For sports lovers, there’s no time more exciting than football season. Even if you can’t make it to the stadium, you can still have a fun and festive experience right at home. Prepping your patio for football season is a simple way to bring home the joy of the big game without having to splurge on a ticket.
Fire Up That Grill and Get Barbecuing
A party without food is just a meeting. And football party food is just as vital as the game itself!
Fortunately, you don’t have to serve a fancy 5 star meal to keep your guests happy. Instead, you can take off your custom covers and host a game day barbecue in the backyard. Throw on some burger patties, chicken wings, or brats to sizzle and serve them with a selection of chips dips, and sauces. And just like that, you can have a low-effort yet appetizing spread fit for a football crowd!
There’s no limit to the touchdown theming you can implement throughout your party. This includes servingware and flatware for your guests to use while enjoying some delicious barbecue. In addition to football-themed trays, serving platters, and chip bowls, fancy up the eating area with table covers, cocktail napkins, and disposable cups in your team’s colors or logo.
Get Creative With the Drink Menu
No backyard tailgate is complete without a diverse selection of drinks. While beer is the most common touchdown party libation, don’t hesitate to include a host of other beverages for your guests to enjoy. Consider setting up an open bar that allows your guests get creative with mixology to create the cocktails of their choice. You can even dye clear drinks with food coloring in to match your home team’s colors!
Show Your Home Team Pride
You may already have covers to protect your outdoor furniture in place. But apart from their functional aspects, have you considered them as a decor element that can help create a festive mood? It’s never been easier to design custom covers emblazoned with your home team graphics or mascot. No matter if its on your tarps or your table covers, there’s plenty of design possibilities at your disposal when it comes to showing team spirit.
Decorate the Arena the DIY Way
Since we are already on the topic of decorating the patio for the big game, going down the DIY path is an activity worth considering. Cut up some artificial turf into triangle flags and spray paint yard lines and distance markers to have football buntings that will have the visitors feeling like they are in the middle of the field. You can even design and print drink sleeves, beverage labels, and cupcake toppers to commemerate the game day occasion.
Arrange for Outdoor Screening
Because you and your guests will be hanging out on your patio and watching the game in the privacy and comfort of your backyard, you’ll need the right set of equipment to set up the screening. Specialized outdoor TVs have an edge above their indoor counterparts as they can remain visible even in bright sunlight.
Consider investing in one or renting one for your backyard tailgating party. Alternatively, you can set up a projector and a screen for a large-screen experience. And while you are at it, don’t forget to hook up the sound system for the full audi experience.
Don’t Let the Weather Dampen Your Spirit
Since football season takes place in fall alongside back to school season, you may have to deal with forecast that calls for rain. Despite this weather, you can enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience by setting up outdoor lifestyle covers in advance. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. In addition to the covers, you should also keep a few tarps at hand to cover up in case the weather turns nasty.
Set Up Comfortable Seating Areas
When creating a seating arrangement, there are two things that you must bear in mind. First, these must be adequate seating in order to accommodate each and every guest. And second, they must be comfortable enough that anyone can sit through the entire game without having to switch positions or take a break to stand.
Group a few couches and futons to create cozy viewing pods. And while most of your guests will be huddled around the screen, there would be a few non-viewers who would take this opportunity to catch up with others. Account for such guests and scatter a few chairs around after removing the outdoor lifestyle covers.