We’re heading into Super Bowl weekend which can only mean one thing… a day full of fun and excitement!
And if you’re trying to make the most of the game, you can throw an at-home football party that’s sure to score big points for all in attendance.
Whether you’re watching the gridiron battle with your family or with a bunch of friends, putting together a winning party is easier than you think.
Add some decor, fun games, and a bunch of tasty food and I know you’ll score a TOUCH DOWN with your guests!
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Football Party Fun
From the minute your guests arrive, find ways to get them to interact with your party theme!
A welcome board like the one above allows your attendees to “sign in” on football cards. It also gives them a chance to guess the winning team by putting their cards on one side of the field or the other.
Football bingo is also an engaging way to keep your guests involved during the game.
Squares that feature brands that might pop up in a commercial, or various plays (or penalties) that might happen during the game are fun ways to design your bingo cards.
Tailgating Treats and More
My favorite part of hosting a football party is coming up with the menu!
And when you’re talking Super Bowl, it gives you the chance to theme your foods around the hometowns of the teams competing.
Chili is a popular food for football Sunday, which works out perfectly with this year’s Super Bowl. If there’s a food that Cincinnati is known for, it’s chili. SKYLINE chili to be exact.
This take on chili uses a unique blend of spices (including cinnamon!) and is usually served over spaghetti noodles with lots and lots of shredded cheese.
You can also make my Touchdown Chili Dip, which, as you guessed it… is PERFECT for football games!
Find the recipe HERE.
Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures, giving lots of opportunities for flavors and food.
When I think of LA, I think of street food. So why not set up a “walking taco” bar for your guests?
It’s a really fun take on a taco or nacho bar and you’ll probably hear “this is such a great idea!” from more than one of your guests!
Just cut a square out of a bag of chips (like Fritos or Doritos) and add a toppings bar. People can eat their nachos straight out of the bag!
If you’re not inclined to theme your foods, use some creativity in naming them!
How about pigskins in a blanket. Football Finger Foods. Gridiron Grabs.
And for Super Bowl 56, try RAM-bunctious Ranch dip or Bengal BBQ sauce.
Related: Delicious Dips for Any Occasion
Signature drinks are always fun for your guests. Whether they’re mocktails or cocktails, beverages with a nod to each team (like a Malibu Sunset or a Cincinnati cocktail) help tie your theme together.
It goes without saying that the Super Bowl is a LONG event. So be sure to keep those food and snack tables replenished during the game!
You can make things easy on yourself by creating individual “snack stadiums” for your guests, filled with bags of popcorn, chips, single servings of guacamole, and a bottle of water.
Related: Savory and Zesty Ranch Crackers
That way, people don’t have to miss out on that scoring drive to grab a snack!
And for dessert?
I like individual desserts, like my mini oreo cheesecakes topped with a chocolate-covered strawberry with white frosting that has been piped on to look like laces.
You can even create your own Super Bowl of chocolate!
Football Party Decor
The big event gets people to your home. The food keeps them going strong.
But if you want to dive all in for your football party, some game time decorations will really make your party one worth talking about!
Start by bringing elements of the sideline into your decor.
One super fun way to do this is with big head cutouts of your favorite players. They make people smile and they’re great for game day selfies, too!
And straight from the sidelines… the ICONIC big orange cooler. You know the ones I’m talking about (they get poured on the coach’s head after a big win!).
Fill this with water or another creative drink for your guests to enjoy. An easy-access hydration station!
You’ll also want to focus on the table. After all, it’s the second most important place to gather during your football party. After the TV, of course.
Find a green runner or tablecloth to make the table look like a field. Yellow napkins can be added to mimic penalty flags.
Whether you use it for your taco bar or for appetizers, a football-shaped bamboo board is a perfect addition to any table as well.
And beyond football season, it makes for a great cutting board that won’t wear or warp.
You can even add a few candles that create the stadium or hometown smell! I found everything from “tailgate party” to “backyard BBQ” to “SoCal” and “Ohio.”
You might not be able to predict the outcome of the game… but with these football party ideas, you can be SURE you’ll have a good time on Super Bowl Sunday.
From my home to yours,
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