The Perfect Kickoff for Football Watch Parties
Football season is finally upon us. Which means you have the perfect excuse to bring all of your friends together to host an epic football watch party full of lots of games, tons of snacks, and the comfort of a friend when one team inevitably disappoints you.
Before your friends come over, you’ll want to ensure your home is in tip-top hosting form.
Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your watch party is a touchdown!
Set the Temperature
One of the most important things to do before a football watch party is to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. You want your guests to be comfortable while they’re cheering on their favorite team, so make sure your air conditioner is working properly and that your home isn’t too hot or too cold.
As the season progresses and temperatures drop, you’ll want to make sure your heater is ready to be used at a moment’s notice. To do this, make sure you schedule your seasonal heating maintenance now! And if you have a fireplace, get it cleaned so you can light it for a more cozy atmosphere.
Buy the Right Snacks
While a veggie platter is colorful and well-intentioned, most people aren’t reaching for a carrot stick during a big football game. They need a comfort food to calm their nerves during kickoff or settle their excitement after a big play.
Some of our favorite football snacks include:
Chicken wings. You can’t go wrong with chicken wings and a side of various sauces to dip them in.
Dips on dips on dips. From guacamole to salsa, to queso, to hummus. No dip will be unwelcome at your watch party.
Pigs in a blanket. They tie together childhood nostalgia and classic gameday food.
Cookies. Everyone needs something sweet after they’ve scarfed down the rest of the savory treats. A cookie platter is sure to satiate everyone.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Next, you’ll want to check your indoor air quality. When you have people over, you want them to breathe easy, especially during a big play. This is especially important if you have allergies or asthma. You’ll want to make sure that there isn’t too much dust in the air, and that the air is clean and fresh.
One way to do this is to change your air filters. As a rule of thumb, air filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days, depending on your home’s circumstances. However, if you’re coming right up on that date, consider changing it sooner before having people in your home. This will keep your air cleaner.
Another way to improve your indoor air quality is to open up some windows and let some fresh air into your home. Just make sure to close them before turning the AC on so that you don’t waste any freshly chilled air!
Make Sure You Have the Right Gear
No game watch is complete until you’re sitting on the couch wearing your team’s jersey or rocking a team hat. Make sure to purchase your favorite fan gear now, so you’re ready for the rest of the season!
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that your home is ready for football season! Get the AC or heat going, change your air filter, and open up some windows to let in some fresh air (obviously not while the AC is running!). By taking care of these things ahead of time, you can relax and enjoy the game with your friends and family, even if they are Michigan State fans. May the odds be ever in your favor.
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