There is nothing like throwing a relaxed, fun party around a sporting event. Below are a few ideas for game day entertaining. Even if you’re not a big fan of sports, game day parties are always a favorite because they are such fun and casual events. In addition, you have built in entertainment that keeps everyone preoccupied while enjoying a few of their favorite foods.
Here are 5 easy tips to throw a football party like the pro that you are!
1. Keep decorations simple for your game day party.
A grass green tablecloth for your table and a simple pennant banner can be created with your team’s favorite colors. Add some fun football trophies to decorate around the food to pull your table theme together.
2. Make creating your own food fun for your guests
Set up a sub or Panini sandwich station with an assortment of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, and an assortment of toppings. Each person can customize their own sandwich with their favorite additions. For a real deli feel you could add flavors like pesto, Gouda cheese, apple slices, smoked bacon or prosciutto & brie to your toppings bar. The same idea can be applied to a fun slider bar, soup topping bar, hot dog bar, or baked potato bar.
3. Have guests bring a pot of their favorite soup or chili to share for a cook-off contest.
Have guests place votes on their favorite and present the winner with one of your fun football trophies from your table display to take home as the champion. Not only will this be a fun way to sample some new soup or chili recipes, but it will also relieve you of having to create as many dishes for your game day party.
4. Round out your menu with an easy cheese platter, dips, a vegetable tray, and a fruit tray.
Make the easy dips to go with your favorite chips & crackers, but save some time in the kitchen and visit the deli in your local store to pick up a simple fruit or vegetable platter to add on the side to save time spent chopping in the kitchen.
5. Send guests home happy with goodie bags filled with leftovers.
Invest in some inexpensive plastic containers for game day leftovers and send goodie bags home with your guests so they can enjoy the leftovers all weekend long. And don’t forget a “Most Valuable Player” award for the individual that provides the most assistance with the kitchen clean-up.