How to tailgate in your apartment

The playoff bracket is getting narrower and it’s almost time for the Superbowl. Whether you’re having friends over for a championship or the big game, these tips will help you have the ultimate party.

  • If you’re ordering in, remember – so is everybody else. Game day is always popular, but especially if you’re ordering on a big one. Add a little extra time for food delivery. Order a little early – even consider scheduling it in advance. But it never hurts to take that extra precaution and have snacks on hand when people arrive, so they’re not starving waiting for the pizza guy.
  • Keep your devices handy. The big game inevitably attracts a few people more interested in the commercials than the game itself. You’ve got your big screen tuned to the game you wants to watch, but some friends might want to keep an eye on the Puppy Bowl instead. Pull up a laptop to the side, maybe even encourage friends to bring laptops and tablets – line the back of the appetizer table with other fun stuff streaming, but put on mute so you can keep up on everything that’s happening.
  • Have fun, but be courteous. The last thing you want is to have to break up the party for a noise complaint. If inviting the neighbors isn’t an option (football isn’t for everybody, after all) just remind the more wild fans that it is an apartment – you have neighbors to think about
  • Don’t run out of drinks. Even if it’s BYOB, have a spare case or a few six packs stashed away in case of emergency. Nobody wants to make a run to the store in the middle of the game, or at the end.
  • Make it interesting. You don’t even have to play for money. Buy a crown or a jersey or something else fun that the winner may wear based on who has the most points as each game or quarter completes. If they’ve got a sense of humor, buy a hat of shame for the person with the least.