Party Checklist

Five Steps to Planning a Football Party

Are you planning to host a party for the Big Game?  If so, take a look at our five steps and printable checklists to help you plan a great party.

Step 1:  Determine the Time and Location of the Party

The kickoff to the Big Game traditionally starts at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the first Sunday in February.  Since the date of the event has already been set, you just need to determine the start time and location of the party.  Five o’clock or five-thirty is a reasonable time.  You’ll want guests to arrive well before the kickoff, so they have time to settle in without missing any of the game.

Step 2:  Plan the menu

Some traditional foods include grinders, sandwiches, hot dogs, and chicken wings.  Not sure what to serve?  Click here for more football food ideas.

Are you ready to plan your menu?  We’ve included a printable menu for you to fill out for your party:

Party Menu - Blank Printable

Party Menu – Blank Printable

Step 3:  Invite Guests and track RSVPs

Use our guest tracker to make sure you’ve included everyone. Be sure to keep a phone number or email address handy, in case you need to contact them.

Guest Tracker

Guest Tracker

Some guests may to offer to bring a dish. You can ask guests to bring something from your menu, or just add their additional dish to your planner. We usually add their dish to our Menu, and write their name in parenthesis.

For example:  Veggie Tray (Jim and Tammy)   Brownies (Sam and Meg)

Step 4:  Clean home and set up for party

Do as much cleaning as you can ahead of time. It’s great if you can vacuum, dust, mop the floors, and finish your laundry a few days earlier.

You’ll want to reserve the 1-2 days before the party to complete your grocery shopping, and prepare the food.

Step 5:  Shop for supplies

If it’s a large party, consider using paper plates, napkins, cups and plastic utensils. If you’re using the grill, be sure to stock up on grilling supplies like wood or charcoal. For the Big Game, football decorations are in order.  Consider balloons, along with party supplies (plates and napkins) with your team colors.

Plan to do your grocery shopping one to two days before the event, and purchase your ice the day of the party.

Step-By-Step Party Checklist

Here’s a step-by-step party checklist for you to print:

Party Checklist

Party Checklist

Enjoy the game!

You may find the following articles from our website helpful:

Football Food Ideas

Grocery Shopping List by Department

Cleaning Up After a Dinner Party

The Party is Over and It’s Time to Assess


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