How To Throw The Ultimate Big Game Party

How To Throw The Ultimate Big Game Party

Few things unite passionate sports fanatics, fair weather fans and those just in it for the food and commercials like the year's biggest football game. If you're in charge of hosting this year's shindig, here are a couple of ways to tackle the task like a pro and score the win for best big game party ever.

Create the Buzz

Create the Buzz

Invitations make an event of even the most informal gatherings—but there's no need to spend a dime announcing your big game bash. Fire up the browser on your tablet or laptop, point it to your favorite social network, and then create and distribute a free event invitation. Later, use the event page to update party details, ask for help or simply create buzz as the big day nears. An added bonus? The RSVP feature helps keep tabs on how many people to expect.

Plan the Menu

Plan the Menu

People get hungry when watching the game. In addition to the traditional wings, sliders and potato skins, consider scanning cooking apps—like Food Network or Food Dude—on your smartphone or tablet, and use them to research crowd-friendly finger foods. Look specifically for those that can be made ahead of time so you're free to hang out with your buddies instead of being trapped in the kitchen. This spinach dip, for example, takes a few minutes to make, and the flavors really pop after a day or two in the fridge.

Super Easy Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

1 10-ounce box of frozen chopped spinach 1 16-ounce container of sour cream or Greek yogurt 1 cup of mayonnaise 1 vegetable soup mix packet Optional: water chestnuts, celery or onion

Directions:

Step One: Defrost and squeeze dry the box of frozen chopped spinach.

Step Two: Combine the spinach with the sour cream or Greek yogurt, a cup of mayo, and a packet of vegetable soup mix. For extra crunch, add minced water chestnuts, celery or onions. Blend together well.

Step Three: Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

Step Four: The day of the big game, remove the center of a large loaf of pretzel bread or pumpernickel (if you can find it)—opt for an oblong shaped loaf that resembles a football. Be sure to chop the pieces into bite-size squares for dipping—and spoon the spinach dip into the bread hollow.

Step Five: Place the bread squares, crackers or chips around the bread bowl and serve.

Lay It Out Buffet-Style

Lay It Out Buffet-Style

Provide plenty of disposable plates, napkins and eating utensils, and lay out your spread buffet-style on the kitchen or dining room table. This keeps guests from reaching over one another for food—which, in turn, means no one's in the way of the next big play and spills are kept to a minimum. It also makes it easy to keep an eye on dishes that need a refill or a quick heat-up in your microwave.

Make It Smart

Make It Smart

If you have a Smart TV, make use of the huge range of additional content and special features to take your game day party to the next level. Use the Facebook app, for example, for quick status updates between plays. Search YouTube to re-screen favorite commercials from big games past. For the big wow factor, beam photos, videos, music and and other content from your smartphone or tablet directly to the big screen.

Go for Big Sound

Go for Big Sound

Why just listen to the game when you can virtually experience it as if you're in the stadium? Sure, the built-in speakers on your TV are made to deliver high-quality sound, but an enhanced sound system can make you feel like you're actually at the game. Be sure to crank up the sound for the full effect—or to drown out annoying background noise, like your buddies cheering for the other team.

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