Bringing the Tailgate Home: How to Get Your Home Ready for Football Season
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The NFL season is fast approaching. Most sports are making a comeback. You know what that means... It's time for you to get your tailgate parties ready to roll!
The ideal tailgating party depends a lot on the company that you're inviting over. For example, you'd throw a different party for a bunch of your buddies than you would if your family (and their children) were heading over.
That said, there are a few fundamentals that apply to any guest list. See below for tips on tailgating, cooking, junk removal for the big day, and so much more. Consider all these elements as you prepare your party.
1. The Right TV Set-Up
First things first, you need to make sure you have a TV set-up that's worthy of all your guests that will be attending.
First, try to consider which teams that every guest is a fan of. For some of you, this will be easy if everyone roots for the same team. For those of you with a mixed bag, you'll want to make sure at least one TV is playing each person's favorite team.
Next, think about which places in your house will have the most traffic in them. Typically, this will be your living room, kitchen, and outdoor space (if you have one). Make sure there's a TV in each room. That way, you can keep up with the game wherever you go.
You might also consider things like NFL Sunday Ticket which allows you access to out-of-market games as well.
2. Thoroughly Clean Your Space
Face it... having the game on isn't the main attraction for why people are coming over. In fact, some of your guests have no interest in the game at all. They come for social gatherings and your home's comfy set-up.
For that reason, it's important that you make as much space for people as possible. Get rid of any junk around your house using a junk removal service. They'll help you declutter your house in order to maximize space for all of your guests.
Begin this process by grabbing a notepad and pen, then walking through your house, and listing every item you want to get rid of on a room by room basis.
Nothing's worse than feeling claustrophobic inside your own house. Get rid of the excess items inside and make room for all of your guests that you invite over. That way, everyone can be in the same room with a little social distancing.
3. Create Your Gameday Menu
Odds are, you have an idea of what the ultimate gameday menu looks like in your head. However, you aren't feeding a bunch of yous. You're aiming to feed your guests, all of which have different tastes and preferences.
You should always think in terms of finger foods, drinks, and main courses. Your guests will be happy to help out by bringing over their favorite dish or buying some chips and drinks at the nearest grocery store, you need only ask.
Think of ways to make your game day spread stand out. Create some awesome gameday cocktail recipes, stock up on different types of beer, schedule different appetizers to set out a different one every hour of the party.
Remember, you'll want to serve food items that are still tasty at room temperature. That means using a wide variety of dips, chips, and (of course) meats. Also, try to consider whether there's any vegetarians coming. You don't want anyone feeling left out.
4. Build a Dynamite Playlist
So far this article has covered how to accomplish the right sights and tastes of the ultimate tailgate party... but don't forget the sounds.
People will most likely start piling in before the games actually start. That leaves an awkward period where you're not yet listening to the game, but everyone's still warming up their voices for the party.
Nothing saves you in those moments more than an awesome home audio system and playlist. It puts white noise in the background, sets the tone for the party, and can even be a conversation starter!
Try to accomplish a little bit of everything: rap, alternative rock, pop, EDM, R&B, and a few "oldy but goody's" in there for laughs. You can still play the playlist with the game on, just lower its volume a bit or take it into the other room where people are conversing.
5. Get Decorative With It
Now's the time for you to summon your inner Martha Stewart and get as creative as possible with the decorations.
If most of your guests are pulling for one team, then bust out the team flags and use that team's color on your napkins, table cloth, the icing on your deserts, and so on.
For those of you with guests that can't agree on one team, keep everything in the shape of footballs. This will set the tone without being too overly generic.
Also, you might consider setting up games within the game. For example, you could set up a bingo game for the day, get a finger flick football tournament going, or even set up a betting pool for the winners of each game. Whatever you think your guests will enjoy.
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