Big Game Party Ideas: Creating the Perfect Football Party

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Last weekend I hosted an awesome playoff party for family and friends in celebration of getting our new, amazingly awesome big screen from Best Buy the week before. We wanted to celebrate the playoffs while talking about our new electronic devices with family and friends.

With the geek squad setting up everything for us, the only thing left for my husband to do was mount the screen to the wall. And invite his friends and family over so we could celebrate! The rest was left up to me. And I was up for the challenge!

I love hosting parties and celebrating just about any occasion. So this party was a blast to plan and put together. We used a few things we already had from past years celebrations and mixed them in with some new editions.

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Big Game Party Ideas: Snack Bar

Every big game needs a snack bar. Somewhere people can go throughout the game to grab some munchies. Our snack bar was conveniently located behind the main food spread and blocked off by the crepe paper backdrop I created.

I hung up some football lanterns I picked up at the party store by using removable Command hooks (easy removal!) and set out popcorn, Pretzel Crisps, and individual pretzel cups in this awesome football popcorn box template I picked up from HWTM.

I also included some smaller plates, napkins, and these awesome football snack baskets (also found on HWTM). The kids loved the football snack baskets and filled them full of all of the goodies they wanted to munch on.

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Big Game Party Ideas: Decorations

A big must for this party were the bleachers that held the sodas and cupcakes and the goal post centerpiece. I had envisioned them since I first started planning the party and was SO happy with the way they turned out.

My husband was a huge help with these. With a little explaining from me he turned spice racks and some scrap board (found in the As-Is section) from Ikea into the bleachers. He then helped cut and glue together a dowel I had painted to form the goal post seen in the centerpiece.

While he was doing all of that, I was creating this awesome football pennant banner. Then, while enjoying our new TV, I caught up on some episodes of Dexter while I created the crepe paper background you see in the back. I’ll be excited to use that in the near future for my son’s birthday party.

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Big Game Party Ideas: The Main Spread

Now, aside from the decor and the snacks, the main spread is probably the most important key to throwing an awesome football party. So I wanted to stick with favorites among the crowd coming over.

Here’s what we served up:

  • flatbread pizza
  • buffalo wings with ranch
  • pierogies
  • cheeseburger sliders
  • angel food cupcakes with football toppers
  • soda
  • condiments

I also had a veggie tray and chips with salsa on our dining room table for guests to munch on near the snack bar. Everything was a huge hit, even with the kids! I set everything up on top of this football field table runner I made a while back.

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 Football Cupcake Topper Printable

The kids loved the cupcakes the most. These were simple angel food cupcakes with whipped cream I dyed green. Then I made these cupcake toppers from a printable I created and glued them onto tooth picks. Super easy and inexpensive too!

You can print your own cupcake toppers by using this printable here.

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One of the best moments of the night was seeing how happy my husband was as he showed his new TV off to his family and friends. He would show them the different features, talk about how easy it was to have Geek Squad install everything, and overall how great the process was.

Everyone had a great time, we were excited to watch the game together, and I enjoyed seeing all of my hard work pay off.

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How will you be celebrating the big game?

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  1. wow…those are great ideas for a football themed party! looks like you will all be set for the big game!

  2. Can i just say that I just love the idea of have wrist sweat bands around the bottles of pop! So creative!

  3. My favorite idea from your post would be the printable cupcake toppers. You are really creative and your guests are very lucky!

  4. You have lots of cute ideas here! I don’t watch football, but I could see doing something like this for the NHL playoffs.

  5. These idea are awesome! I especially LOVE the snack bar! I can see this being perfect for those who love football for sure!!!

  6. YOu are amazing! Love these ideas.

  7. Love this! Pinning 🙂

  8. You know how to throw a party Danielle! Your spread looked amazing. I’ve heard great things about the Geek Squad – glad they made game day awesome for your party.

  9. We probably won’t celebrate, or even watch it, but I’d love to go to your party. You always go all out. Why can’t I live closer to you?! The one thing I like about the Super Bowel is the food. I haven’t been to a good SB party since moving to Louisiana.

  10. We are not celebrating the Big Game this year, but I’m definitely inspired by your awesome party! Next year for us includes- a big screen TV installed by Geek Squad and an amazing party feast like yours!:) #client

  11. I LOVE your crepe paper backdrop (not sure WHY I’m a little partial to it but I am). Your party looks great, and your TV Is GORGEOUS. I failed to mention before that I’m insanely jealous of your built-ins. I’m an enormous book nerd and it is my dream to have a wall with 4 walls of built-ins. And a killer TV like that one. #client

  12. Great job on your party post. And yeah for shopping at Best Buy. We get a lot of our stuff from there, including our flat screen we got last Christmas. Thanks for the great party ideas!

  13. Sounds like Best Buy got it all hooked up for you – it looks fantastic.

  14. I totally love those cupcakes! Great party and your TV is amazing!

  15. I won’t be having a Super Bowl party this year, but what great ideas I got from yours! Maybe next year! I love that TV!

  16. Great party ideas! Love the chalkboard bowls – so cute and perfect for entertaining.

  17. Love the backdrop and fun decorations! Looks like it was a wonderful party!

  18. What a great stadium seating display for the food! Love all the snack ideas and the soda cozies are too cute!

  19. You put together such an awesome party! I love your decorations and the food looks delish!

  20. I love that you showed John Elway in one of these pics, but that only comes a distant second to this amazing spread!

  21. You did it yet again, Danielle! You are such an incredibly party planner! I love everything; the decor, food and those cute printables! I am SO impressed! 🙂

  22. I bet it was amazing! Those details are charming!

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