Guide to Hosting an AFL Grand Final Day Barbeque

Ben M 28/09/2015

As the 2015 AFL Grand Final approaches, we are all looking forward to the day we get to do nothing except eat unlimited amounts of food and drink. For Aussies, we almost have a second Christmas thanks to the Australian Football League. Even if you don’t watch the footy, take this day as an excuse to celebrate for no reason.

As many of us won’t be able to attend the actual game, the next best thing would be to host a grand final barbeque in the comfort of your own home with your friends and family. An AFL barbeque is no random barbeque; there are certain elements you must incorporate to do it the proper Australian way.

The Food

Have a Large Table for Food

Have a large table where you place all your foods so people can serve themselves. Ensure you have an unlimited supply of food as people tend to eat a lot when they drink and watch TV. Situate it close to the TV where the game will be streamed. You should separate dishes by barbequed foods, dips and finger foods, salads and so on. Place enough cutlery and plates so there are spares in case people decide to take a second plate.

Have an Alcohol Table

Have a table dedicated to a wide array of drinks to meet the taste requirements of all individuals. Provide beers such as corona which are widely popular in Australia, white wine, red wine and cider. Purchase the alcohol in bulk to get a discounted price. Dan Murphy’s sells discounted alcohol when you purchase in bulk. Ensure you have an esky to keep those drinks cold! Also have wine glasses set out on the table as well as beer glasses.

Barbeque Food

The most essential part of an AFL barbeque is the cooked food. Ensure you include the classic staples:

  • Sausages
  • Burgers
  • Mushrooms
  • Veggie Burgers (for vegetarians)
  • Onion
  • Prawns
  • An Array of Sauces

Finger Foods and Dips

  • Crackers
  • Bread and Burger Buns
  • Chips
  • Dips such as French Onion, Capsicum or Hummus


  • Pavlova
  • Cupcakes



  • Faint music in rooms where the television is not playing


Place the TV in an area where the screen can be seen by everyone so no one misses out. In addition you should have enough seats so people can sit down and watch. Ideally, have surround sound so the results can be heard by people in different areas of the house.

Dress Up Code

Get in the spirit of football by encouraging people to dress up in their teams. People can either wear their colours or wear their team jersey. Putting face paint out on the table is a fun idea you can incorporate; it will encourage competitive spirit.

Have a Champagne Bottle to Celebrate the Winner

Get a bottle of champagne so all guests can collectively celebrate the end of the game. If possible, invest in an extra-large bottle of champagne.

Don’t Stop The Party!

Don’t waste that alcohol on day festivities. Continue to party at your house with loud music and drinking games or take the party to a bar or club. Bar toolsDining Chairs

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