The football regular season has come to an end and the playoffs have begun. This means that the Big Game is not too far away. Just like the football players my family and I practice and prepare for the big game. We don’t run drills and plays but we put a list together of things we need for hosting the party and people we want to invite. Among the things we need to host our perfect big game party are paper plates, cups, chicken wings, chips, dips, paper towels, toilet paper, drinks, air freshener, appetizers, and more drinks! I know some of you are looking at this list and saying to yourselves toilet paper. What is toilet paper doing on that list? Well let me tell you something you do not want to be hosting a party and find out that you’re down to your last roll of TP. Running out of toilet paper is almost as bad as running out of food and drinks. Come on people if your guests can’t wipe they are not coming back next year.
To get things kicked off I usually put my husband in charge of getting the food and drink supplies from the stores. Since he is a messy cook in the kitchen I make sure he picks up extra rolls of Bounty Paper Towels. During the day of the big game we will keep one fresh roll of Bounty in the kitchen, one on the dining room table, and one in the living room near the big TV. You never know where a mess or spill is going to happen so its best to be prepared.
Another part of our preparation is to make sure that our house smells fresh and inviting for our guests. For that job we rely on the odor killing abilities of Febreeze Deodorizing Sprays. Nothing puts a damper on a good party like a house that has a funky odor. Your guests don’t want to smell what you cooked for dinner the night before, and they certainly don’t want to smell the bathroom after your husband has taken care of his business. Sorry to go there but odors are part of life and it’s better to Febreeze them rather than just cover them up. Speaking of the bathroom I truly suggest you stock up each bathroom with fresh Charmin Toilet paper. Before your guests arrive replace the old roll with a fresh one and leave the old one on the tank as backup.
Now that we’ve got the cleaning, butt wiping, and deodorizing out of the way it’s time to talk about the food preparations. See also: Game Day Party Snack Ideas
My husband being the wing specialist that he is will cook anywhere from 60 to 70 wings for our guests. I have to admit every year his wings seem to get better and better and our guests rave about them. Sometimes I think they are more interested in the wings rather than the big game. For finger foods we like to put out an assortment of chips and dips, celery, vegetables, guacamole, humus, pretzels, and nuts. When the wings are ready we usually serve those by themselves since they are the focus of game day.
Just look at this pic – aren’t they look delicious? Our wings “stole” the game day party last year and I’m sure they will be the talk of the game this year. That’s how good they are!
This is when those Bounty paper towels and napkins come in handy. They are a must for keeping your hands clean and for wiping up any spills. Remember we are dealing with a bunch of angry and hungry men and children who aren’t the neatest of eaters.
Speaking of sloppy eaters, every year no matter what my husband seems to get, the wing sauce all over his football jersey and wings. I tell him to wear an apron while he is cooking but he refuses. When it comes to cleaning up his clothes, the tablecloth, my son’t white jersey and other messy items I rely on Tide Pods for the after party wash.
The clothes and anything else made of cloth go right into the washing machine with a Tide pod. No liquid to measure and spill. I just pop a Tide Pod into the machine with the clothes and let it go to work. While that is going on I get the after party cleaning crew together. This consists of my husband, two kids, and myself.
We start off in the kitchen wiping down the dirty surfaces with Bounty paper towels and my favorite all natural cleaning products. Then we move throughout the house searching for stains and messes. With all of those people over we are bound to find a rough chicken wing underneath the couch or a spilled drink in the corner. When all the rooms are cleaned up and vacuumed I send my husband around the house spraying a can of Febreeze. Then everything is back to normal. The big game is over and we are all dreading the thought of going to school and work the next day.
It is too bad that Bounty can’t wipe Mondays off of the calendar 🙂
This is how we get our house ready for the Big Game and these are some of our game day traditions.
What are some of your game day traditions?
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