Published On: January 21, 2020

It’s such a blast to host a get together for family and friends for the Big Game! With our easy Game Day Party Checklist you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the action too.

1) Arrange Your Arena

With just a few simple decorations, you can set the scene for a football stadium-inspired theme. Think pennants, streamers and fun party-ware like cups, plates and serving platters with football patterns or the competing team logos. Add extra folding chairs, beanbags or floor pillows to accommodate all your guests stadium-seating style by the TV and pipe the game audio throughout your place with bluetooth speakers to keep everyone up on the game.

2) Plan Your Plays

Come up with ideas to keep the fun going no matter which team is winning and for the non-football fans in the crowd. Let people pick squares in a box pool where winners are determined by the score at the end of each quarter.  Prize ideas could range from money guests put into the pool to gifts like football coffee mugs, candy, or fun football themed t-shirts. Since half the fun of Super Bowl is the commercials you can also have everyone vote on their favorite and the worst commercial of the day or funny commercials from past years.

3) Chill Out

Set up a beverage station with coolers or drink buckets packed with ice in the room with your TV. This way the beer, bottled water, soda, and other drinks stay cold and guests won’t have to miss any of the action when going for refills. It’s also fun to concoct themed cocktails for each team in the game – you can go with cute names like “Patriots Punch” or make cocktails in team colors. Just make sure they’re things you can make in a big batch in pitchers so guests can help themselves.

4) A Football Feast

When it comes to main dishes it’s a great idea to go for make-ahead things that will feed a crowd. You want to make sure you’ll get to enjoy the big game too! Great options include chili or pulled pork served in a slow cooker with an interactive fixings bar setup next to it. Don’t forget the snacks! A Snack-Stadium is a statement worthy option to display your party apps. Create a stadium shaped setup of tiered bowls and platters surrounding a faux green grass “field” in the center. Dips are pretty much mandatory and we have some delicious ideas for you! Our Mexican Queso Blanco Party Dip is a must have with chips, salsa and guacamole.

For more cozy and warm dip ideas, try our Baked Goat Cheese and Marinara Dip with Garlic Toast or Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Comte.

Warm spinach and artichoke dip with Comte

For a unique twist you can also try any one of our imported Brie appetizers like Brie Nachos, Stuffed Mushrooms or Pear & Pecan Brie Skewers

5). Sweet Treats

It’s not a party without dessert and it’s also a great way for guests to contribute without you needing to plan. I love to setup a dessert table that everyone can add to as they arrive and enjoy when the game is over. Anything goes here but cute football themed treats always win MVP of the party! You can make or buy brownies or large chocolate cookies, cut them into football shapes, and add “laces” by piping on white icing. Score!

What are you doing for Game Day? Whether you’re staying home or heading to a party, we’ve got you covered!