Score a Victory With Your New Year’s Bowl Party

| December 12, 2012

football watching party planning New Year’s Day is approaching, and if you are a football fan, you are probably planning to spend the day perched in the armchair cheering your favorite teams. Want some company? Consider throwing a New Year’s bowl party.

Planning a kicker New Year’s party takes planning and preparation. Sure, it’s work, but the payoff is gathering with your pals and having fun. You can’t guarantee victory when it comes to the college bowl games, but you can score a victory with your pals. Start planning and rush to DexKnows to find retailers in your community to help you stock up on food and party supplies.

Plan a New Year’s Party early

Don’t wait until the last minute. Make a list of whom you want to invite and start planning your menu. If you wait too long to plan and then start inviting, you can bet your friends will make other plans and all you’ll end up with is leftover buns and chips. If you think your friends would dig it, check around to see if you can find football-themed invitations. You can also make your own with your favorite team’s colors.

Pick decorations that scream “Go Team”!

Think team colors as you decorate. A bit of crepe paper and balloons can turn your living room into party central without breaking your budget. Hang pom poms from the ceiling and buy some inflatable footballs to place around the room. If you really want to get into the game, invite your guests to wear their team colors, paint their faces and prepare as if they had a front row seat at the game.

As you stock up on supplies for your New Year’s bowl party, check party stores to see if they have a football-shaped bowl for chips or a helmet-shaped container for dip.

Set up the food stand

This isn’t the day for lavish dinners. There’s cheering to be done, and you will need your hands to gesture at the TV any time you disagree with a ref’s call. So think the basics.

Clear off a table and turn it into your personal game central food stand. Stock it up with chips, dip, hamburgers, hot dogs and condiments. Create a make-your-own sandwich bar so your friends can choose what they want on their subs.

Want to serve a bit more? Make chili or tacos. Invite guests to bring their own food.

Don’t forget dessert. You can make a cake and decorate it with team colors, or simply buy cookies or a premade cake. Have a bowl of popcorn on the table for munching when not eating. There’s a lot of games (and commercials).

If planning to serve alcohol, don’t forget to also have some non-alcoholic beverages and coffee for people who don’t drink. After all, it’s a New Year’s party, and some guests may still be trying to get over New Year’s Eve.

Prepare as much as you can ahead of time so you can enjoy the game with your friends. Sure, you’re the host, but there’s no reason why you can’t take time to cheer your team on with everyone else. Now, go make out your list and start planning. Head to DexKnows, make a game plan and prepare for a victorious New Year’s bowl party.

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