Make Your Football Party a Winner


noun: football; plural noun: footballs


  1. a form of team game played in North America with an oval ball on a field marked out as a gridiron.

America’s favorite (arguably) sport is reaching the tail end of another glorious season. Whether it’s college or pro, most of the country’s population will congregate to their friend’s living room, eat chips and queso and stare at the television for hours without blinking. Most people abroad don’t get our obsession with the sport but I could say the same about England’s love of soccer (it’s soccer when the US makes it further than them in the World Cup).

For many Americans it’s a rite of passage to eat mini hot dogs and drink cheap beer while watching a game that seems to mean more than anything else going on at the time anywhere in the world. Football parties are what make the sport enjoyable for everyone, even those people who are only there for the commercials. The best way to throw a football party is to accommodate everyone without trying too hard. It may sound impossible but it’s really quite simple.

  1. Decorate accordingly. Keep it simple yet fun. If you aren’t a fan of any of the teams playing, don’t decorate with their colors. That just makes you look like you’re trying too hard. A gridiron table cloth, a simple chalk board sign and fun tumblers (one for everyone) is the easiest way to go.
  2. Have enough seating without obstructed viewing. Nobody paid to sit behind a pole, really nobody paid at all but it’s the principle of the matter. People moving around during the play (or that sad horse commercial) will frustrate just about everyone there.
  3. Make sure the seating is comfortable. No one wants to be sitting in plastic folding chairs for 3 hours. I would rather sit on a pillow on the floor or stand up the whole time.
  4. Turn the television up as loud as necessary to drown out the “experts” in the crowd. Some of your friends might think they’ve played in the NFL but *spoiler alert* they haven’t. So unless your friend is John Madden, then no one wants to listen to him call the game.
  5. Don’t change the channel during commercials or half time. This is unacceptable. More than likely 7 out of 10 friends are only there to watch the commercials and the halftime performance.

Football Party

Throwing a get together for the big game and appeasing everyone is as easy as those five steps. Following them might not be on the same level as sitting in the stadium watching the game but it’ll be almost as great watching it from the living room with 10 of your closest friends.

Hillary Terhune