Lifestyle's Guide to Hosting the Perfect Game Day Party 5

What to Eat, Drink and Wear at Your Sporty Soiree

Party On

Seasons have changed in the Emerald City. The once green leaves on trees have turned shades of rust and marigold. The back-to-school shopping has concluded, and the kids have returned to their studies. While we begrudgingly exchange our swimwear for sweaters with scorn, it is impossible to deny the excitement that autumn brings. Or, more specifically, the sports that autumn brings. We all love cheering for our favorite teams and relishing in their victories. There is just one thing that makes that win even sweeter, enjoying it in the company of friends and family. At Bellevue Lifestyle, we understand hosting a game day party can feel a little overwhelming. To ensure that your party is a smashing success, we’ve created a simple guide to ease your planning woes. Your favorite team may not always win, but with our help, your party will reign victorious every time.

Eastside Boilermaker

When hosting a football party, there’s no need to get too fancy when it comes to drinks. The Boilermaker is a classic drink that’s less cocktail and more of a combo. No mixing required. The Boilermaker simply consists of a beer and a shot of whiskey. There is room for creativity, of course, and one should take advantage of that. Cute glassware is a must, and for this guide, we’ve gone local. For the beer, we’ve chosen the Bohemian Pilsner from Bellevue Brewing Company. The 425 Pale Ale or their IPA work well here as well. Their beers are sold at various retailers or can be purchased at their Bellevue Taproom. For the whiskey, we chose Woodinville Whiskey’s 100% Rye. This small-batch rye is aged to maturity in 8-gallon handmade American oak barrels. Your Eastside Boilermaker can be enjoyed one of two ways: sip the two beverages side by side or plop the whiskey into the beer and enjoy. Cheers!

Hail Rosemary Nuts

1 pound unsalted mixed nuts
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt, plus more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, toss mixed nuts with melted butter and maple syrup. Add 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary, dark brown sugar, cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt, mixing until the nuts are well coated with the flavorings. Spread nuts out onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until glazed and golden, about 18-20 minutes, stirring twice during the cooking process.
  2. As soon as the nuts come out of the oven, season with an additional 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, and flaky sea salt to taste (I added an additional 3/4 teaspoon). Serve warm immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Dress the Part

A good host should always greet their guests with team spirit. Simply sporting the team’s colors will suffice, but if you’d like to go the extra mile, Seduce boutique offers unique options for the stylish sports fan. Located in downtown Kirkland, Seduce is fully stocked with throwback-style sweaters made by Tribute Sweaters. Dressing in sports gear no longer means T-shirts or baggy jerseys. These sweaters are available for both NFL and collegiate teams. With so many options to choose from, it might be difficult to purchase just one, and that’s OK with us!

“These sweaters sell out every year,” Seduce owner Beverly Maes, says. “They are the most popular item in our store.”

Get yours today and be ready to greet your party guests with style.

Can’t Miss

Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys, December 24

In this holiday edition of game day, rally the family for eggnog, good tidings and good football. The week 16 matchup for the Seahawks carries a lot of playoff implications. Mark your calendars for this must-watch battle.


256: The regular NFL season begins the weekend after Labor Day and runs through late December or early January. There are 256 games total across all teams.

1976: The 1976 Seattle Seahawks season was the team’s first season with the National Football League.

2,689: Russel Wilson, Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, has a total of 2,689 rushing yards for his career in the regular season.