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The teams have been chosen. The time and place have been set. All that’s left to do is watch the biggest football game of the year unfold in all its heart-pounding glory. To help you prepare for the main event, here are some tips for throwing a memorable football watch party.

Decorate Your Space for the Big Game

Football-themed table with football-themed chili bowls and a glass of beer
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Every great party starts with the atmosphere. Whether you’re rooting for a specific team or you’re just a fan of football in general, putting up a number of themed decorations can go a long way in making the day feel special. Some simple options include hanging colored streamers, using themed plates and napkins, having guests wear their favorite team jerseys, and you can even serve up football-themed foods or desserts.

Assemble a Flavorful Menu

Assortment of finger foods on a football-themed table
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Great food is the pinnacle of any celebration, be it a cookout, party, or even a major sports event. For your big game gettogether, you’re going to want to assemble a smorgasbord of flavorful and accessible items for you and your guests. Finger foods are the ideal choice here — chicken wings, veggies, pizza, burgers, tacos, deviled eggs, an assortment of skewered items, etc.

Tip: To make sure you have something that everyone will enjoy, consider asking your guests what they like to eat (and perhaps if they have any food allergies) before putting a menu together.

Play Games With Your Guests

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Football watch parties are oftentimes full-day events. When you’re not glued to the TV, your guests should have other fun things to do. Consider setting up a game of washers in the backyard. Test your friends’ skills with football-throwing distance and accuracy challenges. Set up a video game room where guests can play Madden and other multiplayer titles on the big screen. You could even assemble a collection of puzzles, board games, and other activities for guests of all ages and interests.

Bring the Big Game to Life on a 4k UHD TV

Vizio V-Series 58 Smart TV placed in a living setup

When it comes to actually watching the big game, you’re going to want an ultra-high-definition TV that produces vivid colors, clear pictures, and enough detail that you can see the sweat on your favorite player’s brow — something like the VIZIO V585-J01 for $399.99 ($160 off).

According to VIZIO, the V585-J01 is one of the most affordable 4K Smart TVs you’ll find with Dolby Vision HDR. It also includes a voice-enabled remote that lets you control the interface with simple voice commands, SmartCast for streaming content directly from your mobile device to your TV, and an integrated video game mode that reduces input latency and produces smoother graphics.

You can pick up the VIZIO V585-J01 for just $399.99 ($160 off) at Target through February.

VIZIO V585-J01 4K Smart TV

The VIZIO V585-J01 is a 58″ 4K UHD Smart TV with Dolby Vision HDR/HDR10+ support. It comes with SmartCast, a dedicated video game mode, and a voice-enabled remote control.

Unleash a Thrilling Audio Experience

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Having a great 4K UHD TV is only half of the viewing experience. You’ll also need immersive audio that resonates with the game. Luckily, VIZIO has you covered here, too, with the V-Series 2.1 Sound Bar with Dolby Audio and DTS Virtual:X for $129.99 ($60 off).

This discreet VIZIO sound bar features two integrated speakers that deliver clear, lifelike sound designed to enthrall the senses and put you right in the middle of the action. For an even greater thrill, turn on the included wireless subwoofer and bask in the heart-thumping bass of every call, every hit, and every play as they unfold in real time.

Like the VIZIO TV above, you can grab the V-Series 2.1 Sound Bar with Dolby Audio and DTS Virtual:X for $129.99 ($60 off) at Target through February.

VIZIO V-Series 2.1 Sound Bar

The VIZIO V-Series 2.1 Sound Bar features a low-profile design, two built-in full-range speakers that deliver clear sound, and a wireless subwoofer that produces heart-thumping bass.

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