Before we know it we’re in a new year and the end of the eighteen-week NFL season is near. Not to mention that February 12th is the much-anticipated Super Bowl! And during the NFL season, a football party equals a football game must.
Football parties are a popular way for friends, family, and communities to come together and enjoy America’s most popular sport. Whether it’s a big game like the Super Bowl or a local high school rivalry game, football parties are a great way to celebrate the game and show team spirit.
It also enables families to get together to watch an exciting game at the beginning of the New Year. Everyone can enjoy a nice meal together and cheer on their favorite players. It’s the perfect way to ring in the New Year. So this article looks at the different types of football parties so you can have the best day with your friends.
Traditional Tailgate Party
When it comes to football then we have to talk about the most popular tailgate party. For you rookies who don’t know about tailgate parties, it is a form of celebration derived from fans watching football games. Tailgate parties are social events held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. They are typically held in the parking lots of stadiums and arenas. Tailgate parties are often seen as an important part of experiencing a sporting event.
In traditional tailgate parties, people bring grills and ingredients for the barbecue. Of course, there is also an alcoholic beverage to help with the fun. Here’s some advice for people hosting their first tailgate party.
What to bring to a tailgate party
First, ensure order. It is best to make a list of the items you need. Divide the items into several categories to prepare: food and drinks, dishes and cooking utensils, essential outdoor equipment, etc.
When preparing food, you can choose a convenient variety of meats, such as beef patties, to make hamburgers. Or kebabs, ribs, and other foods suitable for gatherings of many people. Thus, to ensure that these meats do not spoil in different weather, a cooler is necessary. If you want to keep your drinks cool, you can also put ice inside the cooler. Bring enough snacks, such as nachos and crackers. Choose lighter, disposable tableware so you don’t have to worry about damage and how to clean it up.
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In the tailgate party, besides food, much outdoor equipment needs attention. For example, portable tables and chairs, and pop-up canopies, which are used as temporary shelters, can be used in all seasons.The NFL season starts in August during the summer, and a pop-up canopy can block the sun to provide shade, plus there is a waterproof fabric that can also avoid the sudden rain chaos.
And even in the winter when the season is almost over, pop-up canopy with sides can also protect you from the cold wind. And with the side walls, it provides better privacy, so you and your friends can relax and chat inside without worrying about other people bothering you.
What’s even better is that it is inherently easy to install and portable, making it perfect for use in a variety of outdoor settings. It is also a resting place for guests, who can sit comfortably and leisurely under the pop-up canopy and enjoy the food. Make your party more fulfilling and enjoyable. The venue of the tailgate party itself is limited, pop-up canopy can be your placeholder sign that makes the most of the limited space.
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What to wear to a tailgate party
Since it is a football party, you might want to dress for comfort and movement. In summer, you can wear a T-shirt with the team logo or mascot and light shoes. Trust me, you will need them. High heels or stiff boots can make you feel tired after long hours of standing and walking. And when the weather gets colder, sweatshirts, facecloth shirts, and jackets are the most popular elements to wear to a tailgate party. Of course, you can also match it according to your favorite team theme color. There is no mistake that denim elements, denim jackets, and jeans. Maintain comfort while still being stylish.
Tailgate parties don’t have to be held only in the parking lot of the competition arena. As long as you like this party format, backyards, and garages can be the place to hold it.
(What to wear to a tailgate party)
Football Watch Party
The NFL season is 18 weeks long and there are other types of football parties you can try during that time. football watch parties are also a great option. It is more convenient and easy to hold a watch party at home. You don’t have to bring all kinds of gear and don’t have to worry about finding a bathroom. You can shout at the TV with your friends at home and discuss the day’s game and the players play together. What could be better than enjoying a cold beer while eating a delicious snack?
How to set up a watch party
The setup of a watch party depends on whether it is indoors or outdoors. If it is outdoors, you will need to prepare earlier, such as a projector and outdoor seating. If it is indoors, you should also check if your playing appliances are in good condition and clean up the house. Whether it is outdoors or indoors you can use some small decorations to make the party atmosphere more intense. Decorating with team flags and balloons is an easy and retro way to go.
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Don’t forget that delicious food is the fastest way to make your football watch party memorable. It’s best to plan and consider some basic questions. How many people are you planning to invite? Will a full meal or snacks be served? How long will the party be? And of course, there’s no need to be overly anxious about the menu; for fans, the focus is on the game. Just serve nachos and dip, hot dogs, celery, and hummus and that’s good enough.
Want to kick the party into high gear? Tell guests to get ready, because we’re going to have a face painting contest! Have guests dress up in team clothes and have them paint each other’s faces before the game starts. This is one of the benefits of hosting a watch game at home and allows for a DIY approach to make the party more fun. Even if guests are rooting for different teams, everyone should be invited to join in on the fun. Take a picture of this scene at the end and it will make everyone think of this party every time during the football season.
Outdoor Football Picnic Party
Instead of watching the game on your computer in your room, why not run into the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature? So, bring your picnic basket and football, meet some friends and start a outdoor picnic trip in the backyard or park. The difference between this and the previous two types of parties is that there is more space for you to even play a mini-football game with your friends. This kind of party is like a gift for people who love competition.
There is no better game than Flag Football, where friends are divided into two groups to participate in this game. The rules of the game are that the players move the ball across the goal line to score points. The team with the highest score at the end of the time limit is the winner.
Unlike a normal football game, a ribbon is hung inside the players’ clothes. If the ribbon is ripped off when the person who has the ball is, the ball is nullified. So your focus should not only be on the football but also your flag. Don’t worry, if you get knocked out early, you can also relax and open your drink and settle in.
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What to make for a football party
The following options will help save you a lot of trouble when you’re preparing the menu for your football picnic party.
- Chicken Wings. Chicken wings are classic party food, especially for sports parties of all types. Buffalo and BBQ flavors are classic and popular.
- Sliders. Sliders are easy to eat because they are small and can be made with a variety of fillings. They can be made with a variety of fillings such as cheese, buffalo chicken, or even some vegetarian options.
- Nachos. Nachos are the star of the party food as well as chicken wings and can be served with ground beef, black beans, cheese, salsa, etc. on the side.
- Dip. Football parties are full of snacks, and dips take them to a whole new level of flavor. Whether it’s cheese, chili, or honey, all can be part of the dip.
- Football-shaped desserts. In keeping with the theme, cute football-shaped cakes and cookies will be a crowd-pleaser at the party.
To cater to a wider range of dietary habits, remember to include non-alcoholic beverage options as well. Offer more vegetables and fruits to give guests other options. This can make your football party more satisfying.
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Overall, no matter which kind of football party it is, it allows friends and family to enjoy the fun and merriment of the game together. With a little planning, the preparation of delicious food and drinks, and the right equipment. You’ll be able to experience both the sport you love and the good times you’ll have with those close to you.