It’s football season again, which means it’s time to gather your fellow football fans and party! Hosting an NFL viewing party is easy with a little preparation. Follow these tips and your NFL viewing party is sure to be as fun as watching the game itself.
First Things First: Food
Every good football party needs to be stocked with the right food and drinks. Finger foods are a crowd favorite. You can’t go wrong with chicken wings, nachos, or pizza, but you can add some excitement to these old standbys. Let your guests customize their nachos with a nacho bar. Fill your nacho bar with all your favorite toppings like nacho cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa, and taco meat. If you’re looking for a new spin on nachos, try replacing the corn chips with tater tots and make sure there’s crumbled bacon for toppings.
Challenge Guests to a Cook Off
While we’re talking about food, how about adding some friendly competition to the party with a chicken wing cook off? Make your best chicken wing recipe and ask guests to bring theirs. Of course, chicken wings are just one option for a cook off. You could do ribs, chili, or even burgers. Whichever you choose, invite your guests to bring their best rendition. Winner takes home bragging rights.
Keep Cold Drinks on Hand
Don’t forget to stock up the fridge with plenty of game day drinks. You can’t go wrong with a good beer, after all, beer goes with football like pumpkin spice lattes go with fall. If beer’s not your thing, or you want to offer some non-alcoholic options, serve up your favorite punch in a punch “Super” bowl (get it, Super Bowl?).
Add Some Excitement with Games
Now that the food is under control, it’s time to liven up the party with some games. Before the football game starts, have your guests write down who they think the winning team will be and their guess for the final score. At the end of the game, the person who picked the winning team and got closest to the score wins a prize, like a football or team mug. Another fun game is “football lingo bingo.” Set up bingo cards with football terms like “touchdown,” “pass interference,” or “end zone” and have guests mark their bingo card whenever an announcer says the words on their cards.
Pick the Biggest Fan
Besides games, consider throwing a biggest fan competition. Ask your guests to come representing their favorite team as big as possible. Encourage guests to dress as crazy as possible to really liven up the competition. The person showing the most team pride gets a prize, like a $10 iTunes gift card or something bigger like a football jersey.
When it comes to throwing an NFL football viewing party, you can’t go wrong with serving good food, cold beers, and inviting good company. With these tips, your NFL viewing party will be a hit so start planning and get the party started!
– By Lana Evans, Editor