Do you have a burning etiquette question? Ask away!
My husband's football fanatic friends are a little too rowdy for my tastes. How can I lay down ground rules for our Super Bowl party so that everyone - the calm and rowdy alike - have a good time?
The Super Bowl is a great time for friends to come together for exciting gridiron action, primo commercial watching, and out-of-this-world chips and dip. And, yes, sometimes there are drunk people hurling expletives and breaking bottles. That's no fun. You can't necessarily control the crazies' behavior, but you can do some things to control the environment. For example, consider setting up two party rooms and two TVs - one for the hard core enthusiasts, and one for guests who want to chat. The annoying adrenaline surge is contained to one room, and copious saturated fat consumption to another. Win-win! This also isn't the time to break out the fine china. Worrying about Wedgewood smashing against your flat screen is a total buzz kill. Keep it to paper (consider compostable, to be kind to the earth). Oh, and don't forget - you and your husband can play a huge role in laying down ground rules for his friends. "That's not cool, man" will go a long way to keeping guests in line, even when emotions are running high. Even though traditional etiquette directives may leave hosts suffering through insufferable behavior, you don't have to do that any more. You know you throw a good party - it's totally fine to expect good company.