3. Play agreeable music
Does the new Panopticon album rip? Yeah, of course it does. Is this party an opportunity to convert your friends to loving black metal? No. Keep it friendly for the guests -- also because, hey, your neighbors are probably having regular Thanksgiving and not a lot of grandmas enjoy your same passion for Dub Core Austrian Trance Wave House.
4. Don’t assume people care about sports
This is one of the few fetes where sports will definitely be on, but your guest list will include plenty of people who don't care. If you're a fan and throwing the party, you're going to have to sacrifice some enthusiasm for the game. If you're fan showing up to a non-fan's house, it's ok to ask about putting the game on, but talk about something besides YAC, and don't let it dominate the party.