Get Your Game On!
January 1st, 2015
Peggy Fiandaca

OK I have to admit it – I am not a football fan. When I complain about the TV blaring sports for hours, my husband jokingly (I think) accuses me of promoting a “false persona” when we were first dating that tricked him into marrying a presumed die-hard sports fan.

Our Sundays were spent at sports bars watching football (i.e., Dallas Cowboys) and eating chicken wings. When in San Francisco, we survived a sports bar as the only Dallas Cowboys fans amongst rabid San Francisco 49ers. Wine tasting in Santa Rosa we found the only Dallas Cowboys fan bar in Northern California. I read the sports page and knew all the players and stats. But over the last several decades Sunday’s have become my most productive office day. Today, I only have time for Arizona Coyotes hockey.

For nearly two decades, I hosted the “Big Game” parties where I can honestly say I never saw one game. They have always been fun for me and my guests. Here are three tips to survive hosting a great party when you really don’t care about the big game.

Tip #1: Assuming you are going to pass tip #1 on to someone else and do tips #2 or #3 below, assign a non-sports fan to monitor the game scoreboard. There are lots of folks that don’t really care about the game that get dragged along to watch. Find them and assign them to keeping track of the pool scoreboard. Let them announce who’s quarter score is about to win. It makes them feel a part of the excitement.

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Tip #2: Have interactive food. For example “make your own pizzas” is very interactive. When someone is hungry, I roll out the dough (that I made ahead or purchased at my local pizza joint) and present it on a pizza paddle. They add desired toppings and off it goes into the pizza oven which is in our backyard. But it can go into the oven on a pizza stone just as easily. One year we (me and the gals who couldn’t give a darn about the game) made giant pretzels. I also have done frost your own cupcakes with all the kids, made-to-order chicken wings at the outside wok with different wing sauces, and individual Panini sandwiches. Interactive food gives me something to do during the entire game and allows me interact with all of my guests.

 Lawrence Dunham Vineyards

Tip #3: Beer is not the only thing that goes with the big game. If you don’t want to do the interactive food idea, make the party a potluck and have all your guests bring food. Then you create a signature drink that you make. Preparing drinks gives you a purpose and allows you to gab with everyone throughout the game. I love making fresh margaritas, wine spritzers with fruit, or mojitos.

Whatever you do find a way to enjoy the party even if you don’t watch the game. Or this year, stop by the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ Wine Gallery and drink great wine all afternoon on the patio and get to the party just before half time.

Last tip – it is important to watch the commercials and know the final score. This will allow you to make comments at work the next day or on social media and people will think you were glued to the TV.