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Football Party Ideas: Recipes Your Guests Will Cheer For!

Layne Quintanilla

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Jan 28th, 2015

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It’s hard to believe the Big Game is coming up! I’m excited to host a football themed party for our friends to enjoy with us. No party is complete without delicious recipes and fun decorations. Added points for celebrations that are filled with simple {but delicious} recipes so that you can enjoy the time with your guests. This football themed party is a great way to celebrate the big game — all while keeping things simple. 

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Easy decor ideas mean you’ll keep your sanity while getting ready. For our get together, I used a black and white striped back drop along with a football themed pennant flag. I covered my table with brown craft paper and used white tape to mark off the yard lines. On the table, I used football themed plates and napkins for a fun touch. I love the black and white striped bowl as well. Simple touches like black and white stripes give the table a football feel without everything having to be football shaped. 

All our party foods have a color theme based on team. Red, white and blue for New England  or blue and green for Seattle. This is a fun way to create some team rivalry and it’s very easy to do!

We start with a super simple berry appetizer. I love offering something fresh and healthy on my party tables. This idea could be created with any color skewers, so it’s very versatile no matter what team you’re cheering for. I chose green skewers with blueberries for Seattle and red, white and blue skewers with strawberries and blueberries for New England. Use clean, washed berries and stab them with a skewer. Voila! 

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Next up, the easiest — and possibly tastiest — chip dip you’ll ever have! There are only three ingredients so it’s a snap to put together. The big flavor will make guests think you slaved away chopping up herbs, when in reality, it only takes a minute. 

Oh So Easy 3 Ingredient Chip Dip

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1 Philadelphia Onion & Chive Cream Cheese {8 ounces}
1 sour cream {8 ounces}
1 tablespoon dry ranch mix

Just mix all three ingredients and serve. 


For our meat, I created one of my husband’s favorites: BBQ Meatballs in the slow cooker… with grape jelly! I love that I can start them in the morning, let them simmer and then serve them deliciously hot to guests. They are packed with flavor — these will definitely become a repeat request in your family.

Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs

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12 ounces BBQ sauce {We LOVE Sweet Baby Ray’s}
12 ounces grape jelly
1 pound frozen meatballs {You could use home made meatballs or buy a package of frozen ones at the grocery store}

I mix the BBQ sauce and grape jelly right in the slow cooker before I add meatballs; no waste and no extra bowl to clean. After combining the three ingredients, let it all simmer on low for four to five hours or turn it on high for about two hours. I served them with individual forks in the team colors. My one pound package yielded 24 meatballs.


For drinks, I made a super simple drink that the entire family can enjoy. We made these New England themed with red, white and blue. Just start with a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of your glass. Next, mix equal parts Sprite and Hawaiian Punch. Add your drink stirrers in your team colors and enjoy! My boys especially loved how they fizz when you pour the Sprite on the ice cream. It creates a fun froth on top as well. 

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Touchdown! No Bake Cheesecakes

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8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 container {13 ounces} marshmallow flufff
Nilla wafers
Redi Whip, if desired
Topping {Sixlets, fruit, chocolate, etc.}

  • Line a muffin tin with foil lined cupcake wrappers. We chose football wrappers for our Super Bowl party. 
  • Place a Nilla wafer at the bottom of each wrapper. 
  • Mix the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff until completely combined.
  • Pour the cream cheese/marshmallow fluff mixture into a plastic sandwich bag and seal tightly. 
  • Clip a corner of the bag and fill each each wrapper with mixture. 
  • Place in fridge to chill for at least two hours. 
  • Immediately before serving, add Redi Whip and desired toppings.

Even after these are chilled in the fridge, I’ve found the best way to eat them is to serve with a spoon and let guests enjoy them right out of the wrappers.  I also added a bowl of lime green Sixlets to the table — such a fun pop of color! I also added a bowl of almonds… ever notice how they look like mini footballs? I think the whole table came together great! 

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I love the entire football party table. I think it catches the perfect balance of team spirit and shows a unique way to celebrate the Big Game. All your guests will have a great time rooting for their favorite!  

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