With so many opportunities to watch football – from high school matches, NCAA college games to the Super Bowl – there’s plenty of reasons to throw a football-themed party to enjoy the game even more. Here’s a guide with some ideas to inspire a festive gathering during game season.
While the party décor may not be the main attraction for a football party – since the game is where the guests’ eyes will fix on – it won’t hurt to add a couple of decorations to make the party fun and awesome. Decorating your concessions bar will make it more attractive to the guests to come by and get more treats!
1. Football tableware
Plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, coasters, and tablecloths can all be purchased in either team colors that you support or more generic football themes. Going out on the tableware adds an element of fun, a pop of color, and sets your theme: casual and relaxed!
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- Sunnyholiday 102PCS Football Theme Party Decoration Supplies Set
- Deluxe Football Theme Party Supplies Set for 20 People
- Football Party Supplies Sports Theme Party Pack for Game Day
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2. Pennant banner
Pennant banners are synonymous with sports, and they are a must-have for any sports-related party. Hang banners in the color of the team you are supporting, and you can DIY them with felt and string. But you can simply use a generic football pennant banner that you can use for every football watching party you will have.
3. Foam fingers
Since you’re already committed to the football theme, why not use props that screams “football,” like foam fingers? Even if you’re not watching the game live, it’s gets people all riled up for cheering and screaming for their teams. They’re also great for fantastic photos to show how great of a host you were.
Balloons create that “party feels” that makes guest feet that they’re at a real party and not just coming over to watch the game. Though it’s absolutely not necessary, it helps to liven up the place. You can use simple dark green and white latex balloons and tie them up together. You may want to use football balloons to complement your green, football-themed tablescape. Or, you may want to go all-out with a football-themed balloon arch.
When holding a football-themed party, especially a watching party, finger food is the key. Your guests will be watching the TV (or your projection screen), and they will be standing, yelling, and probably cursing because so and so dropped the ball again. People will not want to sit down to a multi-course meal that needs manners and silverware, so serve foods that are easy to grab. Here are some menu options that are sure to please all your guests:
1. Caprese salad skewers
Eating a salad while watching a football game is a bit hard. So, you can serve it in skewer form by adding cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Simply assemble the ingredients on a medium-sized toothpick, drizzle some olive oil on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle some balsamic glaze on top. Serve them on a football serving tray.
2. Tater tots skewers
Tater tots on skewers? Game! This is a great way to serve tater tots without getting your guests’ hands messy or use utensils. Simply bake tater tots according to package instructions, let them cool, and thread them on skewers horizontally. About 6-7 tater tots on a stick will be enough. Put the tots on sticks together on a rectangle baking pan. Sprinkle ranch dressing over them, then sprinkle bits of bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Place it into the oven for additional 10 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and golden in color. Remove from the oven, and serve. You can sprinkle some green onions on top as a garnish if you like. Serve it with a sour cream ranch dip. People are gonna love these!
3. Pigs in a blanket
We can pretend that it’s a menu for kids, but a mini hotdog wrapped in a fluffy roll will most certainly be enjoyed by adults as well. Bake some pigs in a blanket – any recipe you prefer, and arrange them in a couple of football serving trays. Draw football lines in the center using jalapeno cheese in squeeze bottle.
4. Mini sloppy joes and mini burgers
Serve mini sloppy joes and burgers that guests would like to fill their tummies with. Top it off with a toothpick skewer with football-themed pennants.
5. Finger foods and snacks
Keep disposable snack bags on the table so people can fill it and take them over the TV. This nacho tray is great for individual servings of nacho chips, but it can also be used for other kinds of snacks. You may also want to use a football-shaped chip and dip tray for the party.
Serve individual servings of popcorn on football-inspired popcorn boxes. Put popcorn on the box, so guests don’t have to get some themselves and focus on the game.
8. Football brownies
You don’t have to be a legit baker to whip these up. Simply make a batch of brownies using brownie mix, and pour them into cupcake tins, so they are round. Use white icing to make football lines down the middle, and you’ve got football brownies!
9. Strawberry football cupcakes
Dip strawberries in chocolate, design them with football lines using white icing – and you can make football-shaped strawberries. To take it a little further, make cupcakes topped with these. Bake chocolate cupcakes and decorate them with green icing to make the appearance of grass, then top it with your football strawberries. Serve them in football-themed cupcake liners or cupcake wrappers.
10. Football pudding cups
Chocolate pudding is a favorite for the kids but adults would love to see pudding as well. Make some football-themed pudding cups for everyone. Serve the pudding in individual cups and top it with mini marshmallows. Decorate the cups with white football lines using white paint pens.
You can’t go wrong with a fridge or cooler full of cold beer on game day, but if you want to take it up a notch, here are some ideas for your drinks at the football party.
1. Goalpost drinks station
Have a beverage station by setting up this inflatable cooler, perfect for the football theme. Set up cans of beer, cola, or juice in this cooler.
Beer is by far the most common drink among football watchers. Support your local breweries by ordering larger orders for your party. Use football beer mugs or beer glasses for drinking with your pals.
3. Football mason jar cups
Whether alcoholic or not, you can upgrade the cups by transforming mason jar mugs into football mugs. All you have to do is cut out football lines on sticker paper and stick them to mason jars, and voila – you have mugs perfect for the occasion. It’s best to fill these mugs with brown-colored drinks like iced tea, Coke, or Yoo-hoos to stay true to football colors! Don’t forget the turf coasters for putting cold drinks in.