It’s the season for football playoffs, and you know what that means: football parties! If you’re a football enthusiast, you know that hosting a fantastic watch party with friends and fellow fans is more than a pastime…it’s an art! How can you put on an unforgettable party? Here are six tips on how to be the host with the most:

Two words: comfy couch. Let’s face it: no football party is quite right without plenty of comfortable seating for your guests. A great room calls for an oversized sectional along with a plush armchair or two facing your large, flat screen TV. If you don’t have enough space for a sectional, try a configuration that maximizes seating. Big beanbags or floor pillows make for a great lounge arrangement.

Set up the hub. Every football party needs a central location for serving drinks and snacks. If your entertainment area is open-concept style, a kitchen island is a perfect spot. Add ice buckets, cups, plates, utensils, and all the appetizers. Keep drinks cool in the nearby refrigerator or in a tub filled with ice. Consider loading a serving platter with munchies to refill plates of guests sitting in the great room watching the game.

Dish up decadent bites. A football party just isn’t a football party without a spread of winning game-day recipes. Remember that you don’t have to get fancy to impress your guests’ taste buds. Browse recipe websites for new twists on classics like guacamole and chicken wings as well as easy, delicious dips, which go hand in hand with cheering on your favorite team. Beer cheese dip…buffalo dip…bacon jalapeno dip…queso dip…should we go on?

Decorate it up. If you really want to go all out, take a trip to your nearby party supply store. You’ll be amazed by their impressive inventory of goods that will transform your party into a football extravaganza. Buy a dozen helium-filled balloons in colors of your favorite team, or see if they have team balloons. Decorate your front door with festive cutouts. Buy football sunglasses and face paint so your guests can really put their team spirit on display.

Set up for halftime. If you live in a milder climate and have a patio or deck, set up an outdoor bar cart or table where you can put out a few refreshed bowls of snacks for those who want to enjoy a little fresh air between quarters. A game of horseshoes or a fire pit might be a welcome distraction for any fans of the losing team – or even just a nice halftime stretch!

Make things fun even for non-football fans. Amp up the friendly competition with a little Football Bingo. Make cards of your own with squares for things like touchdowns, giant foam fingers, field goals, celebrity sightings, and touchdown dances, or search the web for pre-made cards you can print. Create a square grid “guess the score” party game and have your guests wager bets with when they arrive.

Hosting fun get-togethers comes naturally when you have a spacious gourmet kitchen and open-concept living space. With plenty of room and a thoughtful design, it becomes easy to make great memories each and every day. Maybe this is the year to make your dreams come true and make Trilogy your home. A year from now, you could host the football party of the season!