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This coming weekend, we will be hosting a fun and festive game day party with our youth group. We did the very same thing last year and totally had a blast. There were a few things that I did to make sure that our party was a success, and it alleviated ANY stress that I would normally have when throwing a party. Here are my 6 tips to help you have a fabulous game day party of your own.
1. Make a guest list and send out invitations at least two weeks in advance
Game day invitations are important simply because EVERYONE is having a party of some sort. You want to get your guest list nailed down as soon as possible so you will know exactly how many to plan for.
There is nothing like knowing you are having a party, getting all the planning and food prepared, only to find out you do not have enough for everyone. Make your list out and then create your very own football themed invitations.
2. Invite your guests to dress up as their favorite team
One of my favorite parts of our big game day party is having our guests show up with their “best team spirit gear on.
Once everyone arrives in their “team spirit attire”, have a vote to see who is the MVP of your party based on their costume. We had a blast doing this last year, although I have to say — the girls got glitter EVERYWHERE!
3. Shop ahead of time to make sure you get everything on your list
I try to get all my shopping done for my party at least a week in advance. As soon as I know who all will be coming, I make a beeline to Walmart to grab all the game day goodies I will need. In fact, everything I bought for my party this coming weekend, was found right on the frozen food aisles!
4. Choose foods to make that are quick and simple and keep you out of the kitchen
I love making a lot of foods from scratch, but when I am having a huge party, I always turn to Nestle to help me provide good, wholesome, game day food that is simple and easy to prepare.
By choosing foods that are versatile like the Stouffer’s Lasagna, Hot Pockets, or the Edy’s and Drumstick Ice creams, it allows me to make yummy finger foods and game day recipes without having to spend all my hours in the kitchen and miss all the fun and excitement my parties have to offer.
5. Bump up the flavor of all the foods you are serving by adding your own twist
Nothing says you can’t change up some of those frozen foods you buy! Add your own twist to it like I do. When I went shopping at Walmart and grabbed up my ice cream and other foods from the frozen section, I decided to create a cute little “banana split” bar, where everyone can create their very own Touchdown Banana Split Parfait.
Creating this masterpiece is really easy. I used ingredients from around my house to make it even easier, more frugal, and helped clear out a few things from my pantry.
- Edy’s Ice cream in your favorite flavor
- Banana, peeled and chopped up
- Strawberry jam
- Lemon Juice
- whipped topping
- In a saucepot, place your strawberry and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to cut through all the sugar.
- Allow the sauce to heat up until it is a little runny and then swirl it around the inside of your glass. Place a dollop of the strawberry sauce down into your glass.
- Top the jam with two scoops of ice cream.
- Place about 3 slices of banana into the glass.
- Top the bananas with 2 more scoops of ice cream.
- Add Whipped topping and nuts to the top and then drizzle with a little more strawberry jam.
- Top the parfait off with any fruit you may have laying around (such as pineapple, apple, oranges) and add 3 more slices of banana.
- Serve to your guests on game day.
6. Just relax and have fun
One thing I do that I drive my own self nuts about is trying to clean while I have guests. I am not doing that now (it has taken me months to get out of that). I wait until everyone has left and THEN clean. This allows me to give them my undivided attention.
There is nothing like throwing a party and being stressed the whole time it is going on. If you truly want to have the best game day party out there, relax, have fun, cook yummy food, and enjoy yourself. That is the whole reason you party to begin with — right?
What are you fun game day party tips? I would love to hear them!