With my NY football teams coming painfully short of the playoffs, it was time to switch gears and get into playoff watching, and party planning, mode. What better way to ease the pain than with a fabulous homegating party!!! :0)
A great party with amazing food and drinks is just such a wonderful way to spend time with friends while enjoying the game. People absolutely love it, no matter if they are huge football fans or just casual fans. Plus, I really wanted to throw my party before the Big Game next week because we were already invited to another party that day!!! I can’t wait to go, actually…but first…my little jam!!!
For any homegating party, there are a few essential ingredients that will make it a guaranteed hit.
- First, there needs to be a great game to watch. Sure the locals are great, but what game is more exciting and enthralling then the Big Game??? There’s a reason it’s one of the most-watching events of the year!
- Second, you have to have a great guest list. Invite a few more people than you think you should. Mix up the guest list and gather people from all of your difference social spheres. People love meeting new people or getting to know acquaintances better. Get them out of their typical comfort zone!
- Third, you should he a ridiculous amount of delicious eats. Whether you make it, cater it, or pot-luck it, people love to eat. Make the food memorable be it paninnis from the local Italian deli, BBQ from a caterer you love, or homemade family favorites. Put out the apps, then bring out more, then serve the main course when everyone is complaining they have no room for it! After that, make sure the coffee and desserts (perfect course for the guests to bring) make an appearance. Diets be darned, it’s the Big Game!!
- Finally, great drinks. Be sure to stock the fridge and the bar with anything and everything you could think of. Be sure not to skimp on mixers and limes. Also, make sure you have something for everyone’s taste. You don’t want anyone to feel left out. I have become a huge FAN-tastic FANtail lover! There are so many great options but there’s no better one than Smirnoff Ice when you thinking up amazing recipes!
We stocked the bar, invited about 50 people, and had some ridiculous BBQ catered. Ribs, burgers, hot dogs, skirt steak, and more…in the middle of January! They even brought their own BBQ grill (utencils included). Everyone went nuts, stuffed their faces, and had such a great time. The game was great and the party was even better. It was one to remember for sure. It was pretty much perfect!!!
At the bar, Smirnoff Ice Premium Malt Beverage was perfect for anyone that likes a good cocktail but it’s also great for beer and wine drinkers that just want to pop a bottle open and pour with no fuss. There are so many great flavor options straight from the bottle, it appeals to a wide swatch of tastes…with no mess!! I personally love the Sparkling Pink Grapefruit the best, but they are all very tasty. It’s a home run and a staple for any and all parties I plan to host.
So what do you have planned for the Big Game? Do you do anything that’s uniquely you? What’s your favorite drinks, food, music??? So many options, it’s hard to choose sometimes. The key, make it fun and accessible to everyone. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!!!
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