Belles’ Man on the Street: How to Throw a Mariners BBQ
The latest in the our ongoing series “Belles’ Man on the Street,” profiling new Seattleite Henry Fitzgerald’s adventures in getting to know our great city.
Are you new to the Seattle area and trying to meet friends? Like many college grads, Seattle may have offered the perfect career opportunity for you, but moving hours from friends and family has probably been taxing. However, just as you and your guys spent every free minute during college watching March Madness, the NFL season, and Opening Day and on in the Spring, the guys in Seattle obsess over sports as well. With the young MLB season, throwing a Mariners viewing party for co-workers and maybe some guys from the gym could be your first step to finding a group for weekly poker nights and after-work drinks.
- Invites: Don’t get girly. You don’t need to craft a Mariners-themed invites to appeal to your acquaintances. Just check out the Mariners schedule and pick a Saturday afternoon away game—this will be prime BBQ time and since it’s an away game, season ticket holders can come. Just send an email invite, so guests can RSVP quickly. Still, it won’t hurt to send a reminder a few days before the party.
- Set up: Make sure the grill is cleaned and situated near your patio dining set. Set up some plastic yard chairs, so there’s plenty of seating. No need to decorate, your guys will be happy with dogs and beer, but it might not be a bad idea to pick up an Ichiro Suzuki jersey to show you’re becoming a true Seattleite. Also, if you don’t have one, see if you can borrow a projector and screen, so your friends can enjoy the game outside.
- Food & Drink: Classic stadium food will do. Grill up some hot dogs, brats and burgers. Put our some chips, pretzels and dip. If you are into decorations, add them here. Pick up some Mariners napkins or plates at the store. To really impress your guests, grab a mini-keg from a local microbrewery to enjoy throughout the party. For guests that may not drink beer, offer some carbonated beverages and lemonade.
- Entertainment: Invite the guys over early for food and corn hole. The perfect addition to your new Seattle home is a Seattle sports-themed corn hole set. You can order decals from team websites to apply to simple white boards. Make one set with the Mariners logo and add a Seahawks logo to the other, so you can get year-round sports use out of the boards. This simple game is great for entertaining you and your guests as you catch up on Mariner stats.
Making friends in Seattle doesn’t have to be difficult. Think of all the good times you and your college pals had at sporting events, and recreate that setting in your backyard. The guys from work are sure to have a great time, and you are sure to enjoy the game more than watching it alone from the couch.