For busy families, hosting game day parties can be challenging to say the least. Both my husband and I work full-time and by the time the big game is here, we can be drained and throwing a party sounds like a nightmare. However, we have learned to find ways to eliminate the stress of party planning so we are able to enjoy time with our family and friends when the big game is finally here. Just because life is full of obligations and chores doesn’t mean you can’t make time for fun.
Game Day Time Saving Entertaining Hacks for Busy Families
Invite guests online
Ditch the paper invites and all the time it takes to locate everyone’s address. As much as people move, it can be hard to keep up with their addresses. Save money on stamps and simply design (or buy) a creative and catchy graphic to include online. There are several different platforms available to help you keep track of your guest list and who can make it to your party.
Don’t spend hours in the kitchen
It’s very tempting to prepare new recipes that would impress your Pinterest friends, but keep it simple for game day gatherings. DIGIORNO Rising Crust Pizza is a great option for a main dish because it is so quick and easy to prepare.
Don’t let the simplicity of this pizza fool you though because because DIGIORNO Pizza is so tasty! It bakes up hot and fresh in your own oven. Also, it’s ready to serve in about 20 minutes. Think of all the extra time you will have now. Totally worth it.
Hire a cleaning service
This may be an investment for some families to make, but if you have some extra cash it’s the best gift you can give yourself. Nothing feels better than walking into a clean home that you didn’t have to clean. If you are on a budget, use these time-saving cleaning methods, Don’t clean everything at once or you will become overwhelmed and burn out quickly. You need your energy for party time.
Pre-set the table the night before
Always set out your serving dishes, decor and other party supplies the night before your party. This way you aren’t scrambling to get everything together the day of the event. Also, inevitably you may forget a supply and chances are you can run to the store real quick the day before more so than the day of. Let’s face it – grocery store shopping on game day is not enjoyable because we live in a world of people that do things last minute. (I have been there myself! No shame.)
You can go to sleep with peace of mind that your gathering is set to go!
Ask guests to bring their own dessert
You are supplying the big screen, food, and destination. I don’t think it’s too tacky to ask guests to bring their own dessert or appetizers for a potluck treat. Baking cakes and prepping appetizers can take up a lot of time. By asking guests to pitch in, this will eliminate another task on your party to-do list.
Make the right call with these time and stress saving tips, but beware your friends and family may be jealous of your party-planning skills. “I don’t know how she does it all?”
It’s time for the end zone dance
Congrats, with these time-saving entertainment hacks you can make it through your own fabulous game day gathering with a smile on your face. There are plenty of wrong calls made during the football season, but there’s one thing you can always count on as the right call to make on game day: DIGIORNO® pizza because it’s a definite crowd pleaser!
What are your Game Day time-saving tips when you have friends and family over after a long and busy week?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.