Enhance your existing fall decorations with a few festive football-theme items. A pennant banner shows off guests’ favorite teams, and a trophylike urn adds a vintage vibe. Download our cute “the game is on” banner to post in an easy DIY framed corkboard.
Invitations that look like stadium seats offer the best seat on the couch. Order your own at websites like beau-coup.com and plumparty.com
Give your football party a cozy, nostalgic feel with simple decorations. Use picnic items you already have, such as a basket, disposable containers for soup, and a plaid blanket as a tablecloth, to give the party the feel of an outdoor tailgate.
Party Snack Station
A roll of kraft paper covers a table for a fun way to dress up the snack station. Paint yard lines and numbers or use white tape and adhesive numbers. Make simple snack sacks from white and brown lunch bags.
Party Game Idea
Our printable stat sheet is a fun way to start some friendly competition among fans. Guests can predict the outcome of the game, and the winner walks away with the ultimate prize -- a jar of sweets.
Party Drink Idea
Every bash needs refreshments, and for your football party, we recommend a cooler full of cold ones. Let guests take their pick of light, dark, and regular brews, and keep a cooler full of sodas and bottled water close by for guests who don't want to imbibe.
Cozy Dessert Spread
At the dessert table, guests can stock up on sugar cookies and whoopie pies while sipping cider or hot chocolate. Carry the plaid theme outside by hanging your wreath with a cheery tartan scarf.
Party Menu: Pumpkin Football Cakes
Fluffy pumpkin cakes sandwich creamy vanilla frosting in these festive whoopie pie confections. For the football shape, use a muffin pan with egg-shape wells.
Makes: 8 servings
Yield: 12 cakes and 6 to 7 cupcakes
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 20 mins to 22 mins 350°F
Cool: 5 mins
So-Easy Tips for Pumpkin Football Cakes
Our step-by-step video will help you master these scruptious football cakes -- laces and all!
Party Menu: Mix-and-Match Chicken Fingers
What could be more party perfect than crunchy chicken fingers and an array of saucy dips? We took this fun finger food a step further and used five types of breading for a mix-and-match flavor game.
Makes: 4 servings
Bake: 8 mins 400°
Party Menu: Leaf-Shape Sugar Cookies
It's way more fun to cheer on your favorite team when you have a crispy cookie in hand. Use a basic sugar cookie recipe and maple leaf cookie cutters for this fall-theme sweet treat. Fall colors inspired the sprinkle colors.
Makes: 52 servings
Yield: about 52 2 1/2-inch cookies
Prep: 40 mins
Bake: 7 mins 375°F
Party Menu: Beer and Cheddar Fondue
Two cups of beer lend football spirit to this melty cheddar fondue recipe. Keep an array of dippers on hand so guests can try different flavors. We love a mix of fresh veggies, breads, and crackers.
Makes: 18 servings
Yield: 4-1/2 cups
Prep: 20 mins
Stand: 30 mins
Party Menu: Subs
For a mighty menu option, pick up some meaty heroes at your favorite sandwich shop or make them yourself a couple hours before the game. To make them look party ready, wrap the sandwiches in butcher paper and tie them with team-color cord.
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