For most, springtime is associated with cherry blossoms, bunny-shaped chocolates, and picnics in the park. However, for baseball fans, spring is the time of year when you dust off your baseball cap collection, restock your supply of hot dogs and beer, and confirm your subscription to the upcoming season of MLB games on MLB.TV.
For aficionados of America’s favorite pastime, the two-month stretch from mid-February to Opening Day in early April is reserved for one thing and one thing only: MLB spring training. Yes, all die-hard fans would love to catch the action live in Florida or Arizona, but for those sidelined to the sofa this season, here are some tips for throwing a grand-slam-worthy viewing party at home. The egg decorating and spring cleaning will just have to wait—it’s time to play ball!
Get Your Grub On
No MLB spring training party (or any party, for that matter) is complete without the three B’s: baseball, booze, and brats. You can ensure you’ve got all your bratwurst bases covered by providing party guests with several different condiments and toppings (BBQ and chili are must-haves) to choose from. If you’re feeling creative, go unusual with your offerings and give guests the option of slathering their brats with mac ‘n’ cheese or gravy and fries. For an authentic touch, recreate the famous recipes of your favorite stadium dogs using the Retro Series Hot Dog Roller by Nostalgia Electrics (just like the old ballparks used to have).
Drink and Be Merry
While any true baseball fan is never caught watching MLB games without their team beer mug, you can impress your friends by upping your party game with MLB team wine glasses (complete with customized team logos and clever baseball wine stoppers).
While there may be “no crying in baseball,” you can make room for some wine-ing. The non-beer-drinking ladies and gents at your party will certainly appreciate it!
Take the Party Outside
Set up an MLB team-themed picnic table, store your drinks in a MLB Sidekick Picnic Cooler customized with your team’s logo (they’re also ideal for tailgate parties later in the year), and you’re ready to go.
Just make sure the TV is equipped to handle the outdoors and that it’s water-, wind-, and ball-proof (because, hey, you never know—baseball fans can be a rowdy bunch!).