7 Ways to Host a Socially Distanced “Big Game” Party

With the 2021 NFL “Big Game” being played in Florida this year, excitement is running high throughout the Sunshine State. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in place for the immediate future, many Floridians are wondering how to safely enjoy watching the game with family and friends. Here are seven ways you can host a socially distanced football-viewing party.

Tips on Hosting Your 2021 Party

1. A Super Virtual Watch Party

If an in-person party isn’t for you, then you should consider throwing a virtual gathering instead. The first step is to pick a video chat platform that is easy for everyone to use. Zoom has, well, zoomed in popularity. But there’s also Google Hangouts, WebEx, Houseparty, FaceTime, and others.

(At least there won’t be people waiting in line to use your bathroom at halftime!)

2. Stay on Top of COVID – 19 Health Guidelines

Local, state, and federal health authorities are continually updating their COVID-19 playbooks. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the most up-to-date guidelines from trusted sources such as the Florida Dept. of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization. Just like a quarterback looking over the defense, you may have to call an audible and make some last-minute adjustments based on revised guidelines.

3. Masks, Thermometers, and Sanitizers — Oh, My!

In football, a face mask penalty results in 15 yards and an automatic first down. But a COVID face mask penalty is far more serious. Face masks should be always worn during your party unless eating or drinking. Get creative and provide guests with fun football-themed face masks.

You can take the extra step of checking everyone’s temperatures when they arrive using a contactless forehead thermometer. Also, have plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available. Consider handing out individual bottles of hand sanitizer to each guest. And remember: Wash those hands!

4. Food for Thought

This year you’ll have to ditch the large shareable party platters for individual servings prepared ahead of time. It’s not out of line to ask guests to bring their own food containers. You can also consider ordering food from a local restaurant. Keep persons preparing and serving food to a minimum.

5. Keep Your Party Small

Unfortunately, this isn’t the year to invite a couple dozen of your friends for a big bash. Instead, keep your guest list as small as possible, even if it means inviting just your immediate family. If possible, ask that each guest test negative for COVID at least a couple of days before your party.

6. The Best (Socially Distanced) Seats in the House

If you’re planning on holding your watch party indoors, ensure that there’s plenty of space between guests. If possible, open windows and turn on fans to circulate the air. Get everyone in a festive spirit with football-themed table decorations, banners, and more.

Television in Honda Ridgeline's Truck Bed

7. Partying in the Great Outdoors

Florida’s sunny weather is the envy of the nation. So, why not take your party outdoors? You could even set up an outdoor projector or move your TV outside to watch the game. Partying outdoors makes it easier for you to set up socially distanced tables and chairs, too. Worried about the weather? You can also rent a large canopy or tent if need be.

Better yet, take your party from your living room to your driveway with the new Honda Ridgeline, available for sale and lease right now at your South Florida Honda Dealers.

Why a Ridgeline? It features an available Truck Bed Audio system, so you can hear every play. You won’t miss a minute of the action when you plug your flatscreen into the Ridgeline’s 150-watt/400-watt truck-bed power outlet. And with Ridgeline’s built-in truck-bed cooler, you’ll have the perfect drink station, complete with ice and a drain plug for easier clean-up. 

Now’s the time to get huge savings on a new Honda Ridgeline for sale near Miami with an unheard-of 0% APR for 60 months*. Find a South Florida Honda Dealer near you and put a new Ridgeline in your driveway just in time for the big game.


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