Move over, binge watching. Summertime is quickly winding down, which means only one thing: football season is back!
Whether or not your favorite team wins, you can still score big in one arena – hosting a great game day viewing party. Here are just a few things you need to cross off that checklist to get it just right.
A Big Screen
How big do you need to go for the full experience? That’s entirely up to you, but if you ask us, the bigger the screen, the better the experience. After all, everyone deserves the best seat in the house.
For the ultimate 4K experience, look no further than the TCL 6-Series. It’s been praised by top-tier media outlets from CNET, to USA Today‘s Reviewed.com, and Tom’s Guide, among many others for good reason–brilliant 4K UHD picture, Dolby Vision HDR for lifelike color, and the easy-to-use Roku TV platform. People simply can’t take their eyes off of the 6-Series. And, with sizes up to 75” you’re sure to be the envy of everyone in the house.
For the ultimate in viewing value, also don’t miss the 4-Series. With a wider range of screens sizes up to a wall-devouring 75-inches, there's a size that's perfect for the man cave or lady lair.
Of course, a picture won’t mean much if you’re struggling to hear the sound of the game over your cheering friends. From the roar of the crowd to the artful commentary, you won’t want to miss a thing.
A sound bar is an easy option for providing immersive audio. With the Alto family of sound bars, you’ll feel like you’re right in the center of a game. And because they offer wireless music streaming via Bluetooth, you’ll want to have a great playlist ready to stream during commercial breaks or half time.
Sound amazing? Then check out the TCL Alto 7 2.0 Channel Sound Bar. Stunning sound, simple setup, and a winning solution to get that loud, clear sound you crave. Or, opt for the Alto 7+ to enjoy even bigger, bolder sound with the addition of a wireless subwoofer. Recently earning the Editor’s Choice from PC Mag, and even Recommended by Digital Trends, this is one easy upgrade.
Add a Game for Game Day
It doesn't need to be the championship match to play a game of football squares. Setting up a squares game is one way to keep everyone involved in the matchup and may even help keep the interest of friends and family who might not be as passionate about football as the rest of us.
Playing a game of squares starts with a grid. Say you have 10 people coming over, you’ll want to print a 50-square grid–there are templates you can find online. Write one team along each axis. After guests pay a set amount for individual squares, maybe $1 each, have them write their name in the proper number of random squares. Then, put pieces of paper with numbers 0 through 9 in a hat, and as each number is drawn, write them across the top row going left to right. When you’re done, repeat for the other axis.
At the end of every quarter, match the last number from each team's score with the grid. So for example, if the score is 10-7, use the numbers 0 and 7 on your grid. Whoever’s name is in the square that intersects both numbers wins that quarter, along with 25 percent of the pot. Repeat each quarter to see who takes home the most cash!
Don’t Forget The Snacks
Win or lose, everyone cheers for snacks. When planning your home viewing experience, make sure you don’t have a shortage of chips, dips, and finger foods nearby.
A potluck is always a fan favorite, but beware of that one friend who insists that tofu burgers are actual food. You can always go the easy, classic pizza and wings route. To take it up a notch, stock up on the craft beer or make team-themed cocktails. For snacks, make a fruit salad football helmet or a field day party dip to make it just a bit more festive.
These are just a few tips to get you ready for game day and to ensure you're set to enjoy the entire season from the comfort of your sofa.