The end of January means just one thing to football fans – the Super Bowl. This year you’ve decided to celebrate the big game by throwing your own bash. Since this isn’t going to be a small affair, you’ll need some advanced planning before game day. Beyond setting a great menu and purchasing plenty of booze, you need to make sure your home is comfortable and accommodating for even the pickiest sports fan.
The Big Clean
Giving your home a thorough cleaning before a major bash is the bare minimum. Before the party, clean out your garage and get rid of any leaves or snow off of your back patio or deck. These are great spaces for you to store extra food, keep kegs chilled and even barbecue—you don’t want them looking like a disaster.
In the main room, remove any valuables that may break easily. Football fans can get wild, and you don’t want your grandmother’s heirloom vase getting crushed during the action.
Protect your rugs from inevitable spills by rolling them up and storing them elsewhere during the game. If the room is carpeted, spray it with scotch guard.
This is the one party where your television is the center of attention. You want to make your guests feel like they’re right at the 50 yard line. That said, if the living room is home to a tiny TV, it’s time to trade in the old model for a giant plasma screen. Add a surround sound system and you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. If purchasing a whole new entertainment system isn’t in your budget, you may consider renting one.
The truth is you’re going to need a good amount of seating for your guests. No one wants to get stuck watching the game in a stiff-back chair. Arrange couches, recliners and other cozy chairs facing the television. Have large throw pillows and beanbag chairs on hand for younger guests who may want to sit on the floor.
Create a separate space for non-sports fans who just want to socialize. This area should be far enough from the main event, so it won’t interrupt the game.
You can’t have a Super Bowl party without sports-themed decor. A few foam fingers, some vintage sports memorabilia, and throws and pillows in your team’s colors are all you need.
Be prepared for the amount of garbage you’ll likely accumulate. Stock up on garbage bags and purchase a few extra bins to place throughout the house or in the garage.
Planning a party can be stressful, but being well-prepared is the best way to pull off a bash without a hitch. A little bit of preparation gives you the freedom to enjoy the game along with your family and friends.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown