Grand Final Party

No matter your allegiances, there’s no denying the buzz of finals fever. As footy fans gear up for the NRL Grand Final, so too, party hosts are getting game-ready for the big day. Hosting a granny gathering at home? Here’s our guide to throwing the ultimate game day bash.   
 

Sports fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate at this time of the year: spring is finally here, the buzz of footy finals is in the air, and it’s time to wheel out the barbie again. The great Aussie ritual of getting together with family and friends on Grand Final day is one that is held dear by many, but unlike Christmas it’s one annual tradition that demands a casual approach – on all levels.  
 
Keen to take your own home footy bash to the top of the ladder? Keep reading. 
 
Fab Footy Fare 

Whether huddled around the telly or relaxing in the backyard at half-time, chances are your guests will have their minds – and eyes – on bigger things than what’s on the menu. A successful game day catering strategy should keep it simple with plenty of uncomplicated, bite-sized snacks.  
 
Beyond the barbie, simple finger food is king here: think meat and cheese platters, gourmet hotdogs, mini sliders or an updated take on the classic sausage roll – all options the kids will love it too.  
 
Fancy yourself a king or queen of the platter? Look no further than Deli Extra and Westpoint Growers for a huge selection of quality local and imported cheeses, smallgoods, dips, olives, nuts and continental deli needs. If you’re going the backyard barbie option, talk to the experts at Farm Fresh Meats  to stock up on the finest cuts. If that sounds like too much work, you could always take the day off and order a sushi platter from Sushi Maru
 
Half-Time Refreshment  

Barracking for your favourite team is thirsty work, so be sure to stock up on enough hydration for your crew.  
 
The warmer springtime weather makes fruit-based beverages a great option, so think about whipping up a healthy kombucha-based party punch (include some new season’s berries and torn fresh mint leaves for added jazz) or steep some fresh lemon and cucumber in sparkling water for some refreshment with a twist. For great deals on wine, beer and everything else, stock up at BWS
 
If your guests are doing the BYO thing, be sure to supply a good-sized esky and enough ice to last the day. Check the options at Target and Big W
 
Show your Team Colours 
Regardless of whether or not your team made the cut, there’s no stopping you from picking a side and donning some team colours for the day. Rebel also stocks football related apparel, while Kmart and Big W will sort you with the colour-blocking basics. 
 
When it comes to decking out the house for the party, you’ll find countless ways to inject team spirit with colourful decorations and accessories – plus, it’s a great way to get the kids 
involved.  For streamers, balloons and more, head to Dollar Avenue and Big W
 
Backyard BOG (Best on Ground) 
As much as kids love the buzz of footy finals, they can easily get bored without a game-plan to divert their flagging attention. Set up some goals and a handball target, grab a footy and kick off some fun activities in the backyard – with fun prizes awarded for the best effort. 
You’ll keep them entertained plus they’ll run off some steam (and sausage rolls) between quarters – just be sure to remember those all-important orange wedges at half time.  
 
For a range of kids’ and adults’ NRL-related sports gear, head to Rebel, Kmart and Big W
 
The 2018 Telstra NRL Rugby Premiership takes place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday 30 September. Pre-game entertainment commences at 6.30pm, the game kicks off at 7.20pm (AEST). More info: https://www.nrl.com.