Party Planning Tips To Be Game Time Ready {Nestle #GameTimeGoodies} #Shop #Cbias

Party Planning Tips To Be Game Time Ready {Nestle #GameTimeGoodies}

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Game Day Essentials #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Shop #CbiasThe Final Countdown

The big game is only a few days away and unless you fancy yourself a party planner, the idea of entertaining a crowd and actually getting to enjoy the football game yourself might seem like wishful thinking.  It doesn’t have to be.  Pulling off the perfect game day celebration and being able to enjoy watching the game yourself isn’t as hard as it seems, as long as you have the right supplies on hand and you take the time to do a little planning.  I’m working with #CollectiveBias to share some tips to make your party a better experience for YOU and to share our favorite #GameTimeGoodies.

Game Day Ready #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Cbias #ShopPre-Party Shopping

Party Planning Tip #1 – Plan your menu ahead.

Heading out to your local Walmart and roaming the aisles won’t score you the touchdown you’re hoping for.  Great parties require planning!  Know your options, plan a loose menu (keeping in mind prep methods and times) and head to Walmart with a list in hand.  Having a list and a general idea of what you want to serve before you head out to do your shopping will ensure that you arrive home with everything you need to feed a crowd.  If an item on your list isn’t available, you can make a substitution or omission, depending on the selection available.

Personal Experience – My shopping list included Edy’s Touchdown Sundae (how could that not be delicious, right?), but sadly my local Walmart didn’t have it available.  I checked out my other options, decided to finish my list while I thought about what I wanted instead, and rounded back to pick up Edy’s Drumstick instead.  Had I not had the Edy’s Touchdown Sundae on my list, I can guarantee you I would’ve left without my ice cream.

Feed a Crowd #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Shop #CbiasPrep Before You Prep

Party Planning Tip #2 – Review preparation instructions and plan your schedule accordingly.

While we like to snack though out the big game, I know my family will also be expecting something resembling an actual meal.  The game doesn’t start until 6:30 pm EST, and my kids won’t be up for most of our snacking, so I need to make sure I have at least one substantial option on hand.  Stouffer’s Party Lasagna with Meat & Sauce is perfect for us.  With two prep options (thawed or frozen), it gives me options as far as working it into my cooking schedule.  I pair it with a simple salad (made ahead) and garlic toast.

Personal Experience – Knowing that the lasagna needs to set up a bit once it comes out of the oven, that gives me a chance to start my other oven prep.  Hot Pockets (both Ham and Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza) are on our game day menu.  Those will stay hot for a good while after they come out of the oven, so I will literally pop those in for 25 minutes just as the lasagna comes out.  As those are pulled out and allowed to cool, our pizza will go in.  When it’s all said and done, all three of our main dishes will be ready and cool enough to eat without giving anyone third degree burns.

Hot Pockets #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Cbias #ShopBuffet and Walk Away

Party Planning Tip #3 – Do not try to serve your guests individually.  Chose items that are easy to self-serve, set up a buffet and walk away.

An essential part of having a successful party is being able to enjoy your own hard work.  You won’t get that standing in the kitchen.  When you’re planning (see Step 2), make sure your plan allows you to have everything out of the oven/off the stove at least 15 minutes before kickoff.  Don’t go crazy trying to make everything look just so-so, at least not for this party, because – to be honest – no one is there to marvel at your party-planning skills, they are there to eat great food and watch an awesome football game (or maybe just the commercials.)  Get your food out, set up a buffet and go enjoy the game yourself!

Personal Experience – I completely get the whole “perfect partyscape” thing.  Believe me.  I stress myself out at least twice a year planning the perfect birthday parties for my kids.  But, I don’t expect to enjoy those the way I would expect to enjoy my own game day party.  Those parties aren’t for me.  Relax!  From choosing your menu, to settling in for the game, this shouldn’t be a stressful party!

End On A Sweet Note #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Shop #CbiasJust Desserts

Party Planning Tip #4 – Don’t make it complicated.  Offer a few options and let it go.

You could spend your life trying to make sure you please everyone.  Don’t.  Choose a few options for you mains, choose an option or two for dessert and let your guests make a choice.  Spend your time worrying about which team is going to win, not prepping for dessert.  Picking prepared variety packs, like the Drumstick Crunch Dipped Cones, gives you options without complicating things.  For those who don’t like their ice cream on a cone, help yourself to a scoop of Edy’s Drumstick ice cream.  Variety without complication.

Personal Experience – My family members have taste preferences that run the gamut.  Even given that challenge, these two packages contain something to make everyone happy.  My son loves anything chocolate, so the chocolate filled Drumstick is perfect for him.  I’m a huge fan of caramel, so the caramel filled cone is just right for me.  My husband is more of a simple vanilla guy, and the vanilla cone is his cone of choice.  My daughter prefers her ice cream in a bowl.  I think it’s because she knows she’ll ultimately end up with  more ice cream than she would on a cone.  Dipped right out of the container is the way she wants to go.

DiGiorno #GameTimeGoodies #Nestle #Cbias #ShopOne Last Check

Party Planning Tip #5 – Check your supplies one last time.

This is a big one.  No matter how prepared you think you are, always run through your list (food, supplies, etc) one last time the night before your party.  The last thing you need it to realize you forgot plates or napkins while you have a pizza in the oven.  As you run through your supplies, this is the perfect opportunity to open any packages that you can and set up any “stations” (drinks, plates, forks, etc) that you can.  This will speed things up for you on your big day, and help counter any of those “oops, I forgot” moments.

Personal Experience – It never fails… If I skip this step, and I try really hard not to, I will discover that I’ve forgot something 15 minutes before guests arrive.  Usually it’s napkins, or cups.  My poor husband has been sent on a last minute store run more times than I can count.  Don’t be like me.  Remember to do one last check.

Enjoy Your Party

Party Planning Tip #6 – Plan to enjoy your own party, and actually do it.

This is by far my most important tip.  If you don’t enjoy your own party, what’s the point in having it?  Do a little planning, hit up your local Walmart for all the necessary supplies and food (the great options I chose from Nestle are all widely available) and have a party that not only everyone else enjoys, but that you enjoy as well!

What are your best party planning tips?  Are any of these on your list?

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17 Responses to Party Planning Tips To Be Game Time Ready {Nestle #GameTimeGoodies} #Shop #Cbias

  1. Great tips! I absolutely love drumsticks :)

  2. That is a perfect party game plan right there! I’ll eat all the pizza – my kids LOVE the hot pockets and drum sticks!!

  3. amber.m says:

    Oh my gosh, I want to come to your house! it looks like you’re all prepared! Go you!

  4. Melissa says:

    The ice cream looks delicious.

  5. Carly says:

    Man, all these treats look delish!

  6. You now have me dying to get some ice cream! Thanks! :P Great tips!

  7. DiGiorno has some awesome options when it comes to pizza. I love how some of them have breadsticks, chicken wings, or cookies.

  8. Paige says:

    I LOVE setting up buffets! So much better than serving at the table! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Its been a long time since I’ve hosted a party, but these tips will definitely come in handy the next time I’m planning one!

  10. Melanie says:

    Thanks for all these great tips!

  11. I love that your tips are so real and practical. My favorite is “Buffet and Walk Away”. I just might get to watch the game myself AND serve great football food! #client

  12. I think you’re right! These are essentials!!! YUM! I want that sundae!! #client

  13. Summer says:

    This looks like the perfect party – my kids (and husband) would love everything!!

  14. Carissa says:

    I was at a local grocery store down here near Charlotte today (2 days after the ‘storm’) and seriously they were out of a lot of things?! Guess what they weren’t out of??
    ICE CREAM! Plenty for the big game! :) HA!

  15. I was totally eating a Digiorno Pizza when I read this. Yummy stuffed crust. Love that pizza.

    • mamamommymom says:

      We usually have one a week. It’s something easy and quick that Hubs can cook when I have to be out or we have a lot going on :)

  16. Kathe says:

    We always have a DiGiorno pizza, or three, in the freezer for unexpected parties :-)

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