Finally, after months of waiting, football season is here. And while the first best thing about football season is football, the second best thing about football season is inviting all of your friends and family over for maximum screaming at the TV enjoyment. Unfortunately, you can’t guarantee the outcome of the game (and therefore everyone’s happiness), but if you’re hosting, here are five things you can do to make sure your guests (and you) have the best football watching experience possible.
Mount Your Flat Screen TV
The television is the most important part of a football party since the reason everything is gathering in your home is to watch the game. (Also to hang out with family and friends, but, you know, mostly to watch the game.) If your TV is outdated or hasn’t yet been hung properly, now is the time to fix that! Hiring a professional to mount your TV is a good idea because not only will they ensure it’s at the right height (42” above the ground or slightly above), they can also mount it on any type of surface (brick, concrete, dry wall), help with electrical (yes, even if the nearest outlet is all the way across the room), make sure all of the wires and cables are concealed, and give you a swivel or articulating mount for serious viewing enjoyment.
Have Your House Cleaned
Yes, you should pay someone to get your house cleaned before your guests come, and you’re also going to want is someone to help out (aka: handle the entire mess) once everyone has gone home. You can hire someone to just come for a one-time clean, ask them to bring their own products if you want, and even have your laundry and oven cleaned while they’re there! You won’t have to lift a finger. Just put your feet up and watch the highlights. (Unless your team lost, in which case just go ahead and crawl directly into bed.)
Get Your Tailgate Catered
Sure you could open a bag of chips and dump some salsa into a bowl before the game and then scramble to get all of the burgers and dogs cooked in the twelve minutes between halves, but why stress yourself out when you can just hire someone to cater the entire day for you? “But that’s unsportsmanlike conduct!” you’re thinking. “Fifteen yards for laziness!” Think about it this way… How bummed are you going to be when you miss that pick six because you were in the backyard watching the grill? Plus, you can choose from any type of catering you want. For football, it might be best to go with a buffet, which you can even have someone drop off if you don’t want strangers hanging around during the game. Choose the type of cuisine you want (burgers and wings is a go-to for football, but no one says you can’t do Mexican or BBQ), what kind of setup you want (hire a bartender and your friends will love you forever), and even let them know about dietary restrictions. Take a time out from hosting duties and actually enjoy the game for a change; you deserve it.
Wire the House for Sound
One big thing people want when they’re watching a football game is to be able to hear what’s going on wherever they are in the house. And since you’re going to be hosting people for football, this gives you the perfect excuse to finally get your house totally wired for sound. Since you’re going to want sound in a bunch of rooms and not see any wires, this is definitely a job for a professional. It’ll be well worth it when the game comes back on and you’re still in the kitchen grabbing a beer. And for celebratory dance parties after the game!
Set Up Your Outdoor Space
When football season starts, the weather is still nice. In fact, usually it’s perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. But then there you are stuck inside all day. Why not use this opportunity as an excuse to turn your outdoor space into a football watching paradise? They most important part of this is getting an outdoor TV (they have anti-glare and weather proofing) mounted in a prime viewing location. Next is the furniture; make sure it’s comfy and that there’s plenty of it. Now might also be a good time to get the pool cleaned or that smoker installed. And hey, while you’re at it, why not have someone build you an outdoor bar? Only problem: With a setup this sweet, you’re going to be hosting all of the games until it starts snowing. At least you won’t miss a single play while flipping burgers!
Now all you need to do is send out the invites and kick back in your lucky jersey.