casual viewing parties
Parties and Get Togethers

Ideas for Hosting Casual Viewing Parties

As you’ve probably noticed by now, the easiest way for me to host something is to make sure it’s small and easy rather than large and extravagant. That seems pretty obvious, but seriously guys, you can dress up any little gathering as a party and practice your hosting. Do you have any favorite TV shows or a movie you spend all day texting your friends about? Why not invite them over? Here’s my favorite part of casual viewing parties: there’s no reason to decorate. I mean, you’re all going to be facing the TV the whole time. If you want to jazz that up, go ahead, but your co-viewers might get annoyed. Just saying.

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Too much? Or just improper bow placement?


Casual Viewing Parties: Get in and Get Out

You could serve popcorn and be done with it. If you have a weekly viewing party for a show, maybe that’s all you should do. Do you really need to impress your friends every week? There’s the opposite approach, like those insane Walking Dead-style parties where everything is themed. That’s too much work for me, plus I think they must party longer than the one-hour show lasts. If I’m inviting you to watch one show or one movie, I don’t want you there more than an hour before, and you better be gone an hour after. It’s nothing personal; I’ve got stuff to do. If you’re like me, make this clear in your text or email invitation. Luckily, most of my friends won’t have time to stay longer anyway. I’m not the only one who constantly says, “I’m too busy.”

The Fun Part

I’m not decorating for a viewing party, but I think only popcorn is boring. So what exactly am I going to do to impress people without going overboard? I’m going to pick either one dish or one drink to tie it all together and call it a day. For my example, I’m using a Shonda Rhimes show. Anyone watch How to Get Away with Murder? If not, here’s a quick breakdown: They try to get away with murder.  There, you’re all caught up! This might just be one example, but feel free to hit the comments up with more, or contact me if you can’t come up with anything for your favorite show. I think about these things while I climb up and down the stairs fifty times to amuse my son.

Special Food:

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Why? The show takes place in Philadelphia.  Since Philly is known for their food, I might as well take advantage of it. Were you thinking I’d suggest something that looks bloody since I’m using a show about murder? Nah. It’s not a murder party. It’s a viewing party. No one needs to think of dead bodies as they’re eating. Also, I linked to a pretty good recipe for sliders, but to make it even easier I’ll just cook everything at once in a skillet and call it a day.

Special Drink:


Vodka Tonic 

Why? The main character is an alcoholic and she chugs vodka straight like nobody’s business. Because I don’t want to serve straight vodka, a vodka tonic is a super easy solution. My home bar always has vodka in it, mostly because we don’t drink it, but it pretty much guarantees I won’t have to go to the liquor store. Sigh. I just got homesick for Nevada. It sure was nice buying liquor in Walmart.

These ideas for casual viewing parties are pretty simple, which is exactly the way I like it. Don’t have TV? You could always try a mini-wine tasting instead. Don’t drink? I don’t know what to tell you. Tupperware party? Or, everyone’s favorite, the game night. I’ll add that to my list of things to host.

Have some friends over to watch TV and make yourself a little theme - whatever show you're watching. #viewingparty #gettogethers #easyparty #tvparty #movieparty

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  1. What great tips! I like vodka tonic in the spring/summer. Simple, easy, lower in calories too.

  2. I like the “keep it simple” approach. the last thing I have time for is making something small into something elaborate. Have one main thing you’re serving (fruit and drink) and that’s about it- perfect

  3. Tara says:

    Easy and simple tips!

  4. Oh I love! Game of Thrones is coming back soon. We use to have weekly “family” night to watch it. The family consisting of the dog, my boyfriend, our housemate, and me. The housemate moved out, but hopefully he will come back once or twice to watch our show. Lol

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Ooh, Game of Thrones would be a good one! Hopefully you can continue your viewing parties. And you can’t leave out the dogs. They might not help cook or clean, but they’re nice to have around anyway. ­čÖé

  5. Cool post! I find myself the hostess of all gatherings ever since I can remember and sometimes even if its not at my own place. Thanks for the tips!


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