Tips For Hosting A Spectacular
Game Day Party
Fall is here, but before you have a chance to put up your Halloween party decorations, put on your football jersey and cheer on your favorite team! We can't make it to all the fall football games for tailgate parties, but just because we're not in a stadium parking lot doesn't mean we can't have a great bash. We have a few ideas to help you get the game day party going at home.
Thrill Of The Grill
If you time it right, you can get a little parking lot flavor without setting a foot on asphalt. Unless weather is an obstacle, break out the grill and fire it up one more time before you have to pack it up for the winter. Dish out the last of the season's brats and burgers for you and your fellow fans while you watch the QB carry the pigskin into the end zone.
Defensive Side Dishes
The side dish is where cooks go nuts! Side dishes are probably the heaviest dishes, but they're also the most delicious. It's also a great way to make use of your slow cooker. Mayonnaise or cream cheese and shredded cheese are the base for just about any hot dip imaginable. You just have to figure what kind of flavors your crowd is into -- buffalo chicken, artichoke, spinach, crab -- you name it and you can turn your cream cheese into a little dollop of heaven. Serve it up with chips, bread, crackers, or veggies.
Beer and soda are no-brainers for your game day party, but if you want to make it extra special, try coming up with a cocktail or punch to honor your team. If you're a Denver Broncos fan, you might try an orange crush cocktail (orange juice, vodka, triple sec, and soda). If you cheer for the Dallas Cowboys, serve a blue cowboy (blue curacao and gin). If you want to go the extra yard, serve a cocktail inspired by the opposing team, as well.
It's easy to boost team spirit with your decor; team wind chimes, mugs, shower curtains. There's something for every room of the house to get football fans pumped. Whether you set up your food on the dining room table or you have everything on the coffee table in front of the TV, you can turn your spread into a football field. Check out Growing Up Gabel's tutorial for a no sew football field table runner to give your food football accents. Or, if you want to keep it really simple, a yard of fake grass can be your tablecloth for game days. If you have any left over, combine it with a little hot glue to make beer can holders. To add a little gridiron to your wall, get the kids involved to make football bunting. All they have to do is cut out football shapes from brown construction paper, decorate them with your team colors or white laces, and attach them to kitchen twine to hang.
The main event, of course, is the football game, but we all know a football party isn't quite a party if it's not five hours long. For the time you're not actually watching the game, you need entertainment for your guests in the form of games. Tailgating games translate well into the backyard; bags, lawn darts, or disc golf are musts for younger tailgaters. Older tailgaters might prefer card games, popular board games, or bocce ball.
At The Lakeside Collection we have ways to celebrate just about every occasion, and fall football is the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and the holidays. From NFL T-shirts to entertaining essentials, we have everything you need to make your football party perfect.