This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love watching the big football games with a bunch of people. It’s one of those sporting events where you don’t have to care who is actually playing to really enjoy it. If you have good food, some drinks, and your friends, it’s going to be a good time. But, as all moms know, a successful football viewing party doesn’t just happen. Even a casual get-together requires a little bit of prep work. These are my best tips to help you get ready for your big game party.
MAKE THE ROOM COMFORTABLE
You are going to have a house full of excited people and a snack table covered in a wide variety of food. Real talk: This means your home is likely going to get significantly warmer and smellier than usual. Try to counteract the rise in temps and smells before the party even starts. Turn your thermostat a few degrees lower than you would normally have it set or, if you are in a warmer climate, open up your windows to let a breeze in. Don’t add to the cacophony of smells in your home by lighting candles or using heavy fragrances. Neutralize the scents in your home with a spray like Febreze ONE Bamboo scent that removes odors from the air and your furniture, instead of just covering them up, without any strong perfumes or dyes.
ARRANGE FOR EXTRA SEATING
You will probably need to get creative with your seating arrangement for your big game party. Rearrange your furniture so that everyone has a decent view of the TV, bringing in extra seating if you need to. You can always use pillows, bean bags, and floor cushions so a few guests can plop a squat on the floor in comfort.
STOCK UP ON PAPER GOODS
It’s customary for the party host to provide the tableware for the party, so make sure you have plenty of plates, napkins, cups, and plastic silverware for the snacks. Rolled over paper sacks actually make really good disposable snack bowls, so grab a package of those too. While you are in the paper good aisles at the store, be sure to grab an extra package of Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Rolls to stash in your guest bathroom too.
PREPARE FOR SPILLS
While we are on the subject of paper goods, it is always a good idea to be ready for the inevitable party foul. Someone at some point in the game is going to get excited over an interception and spill something. Have plenty of Bounty Select-A-Size Super Rolls on hand to clean up messes, big or small. It’s not a bad plan to have some other stain-removing products around in case food is spilled on clothing, furniture or carpets. I also recommend using a disposable tablecloth on the food table so you can don’t have to worry about staining your best linens. If you want to be really fancy, you can even stamp your own football table cover!
PREP THE SNACK TABLE
Now that you are all prepped for having a feast of snacks at your party, it’s time to get the food table prepped. Make sure you have a stash of serving bowls and spoons in case your guests forget to bring their own. I like to have a power strip available at the table so my guests who bring crock pots treats have a way to keep the food warm. Make sure to have trivets or hot pads available to go under any hot dishes on the table too. Looking for a great gameday treat? Check out all my snack and appetizer recipes!
If you are in a rush and want to get your pre-game prep done in a hurry, head to Walmart to get all of your big game essentials. And use the ibotta app to get $0.50 back whenever you buy a qualifying P&G product PLUS get a bonus $1 back when you buy two products!
Then just sit back and enjoy the big game. Party On, Mom!