They say TV is currently in something of a golden age, and it’s hard to argue when there are things like the new season of Game of Thrones getting everybody talking. The rise in interest in big budget television shows has led to another phenomenon too – the TV viewing party. While this idea at first might sound like something your mum might have done with her friends in the 80’s when a particularly important episode of Dallas was going to be on, it can actually be a really fun way to enjoy the excitement and anticipation of the latest instalment of a TV show you’re all really into, and then have a good evening with snacks, drinks and banter after the programme finishes.
Of course, another reason to throw or go to this kind of party is you will see the show at the same time as all of your friends who also watch it, so you won’t have to avoid them in person and on social media for risk of spoilers!
If you want to hold a TV viewing party of your own, perhaps for the next episode of Game of Thrones, then here are some tips to help make it fun!
You’ll be planning for the whole evening to be spent at your place, but the central thing that ties the evening together is of course watching the show, so you need to make sure there are enough comfortable places to sit with a good view of the screen, so nobody has their enjoyment spoiled! If you are short on chairs, floor cushions and beanbags are a great option. Make sure you have your TV set up at its best for audio and that you don’t have any annoying reminders or anything set on it that could interrupt the show. If you need any help getting things set up, you can find the numbers to call your digital TV provider at www.contacttelephonenumbers.com.
Rules might not normally be the makings of a good party, but while the show is on, you need a few to stop people annoying each other! Make sure everyone agrees to silence their phones and refrain from chatting during the episode. It’s up to you whether you feel there needs to be any other rules, for instance no filming everybody’s reactions and putting them on the internet!
Snacks and Drinks
Snacks and drinks are key to any party, and one centred around watching TV makes snacking feel even more essential! If you are feeling creative you can use the snacks and drinks as a way to add a little theme to the evening, going for things that fit with the show you are watching (for instance retro cocktails for a Mad Men viewing party or survival themed snacks for The Walking Dead). You know your friends and what they like though, so it can be just as good to go casual with it with some beers and nachos if that’s the kind of feel your friends enjoy, or even order in a bunch of pizza and give yourself an easy time!
You really don’t need much to hold a good TV viewing party, other than some people who are interested in watching the show and a comfortable place to view it. Beyond that, you can go all out with costumes and decorations or just hang out and relax!