Supply snacks…but don’t try to be a hero.
Pretzels, chips, taco dip…these are classics for a reason. Provide them plentifully. But it’s OK to let other people bring their special dish as well.
Prepare a food main event.
Pizza and wings, sandwiches, chili, a pot luck, a make-your-own taco bar. Doesn’t really matter. But if you want people to enjoy the party, you’ve gotta feed ‘˜em.
Beer, beer, and more beer.
This one is self-explanatory, right? Get some six-packs, some growlers, maybe fire up the old kegerator. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of the good stuff to go around.
Don’t forget to stock the bar.
Not everyone loves beer (yeah, it’s weird, we know), so you better have the staple bottles. Think whiskey, gin, vodka, and maybe some wine. That should keep you covered.
Avoid a mixer mix-up.
Get stocked up on sodas, juices, and other non-alcoholic essentials for the designated drivers, the pregnant, the “had too much by halftime” crowd, the non-drinkers, the cocktail drinkers, and the kids.
This is not the night for musical chairs.
Not everyone has to have a seat, but you want to make sure you’ve got enough room for at least 75% of your guests to be seated and watching the television at any one time. Expect a big crowd? Set up multiple viewing areas. (Side note, if your TV sucks, don’t host the party. It’s that simple.)
Gambling in the name of good, clean fun.
Two words: mandatory squares. Everyone has more fun if they have an extra reason to pay attention, so why not set up some Score Squares? If people are squeamish about paying, just supply a grand prize that everyone plays for, and let the excitement begin.
Tell Spot to cool his heels.
Unless your gathering is confined solely to regular visitors who have shown that they’re fine with an excitable pet on a constant begging mission, keep your dog, cat, iguana, or other pet in its own sanctuary for the evening. It’s easier for everyone.
Know your crowd.
Is your home team in the game? Are your friends the kind of people that paint their faces and know where the left tackle gets his hair cut? Or will your particular party be the kind that features more of the people that think a “touchdown” involves an airplane but really love those commercials? It’s your job to keep everyone happy so it’s smart to know what you’re dealing with.
Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to have a blast this February 2nd. And remember the wise words of Vince Lom’Party’: “Throwing a memorable bash for the Big Game isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”