It’s November. For Canadian football fans this means one thing: Grey Cup time. This year, the game will be played on November 27th in Toronto at BMO Field. While the Argos won’t be there, it’ll still be one of Canada’s most-watched sporting events of 2016.
I’m never confident about my predictions, so I’m going to keep those to myself. What I am confident about is how to throw a great Grey Cup party.
The foundation of any great party is food. Lots of food. Pizza, chili, and nachos are tried-and-true, but if you’re really in the football spirit, you can try Pigskin Sandwiches.
The sandwich part is easy –whatever meat and fixings you have on hand. But if you use dinner rolls or mini ciabatta buns, you can draw on laces with a few lines of mayo. Click here to see what I mean:
Now you’ll need something to wash down the Pigskin Sandwiches. Round up some mason jars and white electrical tape. Tada! Football mugs. I’m certainly a fan. (Note: The corny “Go Team” straws are optional).
Finally, if you want something to do during halftime, quiz your guests on these little-known facts:
The Grey Cup was created in 1909 at a cost of $48.
The first winners? The University of Toronto Varsity Blues, who beat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club by a score of 26-6.
The Toronto Argonauts have won the Cup the most often, with 16 titles.
Past winners include The Hamilton Flying Wildcats, the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes, and the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy. Interestingly, those three teams won it during World War Two, when competition for the trophy was limited to military teams.
The Grey Cup was won once by a U.S.-based squad. That was in 1995, when the Baltimore Stallions beat the Calgary Stampeders 37-20.
Some food, a few decorative touches, and an easy game are all it takes to a fun Grey Cup party host. Whether you’re a football fan or not, Grey Cup day is mostly about getting together with friends for a few hours on a Sunday. Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas on how to have more fun with it.