Big Game Sunday: 3 Tips for Planning Your Game Day Celebration

big-game-sundayParty at your place this weekend?

Whether you’re a sports fanatic or not, nothing brings family and friends together like football. (Oh, and food – we can’t forget food…) And if you’re feeling stressed about how this weekend’s festivities, you’re not alone.

But contrary to what you might think, it doesn’t HAVE to be a taxing ordeal to get ready for your guests.

So if you’re one of the many who are scrambling to prepare for the Big Game on Sunday, here are three tips to make sure your football fiesta goes off without a hitch:

1. Research quick and simple recipes

You knew this would be at the top of the list, right?

While it goes without saying that you may want to offer some of those classic tailgating favorites (like chips, dips, pretzels, wings, and pizza), there are plenty of other creative options out there as well.

Pinterest is not only a great resource for home decor inspiration, it’s a great site to reference when you’re looking to spice up your culinary skills.

However, when in doubt or strapped on time, keep it simple or revert to any popular dishes you’ve served in the past. (Our vote is for hotdish!)

And of course, if you’re expecting more than five guests, don’t forget to stock plenty of ice and drinks in portable coolers to avoid everyone having to run back and forth between the kitchen and the couch.

2. Create a comfortable setting

Nothing’s worse than a chilly or overheated living room on Game Day. Overall room temperatures can rise from the heat generated by stoves and TVs, so consider setting your thermostat a few degrees cooler – especially if you’re expecting a lot of people.

To prevent the worst from happening – i.e., a broken furnace – ask yourself the following:

Above all, if you’re nervous about the condition of your furnace, contact your HVAC professional and schedule an appointment.

3. Have back-up solutions

Always expect the unexpected. Some other must-have or “just in case” items for Game Day include:

  • Coasters
  • Bottle openers
  • Plates, bowls and cutlery
  • Trash bags and recycling bins
  • Fresh batteries for the remote
  • Extra cleaning supplies (napkins, paper towels, carpet cleaner, etc.)
  • Extra seating for unexpected guests
  • Games or puzzles for any younger guests

And finally, one request from us… If you’re serving wings, can we come over?