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With the Big Game coming up, I thought I’d share some of my party planning tips and ideas. Hopefully some of these suggestions will make it easier for you to be hanging out with your guests having fun versus stressing because you forgot to buy extra paper towels. (And trust me, with football food, you’ll want those extra paper towels!)
Big Game Party Planning Tips
Make a List, Check it Twice
From whom you’re inviting to what you’re serving, you’ll need a list. The guest list is usually the easiest thing to knock out, so do that first. Plus you’ll want to give your friends and family enough time to shift their schedules so they can attend. Next, write out everything you need to shop for: ingredients, packaged foods, paper products, decorations, etc. I write out a master list on paper, then do separate digital shopping lists by store on an app in my phone.
Once you have your lists, it’s time to shop. I do a lot of my pre-party shopping at Target as they have a great selection, especially of cool add-on items from the Dollar Spot that I can use to boost my theme. I also love their coupon policy about pairing a Target coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for extra savings.
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A couple of days before the party date, gather your supplies. You may find that you’ve overlooked something – like the extra paper towels. It’s also a good time to start matching items up. For example, if you’re serving five kinds of chips, do you have five appropriately-sized bowls? For non-perishable items, I go ahead and place them in their corresponding container and set them in my office.
Party Set Up
I have cabinets and shelves full of cool serving pieces and themed dishes. But when it comes to the Big Game, I like to keep it simple. I serve up most of my snacks in containers like these Rubbermaid food storage ones. They’re easy to clean and won’t break if things get rowdy. I especially love the Divided Snackers because you can put food in one part and a dip or sauce in the other.
Fun & Games
I like to have activities for my guests. Sometimes I’ll ask them to bring a dish (like wings) and give it their own spin. Then everyone can vote for their favorites. I also do door prizes and prizes for games. Use your Sharpies to label your prizes to make them more personal and give guests something they can show off.
Make Cleanup Easy
Make cleanup easy on yourself by sending your guests home with the leftovers. I lay out a bunch of Rubbermaid food containers and Sharpie markers and let people load up on their favorite snacks. They can use the markers to label the contents, or to write “MINE” on them so co-workers don’t snag their treats the next day at work.