An expert at throwing parties, JHE vice president of special events, Jacqueline Gafrarar, knows this Sunday is one of the most popular days to host a party. She serves up five tips to help your football party be the best yet, no matter what team wins.
1. No party is complete without food, food, food. To really make your guests feel like they are at the big game, create a menu that’s specific to the game location. For 2013, transport guests to New Orleans by serving specialties like gumbo, crawfish and jambalaya.
2. Since most of Sunday’s festivities are “house parties” that revolve around watching the game, lots of TVs are a must.
3. The drink of choice is often beer so stock the cooler with plenty of options for all of your guests to enjoy. In addition, offer guests a signature cocktail, like a Hurricane. Pat O’Briens, a popular New Orleans spot, created the first Hurricane and sells the original mix online. Or try my favorite version of the classic concoction:
• 1 oz. light rum
• 1 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum
• 3 oz. orange juice
• 3 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
• ½ oz. grenadine
• Combine all ingredients and pour into Hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
And don’t forget the non-alcoholic options for the designated drivers!
4. Party guests may be cheering for opposite teams so be sure to offer team-specific plates, cups and napkins so everyone can show their team spirit. Inexpensive strings of Mardi Gras beads can be added to the table to complete the location theme.
5. The game ends and everyone is talking about the great play that won the game or the best commercial of the night. But, before your guests leave, send them off in true New Orleans style with a yummy dessert night cap of beignets and Café du Monde coffee.
– Jacqueline Gafrarar