It doesn’t matter if you’re a Dolphins superfan, a Jaguars die-hard or a Buccaneer loyalist. You could root for the Heat or the Magic, the Lightning or the Panthers, Rays or Marlins. Every sports fan is united by a single, unwavering aspiration: to throw the ultimate game day party.
Game days are about more than just sports. Yes, they centre on the thrill of watching your team duke it out against the competition, but they’re also an excuse to let loose at the end (or beginning) of a long workweek. They’re about enjoying good food, good beer and good company.
If it’s your turn to host this week, here are a few tips for throwing together the perfect game day party – with minimal stress and no fuss.
Sport Your Team Colors
Decorations often get short shrift in game day parties, but they’re essential for setting the atmosphere. You don’t have to go wild with your decorations, but a small effort is always appreciated.
Not sure how to decorate? Just look at your team colors. Deep red napkins with silver-fringed toothpicks match the Buccaneers logo. Teal placemats and beige beer koozies set the scene for a Jacksonville Jaguars game. And a blazing red and yellow tablecloth brings the heat to a Heat game.
Leverage Fee-Less Delivery to Order from Several Restaurants
Game day parties are all about unwinding, so, in the spirit of leisure, step out of the kitchen and let someone else do the cooking.
If you want to put together a spread of options, find a food delivery platform that offers fee-less delivery, that way, you can order from several restaurants without paying a ransom in delivery and service fees. If you’re in Miami, you might try getREEF Miami, which offers fee-less delivery from several fantastic spots. Grab chicken wings from one place, burgers from another and a pizza to top things off.
Keep the Snacks Coming
You won’t know how many snacks you need until the day. It all depends on how hungry everyone is, how much hot food you’re ordering, and how long the game goes.
If you run out of snacks, don’t panic. The same delivery service you used for your hot food likely offers pre-packaged snack deliveries too.
Connect with a Local Brewery for Refreshments
The craft beer scene gets an unfair rep for being inaccessible. “They only make super hoppy IPAs,” you might hear someone complain. But most – if not all – Florida microbreweries also make fan favorites like lager and pilsner.
Give one a try. Tell them you’re ordering for a game day party, and they might even deliver to you. You might even be able to secure a pony keg with some free ice. It’s an easy, fun way to support local at your next game day party.
The next time you throw a game day party, make it stress-free and successful with these few simple tips. If the food is delicious and the beer flowing, the party will be a hit – even if your team doesn’t win.