I’ve had ideas around football and super bowl party food, and how to throw the best football party since I was a teenager.

Little fact about me…I was the 1985 Irvine Junior Miss and went on to compete in the California Junior Miss Pageant.

Kraft Foods was one of the sponsors of the pageant and they challenged the contestants to create a themed party using Kraft Foods (okay, is this right up my alley or what?!?).

My idea was to throw the perfect football tailgate. I suggested all kinds of yummy dips and nachos, flavorful punches and a big, chocolate sheet cake decorated to look a football field, complete with goalposts made from popsicle sticks!

I had such fun coming up with ideas (shocking right?) but I didn’t win the contest. However, those party ideas never left me, and when I started creating fun themed content for my You’re Home With Jill show on QVC, I brought my football party ideas to life!

Recipes To Throw The Perfect Football Party

To start your party off right, you’ll need some tasty dishes — and as a homage to Kraft, I bring you two of my favorites that feature Kraft cream cheese. They are total home runs (oops… wrong sport!). We’ll just say they that if you make these, you’ll score BIG TIME with your guests.

Find the chili dip HERE.

The first one is my touchdown chili dip. This one is always good for get-togethers because it’s a crowd favorite. Cream cheese, chili, tomatoes… So flavorful!

If you’d like more instructions on how to make it, you can find the recipe HERE.

The next one is a sausage dip that will wow. It was born when my husband was headed to a Philadelphia Eagles game and he asked me if I would make something for the tailgate for him and his friends.

I’ve always loved a cheesy sausage dip, but they are so heavy with fat and calories. The more I thought about it, I realized I could easily make over this dip with some reduced fat options and probably not sacrifice a thing when it came to flavor.

Boy was I right about that. Doug came home raving about the dip, how there wasn’t a single bit left and that I better make a double batch next time.

This is now my go to for all kinds of parties. I love it with veggies like sliced cucumbers or mini sweet peppers for dipping, but the football crowd usually prefers tortilla chips.

However you serve it, I think you’ll find this is a great dip to have in your appetizer collection!

Hot And Light Sausage Cheese Dip

Hot And Light Sausage Cheese Dip

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

However you serve this dip, it's great to have in your appetizer collection!


  • 1 (8 oz) block 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 package Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • 1 can Rotel brand tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Stir gently until cream cheese and cheddar cheese melt.
  3. Transfer mixture to 1 quart baking dish.
  4. Top with some extra shredded cheese if desired.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until bubbly.
  6. Broil for a minute or two if you want cheese on top to brown slightly.
  7. Serve warm with tortilla chips or cut up veggies.
Find the recipe HERE.

My Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake is another great option for any get-together. It’s super rich and pretty easy to make. If you’d like, you can even bake it in a football-shaped pan and add some laces with frosting!

Find the whole recipe HERE.

Some Extras To Make The Super Bowl A Hit

Now that you have a few recipes to start your super bowl party off right, I want to share some ways you can really score with your football party.

Photo credit: Fab Everyday

This adorable idea from Fab Everyday is easy and fun. Just buy brown solo cups, a white paint pen, and turn them into footballs!

Photo credit: Sunny Day Family

Football bingo is a great way to get everyone involved, whether or not they’re into the game. You can find the free printable from Sunny Day Family and you can use M&Ms as board markers.

Photo credit: Entertaining Diva

You can’t use yellow napkins for the Fourth of July, for Christmas or for Valentine’s Day. However, you can use them for your football party! Place them in a small bucket and label them with a sign that says “Penalty Flags.” It will add to the theme while keeping everyone clean!

Photo credit: CraftBoxGirls

If you’re looking for a bit of an elegant twist on a super bowl party, you can create this table runner from CraftBoxGirls. All you have to do is buy some brown builders paper and a couple of permanent markers. After laying it flat, write a bunch of gameday phrases, arrows and more.

Whether you’re rooting for the Buccaneers or the Chiefs (or you just want to enjoy the company!), I hope you’ll be able to make the most of these ideas!

From my football home to yours,


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