How to Host a Draft Party

WHO: You and your football loving friends
WHAT: Colts draft party
WHERE: Your place (or anyplace)
WHEN: Pick a round. Any round. Or, go all weekend!
(Round one) Thursday, April 30th 8:00 PM ET
(Round 2-3) Friday, May 1 7:00 PM ET
(Rounds 4-7) Saturday, May 2 12:00 PM ET
WHY: Why not?

There’s so much to love about the NFL Draft. Hard work playing off, dreams coming true, the future of football unfolding right before our eyes. For those reasons and so many more, the draft has become one of the biggest events of the year for the National Football League.

And for Colts fans, the draft is a perfect time to gather and celebrate! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Attire is easy enough. Come dressed as your favorite Colts draft pick. It’s also a great excuse to pull out that old jersey and relive some of your most memorable moments as a fan. Was it the day the Colts drafted Peyton Manning? Marvin Harrison? Bob Sanders? Reggie Wayne? Robert Mathis? It will certainly start a conversation. And maybe even a debate.

Blue and white party décor is pretty easy to find. And Party City has a collection of Colts and NFL themed party supplies that include everything from plates and napkins to tablecloths, balloons, and centerpieces. And while you’re at it, stock up on trinkets for prizes (more on that later).

They’ll come for the draft, but they’ll stay for the food and drinks. So, make sure you’ve got both areas covered.

Yes, it’s football. But it’s also springtime. And you can’t go wrong with light and fruity, like a raspberry beer cocktail courtesy of Southern Living. And sticking with the blue theme, what could be more fitting than a Blue Glory? Or, seeing as the draft now coincides with the Kentucky Derby, you could class up your draft party with a mint julep. Because a horse is a horse. Of course.

Keep the food simple and easy, so your guests can nosh all evening. Try a homemade dill dip with veggies (served in a shot glass), loaded baked potato bites, or teriyaki meatballs. Yum!

And let’s be honest. We love the draft. But, it gets a little long. Each team has ten minutes to make its selection in round one, seven minutes in round two, and five minutes every round thereafter. That’s a lot of time to fill (and you can only watch Mel Kiper Jr. for so long). So, you may want to create some entertainment to fill the void.

Let your guests draw a number (draft pick) when they walk in the door. Write it down along with their prediction for that pick (hint: this is where the prizes come in).

Along with their number and pick, have them write down predictions for these other notable draft honors (and feel free to add your own):

  • First player to cry
  • Longest Commissioner hug
  • Hottest girlfriend
  • Biggest pity party
  • First team to trade up
  • First QB drafted (bonus point: team)
  • First running back drafted (bonus point: team)
  • Best dressed
  • Worst dressed*
  • Best hair
  • Worst hair
  • Family member most likely to become a meme
  • Most perplexing pick

*Lifetime honors to former Jaguars center Brad Meester for the camouflage tuxedo he donned while announcing a pick in the 2014 draft

The answers to some of these are open to debate, so you may have to take a vote. If you need a tiebreaker, feel free to tweet me @TheBlueMare. I’ll be happy to assist.

Now, it’s time to get to work.

The 2015 NFL Draft is just days away.

You’re on the clock!

By Heather Lloyd