5 Tips for Throwing the Best Gameday Party
Fall sports season is in full swing with NHL, NFL, College Football and NBA games dominating the airways almost every night of the week. This opens up plenty of gameday opportunities over the next several months to get friends and family together to show off that big screen you got at last year’s Black Friday sale.
Position TV for Better Viewing
Depending on where your TV is located, you’ll want to make sure that wherever people are in that room they can see the television. Depending on the size of the room and the layout of your house, you’ll also want to add seating or set up TVs in spillover rooms so that people can continue to watch the game even when they’re not in front of the big screen.
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Snack Table Defense
Whether you’re moonlighting as a Food Network chef, have a Costco card burning a hole in your pocket or like potluck style gatherings, it’s essential to have a dedicated area for snacks and food. Long folding tables and convertible dining room tables are always the best option. These tables (depending on what you’re working with) should be pushed out of the way and up against a wall. If your kitchen already has a large island or built-in bar area, that would also be an ideal spot for the party feast. The idea is to avoid excited party goers from knocking over the game day chili or bumping into the snack table during outbursts of excitement or exasperation. No one wants that homemade boneless wings recipe to end up on the floor!
You’ll also want to do a thorough cleaning and pay particular attention to the areas where your guests will be hanging out like the living room, bathroom, and kitchen. This can be difficult if you have a lot of knick-knacks, children’s toys, and furniture crowding up these areas and taking up floor space. It is not easy to clean under, around and behind a lot of heavier furniture pieces.
If you live in the snow, you’ll want to be sure to have a designated area for damp coats, wet boots, umbrellas and the like. A hall closet will usually suffice, but a coat rack or wall hooks would also be advisable.
To avoid confusion, there are plenty of places to get free downloadable invitations so your friends know what kind of party you’re throwing. Are kids allowed? Will there be games for adults? When does the game start and what food can they bring? Depending on who is coming, you might want to set up an area for the guests who are not necessarily big sports fans but love a good party. Consider arranging this space as an area for engaging in conversation or for young children to play and watch something else they’d prefer on television.
For anything that’s not disposable, that you’d like to keep but don’t use very often, arrange it into neat piles of specific categories like toys, clothes, housewares etc. This will make it much easier to decide which box to request online for return delivery when you decide you need a particular item.
Hide Everything Else
Closets are an ideal place to put things that you need to move out of the way temporarily. Often these spaces are filled with things we don’t need like unnecessary product boxes and packaging or things rarely used like camping tents, blow up beds and random parts for things you can’t remember. Consider cleaning these areas out to make space available for moving your stuff out of the way during the party.
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