Football season is in full swing, and whether you’re more into the college or the pro games, chances are that you’ll have a big game to prepare for a few times during the season! Your kitchen is the place where game day parties (and all of your other entertainment efforts) begin, so it’s essential to have it set up and optimized for the needs of you and your guests! Here are a few tips and pointers to ensure you get the most out of your kitchen on game day!
Organize Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is going to be one of the lynchpins of game day party success, especially if you’re the type that likes to prepare dishes the night before. Ensure that everything – food, condiments, etc. – you and your guests might need is easy to access in the front of the refrigerator so they can get back to the couch quickly. For drinks, you may want to consider separating adult and kid beverages by using shelving or an under-counter refrigerator.
Going Beyond the Grill
Of course, most people associate game day with grilling at tailgates. When the weather is nice in the early season, you can certainly emulate this tradition at home without a problem. But as the weather gets colder, why not evolve and go beyond the grill to create game day dishes above and beyond what you could prepare at the stadium parking lot? If you have great kitchen appliances such as a convection oven or hearth oven at your disposal, use them and don’t be afraid to get creative! You’ll be able to create an unforgettable experience for your guests that will make your home the destination of choice for every big game!
Keeping the Mess at a Minimum
Everybody loves a great game day party, but no one enjoys the cleanup afterward. There are a few things you can do to cut back on the mess that’s left behind by your guests. Reduce the load on your dishwasher by using paper plates and plasticware for serving. Have a set of large trash bags ready for disposal in your kitchen. Whenever there’s a spill, clean it up right away and know how to get the various food stains out of your furniture and appliances ahead of time. Finally, load dirty dishes from your dish prep into the dishwasher immediately to avoid stacking in your sink. Doing all of this will help you keep messes under control and get your home back to normal once the games are over!