How to entertain guests on game day

Published On: Dec 29 2011 10:05:53 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 25 2009 01:57:14 PM EST

By Steve Thompson, Contributing writer

One of the most anticipated events in many American households each year is the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

If you're hosting a gathering at your home during this year's tournament, check out these tips to help plan your event.

Encourage Interaction

In order to throw the best party, it's important to keep guests engaged in the game. One way to do this is through scoring games. Each guest chooses events that are likely to happen during the game, such as turnovers and dunks, and points are awarded each time those events occur.

Remember the Ladies

Women enjoy game-day parties just as much as men, and they should have an opportunity to have fun, as well. Make yours the best tournament party by incorporating ideas that the women will love. Celebrations.com suggests cocktails in addition to beer, and healthy menu options such as vegetable platters and baked hot wings.

Decorate with Style

The best parties will include not only food and drink, but also decorations. If everyone is cheering for the same side, eHow suggests decorating the room where the game is on in the colors of the favorite team. If the guests are split down the middle, decorate one half of the room in one set of colors and the other half in the opposing team's colors.

Add streamers, balloons and maybe a basketball pinata to make yours the best tournament party ever.

Create Space

One of the major obstacles to throwing a party is space. Small rooms crammed with furniture do not facilitate the comfort of a large group, so it is important to use a space where everyone will fit. If couches and chairs are getting in the way, move them to another room and set out beanbag chairs instead. More people means more fun.

The best party is one where everyone has a good time and where no one leaves feeling let down. To do this, you need plenty of good food, coolers full of beer and a comfortable place to watch the game. Other than that, let your imagination run wild!

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