It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I don’t mean the holiday season … It’s football season! Sunday football is a traditional held by many Americans, as they don their favorite sports attire, plop in front of the television and munch on foods that don’t require a plate. But this Sunday will be different with the big game having a face off for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. With these football party ideas, you can spend your lazy Sunday afternoon a different way.

Tailgate

Sure, you may not have been able to snag tickets to the game this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the festivities of a tailgate. If you have a backyard area, set up some games like bean bag toss or hillbilly horseshoes and invite friends over for come drinks and an early dinner to prepare for the night ahead of you. Pair up into teams for games and get ready for a competitive evening.

Friendly Wagers

Fantasy footballers know how fun, and frustrating, it can be to have a stake in each game. Even if you aren’t a part of the online tournament, you can place friendly wagers with guests for bragging rights, drinking or a bit of cash. Squares are a fun and simple way to amp up the competitive edge at any Sunday football party.

Game Day Grub

No football party is complete without food. If it’s an all-day event, I’ve found the best solution is to provide lunch, snacks and dinner. In the early afternoon, provide mini sandwiches or some sort of heavy appetizers to hold folks over until dinner. Make sure to have simple finger foods around like chips, dips, crackers and cheese so everyone can freely pick at it between beers. For dinner, prepare something out of the ordinary, but simple.

To kick off the eventful night, you can prepare a smoked pork shoulder on the grill. All you need is a piece of meat big enough to feed all your friends, rubbed with the seasonings of your choice. Then, toss it on the grill to blacken the ends. Add your smoker (which you can purchase at any home good store for under $20) to the grill and let that baby simmer for about four hours. Once you take it off the grill, the meat will just melt apart, and your guests will be impressed and satisfied. This is a special occasion so you will want to deviate from the usual the usual wings and pizza menu. Country Living put together 70 big game day recipes for you to choose from.

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