Fall is here, and for many of you, that means football season! As a college student, you know that football is a huge part of your school experience. From singing your school fight song and cheering your team when playing against the rival school to painting your body and faces with school spirit, football provides a lot of fun for students to enjoy.
Two great ways to bring your friends together for a game is to throw a watching party at your house or to organize a tailgating party. Both are bound to bring your craziest, die-hard sports fan friends together as you cheer on your alma mater. Try the following tips to make these parties an epic game-day experience.
Throw a Viewing Party At Your Home
One popular way to show your support and enjoy the game is by throwing a watch party at home with friends and family. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into making it fun and enjoyable for everyone, including:
- Decorate your home: Welcome your friends to your home with a giant banner or pennant of your school team. Blow up some balloons and run streamers in your school’s colors and use football team-themed cups, plates, and napkins. You can also have little party favors like football necklaces, pom poms, and football clackers to give to each of your guests.
- Dress up: Your friends might already plan on this, but have your friends wear a school jersey, paint black streaks under their eyes, wear football team socks, don temporary face tattoos, and wear scarves, caps, or pajama suits. Women can paint their nails in the team’s colors.
- Have football party food: Food is a critical part of an successful football watch party. Some of the most popular football party foods include pizza, wings, pulled pork sandwiches, pigs in blankets, veggie dip, and chips and guacamole or salsa. You can find plenty of recipes and ideas for fun watch party foods online.
- Have enough seating and tables: Make sure there’s plenty of seating for all of your friends to sit and enjoy the game. Also, plan to have enough tabletop space for all your foods, snacks and drinks.
- Offer games and activities: Along with the football game, plan for some fun games, which can be as simple as a homemade College Football Bingo and team trivia. You could also set up a football toss in the backyard or host Minute To Win It games.
Organize a Tailgate Party
Another fun way to get involved in the college football scene is to have a tailgate party on the day of the game. Tailgating is an all-day activity, a tradition treasured by many schools across the nation. It’s a chance for alumni and students to come together with friends and family to enjoy some food and activities before the big game.
There are several things you can do to ensure the perfect tailgate party, including:
- Finding a spot: This is one of first things you have to get nailed down. Be sure you’re going through all the required steps to reserve a spot big enough for everyone. The best spots are close enough to the stadium or somewhere near campus.
- Getting a truck: Tailgating is all about hanging out in the back of your truck. So, if you don’t have one, find a friend who does.
- Decorate your truck: Use erasable chalk or ink markers to write on your windows, hang banners or pennants, and have football-themed drinks, cups, plates, and table covers.
- Provide food: Pick out the right foods that most people will enjoy, such as hamburgers or brats. Offer foods like burgers, chips, veggies, casseroles, salads, desserts, and drinks. Be sure to have most of your food prepared and ready to go, so that you can enjoy being with your friends. It might also be helpful to go potluck style, so there’s less pressure on you to provide food for everyone.
- Offer games: Of course, tailgating isn’t all about food and football. Plan some activities to keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained while you wait for the food to cook or the game to start. Some of the most popular tailgating games include cornhole, washer toss, ladder golf, and horseshoes. Even just playing catch with a football is fun.
Whether you’re tailgating or throwing a viewing party at your house, you are bound to make some fun memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Both take a lot of planning and organization, so make sure you have enough food, drinks, space, and activities for everyone. But mostly, enjoy these special times with your most active sports friends as you cheer on your alma mater together. And, don’t forget to take lots of silly pictures of everyone, too!