The Top 5 Things to Remember When Bowl Game Homegating

Hungry Fan
December 17, 2016
How to throw the best post-season college football watch party at home...

In the world of college football, the year is coming to an end in the most exciting way... 

It’s bowl season (!!!) and I am super excited for both College Football Playoff semifinals: the Fiesta Bowl (12/31/16) between No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson; and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (12/30/16) between No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama. Who’s going to win?! I am not a betting woman but I gladly welcome your picks via Facebook or Twitter.

I’m also going to be watching the Rose Bowl (I love that parade) on January 2nd between No. 9 USC and No. 5 Penn State. In case you missed it, Penn State won the USA Today Fan Poll for Best College Tailgate. LSU, incidentally, was a close runner up and the Tigers will be facing off against Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st. (Yup, tuning into that too).

So basically, there will be a lot of homegating for me (watching football from my couch with friends and family while I eat yummy game day food) in the very near future. 

In the spirit of homegating, I thought I'd put together a handy dandy Top 5 List for you so as to maximize the awesomeness of your watching experience:

Here are my Top 5 Things to Remember When Bowl Game Homegating:

1. However much beer you think you need to entertain your friends and family, you’re probably low-balling it. Get a little extra. I mean, what’s the downside? You have extra beer in the fridge leftover for you to drink another time? That doesn’t suck. 

2. If finances are such that you can’t afford to buy everyone’s beer, fear not. It’s totally cool to do a BYOB homegate. Heck, make your Bowl Game Watch Party a full-out potluck and ask your guests to each bring something (to eat or drink) for the party! 

3. Remember there are apps like Venmo and PayPal that can help you split the cost of hosting a Bowl Game Watch Party. Come up with a party budget ahead of time that everyone’s cool with and then split the cost of the party evenly with the help of these apps. Use them to send your friends/have your friends send you money. Here’s a tip: if using PayPal, there is no fee associated with sending a friend money if the money is coming from a bank account! (Debit cards/credit cards carry a small processing fee). 

4. Keep your menu interesting! I always like to feature a dish for each team. So, for instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama v. Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish (white sauce) and some oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the foods you’d find in the universities’ respective towns. Be sure to consult the official Hungry Fan cookbook for recipe ideas! 

5. Disposable dishes and cups! Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, glass is bound to break. Save yourself cleanup and people freaking out about stepping on glass by committing to cups and plates that are disposable (and ideally Earth-friendly [and compostable] such as these plates or these cups) and to platters/plates that are made of plastic. We don’t need any third quarter trips to the ER or blood on the carpet, right?