“We want families to enjoy the family room during movie nights and for sports fans to be able to cheer as loud as they can for their favorite team, without dreading the inevitable cleanup that follows,” said Sean Regan, Category Director, BISSELL.

With an action-packed month of sporting events already underway, the team here at BISSELL want to help you ensure that your home is geared up to make the most of the good times ahead. Here are some tips to scoring the winning try with your guests.

Preparation

  • Consider the number of quests you will be accommodating when planning seating arrangements. The more the merrier, unless they can’t see the TV.

Clean Up Ahead of Time

Vacuuming floor

  • To prepare your carpets for game day, do a deep clean ahead of time and then a quick vacuum the morning of the event.
  • Clean up any pet hair – make sure your carpet, couch and chairs have been vacuumed and wiped down.
  • Clean out your fridge and make room for party food.
  • Dust your TV, mantle, coffee table and end tables.
  • Clear leaves and dirt from your driveway and front entrance.

Stock Up

BBQ Food

  • Be sure to buy enough to food cater for the number of guests you’ll be hosting.
  • Get all your grocery shopping done well ahead of time. Stock up on ingredients, drinks, supplies and bags of ice.
  • Ensure that you have extra rubbish bags and paper towels on hand.
  • If you plan to use your barbecue, make sure it’s clean and ready to use and ensure that you have all the cooking utensils you need.

Set Up the Room

Snack table

  • Set up your dining room table or buffet table with napkins, paper plates, serving spoons, cutlery, dishes, glasses, etc. ahead of time.
  • Using paper plates and plastic cups is fine, but stick to cutlery made of metal and avoid the cheap plastic imitations.
  • Place extra seats, chairs and cushions in your TV room — arrange them to ensure that everyone can see the TV, without blocking access to the snacks and other rooms.
  • Remove anything unnecessary or fragile from the TV room.
  • Put enough coasters out to avoid anyone having to look for one during that critical moment in the game.

Chill

Frozen beer mugs

  • Cool beer mugs in the freezer overnight.
  • Print drink labels to help your guests keep track of their glass.
  • Chill drinks ahead of time.

Plan for the Kids

Children play fighting on floor --- Image by © Tim Pannell/Tetra Images/Corbis

  • Set up a play area for kids and an area where those who don’t want to watch the game can socialise.
  • Remember to set out some fun party food options, just for the kids.
  • Have some activities for the kids planned. Printables and games.

Plan for unexpected mess

Cleaning grouting

Keep Food Coming

  • Stick to food that’s easy to serve and eat.
  • Offer a variety of food, including some of your big game favourites.
  • Make easy homemade dips to accompany store-bought crisps and snacks.
  • Use your slow cooker — you can even serve straight from it.
  • Pile a veggie plate high and keep refilling it with fresh, cold dip.
  • Offer different levels of spiciness — mild to hot salsa, guacamole and chicken wings.
  • Don’t let food that can spoil sit out for more than 2hours.
  • Make snack mix easier to share by serving it in individual plastic cups or glasses.

Keep Drinks Flowing

Drinking together

 

  • Consider having a cooler stocked with ice, beer and sodas near the couch.
  • Drink options don’t have to end at beer, consider offering cocktails and/or wine options.
  • Prepare a non-alcoholic beverage such as homemade punch.
  • Don’t forget to make provisions for tea and coffee.

 

Follow these tips to prepare and host your big game day party and you’re sure to have a happy crowd, no matter what the score.