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Everything you'll need to enjoy the big match at home

The colder it gets, the harder it is to go outside. This winter we’re proposing a radical solution to this problem – just don’t do it. That doesn’t mean that you need to be a recluse, though. Instead of heading out to the big game (be it soccer, football, NRL, or pro-snooker) why not host it at yours? Think about it, no crowds, no stress, and – most importantly – reliable heating. In an effort to help you make the most of the great indoors, we’ve compiled a checklist that will make sure you’ve got everything you need for a toasty night inside covered.

Find the right company

Just because you’re planning on staying in, that doesn’t mean that you need to go it alone. Invite your friends over and get them onboard with the housebound plan. Just make sure they’re on the same wavelength as you. If you’ve got a mate who’s always antsy for a change of venue, maybe ensure that their invite gets lost in the mail as a precaution.

Order In

If you’re hosting the game, you want to be free to enjoy the action instead of being stuck in the kitchen. The beauty of living in 2018 is that we have the whole world at our fingertips. Or, at the very least, access to every takeaway place with a tap of the screen. Pick something that’s easy to share ¬(may we suggest pizza?), add to cart, and hit the couch.

Check your tech

The last thing anyone wants to hear when the game is about to kick off is ‘Where does this cable go?’ Make sure that any and all AV equipment is tested thoroughly before things get started. This also applies to any subscription-based streaming services. Don’t miss out on the first half because you can’t remember your password to update your credit card details. Preparation is key.

Dress to stress less

Comfort is the aim of the game here. There’s no need to dress up. Aside from your guests, the only person who you should be seeing is a delivery person – and they’re not going to be judging your sartorial choices. Fire up the gas heater, throw on your favourite house-pants and hoodie, and settle in. Get everyone on the same page by making it the evening’s dress code.

Have a post-game plan

Once the match is all wrapped up, a few of your friends might float the idea of heading out. The best way to stay the course is to make sure that you’ve got an alternative locked and loaded. An activity the whole group can get behind is the trick here. We’d recommend a fast-paced card game (like poker or hearts ) that’s engaging, while still being relatively easy to pick up for newcomers.

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