Best Foods for Football Party and Serving Ideas
January 15, 2020
Football party concession stand

The Best Foods for Football Party and Serving Ideas

Ready set EAT! Football party concession stand

When planning the best foods for Football Party remember to keep it SIMPLE! Everything needs to be easy to make, serve, and eat. Well, I guess it doesn't NEED to be easy to make, that all depends on you, but for me….it's a requirement.

Set Your Football Party Food Table

Football party buffet TOUCHDOWN by Salt Lake City Party Stylist

But before we even get to the food, let's talk about your table really quick.

For a cohesive table you'll want to pull out anything that matches your theme. For this table we went with galvanized metal and wood. This helps you “shop your house” and maybe get a little creative.

Then set out your platters and mark them with each dish as you decide on your menu. That'll make game day preparations a snap.

Best Heavy Hors d'oeuvres Foods for Football Party

Tortellini football party appetizers by Salt Lake City Party Stylist

Choosing to serve hors d'oeuvres versus an entree makes it easy for guests to help provide food and are super portable. Plus it's more fun to have a variety of flavors that appeal to lots of different people. Try:

  • Meatballs
  • Hamburger Sliders
  • Ravioli bites
  • Tortellini with tomatoes
  • Mac-n-cheese balls
  • Cubed meat and cheese sticks
  • Pizza bites
  • Pigs in a Blanket {below}

Pigs In A Huddle

Pigs in a Huddle appetizers

These little “Pigs in a blanket Huddle” appetizer are so yummy and quick to make.

  • Buy little smokies
  • Wrap in strips of crescent dough
  • Bake as directed and serve with mustard and BBQ sauce
  • So EASY!!!

Pigskin Hoagie Sandwich Bar

If you are looking for something a little more substantial but still really easy, a sandwich bar can be prepped the day before.

Plate full of football party food!

Put together mini sandwiches and let guests add their own fixings and condiments. Use “football” shaped bolillo buns for extra points! Try these classic combos:

  • Turkey and provolone {MOST popular}
  • Ham and swiss
  • Roast beef and cheddar
  • Tomato, cucumber and havarti

Chips And Dip

Guac chips and salsa for the big game

Chips are a Super Bowl requirement. What you do with the chips…is up to you!

  • You can't go wrong with standard chips and salsa
  • Liven things up with GUAC chips and guacamole
  • 7 Layer dip
  • Bean dip
  • Chili queso dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip {Try our lightened up version}
  • Or simply offer snack bags of chips at a “concession stand”

I have a GREAT Buffalo Chicken Dip Oven Recipe that is much better for you than the usual ones. Try it out and I'll bet you won't even tell a difference!

Never Underestimate Fruit And Veggies

Sack the veggies for the big game

Making fruit and veggies portable and easy to serve is key in getting them eaten. Line the bottom of each cup with some ranch and you'll have the children happily munching on carrots between plays. Or use them to dip into the Buffalo Chicken Dip.

I have a whole football charcuterie board here if you'd like to expand your healthy options!

Best Foods for Football Party Sweet Stuff

Since we cannot live on veggies alone 😜you'll want to provide a couple of sweet options as well.

Themed Cakes

Chalkboard and football cakes

A layered football cake makes an incredible statement on the food table, but can I share a little secret? This cake is FAKE. 100% non-edible. And they are my FAVORITE way to add some flair to a party without adding a single calorie!

You can find 100's of faux cake options by my friend Alyson at Confection Deception.

Cupcakes, Muffins, or Donuts

Boston cream cupcakes for the big game

Cupcakes or muffins are a great choice for portability and single serving ease. Dress them up in a football wrap and topper for the ultimate easy themed treat.

Custom Sugar Cookies

Stadium and football shaped sugar cookies

Customized sugar cookies are pretty hard to resist! I mean, just look at how beautiful they are!

Jeisy's Events & Creations is an absolute artist then it comes to cookies. They come individually wrapped so you can use them as a party favor and they stay soft and delicious.

Best Beverage Station for Football Party

Football party concession stand

You can set up a main bar cart or concession stand and let guest serve themselves. Mix a drink, grab a bottle, or a bag of chips, and everyone is happy!

Referee Water Bottles

Referee water bottles with yellow whistles for all your guests

Keep everyone hydrated with these darling referee water bottles.

Using the striped pattern from the Football Party Package you can wrap any bottle. Then add a whistle to the top by wrapping it around each neck.

Soda Bottle Wraps

Go for Two and 1st and Goal beverage label

For even more fun there are two more styles of bottle wraps you can snag as a FREE download right now!

  • Chalkboard “Go For Two” and “1st and Goal” – perfect for brown or black bottles
  • Grass “1st Down” – perfect for all those green bottles

Simple Food Decor

DIY Washi tape food picks

Once you decide what you want to serve you can dress up ANYTHING with a DIY food picks!

  • Washi tape of choice
  • Toothpicks
  • Fold a length of tape over in itself
  • Trim edges into flag shape
  • Stick into your favorite appetizer platter and watch the crowd go wild!

If you try any of these football party food ideas or have other ideas to add to the list of “Best foods for football party”, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 


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  1. Beth

    This is an awesome spread! The food is so enticing!

    • Brianna Adams

      It’s maybe not the healthiest food but it’s fun and yummy. Perfect for getting through the game!

  2. Natalie Mayhew

    Oh gimme all the yummy food! This is so helpful!

    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so glad to hear it. Thank you! We seem to have something – or many of the things – on this list each year. It’s so easy and everyone seems to love it.

  3. Elise Laney

    I love it! – and now I want some nachos.

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you Elise! And yes….nacho’s are always a good idea.

  4. Meghan | Elva M Design Studio

    These are great ideas and making me hungry and ready to watch the big game! Thanks for sharing these menu ideas.

    • Brianna Adams

      You are so welcome! I know food is an important part of game time. Not that you probably need suggestions but these have been some of our favorites. Thank you so much!


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