Fantasy Football: 5 Ideas
For Throwing A Fantasy Football Party
Smack talk, friendly competition, divided houses, and things covered in bacon are all part of the game -- the fantasy football game, that is. If you want to make an impression this season, here are 5 ideas for throwing a fantasy football party no one will forget.
Between The Uprights
Football and food are serious business. When hosting a football event, have a variety of portable snacks to keep your guests energized from kickoff until the clock runs out. Consider the classics -- wings, dip and chips, pizza -- but also consider other goodies like sliders, potato skins with sour cream laces, toasted raviolis, baked zucchini sticks, or football-shaped cake pops. Your guests will remember your delicious picks and yell, "It's good!"
As we approach the end of the fantasy season, it's only natural to think ahead. Once a year, there's a time-honored tradition since the Internet and football have united: Fantasy Football Draft Day. Kick off the season with a gathering to mark this special occasion. If you've ever witnessed draft day for the NFL, you know it's the kind of event for non-football fans that would end with lost time and a nap with a neck pillow. So rather than draft players while you stare at a computer screen from home, round up the people in your league and have an in-person draft complete with snacks and a draft board.
Unfortunately, there can be only one winner. Create a humorous trophy like a bejeweled football, spray painted gold toilet seat or DIY version of the coveted Lombardi Trophy. To make the trophy, grab an empty glass bottle of a popular coffee drink, a foam football, scissors, hot glue, permanent marker and silver spray paint. First, clean and dry the bottle with the lid. With a permanent marker, write the year the season takes place. Use the hot glue to trace over the writing. Next, cut a small chunk from the football closer to one end, with the laces facing out. The chunk should accommodate half the bottle opening. Place and glue the ball down. When cooled, cover the structure with a few coats of spray paint.
Line Of Scrimmage
Like the players on the field, your party has to start somewhere. While you can incorporate the sporty theme into your food, it never hurts to add a few subtle touches. Serve chips in folded paper bags or draw X's or O's on disposable cups. Turn your table into a football field or hang a football pennant banner. These projects don't require much time. For example, with the banner, you can utilize craft paper or reuse paper bags by cutting it into football shapes. To create the "laces", use white paint or correction fluid. Punch holes into the paper and string it all together. Your themed decor is sure to score points with guests!
Call Your Audible
Part of the fun with an in-person draft is crafting the board. The board contains the team names your league players have selected, as well as the number of rounds for the draft. Using a large piece of poster board, colored printer paper, masking tape and some markers, you can create a customized and reusable version. Each team has its own column, and set in a specific order. The left side of the board indicates which round you're in. Section off the board to create the number of columns needed to accommodate the participating teams and number of rounds. Determine how many rounds you'll go, and section off the horizontal spaces accordingly. When finished, it should contain one space per team each round. Cut the printer paper into strips that fit inside the boxes. Teams write their draft picks on the paper. Attach with tape, and let the smack talk commence.