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).

 

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.