Warming the Bench

August 25th, 2016

It’s finally that time of year when the cold weather makes us want to cuddle up. Or should we say huddle up? Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking fall football season. But it’s not just touchdowns and chest bumps, we’re discussing the places where all the fandom goes down; our patios, living rooms, and “mancaves.” So gear up and get ready, because let’s be honest, the only thing more important than the game is the company and the couches.

With the Badgers heading to Lambeau over Labor Day and the Packers facing off on September 11th, there isn’t much time to waste in getting your space ready for kick off. For patios, deck the space with some outdoor furniture, not just those foldable lawn chairs. Comfy cushions are a must, along with the area being equipped with the TV of course! Stringing outdoor lights can add to the ambiance, and a patio fire is never a bad idea. Have drinks at the ready, and hook up the sound system so you and your guests can feel the stadium shake when “Jump Around” plays!

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For those of you hosting inside, leather couches can really make your “mancave” feel game day and spill proof ready, while also being oh-so stylish. Frame flags and jerseys to hang on the walls, and drape the furniture with blankets that rep your home team. One great idea is to have multiple TVs playing the game, this way guests can see from wherever they choose to hang out.

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Since we are talking about football, we can expect to see some varying weather. Depending on if you’re catching the game indoors or outside, the day can most definitely be changed by the forecast. For those of us catching kick off on the patio, in early September tiki torches are always a hit. The torches will help to keep bugs away and also help to fire your enthusiasm. As the fall temperature drops consider switching the tikis for heat lamps to keep guests comfortable and cozy. If you’re hosting inside there isn’t too much to worry about weather wise, just make sure your space is themed with just the right amount of green and gold or red and white. You can add these touches with things like coasters and glasses along with the wall art suggested earlier.

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Follow our tips, tune the TV, and call your friends. Whatever the weather, and whoever the team, watching the game from home should feel like a touchdown every time!