Having a special event at a sports bar is setting the scene for a good time. Guests are sure to come expecting to enjoy themselves. They'll likely be feeling grateful to not have to deal with the pressures of a more formal setting. Follow these tips to ensure the positive feelings continue throughout your gathering by making everyone feel welcome and included.
Have Non-Sports Activities
If you are having an event at a sports bar that coincides with a big game, try not to get too carried away with preparing for the game and watching it. Make sure that you have something at the event for your guests who are probably there for reasons other than the game itself. Show everyone that they're valued by offering activities, snacks, and entertainment that aren't related to the sport that's being celebrated.
Spend a Little Time with Everyone
Although it may be tempting to spend most of the time hanging out with your closest friends who attend the event, try to make the rounds and make the time to chat with every guest. That's the best way to make it a memorable occasion for all attendees. If you don't know the name of some people who arrive, introduce yourself and ask questions about them. An act as simple as looking someone in the eye and thanking them for coming can be very appreciated and memorable for a guest.
Plan to Have Snacks for All
If you know that you have someone in your group who consumes a gluten-free diet or suspect you may have vegan guests, be sure to have snacks available for everyone. Since vegan foods can be delectable for all guests, it doesn't hurt to have at least a few on hand anyway. Your omnivorous guests just may devour the vegan food before they eat foods with animal byproducts. If possible, find out about dietary restrictions before the gathering so you can let all your guests know that you have food available for them.
Finally, trust your instincts as a host. You know the event and your guests, so make judgment calls as you see fit, then try not to stress about it. Your guests want to see you enjoying yourself and having a good time at the event. After the event, it's always a good idea to ask guests for feedback, too. You may just decide to have sports bar events for professional and personal events in the future when you see how much fun it can be for all kinds of people.