How To Set Up Your Living Room For Football Parties

How To Set Up Your Living Room For Football Parties
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    If your living room isn’t set up for guests, you might be reluctant to volunteer to host football season gatherings in your home.

    Fortunately, renovating or decorating your living room need not be time-consuming or expensive.

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In fact, all it takes are some simple steps to get it ready for football season in no time. Instead of a weekly struggle with your buddies to find a seat at your local sports bar, just invite them over to your house.

You can enjoy all the big games in the comfort of your own home, and if you have a great TV set, you can catch the action in HD picture and sound. And, as an added perk, you won’t have to deal with the irritation of watching multiple televisions in the same room or keep on running up the tab.

Here are 5 tips to make your guests feel right at home:

1. Create the right mood.

While a few beers might be enough to put people in the right mood when watching a ball game, you can make quite a few changes to the living room to make it into a jovial gathering place.

  • First, consider the lighting. If it’s too dim or too bright, it can make people feel uncomfortable. Use floor lamps in dark corners and table lamps of different height to layer in light. Also, choose the right amount of wattage.
  • Second, use a good television set. Now’s your excuse for an upgrade! However, chances are you probably already have a large screen with a clear resolution, so you just want to make sure that you can get a quality channel like DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket to catch every live game, every Sunday.

2. Clean and tidy up.

If you have a spare hour before your guests arrive, use it to sweep, dust, polish and vacuum, your living room. If it’s a real mess, think about getting to work on it at least a few days before people come over. This will give you plenty of time to catch up on it and do a good job while you’re at it.

When you’re cleaning, pull out all cushions because that’s where you’ll find your quarters and nickels, lost keys and pens, and bubble gum wrappers and broken Popsicle sticks.

3. Arrange seating for game time.

Under normal circumstances, your lounge furniture is probably arranged for group conversations, but for this particular gathering, it’s better to organize your furniture before the guests arrive. Consequently, your seating should be arranged so that everyone can see the TV.

You want the party atmosphere to flow naturally, and one way to do that is to minimize what guests need to do to feel right at home instead of scrapping furniture across the room to set it up minutes before the game starts.

Incidentally, one concern that you might have is that you don’t have enough seating. Simply use ottomans and bring in chairs from areas like your bedroom, living room, or kitchen.

Also, have plenty of pillows and comforters available to correct hard chairs or sofas that are too deep or for people who just want to sit on the floor.

4. Don’t’ forget common sense precautions.

If you are serving anything hot, have plenty of side tables and a big coffee table for people to put their plates and mugs down. This is also a useful strategy to avoid spills. When drinks are set on the floor, it’s easy to get up and kick them over as guests go in search of the bathroom. In addition, have a first-aid kit near, as well as new batteries in your smoke alarms

5. Backyard parties.

You might also be having the type of football party that starts out in the backyard and then gravitates toward the living room. Here is some relevant advice from an article by Ronique Gibson on how to prepare your outdoor home for fall entertaining: Check that the barbecue grill and surrounding appliances are clean and in working order, and ask a professional for repairs if needed.

If you don’t plan on grilling during the colder months, consider storing your grilling equipment in a storage facility. Bring out festive colored patio furniture cushions in deep reds, golds, oranges and browns to create an ambiance that is warm and welcoming and fits with the season.

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Hosting at Home is More Fun

While it’s always fun to go out to local sports restaurants or bars, it can be even more fun enjoying your favorite games with your friends at home. After reviewing these five tips, you’ll quickly realize that it’s fairly easy to set things up for a great time.

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