How to throw the best fantasy football draft party ever…always

The 3 essential tips for throwing the perfect fantasy football draft party. Nevermind the specific recipes for the best 7 layer dip or guacamole or the step-by-step guide on brewing your own beer. Below are the principles that can apply to any league and any situation, and will persist over time.

3 Principals for How to Throw A Great Fantasy Football Draft Party

1. Create an atmosphere, with or without distraction. The privacy of one’s home is about as American as it can get. Control your surroundings to provide the perfect atmosphere for your friends-soon-to-be-enemies. Allow yourself the freedom to indulge in any range of activities, uninhibited by strangers or laws of the common land. But whatever atmosphere you do create, add some type of distinguishing theme or feature to memorialize your fantasy football draft party. The alternative is venturing out into the world, be it at a bar or restaurant, or a Dave n Busters. Stake the perimeter of your draft location and let the chaos begin. Focus will be your primary challenge, so do all you can to steer your co-drafters off course – “Hey, that chick looks like Johnny Manziel…if I were you, I’d use that 3rd round pick to snag him before someone else does.”

2. Consume excessive amounts of anything. The obvious frontrunner here is beer, and it’s well deserved because most people can revolve harmoniously around a 24 pack of craft beer. Others may choose buffalo wings with spices so strong that your septic tank will start to reak of Cayenne pepper and Sriracha. Others may split a spliff of greens. But whatever it is, indulge heavily. This will create an ominous flavor to your fantasy football draft party, an X factor, and even a determining mechanism by which to weed out the weak and let the enduring prevail.

3. Establish tradition. The most important aspect of your league does not lie in the participants, nor the platform, but in the traditions that pass through time. You have joined arms with a tribe of comrades, and over the years you will alternate allies and enemies, but the essence of the league will preserve. Whether it’s your fantasy trophy that lasts, seating arrangements or the belligerent belting of the National Anthem before kickoff, tradition is king.

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Follow these principles and you’re sure to embark on a journey you won’t regret.

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