If you use the playoffs as an excuse for buddy time, consider meeting up at your favorite bar. With a bar visit, organizing becomes a far easier prospect—all you need to do is name a location and time and wait for your friends to arrive. The bar also makes for the better playoff venue if you have a family and you want alcohol to enter into your festivities.
A few downsides to bar-based playoff parties do exist, including the noise. This can pose a problem for those trying to catch up with long lost friends. If actual conversation holds a top spot on your list of playoff to-dos, try ordering a pizza and enjoying your favorite games from the comfort of your living room. The relative peace and quiet will enable you and your friends to catch up with one another without suffering through a bar-style shouting match.
Also Take Into Consideration...
You probably already know that due to the controversial "blackout" rule imposed by the NFL, games must be sold out in order for television stations to broadcast them. Blackouts due to poor sales remain rare, but they do happen. Keep a favorite backup game in mind as you plan your playoff get-together. A sports television subscription such as NFL Sunday Ticket from DirectTV is helpful here, as it gives you access to a wide array of match-ups, plus pre- and post-game shows.
Finally, Fantasy Football
If you remain home for the playoffs, you can still take part in online fantasy competitions through CBS Sports and FanSided. Keep in mind, however, that your potential to win tangible prizes through online playoff competitions may be limited, at best.