Football season is in full swing! While watching the game is a weekly ritual having a great party is also part of the fun. Planning a great party means you need to have the invitations, party decorations and delicious food! Those 3 ingredients will be what keep friends coming back again and again, whether their favorite team wins or loses. When it comes to invitations the first step is to decide how many people you are planning on inviting. How many will fit comfortably in your party area? How much food are you planning on serving? Are kids included or is this an adult only event? Once you have decided on the details the invitations can be made or bought. If you are inviting only a few close friends it would acceptable to call with the invitation. If you have a larger list of guests you might consider using an email invite service like Evite. You will want to keep track of who has confirmed and who sends regrets so you can plan accordingly when it comes to planning for food. Photo Credit: Pinterest.com When it comes to decorations, let your imagination go wild! There are no special decorations required but guests appreciate when a host has taken the time to make it a special occasion. Use napkins and plates in the team colors to make it a more themed event. While football parties should be a simple and casual affair you will enjoy having a few decorations around to add to the spirit of the party. Photo Credit: Pinterest.com Finally we have the food! Everyone always talks at the water cooler the day after a game about the football plays and the food, so make sure you have your game face on when it comes to the menu. Plan your menu so that you don’t spend the entire time in your outdoor kitchen cooking and serving. Find recipes that can be made ahead and guests can serve themselves. Plan to serve your food buffet style so they can get what they need and then return to their spot to watch the game. Finger food and snacks are great to have out and ready as guests arrive. Photo Credit: Pinterest.com Last but not least, don’t forget the drinks and dessert! From something as simple as cookies and brownies, to a cake made in the shape of a football, you can use your imagination to create a special ending to a fabulous meal. As for drinks make sure you have a variety of options for your guests, and if you run out room in your outdoor kitchen pull out a cooler to keep more drinks cold and add a little extra seating. Photo Credit: Pinterest.com Planning a party doesn't have to be stressful. Having everything in place will make it an easy success! With a little work, your guests will be talking about your party for as long as they do the final game-wining play. With some pre-planning your party will sure to be a touchdown!