Throw The Ultimate Football Party
There’s nothing better than watching football when a championship is on the line, and catching the big game is always more fun with a crowd. Make your house the place to be whenever the game is on with these standout football party tips.
Set the stage: Create a football field centerpiece
With themed decorations, less is more. By focusing on one centerpiece decoration, you can cut down on your prep time and still impress. Purchase some inexpensive artificial turf from a hardware store and use it to transform your coffee table into a mini football field. Simply cover the surface of the table and draw out yard markers with white turf paint.
Beer is just the beginning
When it comes to drinks at a football party, your guests won’t be expecting anything out of the ordinary. Delight your friends with a fridge stocked full of cold Budweiser and Bud Light, of course. But why not go the extra mile and make a team-themed signature drink to boost their game day spirit?
Celebrate New England’s Irish roots with this Guinness-based drink.
The Black and Tan – 4 oz. Guinness + 4 oz. Harp Lager
Rooting for Green Bay? Accent your beer with apples, one of Wisconsin’s top crops.
The Apple Cider Shanty – Four 12 oz. bottles of lager + one 750 ml bottle of sparkling cider [Serves 4-6]
Seattle loves their coffee and beer – now you can put the two together.
The Black and Black – 3 oz. cold-brewed coffee + one 12 oz. bottle of oatmeal stout [Serves 1]
Serve Indianapolis fans this twist on their team name.
The Colt 45 – 1 oz. gin + 1.5 oz. Jägermeister + 5 oz. energy drink [Serves 1]
Mix a signature drink
The union between football and beer is sacred, and one we won’t mess with, but it’s fun to change the play by providing a well-considered menu of cocktails in addition to your standard drink offerings.
Why not serve a light, fruity margarita option alongside your traditional beer and finger foods for an inventive flavor contrast?
Pineapple Margarita, courtesy of Mix That Drink
2 cups lime juice
2 cups Jose Cuervo tequila
2 cups Cointreau
2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice and pour in liquid ingredients. Shake and pour. Garnish with pineapple slices.
Make your menu couch-friendly
If it requires plates or cutlery, take it off the list. You want your die-hard fans to enjoy their food while they stay glued to the television for all the pre- and post-game action, so keep your menu items bite-sized and portable. Miniature slider burgers or fish tacos make a mean main course. Food & Wine Magazine has a delicious fish taco recipe that pairs perfectly with Yellow Tail Chardonnay. You can also try this “Mini Man” burger recipe from Alton Brown, which would go great with Tierra del Sol Single Vineyard Malbec.
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