Hosting the Big Game: A Checklist for the Best Indoor Entertaining

You’ve just bought that new 60” TV you were drooling over for months. Everyone has been invited to watch the big game. Now what? It takes more than just a great PIP screen to make a great game night. Here’s a checklist of items you may want to consider, to help make the night a success.

Don’t try to do everything yourself. You’ll wear yourself out with all the prep work, not to mention your wallet… Enlist your friends to bring one item each, and reduce your stress and save your time.


Everyone has their specialty. Charlie does the best chicken wings; Doug does the best nacho dip; Mark makes the best meatballs.

Asking everyone to bring a dish not only saves you time, it gives everyone else a chance to showcase their skills. They will all be grateful that you hosted, but will also appreciate the feeling they get from the team effort. Call it a pride or ego thing, but everyone likes to feel useful.


Every group will have someone who maybe isn’t the greatest in the kitchen, but they can still be part of the team effort to make game night great. No party is complete without everyone’s favorite beverage.

Depending on the types of drinks involved (alcohol vs. non) it could get quite expensive, so it my be best to not rely on just one person to supply all the drinks for the party. As with everything else about the night, share the load and make it a team event.

One quick note about drinks…keep them cold, and keep them close. No one wants to have to make a trip upstairs and to the other side of the house in the middle of a play. If you don’t already have one in the rec-room, consider a bar fridge for entertaining.

It will keep the drinks cold and close at hand; and it is small enough to keep tucked in a convenient corner or even right by the recliner, without being obtrusive.

Dishes, Cutlery, and Napkins

Finally, don’t forget the dishes, utensils and napkins. Again, this could be something for one of the gang to bring who maybe doesn’t have enough time to do food prep right before the party.

Having someone bring disposable cups, plates, eating utensils, and napkins will save you a ton of cleaning after the big game night. Let’s face it, after an exciting win, no one wants the downer of having to clean dishes. And doing dishes would be a double downer if your teams happens to lose.

So remember, just like any great team shares the effort, a great game night party should be a team effort too.