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Now that fall is kicking into high gear, that means football is back—and we're as excited as you are. Game day parties have been a long-standing tradition full of fun with friends and family, and of course, the yummy snacks.
Whether you're looking to host a party as an excuse to get the gang together or indulge in game day food (wings, anyone?), we found 12 essentials perfect for hosting a watch party this season.
Before the Big Game
The first step to planning a successful football watch party is determining where you want to watch the game. Fall is known for colder weather, but thankfully, it's not too cold at the start to keep you indoors. Hosting an outdoor football watch party is a fun way to switch up the location and enjoy the beautiful season with the right gear. Luckily, our list includes items perfect for indoor and outdoor parties so you're stacked with the right essentials to keep everyone comfortable for the entire game.
Plastic Football Serving Tray
Finger foods are the way to go when hosting a watch party and this serving tray amplifies all the game day vibes. Shaped like a football, this tray is designed to store two dips on the ends with the larger middle section housing your favorite chips or veggies. Not only will your guests love the food you serve, but they’ll also appreciate the added decor touch with this chic serving platter.
CE Craft Candles Football Sundays Candle
Freshen your home with the mahogany and teakwood scent of this football Sundays candle before your guests arrive. This 8oz jar is perfect to place on a table or your entertainment center near the TV so the football brown sticker ties in with the occasion. Since it’s built for 35 hours of burning time, this candle is a must-have for all your watch parties or Sundays spent watching the game.
PICNIC TIME NFL Symphony Appetizer Serving Tray Set
There are so many ways you can utilize a charcuterie board that’s perfect for game day watch parties—but this one is made extra special with the addition of your favorite team. This serving tray is sold from small business, Picnic Time, right on Amazon, and it comes fully equipped with a large top surface for your cheese, fruits, and savory complements to sit.
Codear Football String Lights
With football beginning in early fall, outdoor watch parties are bound to happen. Enjoy the cool breeze as you watch the game with ambiance thanks to these string lights. These are perfect to wrap around your deck or inside for a warm glow that keeps the party lit all night long. Just be sure to keep the plug-in end close to the power outlet.
Eddie Baur Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Speaking of cool weather and outdoor watch parties, keeping a stack of these faux fur blankets on hand is perfect for getting cozy during the game. We love the chic plaid design and 16 color options that give us all the fall feelings of warmth and customization for your outdoor watch party. Pair these blankets with a fire pit and Adirondack chairs and you have the perfect game day set up.
Umigy Football Plate Food Boats
Elevate the game day feel and pretend you’re actually at the game with these football plate food boats. These plates are reminiscent of the food platters served in the concession stands at an actual football stadium plus they add decor with the two patterns that come in each pack. The boats are ultra-spacious to hold your party food like burgers or wings and are easy to carry in hand, something your guests will greatly appreciate.
East Urban Home Cotton Table Runner
This table runner is sure to be a showstopper at your watch party. We love the chic take on the football logo and the inclusion of neutral tones to make the decor more modern. This runner is 72” L x 16” W and is the perfect complement for your game day food table setup.
NICPOW Outdoor Projector
If you are planning to bring your watch party outside, play the game on a big screen with this outdoor projector. This 8’ long screen is perfect to place on the side of your home’s exterior or to hang from a tree which totally beats carting your precious big screen out of the house. Use an adapter to connect the projector to your cable source and then sit back to enjoy the game along with your guests by a cozy fire pit or blanket and all your party goodies.
Leitee Inflatable Drink Cooler
How festive and adorable are these football inflatable drink coolers? The depth in the center of these inflatables is great for ice and the canned drinks you plan on serving your guests. Not to mention this is the ultimate decor staple for a game day watch party that can be used inside and out.
Mistana Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Speaking of inside and out, ensure everyone is comfortable as they watch the game thanks to a few of these chic throw pillows. These pillows add texture to your indoor or outdoor setup and are super comfortable for everyone to enjoy. When the party's over and you need to give your pillows a good clean, remove the cover and toss them in the wash.
Dandat Disposable Football Cups
Not drinking canned drinks? Then set out these festive football cups that perfectly match the food boats from earlier. These plastic cups add the perfect party touch that is a step above the plain red solo cups with their playful football logos.
Tevxj Football Party Banner
Enliven your home with game-day spirit and decor by placing these banners around your party area or at the front entrance. These banners get everyone in the mood for the big game and are an easy decor element fit for the occasion. Dangle these banners from the ceiling or hang them on the wall behind your foot table for a complete decked-out scene.
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Read the original article on The Spruce.