Here are five hints to help you strategize:
- As with all parties, any menu items that can be made ahead will help ease the pressure on the day of the event. Dips and spreads are always good options, as are chilies and barbecue-type meats.
- If children are part of the party crowd, create a kids’ zone with kid-friendly finger foods and activities to keep them busy. Organize “bowl” games just for them—divide the kids into two teams (with the same names as the football teams playing on TV!), provide colored hats or t-shirts (again, in appropriate team colors) and have them compete in simple contests like tossing a foam football into a basket from a distance, or play “pin the football in the end zone” where the kids are blindfolded and try to stick a paper football on a large “field” drawn on paper and hung on a wall. Award the winning team with sports team memorabilia (pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.).