Throw a Football Party

Party menu, tailgating party
If you love football, try something new this football season and bring the tailgate party indoors. The rustic party decorations are a snap to put together, and the menu is classic football food. This football party is all about enjoying a good game with good company.

Party Decorations

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.

Party Invitations

Invitations that look like stadium seats offer the best seat on the couch. Order your own at websites like and

Party Spread

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.

Your new favorite fall recipe is here: Cakes made from canned pumpkin and fall spices are shaped like footballs for an adorable tailgate or potluck contribution.

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.

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.

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.

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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