How To: Get Your Home Ready for the Big Game

It's the game of the year. You've got a crew of family and friends coming over. And the pressure is ON to get your home game-day-ready. Well, think of us as the reinforcements. Your offensive line (that's a thing, right?). Press pause on that panic button and keep reading for some last minute party prep.

Get Your Walls Ready

We'll let you be the judge of how team spirited you'd like to be. We do, however, think this a golden opportunity to put all your favorite sports items on display. 

Swap in some new sports art into your gallery wall to get into game day spirit. Photo via @jordanaclaudia.

Swap in some new sports art into your gallery wall to get into game day spirit. Photo via @jordanaclaudia.

  • Sports Swag: Whether it's a jersey, pennant, race bib, or some other special piece of sports memorabilia, if you've got it, flaunt it! Hang those babies on the mantel or lean them on a side table. It doesn't have to be football related. It's all about capturing that sports vibe. (Wondering what to frame? Check out Frame It: Sports Swag for some ideas.)

Cutting Board, TRNK, $100

Cutting Board, TRNK, $100

Serving Set, Nordstrom, $134

Serving Set, Nordstrom, $134

Serving Utensils, Kohl's, $48

Serving Utensils, Kohl's, $48


Get Your Tailgate Gear Out

A couple extra chairs, some buffalo wings, chips, pizza and this space is good to go! Photo via @kaleyfromkansas.

A couple extra chairs, some buffalo wings, chips, pizza and this space is good to go! Photo via @kaleyfromkansas.

  • Coolers, Koozies, and Furniture: Just because you're watching the game inside, doesn't mean all your game day gear needs to stay in the garage. Grab your coolers, koozies, and extra tables and chairs. These things are just as useful inside, as they are outside!

Vintage Cooler, Williams-Sonoma, $75

Vintage Cooler, Williams-Sonoma, $75

Bottle Opener, TRNK, $44 

Bottle Opener, TRNK, $44 

Drink Koozie, YETI, $30

Drink Koozie, YETI, $30


Get Your Space Arranged

All the action takes place in front of the TV, which means you've got to make sure your living room is up to the task. Here are a couple things to keep in mind. 

Add an ottoman and some chairs and this room is ready for some football. Photo via @ilonajoy

Add an ottoman and some chairs and this room is ready for some football. Photo via @ilonajoy

  • Furniture: While we love a good accent chair in the corner, you may have to rearrange things a little bit to ensure an optimal TV viewing experience. Beat your guests to the punch, and make sure your sofa, chairs, and ottomans are in prime locations. If you brought in reinforcements from the garage, make sure to include them in your plan.

  • Floor pillows and throws: Break your floor pillows free from that gorgeous stack you have in the corner. Or... just grab a few. Football is the perfect casual occasion to use these as extra seating. And, in case your guests get a little chilly, or just want to really cozy up on the couch – be sure to have some throws ready to, well, throw.

Floor Pillow, CB2, $249

Floor Pillow, CB2, $249

Pouf, West Elm, $149

Pouf, West Elm, $149

Pouf, Target, $128

Pouf, Target, $128


Pillows and throws? Check. Photo via @chrislovesjulia

Pillows and throws? Check. Photo via @chrislovesjulia


Got it? Good. You got this. All you have to do now is throw on your stretchy pants, kick back, relax, and enjoy the game... or, um, the commercials.