It’s mid-August, and soon enough there will be a chill in the air, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the sweet, sweet sound of football in the background.
This year, a group of my friends decided that instead of everyone purchasing the NFL Package on TV to watch every game, just 1 person would. We’re going to split the cost, and whoever purchases the package will host “Sunday Funday Football with the Framily.” Now, I’m more of a college football girl, but somehow, my apartment has been designated the Sunday football location. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the NFL, I’m happy with this decision because I love football and hosting people at my apartment.
Needless to say, this has forced me to prepare for every element of game day, from food to seating. Although we haven’t had a “Sunday Funday Football with the Framily” yet (3 weeks to go!), I’d like to think I’m well-equipped to share with you some tips on hosting any football gathering in your apartment.
Two Words: Crock. Pot.
There are few things that go as well with fall as football, and a crock pot is one them. Talk about easy, delicious cooking. You can literally put just about anything in a crock pot and it will come out tasting amazing. If you’re running out of recipe ideas, do a quick search on Pinterest for “crock pot” and voila! You’ll find tons of recipes.
Bonus for apartment dwellers: living in a smaller space ensures that the delicious smells of your crock pot magic will engulf your entire home.
For most apartment dwellers, sectionals, loveseats and recliners aren’t usually all in the mix. If you’re having people over, get some extra seating. No one wants to sit on a kitchen table chair or a bar stool for hours on end. I’m opting for bean bag chairs. Yes, bean bag chairs.
I know, the 90s called and want their chairs back, but bean bag chairs are small enough to store away and SO comfortable. Let’s be honest, I really just need a discreet place to “rest my eyes” in the 3rd quarter, but this will also give my Framily more, comfortable seating options.
Another idea is folding camp chairs. They’re easy to store under a bed or in a closet. Plus, many even come with beverage holders in the arm!
Watching football can really work up an appetite. All of the standing, sitting, cheering, clapping… Not to mention the sweet smells of your crock pot dinner wafting through the air. I’m asking my guests to bring the snack items each week since I will be preparing the main course. Regardless of how you get your snacks, and whether for nervous munching or trying to pass the time, snacks are a must.
Now this one is important. As we all know, noise is a factor in both apartment living and football watching. Personally, I’m more of a jump on the couch during intense points of football games kind of gal, but I know most people react with yelling or cheering. There’s really no magic way to control this, but be considerate of your neighbors who may not be watching football.
This really applies to any football watching, but sport your team’s attire! The really great part about watching games at home, is the option to support your team via sweatpants.
“I just really want to show team pride, but my [team] sweatpants are the only thing I could find. Shoot – I guess I HAVE to wear the sweatpants” 😉
Okay I fully admit that this is a little on the extreme side, but some members of the Framily insist on it (Lookin’ at you, boys…). Some guests will be bringing an extra TV so that we can watch multiple games at the same time, with one game being the “featured” game which will have the sound. You need two receivers, and the second TV will be the locally broadcasted game, while the main TV will be any game accessed through the NFL package. Again, slightly extreme, but this way everyone gets to watch the game they’re interested in!
Who’s ready for football?!?
Anyone else have tips for my “Sunday Funday Football with the Framily” events?