8 Tips to Hosting the Perfect Game Day Party

8 Tips to Hosting the Perfect Game Day Party
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8 Tips to Hosting the Perfect Game Day Party

Check out the following tips to help plan your game day party.

Finger Foods Feed the Masses

Feel as though you invited enough guests to field a full football team? Serve finger foods. They're easy to make and great for a big crowd!

Try our recipe for Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

Keep the Game-Viewing Area Open.

Game day parties are a great time for friends to socialize. But remember, guests also want to be able to watch the game. Make sure to keep the TV area open so your guests don't miss the big play!

Cook Ahead of Time!

Hosting a game day party can be stressful. Save yourself some time and worry by preparing the food ahead of time!

Try our great slow-cooker recipes before the big day.

Keep 'em Cold (No One Likes a Warm Beverage)!

Nothing washes down spicy buffalo wings or chips and dip like a cold beer. Keep your party beverages on ice!

Use Plastic or Paper for a Simple Clean-Up.

Has all of the excitement and fun left you exhausted? Keep cleaning up simple by using plastic utensils and plates.

Is the TV Working?

The most important prep tip that many hosts forget: Check that your TV is working correctly! No TV leads to unhappy fans.

Encourage a Potluck

Spice things up by hosting a potluck. This fun spin will keep all players involved in the party!

Children's Play Area

The easiest way to keep the kids from blocking the TV is to create a play area in the next room. You'll still be able to see and hear them without having to worry about the kids ruining the game. Don't forget: It's the more the merrier when it comes to keep children occupied!


Game day is almost here, and you've volunteered to host a party! There are probably a million things running through your mind, between preparing the food and organizing the perfect viewing area, but hosting a game day party doesn't have to be stressful. It's important to plan ahead! Leaving things until Sunday morning will guarantee disaster.

We recommend that you start planning at least five days ahead of time. That will give you enough time to invite everyone, grocery shop, cook and clean. Be sure to invite an equal number of fans from both opposing teams. That way, no one will feel left out.

Next step: Figure out what you want to cook and how much food you'll need. Have a detailed list ready before you leave for the grocery store.

Tip: Be aware of any allergies your guests have. (Check out our article on the 10 Most Common Food Allergies.)

Once you've got the food, Check out the slideshow above for 8 simple tips to ensure that game day goes smoothly.

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