Football season is something we all look forward to every year, giving us more reason to turn your favorites games into a celebration of friends and family. Hosting a football party is a fun responsibility, but still requires some forethought nonetheless. If you want to create a lively, entertaining atmosphere, make sure your guests are accommodated with delicious food and drink! Don’t want to deal with all the hassle? No problem!
Continue reading to learn some simple tips for catering a football party this season!
✅ Plan the Menu
What kind of party do you want to throw? A big party with a lot of guests? A little get-together? Something informal? Something more formal? The amount of food and the style it is served will depend on these questions and more. If you are going for an informal party with just your closest friends and family, you may prefer a buffet-style menu that offers some American game classics, like wings, sliders, hot dogs, nachos, French fries, dips, and soft pretzels. If you are planning something larger or more formal, you may prefer to incorporate an actual pre-game sit down dinner that serves heartier, full course meals.
✅ Consider the Kids
If there will be children at your football party, it is recommended to create a separate kid-friendly, fuss-free menu that will please even the pickiest of eaters, such as chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, tater tots, mini corn dogs, hot dogs, and chocolate chip cookies. Furthermore, it will make your game time experience more enjoyable if you provide a separate “kiddie” table that is lower to the ground and easier for children to access. If you have older kids and teens attending, think about appointing them as servers and cleaning helpers!
✅ Set Up a Self-Serve Drink Station
Unless you want to appoint yourself as the designated bartender all day, don’t risk missing any game time moments and set up a self-serve drink station instead. Guests can grab a beer, glass of wine, or a quick cocktail all on their own, without asking you to serve them. Be sure the station has everything needed to serve the drinks you have made available, including ice (freezer, bucket or cooler), bottle opening, wine key, glasses, can/bottle holders, coasters, garnishes (lime wedges, bar olives, etc.), cocktail mixers, and of course, liquor.