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Don't panic, but if you were hoping to throw a party for the Big Game at your place this year, you've only got about a week to square away plans.
Hosting duties can be stressful, but fortunately for you, there's a simple remedy for the stress: just throw money at the thing. No, seriously—stocking up on party gear, whether it's essential or superfluous, is the quickest way to ease the anxiety that comes with throwing a bash for the big game.
If you've been waiting to invest in a 4K TV, now's a really good time to pull the trigger on one. Just buy one and christen it with next Sunday's game—it's the best way to stave off any lingering feelings of buyer's remorse, trust me.
This 50-inch 4K TV from Hisense isn't the best and the brightest UHD option, but it's currently on sale at Best Buy for a ridiculous $300. Although we haven't tested this particular model (50H6C), we've seen some pretty decent 4K sets come down the pike from Hisense recently. Above all else, these are entry-level TVs for people who just want to dive into 4K without spending too much money. This particular model also comes equipped with smart features, so you and your guests can easily switch over to Netflix after the game.
If you're somewhat of a stickler for picture quality and you're looking for a 4K TV with a little more oomph than an entry-level model, the 60-inch Samsung KU6270 is primed and ready to be the star of your party.
Right now, Walmart is holding a sale that can land you a KU6270 for a hair under $600. That price gets you a ginormous 60-inch panel, Samsung's user-friendly smart platform, and of course, 4K resolution. Like the Hisense, we haven't had an opportunity to review this particular TV. That said, given Samsung's recent output, we can reasonably say that you'll be getting a great TV for its relatively low asking price.
Ah, the sounds of the game: the roar of the crowd, the near-fracturing of bones, the loud spokespeople on Doritos commercials. Treat your guests to pumped-up audio with this 2.1-channel wireless soundbar from Vizio, which is currently on sale for about $140 via Amazon.
Last year, the Vizio SB3821-C6 impressed us enough to land a spot on our round-up of the best soundbars for under $250. It's capable of delivering 100 decibels of audio, supports both Dolby Digital and DTS Studio Sound, and ships with a small wireless subwoofer that can be easily positioned on the floor or on a stand beneath your TV.
The SB3821-C6 is also just an attractive piece of hardware, too; its clean, minimal look is sure to look right at home in your living room, regardless of your home theater's aesthetic.
If this garish, Budweiser-and-America-themed mini fridge could talk, it would probably say, "Hello there, it is the Big Game and I am ready to dispense generic adjunct lagers, good times, and hangovers."
Despite its, ahem, polarizing appearance, the Danby Budweiser Stars & Stripes mini fridge (which is about $170 on Amazon) managed to sneak its way into our list of best beer fridges thanks to its affordable price and consistent temperature control.
Fortunately, this model is also available in colors like black, white, and steel (in other words, normal fridge colors). But if you're really into both Budweiser and America, stick the stars-and-stripes version in your living room and give a big ol' salute to the heart & soul of the biggest football game of the year: beer and patriotism.
They might be too polite to say anything, but if you don't have a decent selection of snacks at your party, your guests are going to be very disappointed in you. Please, don't be that host.
We recently compiled a list of game day snacks you can make in a slow cooker because this type of set-it-and-forget-it cooking is super convenient on days when you're running around trying to get all of your party-hosting ducks in a row.
Groupon is currently selling this 6-quart programmable slow cooker from Hamilton Beach for the cool price of $50, and the deal includes a one-year warranty from Hamilton Beach.
Slow cookers aren't just for company—this is something you're likely to get a ton of mileage out of for years to come.
This one's pretty self-explanatory, I suppose—it's a serving board in the shape of the object you'll be watching on TV all evening. Just think: loaded potato skins served on a proverbial pig skin. Alternatively, how about actual pig-based snacks served on the pig skin? You could even get real meta with it and make football-shaped snacks and then serve them on this football-shaped serving board.
Totally Bamboo's serving board is just under twenty bucks and is built with high-quality Moso bamboo. It's modeled to imitate the prolate spheroid shape of an American football, but it's flat, so don't try to throw a perfect spiral to your buddy, because it's meant for serving food, not throwing.
Please don't read too much into this pick; I'm only including this $11.50 box of Pepto Bismol because I happen to believe it is a quality product. This has nothing to do with the delicious foods you'll be eating during the game.
That's right: chili, pulled pork, cheese dip, nachos... None of these have anything to do with the fact that I am including Pepto Bismol on a list of essential football party items. Any perceived connection is entirely in your head.
(Thanks in advance, Pepto).