While I love entertaining, on most days it’s just me and BAE chilling on our sectional fighting over the remote and the middle seat. Same goes for Football Sundays, expect this past this week, I teamed up with Seagram’s Escapes to throw a football-inspired party…for two! Instead of packing up the car, I emulated the fun of Sundays at the stadium right in our own home.
So how did I do it? Here’s six quick tips to help you plan your game day party.
#1. Do enlist help!
Make it a team effort. For us, it’s date night. Cooking together has become our newest pastime, but I admit that sometimes I usually let him cook and I taste everything.
But whether it’s just the two of you or a bunch of your closest friends, have everyone help you get started by tackling the little stuff. My boyfriend did all of the prep (since I promised to cook) by getting all of the ingredients and decorations we needed for the party.
#2. Don’t try to be a “Top Chef”
I think I’ve confessed this plenty of times. I am no cook. I’m barely the sous chef, but I do like to eat so I have figured out how to make quick and easy eats that don’t require me to change my degree to culinary arts.
Guest what I learned? Guacamole is SO easy to make. If you’re like me and only bought guacamole, right now would be a great time to stop doing that. Seriously! I didn’t realize how ridiculously easy it is. It’s just a few avocados and whatever else you want to use to season it.
Here’s my guac recipe:
1 ripe tomato
1 finely chopped onion
1 lime (juiced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
Salt & pepper and jalapenos to taste
Directions: Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.
#3. Do not forget the pre-party snacks.
Planning any party can be a huge undertaking. So I like to calm my nerves and anxiety with pre-party snacks. It can be munching on veggies or chips but you’re going to need a little motivation to get through the prep time.
#4. Do decorate!
This is where you get to be Patty, the party planner extraordinaire. Don’t cheat this step! Remember that party you went to and it was missing all of the fun, you don’t want to be that girl everyone gossips about. So go all out and head to your local party store and go crazy with the decorations.
Can you tell I was going for a turf theme? I wanted this little corner of our apartment to have a football concession stand feel. Cute, right!
#5. Don’t forget to have plenty of cocktails.
Depending on how many guests you’ve invited make sure you have plenty of options. The Seagram’s Escapes Kickoff Party Pack cans turned out to be the perfect addition to my party and tasted amazing paired with my guacamole. They come in a variety of flavors, and if you are all about themes they can match your favorite team colors. I especially love the Jamaican Me Happy! PLUS…this eliminates having to wash dishes at the end of the night.
#6. Repeat tip #1
If you’ve got good friends, your home won’t be too messy when they leave. But to make post game clean-up easier have guests use paper plates, plastic utensils and again…your Seagram’s Escapes Kickoff Party Pack will save you at least 30 minutes of dish washing! If you are the girl whose not really into paper utensils, purchase paper supplies that compliment your football theme!
Hopefully once you plan your Football Sunday, I’ll get an invite! And when you do you’re going to need some libations so be sure to enter to win a colorful party package perfect for football season! Enter to win here.
Disclaimer: Although this post was sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes #ColorfulKickOff, all opinions are my own.