Whether your team is a title contender or is looking for more incredible fortune next season, I, Mark Roemer, know that football is always more enjoyable when played with friends. However, not everyone prefers to spend their time at the sports bar.
Football parties with your friends at your flat are a terrific way to unwind after that Saturday marathon or during that weekday primetime game. But how does one go about throwing a football party? It’s as simple as kicking a chip shot field goal (with the laces out, of course) to transform your gathering into a stadium tailgate.
How many guests should you invite (and where to put them)
Because you live in your apartment, no one understands it better than you regarding how many people it can comfortably accommodate. Make sure there’s enough space for everyone to sit down comfortably. Couches are comfortable, but they can only accommodate about four people at a time.
In your living room, arrange several folding chairs or barstools such as to not to feel too crowded, and then count the number of spots. Floor pillows are also an excellent idea, provided that they are not used to cram people in. That’s not enjoyable for anyone.
Look into whether your landlord or condominium has a limit on the number of guests you can have. Don’t forget to advise everyone where to park before they arrive so that they are prepared.
For most people, throwing a football party would be incomplete without the use of alcoholic beverages. It’s OK to ask everyone to bring a few beer bottles for the potluck, but you should provide the drinks if you have the money. While it is acceptable to utilize this as an occasion to demonstrate your craft beer elitism, it is also fair to provide a selection of Budweiser and Coors Light.
You don’t know how much your friends drink, but you may figure that they consume approximately a beer and a half per quarter, so do the math. Renting a keg of the cheapest beer is a more party-friendly option that costs roughly $100.
Alcohol and mixed drinks are not required, but if you want to impress your friends with your bartending abilities, go ahead and do it. Bottles of hard beverages (such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice) are a convenient and inexpensive substitute. Of course, not everyone enjoys alcoholic beverages, so keep soda and bottled water on hand as well.
As a result, make sure you have adequate fridge space or, better yet, ice up a cooler to store the drinks in while they are being served. Purchase a sleeve of red Solo cups or let everyone drink from glass bottles. If you enjoy your furnishings, place some amusing coasters on the table.
Everyone has something to eat
There is a plethora of alternatives when it comes to party food. Wings are an absolute essential. Grilled foods such as burgers, dogs, and brats are always a hit with the crowd. Dips such as onion or bean, hummus, guacamole, and salsa are usually a hit, especially when served with a decent selection of chips and vegetables (even shrimp!) for dipping. Finger snacks such as nachos, mozzarella sticks, and quesadillas are quick and easy to prepare. Disposable plates and incredibly robust bowls can be provided, or you can invest in some unique bamboo dishes.
Do you want something with a little more oomph? Messy options such as meatballs or chili are available, but they can be time-consuming to prepare. Cheesesteaks and soft pretzels are ideal football meals, and not only for Philadelphia Eagles fans, as they are for everyone. And did you know that fondue is making a comeback? It is sure to impress your guests.
Do you consider yourself to be a chef? Spend the rest of the day preparing all of the cuisines to the highest standard. However, if you want to pick up your food from a carryout restaurant or have them pre-prepared at the supermarket, don’t feel like you’re a horrible host. You might also organize a potluck with your pals if they are interested. And even if all you do is order a few pizzas, you can be sure that no one will object to your actions.
No matter how much food you prepare or order, you will run out of hot food before the end of the game, no matter how creative you are. Plan ahead of time by stocking your pantry with plenty of potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, cheese curls, and vegetables to last till the clock strikes zero. Another lovely touch is to provide something sweet after the game, but it isn’t necessary; simply serving M&M’s will work.
All of the minor details to take into consideration
Don’t forget to check out the restroom. You’ll have more trips to the bathroom if you serve more beer and snacks than people. Set out significantly more toilet paper than you anticipate needing, additional stack towels, and restock the soap dispenser. Keep a can of air freshener and your plunger in a discreet location as well.
Do you want to engage both hardcore and casual fans at the same time? If you’re watching a sporting event, set out some activities that are relevant to the action. These could include announcer bingo, football betting squares, or even some nerf darts that you can throw at your television when the challenge doesn’t go your way. Do you have any extra space? Set up indoor cornhole to provide the feeling of being at a tailgate party.
Preparing your porch or patio will allow them to enjoy some fresh air and a break from the heat. When people eat their meals outside, a trash can and a paper towel roll are essential. Set up a Bluetooth speaker that is connected to your television so that no one misses a thing. If any of your guests smoke, make sure to give an ashtray. If you’re fortunate enough to have a grassy area for halftime, consider organizing a touch football game.
There are plenty of options and foods that you will not be short on any of these on gameday. I, Mark Roemer, hope that you have found this list beneficial, and you have a wonderful season of football. Good luck to you and your team!