Kick Off a Great Superbowl Party

February 02, 2010

Between all of the wild Martin Luther King and Groundhog Day parties we've been planning, the Fandangle team sure has been busy!   It's been so long since we updated the blog that you'd think we saw our shadows and went back into hibernation.  But we have a break before all of those craaazy Presidents' Day parties, so we thought we'd check in with a new post.

Punxsutawney Phil may have locked in six more weeks of winter, but even the laziest Snuggie-wearing couch potatoes will venture into the Michigan cold this Sunday for one of winter's most beloved annual events: The Superbowl.  

Family rooms across metro Detroit will fill as friends and family gather to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Superbowl XLIV.  And while many people will throw parties for the big game, few will use an event planner to help coordinate them.  Here are some tips from Fandangle's playbook to help tackle your Superbowl party:

The Pre-Game Report
If you're keeping things casual, inviting your guests via Evite or Facebook is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to go.  Feeling crafty?  Invitations assembled using Colts or Saints mini-pennants or die-cut football helmets will get plenty of RSVPs. 

FANDANGLE TIP: No one wants to cut players from the team.  But having more guests than seats for the big game is a party foul.  Make sure to have plenty of comfy seating for your attendees.

Quench Their Thirst
Besides plenty of beer, make sure to have other beverages for your guests.   Mix up your favorite punch and name it 'The Touchdown'; your guests will appreciate not missing a play to make a drink, and it saves you from putting out a full bar.  In addition, always have non-alcoholic beverages available for the non-drinkers and designated drivers of the group.

FANDANGLE TIP: Don't forget to have ample amounts of ice, napkins, etc.  No one wants to run to the store at halftime...

Gametime Grub 
Your guests will be planted at your place for quite awhile, so don't forget the food!  Keep in mind that people will be grazing throughout the game, so choose menu items that will hold up well over the course of the party.  Channeling your inner Iron Chef? Pick regional favorites from the teams' hometowns.  If you are going the more traditional route, chili is always a fan favorite, as is a deli or sandwich tray.  Just be sure to let guests add their own toppings and condiments.  Chips and salsa, nuts and veggies are great coffee table fare.  

FANDANGLE TIP: Forget the idea of ordering pizza if you want to eat it before midnight; you're not the only one with THAT brilliant plan...

Up the Ante
Whether your guests have come for the commercials or the rivalry, a friendly pool or football squares keeps everyone in the game.  

FANDANGLE TIPCLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on setting up your football pool.

Once in a Blue Moon...

December 31, 2009

Every New Year's Eve, it's the same old story: everyone asks their friends what their plans are, and then no one commits until the last minute, usually to some haphazardly thrown-together shindig.  The worse alternative: paying a boatload for an 'all-inclusive' dinner and bar package/club cover/public party only to find that it takes a half an hour to obtain a well drink, as you dance elbow to elbow with random intoxicated guests.

For some, these scenarios may be appealing.  However, once in a blue moon (pun intended) engaged couple that you are friends with decides to save you from making the choice by providing you with the  best scenario of all: The New Year's Eve Wedding.

Plans for December 31st? Check.  Dinner and drinks?  Check, check.  Dancing with your friends?  Good to go!  For the wedding guests, it's an instant win.

For the couple, it can be a great situation as well.  Depending on where you plan on having your wedding (and the day of the week), packages and specials may be offered.  In addition, the major choices of wedding colors and decor choices can be much easier to make when presented with a New Year's wedding; silver or gold and black is an easy look to go with!

So while you're waiting in line for your watered-down drink, or suffering at a random party this evening, take your friends who got engaged over Christmas aside and ask them if they've considered Friday, December 31st, 2010 as their wedding date! 

Let There Be Light

December 24, 2009

Throwing together a quick holiday shindig?  Concerned about blowing your party budget on decor?  One of the best ways to create great ambience for any event is by utilizing creative lighting.  

Many special event clients incorrectly assume that there's no room in their budget for what is often perceived to be an over-the-top, unneccessary expense.  However, using strategically-placed lighting can make a world of difference in any event space, and can be done so for a very reasonable amount of money.  What's more, pin- and spotlighting can create dramatic and elegant effects that allow you to save on other, pricier decorative elements.

So how does this translate to your home or office party?  Enter the humble workhorse of holiday greenery and dorm rooms everywhere: the Christmas light.  Often relegated to trees and walls, Christmas lights have a multitude of uses that usually go unnoticed.   Economical and easy to find, you can elevate lights from their humble beginnings with a few of these ideas:
      -Run a strand down the center of your dining room or banquet  
       table in place of tealights.  Intersperse glittered and metallic 
       ornaments  to add even more sparkle.

      -Fill tall glass cylinder vases with lights and ornaments and use as a
       backdrop for your buffet or bar.

      -Adorn gift-wrapped boxes with Christmas light 'ribbon' for a bright
       display outside or under your tree.

TIP: for a cleaner look in areas far from a power source, utilize battery-operated lights (often used on wreaths).

Happy entertaining!