Party 3: The House Party Marathon (Bonus Points for London Games)
This is not for the faint of heart (or the fragile of living room). If you consider yourself the best host in town, someone who will not crack under the pressure of making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and infinite snacks -- not to mention stocking a day’s worth of Bud Light to keep each shift of new guests happy -- then you might be up for the challenge of hosting an all-day, all-game extravaganza. If you want an extra challenge, invite everyone over for a game day where NFL teams play in London. Just be sure to brew a few gallons of strong coffee.
Best Party For: The super host whose favorite part of game day is organizing an enormous get-together.
Your Game-Day Strategy: Party prep will differ depending on timezone. For all the west coasters, rise and shine: you’re going to have to get that coffee brewing and bacon sizzling early because breakfast is the crown jewel of your Sunday kickoff. Stick to easy to serve (and snack on) finger food options here like bacon- and sausage-wrapped pancakes that everyone can eat like tacos. East of the Pacific Time Zone, you’re looking at brunchier options, which means a big stack of pancakes or high-quality donuts to hold people over until it’s time to grill.
Snacks should be laid out in small but well-distributed portions. In other words, that barrel of guacamole on the coffee table is going to be gone before halftime, but a smattering of smaller dips placed around the party perimeter has a chance of lasting the whole day. The obvious go-to's here are in the snack pantheon: pretzels, chips, homemade bar nuts if you're feeling ambitious. A few well-placed bowls of sour cream and onion dip and maybe some hummus will go a long way towards keeping everyone satisfied between the main food waves.
One last thing: get your viewing setup right. Rent, borrow, or buy a TV that can be seen across the house and setup any other internet-connected screens you have as viewing stations throughout the party. Just make sure to keep one tuned to RedZone for the stat geeks.