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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

Super Bowl Party Fundamentals

The Super Bowl is fast approaching and people are making their plans for the unofficial American holiday. Are you planning to host a Super Bowl party this year?  If so, check out my checklist of game day fundamentals.

Your TV is Key. As a designer, any other day of the year I would not suggest that the focal point of a room be the television set, but on this day everyone’s attention will be pointed at the flat screen. Clear any obstructions from the entertainment viewing area. If you have access to HD channels make sure you tune in before your guests arrive. Adjust all the color and format settings to be at optimal viewing pleasure. If you have surround sound, give your speakers a test run and set them to an ideal volume.

Suitable Seating. Make sure you have enough seating for all your guests. Pull chairs and ottomans from other rooms if necessary. Try to arrange seating so that your guests can view the television easily but also engage in conversation. Strategically place snacks and drinks in arm’s reach of guests so they dont have to get up periodically throughout the game. Utilize coolers and snack bowls.

Decorate. Decorating for the super bowl should be casual, but fun. Round up plates, napkins, cups, and utensils from your local party store that include the favored competing team’s colors. Food will also serve as your decor; arrange mouth-watering appetizers like buffalo wings, chili and nachos in fun festive containers and serving platters. Have a football, helmet or an extra jersey lying around? Put it on display. 

Fantasy Food. Super Bowl Sunday is a day to forget about your waist line. Serve fun, simple, comfort food that is easy for people to grab and eat. Think subs, pizza, chilli dogs, nachos, wings and veggies with hummus. If you have hot food like chili, dips or meatballs keep them warm in a crock pot.

Drinks and More Drinks. Plan on stocking your fridge with plenty of beverages including beer, sodas, water, mixers, liquor and MORE BEER. Most people will drink beer but always have other options available to non-beer drinkers.

Have fun! The key to a successful super bowl party is to have fun. Don’t spend your evening as hostess cooking and cleaning. This event is supposed to be causal, so focus your attention on your friends and your favorite team – you can clean up Monday.

Follow these tips on game day and you will score a huge touch down with your guests. Happy Super Bowl 46!

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