Game Day: It's All About the Food

4 years ago
We all know the feeling of anticipation surrounding game day, hopeful that our team will win!  There is also nothing like sharing that feeling of anticipation with others, putting out your best high fives, slaps on the back, punches in the air, and jumps on the couch.  I believe there are three essentials to pulling off a successful game day gathering: good drinks, an abundance of food, and comfortable seating.  While other hosting elements such as décor and lighting may take a back seat during a game day party, food and drinks take center stage.  Here are some of my awesome game day food ideas and hosting tips!


The Hosting

Providing comfortable seating for all of your guests should be one of your top priorities when preparing your home for game day.  While not every seat can be as prime as the corner seat of a leather sectional, or for that matter, any seat on the sectional itself, there are some things you can do to provide other good seating. Don’t worry if the room seems crammed either, as your main activity will be sitting down and watching the tv and focusing on the game, not on having space to do cartwheels.

  • Bring other comfortable arm chairs from other rooms in your home.
  • You know that really comfortable arm chair you have in your living room? Well commission some lifters to transport it to the game day tv room.
  • Place large cushions on the floor for comfortable floor seating

If you still find that you do not have enough seating, buy some large floor cushions that you can place on the floor for people to sit on.  As any accomodating host would do, take a seat on this floor cushion yourself.

No doubt that your game day festivities will likely be a bit more casual than cocktail hour.  As such, feel free to set out food in the tv room, perhaps on a separate table, not on the coffee table, as I suspect that this table will already be filled with drinks, and errr feet. Should your guests bring a dish to share, be sure to set out this food right away, or to keep it refrigerated, if necessary, until ready to serve.  Set up a drink station too, so your guests can freely serve themselves.

Oh yah, and turn up the volume on that tv!

The Food

Now on to the most important piece, the centerpieces of the event: the food. So here I will take a nod to the classics: those foods that one automatically thinks about during game day, so bad and yet so good at the same time. Try to have a good mix of dips, and more substantial offerings such as my chili or blt bites–because you can’t resist putting that little MH touch for even a Game Day feast.


Guacamole with Cilantro and Lime

Classic Chicken Wings

7-layer nacho dip

Hot Spinach Dip with Artichoke

Mini Burgers


Hearty Bacon Chili


Mini BLT’s

 The Drinks

It is a good idea to have your fridge nicely stocked with a small assortment of beer.  For those that may not favor beer, a simple cocktail such as a Bloody Mary would be a good option to have on hand.

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