No matter your allegiances, there’s no denying the buzz of finals fever. As footy fans gear up for the Grand Final, so too, party hosts are getting game-ready for the big day. Hosting a Grand Final gathering at home? Here’s our guide to throwing the ultimate game day bash.
Sports fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate at this time of the year: spring is finally here, the buzz of footy finals is in the air, and it’s time to wheel out the barbie again. The great Aussie ritual of getting together with family and friends on Grand Final day is one that is held dear by many, but unlike Christmas it’s one annual tradition that demands a casual approach – on all levels.
Keen to take your own home footy bash to the top of the ladder? Keep reading.
Whether huddled around the telly or relaxing in the backyard at half-time, chances are your guests will have their minds – and eyes – on bigger things than what’s on the menu. A successful game day catering strategy should keep it simple with plenty of uncomplicated, bite-sized snacks.
Beyond the barbie, simple finger food is king here: think meat and cheese platters, gourmet hotdogs, mini sliders or an updated take on the classic sausage roll – all options the kids will love it too.
Love a platter? Look no further than Woodgrove Deli for a huge selection of quality cheese, smallgoods, olives and continental deli needs. If you’re going the backyard barbie option, talk to the experts at Quality Cuts Halal Meats and The Butcher Club to stock up on the finest meats. If that sounds like too much work order some catering from the team at Bucking Bull.
Barracking for your favourite team is thirsty work, so be sure to stock up on enough hydration for your crew. The warmer springtime weather makes fruit-based beverages a great option, so think about whipping up a healthy kombucha-based party punch (include some new season’s berries and torn fresh mint leaves for added jazz) or steep some fresh lemon and cucumber in sparkling water for some refreshment with a twist. If your guests are doing the BYO thing, be sure to supply a good-sized esky and enough ice to last the day. Check the options at Kmart and Big W.
Regardless of whether or not your team made the cut, there’s no stopping you from picking a side and donning some team colours for the day. Best & Less stocks an extensive range of AFL team jerseys, scarves and other clothing. When it comes to decking out the house for the party, you’ll find countless ways to inject team spirit with colourful decorations and accessories – plus, it’s a great way to get the kids involved. For streamers, balloons and more, head to The Reject Shop, Fantastic Variety, Kmart and Big W.
As much as kids love the buzz of footy finals, they can easily get bored without a game-plan to divert their flagging attention. Set up some goals and a handball target, grab a footy and kick off some fun activities in the backyard – with fun prizes awarded for the best effort. You’ll keep them entertained plus they’ll run off some steam (and sausage rolls) between quarters. Be sure to remember those all-important orange wedges at half time. For a range of kids’ and adults’ AFL-related sports gear, head to Rebel Sport, Kmart and Big W.
The 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday 29 September. The game kicks off at 2.30pm (AEST).
More info: http://www.afl.com.au
For footy-loving youngsters, we’ll be hosting and AFL game on the Grand Final day public holiday as part of Camp Woodgrove.