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Hellllloooo to all my rowdy friends!
Are you ready for the big game?! My team was having a catastrophic year but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw a good party. In fact, I have been throwing a party for the big game every year since 2006. One of the best gigs I ever had was working at a huge sport’s bar through college. I loved it! The atmosphere was electric and everyone wanted to have a good time. Even after I graduated and started my career, I came back every football season to work the weekends for some extra cash. So I might know a thing or two about throwing a classic game day party that the die-hards and newcomers will enjoy.
I kept the color scheme classic and bold. My team is clearly out of the running, but this party can be easily customized to fit any team’s colors and logos.
Football Party Menu Tips
- Everyone has a personal preference on the classic hot wings! Set out wings and a few fun dipping sauces. Our wings are usually served mild with the option to add Honey BBQ or a hotter variety sauce. Don’t forget celery, carrots, ranch, and blue cheese!
- Easy Grab and Go Eats: Pick foods like quesadillas or chips and dip that are a tasty and easy food to nosh on.
- Mix the savory with the sweet. It’s nice to change it up and offer a few small desserts like chocolates or REESE’s peanut butter cups. A few small treats will go a long way and no need to break out the full dessert bar.
- Don’t forget the beverages! Keep them cold in a large ice bucket or cooler.
Football Party Decorations
The backdrop consisted of black poster board taped on the wall and the goals are yellow masking tape. A few footballs and some penalty/ challenge flags thrown in for good measure. The centerpiece of this party table is a football play diagram chalkboard and it only takes a few minutes to make!
Supplies for Football Play Diagram Chalkboard
- 1 sheet black poster board, non-shiny
- white chalk or white oil pastel
- White Paint or Chalk Marker (optional – you could also use regular chalk)
- Candies such as Minature REESE’S cups and REESE’S footballs
- Picture Frame, glass removed (I used some scrap wood from the garage and stained it)
Cut the poster board to size. Draw your football diagram lightly with a pencil. I used the infamous ‘Flea Flicker’ trick play diagram for my chalkboard. Using chalk or white oil pastels, season the black poster board. “Seasoning” is where you lightly rub the fat edge of the chalk against the paper. Then you take a tissue or dry towel and rub the chalk off. This gives the chalkboard it’s distinct “used and loved” look. It may take a few layers of seasoning to achieve the look you want. The center should be more seasoned than the edges.
Next trace the diagram with a white marker (or chalk). Add the chocolate candies. I used Minature REESE’S cups for the offensive team and I depicted the suckers…ahem, I mean opposing team… as Hershey’s kisses. The traveling of the football is shown with the REESE’S footballs.
Pretty cute, huh?
All of the decoration supplies for this football party were purchased at Target or I had them already. You can grab everything you need and even save some money with Cartwheels offers from Hershey’s and Coca-Cola. If you are looking for the REESE’S footballs, they can be found in a few different places in the store including the seasonal section, the end of an aisle, or possibly up front near the registers.
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