No matter the outcome of the game, it’s the quality time spent with family and friends that makes a football party an unforgettable experience.
Having touchdown-ready food, snacks, and decorations at your get-together doesn’t hurt either.
Check out some of our favorite big game day party ideas below:
Best Big Game Day Football Party Ideas in 2021
1. Buffet of Football-Themed Foods
You can’t help it if your team isn’t on the field, but you do have complete control over your menu.
Be the snack MVP by serving up the tried-and-true big game staples your guests expect with a few fun, super-memorable twists:
- Helmet-shaped bowls: Serve a spread of chicken wings and sauces in helmet-shaped bowls and football-shaped dishes. Include a mix of hot and mild flavors, like fiery hot, honey BBQ, pineapple teriyaki, and garlic Parmesan.
- Pizza station: Pair pizza slices with a mix of themed apps: pizza skins, pizza logs, pizza bites, mini calzones, and pizza dip. Don’t forget the garlic bread!
- Fondue bar: This year, go beyond the everyday chips and dip and add a fondue pot to the table. Introduce guests to new kinds of dips, like chili cheese or sour cream salsa.
2. Football Field Party Table
Score extra points with a tablescape that adds to your overall game day theme, starting with a fun tablecloth that helps set the stage…while making clean-up a breeze!
This football field tablecloth DIY from Kimberly a A Night Owl is the perfect crumb-catcher, and all you need is green felt, white duct tape, and white vinyl. Here’s how to make it:
- Cover your table with green felt.
- Use white duct tape to create the yard lines of the football field.
- Decorate the yard lines with numbers cut from white vinyl (you can use a Cricut machine or hand-trace them from pre-cut numbers).
Your guests will flip over your hand-crafted football field!
3. Instagram-Worthy Snack Stadium
Impress your guests by serving up snacks in a masterfully constructed “snack stadium!” (Now that’s a big game party idea they won’t forget…)
Party City sells a cardstock snack display with eight compartments and open space on the “field,” which holds more goodies. You could also dust off your DIY skills and build your own using items like aluminum loaf pans, cardboard boxes, and plastic party cups.
Once you’ve got your stadium, pack the house! Here are some ideas:
- Offer a mix of sweet and savory snacks, like pretzels, caramel corn, raw veggies, fresh fruit, crackers, cheese, honey-roasted peanuts, and party mix.
- Create a colorful “cheering” section for those with a sweet tooth; think Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Starbursts, and M&Ms.
- Position ranch dip, hummus, salsa, guacamole, and queso on the “sidelines.”
Have fun tackling this exciting football party project!
4. Personal Seven-Layer Dip Cups
Seven-layer dip? More like seven layers of heaven. 🤤
Until someone double dips that chip that was literally just in their mouth. Then it’s just seven-layers of germs…
Enter: Individual seven-layer-dip cups. Because your kindergarten teacher was wrong: Sharing isn’t always caring.
Start with transparent plastic cups so you can show off every delicious layer. Fill ’em up with fixings like fresh guacamole, taco meat, queso, and sour cream.
Add crunch with toppings like lettuce, black olives, and green onions. You can even top it off with a tortilla chip. It’s easy to put your own spin on this game day favorite!
5. Party Favor Piñata
Halftime is the perfect time to take the party up a notch with a football piñata—fab decor and big fun for all ages!
It’s also a great way to keep the interest of guests who aren’t exactly there for the play-by-play. (And it gives little hands a place to direct their mess-making energy.)
Here are some of our favorite ideas for your big game piñata:
- Mardi Gras-style beads in team colors
- Miniature candy packs
- Mini footballs
- Mini pom poms
- Keychains (sports-themed is a must!)
Blindfold the guests and let them take turns trying to break free all of the goodies inside.
6. AstroTurf Coasters + Football Mason Jars
It’s the little details that help pull together a big game day party, like football-themed coasters.
Jill Fritz from Create.Craft.Love has a 5-minute DIY project that’ll protect your furniture from watermarks and add to your decor.
Jill uses industrial-grade adhesive to attach pre-cut AstroTurf sample squares to 4.5 x 4.5 bathroom tiles. (Hint: You can get these tiles for free at most big home improvement stores!)
Pair your custom game day coasters with football-themed mason jars. It’s easy to get the look of that classic football stitch by applying white paint, vinyl, or electrical tape to your cup.
7. Referee Water Bottles
Got water? With all that booze and soda, you better. Take care of your guests by keeping plenty of water available—without compromising on your party decor.
How? By dressing all that bottled water up as little referees. (Obviously.)
Simply peel off the label from the original bottle. Then, take a piece of paper with a referee stripe pattern, and wrap it around the bottle. (Hint: You can find printable, black-and-white stripe images online, or just DIY your stripes with white paper and black marker)
It’ll look just like a referee’s uniform!
If you want to be really extra, you can even put a whistle around the bottle’s neck.
You can find the whistles and a handy printable at Oriental Trading.
8. Custom Big Game Bingo
Not everyone’s glued to the TV and anticipating the next snap during a football party…
But you’ve still gotta keep everyone entertained!
One way to engage all guests is to host a game everyone knows well—and that’s bingo.
Hand out custom bingo cards before kick-off. (Pre-made printables are available online for free, or you could always create your own.)
Add some of the following categories to the empty spaces of the cards:
- Brands and companies, such as Home Depot, Budweiser, Doritos, and GoDaddy
- Product and service categories, like beer, candy, airlines, luxury cars, and nonprofits
- Characters and people, like Clydesdale horses, retired football players, and musicians
Up the ante: Offer a small prize to the first person that gets a bingo!
9. DIY Photobooth
All you need to make a professional-looking photobooth is some props and your phone!
It’s a given that your guests will be taking pics at the party. But with a little creativity you can make the snaps from your house something truly special.
Some ideas for printables:
- Team logos
- Your favorite player (look who showed up!)
- Mascot heads
- A football (go long!)
- Pom poms
- A goal post (your head is the ball!)
10. Mailbox Balloons
Set the tone for the party before they even walk in!
Tie a fun display to your mailbox, lamp post, or railing so your guests can find your house from the street.
Go simple and elegant with balloons in your team colors (and complementary ribbons).
Or get crafty and fill them with confetti!
This DIY really pops if you buy clear balloons, like in this collab between Little Miss Party and Balloon Time. They chose Halloween colors for their confetti, but you can use tissue paper in your team colors.
11. Turn It Up With Wireless Speakers
Pump up the volume and bring your game to a whole new level with Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speakers. You’ll feel like you’re there—in the luxury box, of course!
The Play:5 connects to your WiFi to stream premium audio content. And you don’t have to be a tech genius: it just plugs in to the headphones output of your TV with a 3.5mm cable. (Check first whether your television has this connector, since not every TV does.) Plus, with the Sonos Playbar you can turn your game room into a home theater.
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Shop, Save & Give Back This Football Season
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