Just Here for the Beer: Tips on Hosting a Super Bowl Party

I’ll be honest, I don’t know a lot about football, but I do know about football parties. When it comes to football, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a sack and a safety. I’m hesitant to admit it, but if football is involved, I am indeed a bandwagoner (secret’s out!). When people ask me about my favorite team, I’ll mumble something about how our local team (San Francisco 49ers) is doing this year. If I’m at a bar on a Sunday afternoon, and the crowd around me is cheering, I’ll clap along supportingly.

I think I’m better off watching people support their teams. What better way to provide sports-related support than a party? To kick off party planning, search for deals in my area, and do a cost comparison. Different grocery stores are running 2 for 1 deals on certain products– great for bulk buying.

Festive Food

If you decide to wait in line during half time at Buffalo Wild Wings or Wing Stop, not only will waste precious commercial/game watching time – you may miss the entire second half. If you decide to order, be sure to order ahead online or by phone by the morning of.

Take an alternate route by keeping a few DiGiorno pizzas in the freezer so they will be ready to eat within a few minutes. Less prep time = more couch time.

Snack platters and dips are always good to have on hand for gatherings. A Costco assortment of meats or cheese would make a great game time snack. Tostitos are also a great option, especially if use layered dip to create variety.

Refreshments

I think the phrase “less is more” does not apply in this situation, especially when it comes to beer. As a party host, it’s essential to make sure you do not run out of supplies. In this case, make sure you have your liquid supplies stocked up! CVS & Walgreens often have discounts on 12 packs & 18 packs of beer. You can pick up a few variety packs at Costco that will appeal to both light and dark beer drinkers. For the non-alcoholic options, Coke or Diet Coke usually does the trick.

Decor

Party City has everything you’ll need for this game. From anniversary cups to a pop up football field for a garbage can. Make your life a little bit easier by getting entirely disposable utensils, cups and plates. Clean up time will be much faster!

Seating

Never overestimate how many people one couch can hold! Make sure to set up additional fold out chairs, or even some cushions on the floor. Everyone will be sitting for at least a solid 4 hours… it might be time to buy a new couch, after all Big Lots is having their Semi- Annual Home event.

The appropriate sized display

The best time to buy a television is right after January. New models are out and the old models have hit the sales rack. Best Buy is offering up to 25% off HD TV’s! Make sure you buy a TV that fits in your living space, bigger is not always better. Watching the game on a projector is another alternative. Projectors are portable, adjustable and really put you in the action-it’s like you’re watching the game at the stadium (or at least you can pretend).

 

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The Music Goers Guide to Surviving Music Festivals

Music festivals are awesome, but boy can get it hectic. You can’t see, get stepped on, dehydrated, overwhelmed and get lost. I’ve been to 10+ festivals. This makes me no expert but I make a good effort to ensure that I can grow from each experience and make the next festival a better one. Here’s some tips I’ve come up with based on mistakes past!

  1. Make sure to bring the essentials Young beautiful woman standing in front a blackboard wall.

The essentials meaning: sunglasses, money, ID, ticket, sunblock, water bottle, a sweater and hand sanitizer (you’ll thank me later). You’d be surprised how helpful hand sanitizer can be when you are using a restroom that at LEAST 100 other people have already used.

A sweater is key, even if you don’t think it will get cold, it will get cold. An alternative to bringing a sweater would just be to bury yourself amongst the middle of the crowd where the most heat is generated.

  1. Stay with a buddy

Festival people, facial expressionI know, I know, we aren’t 5 years old anymore. But let me tell you, the buddy system works.

Say you’re waiting to see your favorite artist, you want to use the restroom before they come on but your friends decide to stay and hold the spot. You will loose them. After waiting for the bathroom and getting back to your spot, a large amount of people will already have joined the crowd. It’s going to be a nightmare to find your friends. Stick with your buddy as much as possible, and figure out a meet up spot nearby the restrooms.

If one of you leaves the group at any point make sure you bring someone with you. Worst case scenario – you don’t join the group but you at least have company watching it from another area.

  1. Make sure your cell phone is charged (check it twice an hour)

If you are going in a group, as I mentioned, when you separate it is hard to meet back up. They usually have charging stations at festivals but you don’t want to waste time by standing there and waiting. Bring a portable charger with you to ensure a full battery at all times.

The battery life will also come in handy when you have to use the portable potty at night and once the door closes, you really can’t see shit (no pun intended). It’s helpful to use the light of your cell phone to make sure you don’t step in something gross or pee on the ground. Trust me, your cellphone could be your most reliable companion throughout your festival experience — so utilize it.

  1. Arrive early to your must-see bands

If there is an artist you are dying to see, don’t come to the stage 20 minutes before their set starts. Other people have been waiting there for much longer. You need to be one of the early birds if you want to get to the front, or even the middle. If you don’t, then no worries! There should be screens by the stage made easy for those in the back to view as well.

Silhouette of a girl with hand in the air on concert

  1. Eat beforehand

Food lines are always long but you can save some time by eating beforehand. The longer you can hold out on buying food the more time you get to avoid by waiting in lines. The lunch rush “12-2” exists everywhere and is really difficult to avoid.

Quick tip: Check the festival site in advance to see if you can bring in any sealed snacks.

  1. Have good festival etiquette

You paid a lot of money to be there, but so did everyone else. It’s important to be kind to others and respect their space and avoid blocking their view if you can. Getting up on someone’s shoulders for an entire set is rude and just know that the whole crowd behind you is really pissed off at you. If you bump into someone, apologize. Don’t cut people in line without asking first. Just because you are in a crowd doesn’t mean manners don’t apply.

When properly prepared, you can make any festival a great experience. Hope these tips will help you make your next festival an enjoyable one!

A Single Girls Guide to Valentine’s Day

It’s lucky for us single folk that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year! This means we can’t avoid it by hiding behind our desks at work. Let’s face it, there will be couples everywhere this Saturday. You have no other choice but to embrace the day and make it something that you will enjoy. Get out of the house! 

Morning Work Out

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Make your Valentine’s day a productive one. Don’t stay home and sulk just because you had someone for 2014. Wake up an hour earlier than you usually would on the weekends, and go exercise. I suggest going for a run in the park, embrace the day to its fullest by enjoying the greenery of nature. Exposure to light and exercise will help increase your serotonin levels, leaving you feeling happy and satisfied– forget sex! (this weekend at least).

Champagne Brunch

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Just because you aren’t “with” someone, doesn’t mean you need to be alone! Call up some of your single friends and make a date of it. After your awesome morning workout, you’ll be in a great mood ready to drink, eat and spend time with some of good friends (AKA your longest relationships). It’s the perfect opportunity to shit talk and gossip about exes past.

Catch a Movie

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Not in the mood to shop? That’s okay because one of the most anticipated movies of the year will be released on February 13– perfect timing! Don’t worry about feeling alone when you go to see 50 Shades of Grey, I would say it’s fair to assume a large portion of the audience is there for the same reasons you are. Come on, you know you want to grab some popcorn and get your guilty pleasure on.

Homemade Dinner

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At the end of the day, you deserve a nice homemade dinner. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot more satisfying to make it yourself. There’s no point in going out to eat when you can jump on Pinterest and dig up that PF Chang’s Dan Dan Noodles pin from months ago. Maybe you could pair it with some Cookie Dough Truffles? Why? Because chocolate really does make everything better.

Make the day about you and doing things for yourself that you take pleasure in. Feel free to embark on your own journey as a single woman on Valentines Day. I think you’ll know where to find me!

5 Things to Avoid When You’re On A First Date

First dates are always nerve wracking, especially when you don’t know the person too well. Why didn’t they contact you after the first date? Did I saying too much? Too little? 
Stop right there. Think about it… How did it really go?

Here are a few ideas on what could make or break your date, avoid some of these and you’ll be on your way to a second date!

1. Meeting at a bar

Bars are crowded and noisy. First dates are about getting to know each other. It’s a little hard to do that when the person next to you is yelling equally as loud at his date because he’s trying to talk over you. Don’t get me wrong, I think meeting for drinks is fine, however it should be at a bar/restaurant or somewhere that also serves food. It’s hard not to feel obligated to order another drink when the waiter takes away your empty glass, you need something on the table! You don’t want to drink without some food in your system and get tipsy and spill the beans about how attractive you actually think they are (not time to stroke the ego yet!). As Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger always says “2 drink maximum!”

2. Talking about your EX

Exes are always a touchy subject. They were such a big part of your life and now it’s all just history. Unfortunately, the topic usually comes up one way or another, often in some type of distaste. Other times, in a positive way- maybe there is a great icebreaker story that involved your ex? Either way, don’t bring it up! The last thing your potential partner wants to hear is you talking about your really awesome or really crazy ex. If you must tell a really funny story, I usually change “my ex” to “my friend,” giving the story a neutral tone.

3. Monopolizing the conversation

This is probably the main reoccurring issue that I have with first dates. My date always spends about 75 percent of the time talking about themselves. Sometimes I wonder if they know they are on a date with me, or they think they are on a date with themselves. Some people find it easier to talk about themselves, others find it easier to ask questions. If your date turns every question they ask you into a monologue about themselves, then don’t encourage them by asking more questions. Maybe they’ll realize eventually how they’ve been dominating the conversation… maybe not.

4. Using your cell phone

I know this is difficult in the prime of the technology era but it’s a big turn off when my date pulls out their phone. Sometimes, its okay, like if they want to show me a photo of something they were referring to (puppies at home are always okay). However, I think it’s cuter if they just text it to me later to try to spark a new conversation. The only time it is okay to pull out your phone on a date is when your date is in the bathroom and you are killing time. Don’t send a snapchat or take a “selfie” while on the date (maybe after!).

5. Talking about the future

Whoa buddy, its only date number one. I’m still trying to decide if you are worthy of a date two- don’t start planning it yet! I can’t stand when my date automatically assumes that because they are having a good time, there will be a second date. Bringing up the long term future is even worse! First dates are about getting to know the basics, feeling each other out, seeing if there is any potential. No one wants to talk about how many kids they want, or weekend getaways to the cabin just yet.

Don’t worry, steer clear of these five red flags and you’ll land yourself a good one.