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Tips for Hosting a Game-watching Party, In Style

While the summer months may be coming to an end, the heat is only just beginning to turn up. As the regular seasons for college and national football kick off this month, and major league baseball continues through October with the postseason, it is game on for every entertainment room in homes accross the U.S.

But rather than trying to fight the crowd, why not pull a fast one and run the ball yourself? Hosting a game-watching party doesn't have to mean cheap beer and finger food only your five-year-old would consider eating. Here are some tips on turning the next big game day into your own soirée.  

Technology

Make your guests feel like they're at the game with a sophisticated home audio system. Bose has been setting the industry standard for more than 50 years and has a variety of options to fit any space, from full-blown home theater systems to sleek soundbars. 

Children

If possible, ask your guests to leave the kids at home. If not, designate a playroom just for them equipped with games and their favorite food and drinks. Eliminate the worry of unsupervised children running rampant around your house by hiring a nanny to keep a watchful eye for you.

Seating

Getting an exact headcount can be difficult for a casual evening, all you can reallty do is be prepared for a crowd. While the occasional chair is a nice design touch, you can't fill an entire room with them. Have single-seat ottomans and floor cushions on standby. They're so easy to move, and to stow away if not needed. 

Hors d'oeuvres

The sophisticated cousin of finger foods, hors d'oeuvres can take any shape or form that you and your guests prefer. Try these recipes for bruschetta, devils on horseback, and ham and cheddar croquettes, and you'll have Martha Stewart knocking at your door before halftime. 

Libations

Most sporting events have long been associated with one beverage in particular, beer. But that doesn't mean you can't add a little finesse to it. Take a trip to the nearest gourmet grocery store and check out their selection of local craft beer and international imports (think Belgium and Germany).

Next up, glassware. You may be surprised to find that beer has just as many options as wine does. But it's hard to go wrong with the classic pint. Williams-Sonoma makes a great, dishwasher-friendly, option. 

With a little preparation and attention to detail, you'll be the MVP of hosts. 

Photos courtesy of foodandwine.comballarddesigns.comstylebyemilyhenderson.comshutterstock.com, and theultralinx.com.

 

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