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).

 

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!