoy yourself rather than be distracted by hosting duties. As an added bonus, close friends will be more likely to offer to help you out by bringing some refreshments. If you’re invited to someone else’s party, never arrive empty handed: be sure to bring something along, whether it’s a case of soda, or a TakeAlongs Large Round Bowl of your homemade snack mix.
Make every seat feel like the 50-yard line
Whether your guests are most enthralled by half-time shows, blockbuster commercials, or the actual games themselves, a good view of the screen is key. (Another argument in favor of the smaller guest list.) Ensure your guests’ comfort with cushions, a comfortable room temperature, and ottomans they can rest their feet on. Keep the view of the TV unobstructed by laying your buffet out on a sofa table or buffet behind the couch, not on the coffee table itself. Sure it makes your guests move, but keeping things circulating is just what they’ll need during a lengthy broadcast.
Serve what your guests love
A good game-day party calls for familiar favorites that are easy to prepare and easy to clean up. Consider these dishes all-stars for any party menu, whether you’re the host, or planning to prepare something for a potluck.
The best part about this menu is that all the dishes make delicious leftovers. Serving them in Rubbermaid food containers cuts the effort involved in serving, storing and finally re-serving