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    5 Tips to Be Ready for the “Big Game”

    Preparation for a Big Game extravaganza doesn't have to be extravagant, although it should show some effort from the host to ensure your guests are having a great time! Here are some tips for throwing a game party that people will remember and enjoy.

    Step 1. Invitations

    Invite family, friends, and even work colleagues who want to watch the Big Game. More people equals more fun, however invite those who are open to watching the game in a social atmosphere. This will keep the mood casual, allowing people plenty of diversion should they not feel like being too social. If possible, plan your numbers around bathroom availability and budget. If your living space should get too crowded, discomfort and food shortage could be a buzz kill for this would-be event of the season. This is all about the game, right? There are a lot of ways to invite your guests, including text messages, physical mail or an email. RSVPs are important, so encourage your guests to commit as soon as possible. This will make planning efforts go smoothly.

    Step 2. Budgeting

    After you've secured a few RSVPs, go over your expenses. Attempt to minimize costs on items you will need in bulk like spoons, plates, napkins and platters. All of these can be purchased for a minimal cost at your local grocery or drug store. Consider the number of attendees. If a large amount of people are planning to come to your party, the budget might be too much for one person to handle. Suggest a potluck, to disperse the cost of food. Potlucks bring people together and eliminate the need for too much fuss over the food! They also allow individuals with food allergies or dietary restrictions to bring a dish they can enjoy. If few people are going to attend your game party, supplying snack food, waters and sodas should be a breeze.

    Step 3. House Preparation

    This is the most obvious part of preparing for an event. Clean the house. Make sure that your living space is in a respectable state when your friends come over, and TV screens are wiped down, with no noticeable film obscuring the view. If you're living in an area that has lots of snowfall or any other parking obstruction, clean this area for your guests. After the cleaning is done, it's time to decorate! Team banners and colorful jerseys are a good idea for wall decorations. Arrangement of furniture will be important for viewing comfort. Once again, it will be important to consider the number of party attendees. If a large sectional couch will not be comfortable or able to seat the amount of people coming, you will need to arrange portable seating. Fold-out chairs and bean bags are good options for people who won't have anywhere to sit.

    Step 4. Etiquette

    After the party gets rolling, it's important to make your guests feel at home. As a host, it will be up to you to re-stock drinks, monitor snacks and take care of any messes that might occur as a result of the festivities. Don't leave this up to the guests. After all, this is one of the only times people can come together over a common interest. Ask everyone if they need anything periodically. "Are you comfortable? Can you see the game?" These are questions that go a long way in making sure your guests are comfortable and enjoying the party.

    Step 5. Skip the Mess and Stress

    Aren’t up for the big task of throwing a party or don’t have the space to entertain a large crowd? You could always skip the fuss and watch it live at your favorite hangout – which just might be the Isle Casino Hotel® Bettendorf! You’ll be able to watch the whole game, stress-free, while enjoying some great food and relaxing with your friends. Plus, the gaming never ends at the Isle. Continue the celebration with over 1,000 slots and video poker machines, as well as 20 of the latest table games.
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