Don’t do Game Day by Yourself – Make it a Team Effort

Don’t do Game Day by Yourself – Make it a Team Effort

You should be able to enjoy the game too. Here’s how to make that happen.



Game day should be about enjoying the game, whether it’s soccer, hockey, baseball, football or basketball (and, in the U.S., October has them all!).

If you’re looking to host the ultimate game-day party, check out our article on preparing the game-day spread.

But if you’re looking to make it more of a team effort, check out these tips.

1. Know Your Friends
The people you invite over don’t need to be gourmet chefs, but if one of your friends is a little less comfortable in the kitchen, be specific about what store-bought treat they should bring.

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2. Tell Them How Much
Either be specific about how many bags of chips or bottles of soda they should bring, or give them a good idea of how many people will be attending. We know the guest list will likely change up until kickoff, but help people know about how many people they’ll be expected to serve.

3. Be Mindful of Budget
Not all ingredients are created equal. Buying five different types of fruit for a fruit salad is going to be a little pricier than a jar of salsa and nacho cheese. When you’re putting together the list of what you’re going to ask people to bring, do a quick price check of what it may cost.

4. Choose Your Recipe
This isn’t the time to experiment with crazy dishes. Tell friends and family to choose the recipes they know and love.

5. Cook it Together
If you’re up to it, offer your kitchen in advance if anyone wants to just make a dish there (instead of having to transport it). If you want, join in with them and make it a team effort.

What are your tips for hosting a game-day potluck?

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