Calling all sports fans! This year, the big game is scheduled for February 7. Just a year ago, I remember hitting a packed bar downtown to watch Jennifer Lopez and Shakira light up the stage in Miami. There was standing room only and everyone was shoulder to shoulder. This year is going to be a lot different seeing as crowds are a big no-no. That doesn’t mean you still can’t have your own watch party at home. Here are a few ideas to help you score a touchdown.
Is your team vying for the trophy? A jersey or other team apparel is always a fun way to show your pride. If not, that doesn’t mean you still can’t take sides. Choose one team’s colors as your scheme. From the plates to the balloons, cake frosting and special cocktails or mocktails, the possibilities for incorporating color are endless.
I always say that the menu is the most important part of any event. Small bites do best at long events as opposed to big meals. Think sliders, pigs in a blanket, dips and chips, cupcakes and cookies, something that is easy to make and clean up, but will fill you up – and soak up the liquor – throughout the night.
Lay It Out
Here is where you can get creative. A spread is always fun for events. Clear some counter space and lay out all the snacks you plan on making. If you’re extra ambitious, think about making one of those stadiums made of food. A spread also makes it easier to see how much you have left, plate it and munch down. A charcuterie board is always a good idea! Check out my tutorial on bringing one to life.
Bet On It
A little friendly competition never hurt. Money doesn’t have to be involved. This is a fun way to get everyone involved and interested in watching. The loser can be tasked with clean up duty and taking the trash out at the end of the night.
Hype For Halftime
The game might not be of interest to everyone, but halftime will bring a fun performance from The Weeknd. Don’t forget the ads. After the year we’ve had, I expect more heartfelt moments honoring essential and frontline workers, BLM and the new presidency versus the usual comedic relief.
However you choose to celebrate this year, remember to be safe, drink responsibly and maintain a distance!
Until next time…
– Jae Marie