If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, you better believe your Thanksgiving festivities will include football. On Thanksgiving two years ago, 31 million people tuned in to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Miami Dolphins. Another 30.2 million viewers caught the Green Bay Packers at Baltimore, reports Bleacher Report. As a gracious host, keep the big game in mind as you party plan.
First thing’s first. Make sure that you have the right cable plan to stream the big game. The NFL Sunday Ticket package from DirecTV provides exclusive access to all game-day coverage, including extras like player tracking and the ability to watch up to 8 games at once. Visit DirectTVBeatsCable.com to get set up.
Ask your friends and family to wear their favorite team colors. This can create a friendly rivalry and keep people comfortable after they’ve stuffed themselves with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Decorate your TV room with game-day props, such as big foam fingers, pom-poms and football-shaped balloons. Check out NFLShop.com or FootballFanatics.com for holiday shopping.
No matter how stuffed your guests will be after dinner, everyone wants to snack during the game. Stock your mini fridge with beer. You can even get a quarter keg to create that authentic game-day feel and minimize beer bottle and can clutter. Keep your guests satisfied with these salty and sweet snacks.
You can also serve a platter of Thanksgiving leftovers when those mid-game munchies set in. Open-faced turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches are a tasty hit.
Friendly competition can connect football fans and non-fans. Taste of Home suggests creating a football commercial score card to keep all guests engaged in the game and enjoy the atmosphere. Before the game starts, ask everyone to predict how many commercials will feature certain things — women in bikinis, horses, lizards, beer, etc. Have watchers tally the commercials, and reward the winner with a prize. You can also ask every guest to predict a winner and final score, and then reward the person who guessed closest to the final score.
Check in with football fans during halftime. Help friends and family digest their second meal and rally a touch football game in the backyard. Everyone will get moving, release energy and work off that stuffed feeling. You can also play football trivia and reward the winner with a white elephant present.
During halftime, recruit guests to help you clean up dishes. See who wants to stand up and stretch, and them put them to work drying dishes or clearing the table.