Fun and Easy Football Party Ideas for Adults

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Here are some ideas on how to throw an epic adult football party for family and friends.

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This post is all about easy football party ideas to help you throw the most epic party yet.

When it’s time to watch the big game, chances are you want to have a great party to cheer on your team. Here are some ideas for throwing an epic football party.

A football party is a great time to gather with family and friends to cheer on your favorite football teams and players. The highlight of the season is the Super Bowl, when the two best teams in the league play against each other to determine the top team of the year.

Whether you are watching your favorite college teams or professional teams play, or watching a big bowl game, you’ll probably want a few ideas on how to throw an epic football party for family and friends.

Maybe you’ve been volunteered for hosting a football party, but you have no idea where to start. This post will give you ideas on everything from when to have a football party, to choosing football party decor, and quick and easy football appetizers to serve.

This post is packed with ideas to help you throw the best adult football party ever—from football party themes and DIY football party decor ideas, to easy football snacks and party food recipes and ideas.

Don’t be surprised if your football parties become so popular that you are asked to host them again and again.

Here are some ideas on how to throw the best adult football party—including tips on football party food, decor, games, and more.

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1—Set the date.

Decide what football game you want to celebrate with a party. Often, a great football party is centered around your favorite team—whether it’s your college alma mater football team, your favorite college football team, or your favorite professional football team. Bowl games are also a popular reason to host a football party.

Find out the date and time that the football game that you are interested in will be televised. Usually, the hours that the football game is on television will be the main time period that you want to host a football party.

2—Send out invitations.

Send invitations to everyone that you want to invite to the football party. The invitation should include information like what the event is, what day date, and time the event will occur, and where the event will take place.

Don’t forget to include an RSVP by date, and any other information that you think it’s important for your guests to know (like “dress in your favorite team’s colors” or a request to have guests sign up to bring a snack).

Football themed invitations add another element of fun to the party and highlight the spirit of the game.

3—Decide on a theme.

Usually, the fact that your favorite football team is playing is reason enough for a party. But choosing a theme can make things feel even more special.

Easy football party theme ideas can be as simple as covering a table with a green table cloth to represent an American football field. Use white tape to mark goal lines, sidelines, and end zones for a more realistic look.

Or buy a football tablecloth or football table runner. This can help save time and make things easier when it comes to party planning.

Start with general football theme decor, and then add special touches that are related to your favorite team(s). A football party supplies kit makes it easy to decorate for a football birthday party or football watch party.

Other football party decor ideas are described below.

4—Decorate your space.

Get creative with your tablescapes. Use a green tablecloth to decorate a table like a football field. Use white tape to mark field goals and other markers. Or use colorful tablecloths or table runners that match the team colors for your favorite team.

You can also use a green and brown color scheme for a semi neutral football party decorating scheme.

Football themed plates, napkins, and drinkware can also be used to decorate a table. Items like football themed platters, plates, and cake stands in team colors, and coordinated serving forks, spoons, tongs, and ladles, and flatware also make great football party decor.

Balloons, streamers, banners, and confetti are also great for decorating for a football party.

Football table centerpieces can be used to decorate tables.

5—Make sure you can see the game.

If possible, opt for a widescreen TV for watching the game and arrange a comfortable seating area. If the weather is nice, then consider setting up a viewing station with a TV and seating area outside under a protected area, like a covered patio.

One of the biggest secrets to having a great party is making sure to have enough seating for everyone.

6—Set up food and drink stations.

Set up tables to use as food and drink stations to keep your guests fed and hydrated. Cover the tables with tablecloths in team colors or use green tablecloths to represent a football field.

Easy football party foods, like chips and salsa, party dips, and other appetizers make great finger food for football parties.

Party picks can be used to decorate cupcakes. Foods that make it easy for guests to mix and mingle are almost always popular at parties.

Beverage tubs filled with ice can be used to hold canned and bottled drinks. If serving party punch, make sure to have enough ingredients to make at least two rounds of party punch to drink. A drink dispenser can make it easy to serve beverages like lemonade and iced tea.

See below for more ideas on easy football snacks, appetizers, and other football party foods.

One of the best things about any party is getting creative with the decor. Football parties are fun to decorate, because you already have some guidance when it comes to things like party theme and colors. Show your team spirit with great football party decor!

1—Football Themes

A football party has the sport as its overall theme, but you can get more specific, such as decorating for playoffs or bowl games. Look for party decor that has a football theme, including party plates, napkins, cups, serveware, tablecloths, and banners and streamers.

2—Color Scheme

If you have party guests who support opposing teams, then decorate your party in colors that represent both teams. If your guests tend to support one team over another, then decorate your party using the colors of the theme that you support.

In general, green and brown are good, neutral colors to use for football party decorations. Use streamers, balloons, and signs to decorate the room with your chosen colors.

3—Banners, Fans, and Streamers

Use banners and streamers to decorate a room for a football party. These football decorations make a great choice for “neutral” football party decor.

4—Football Field Table

Set up a sturdy rectangular folding table or use a rectangular dining table in your home. Cover the table with a green table cloth to represent the grass or turf a football field. Use white tape to mark goal lines, sidelines, and end zones to make the table look like an football field.

You can also buy tablecloths that come decorated with football themed field prints on them.

5—Football Photo Booth

A football photo booth adds a fun touch to any football party occasion. A fun backdrop and photo booth props are two things that can be used to make a great football party photo booth.

Backdrops can be used to highlight a certain theme or mood for a party. A green and brown backdrop creates a fun look for a football party.

The best football party foods include easy snacks and appetizers, and classics like pizza and sliders. Here are some of the best game day food ideas.

1—Appetizers

A fresh veggie tray makes a great appetizer for a football party. Chips and dips are another great easy football party snack. Other great appetizers include cocktail wieners, chicken wings, and sliders.

A chip and dip platter makes a fun addition to a football party, while an ice tray helps to keep football party food and appetizers cold.

Serve a charcuterie board or a cheese plate filled with your favorite types of cheese, deli meats, crackers, and other finger foods. Here are some tips on how to make a charcuterie board, including what to put on a charcuterie board and how much you need of each ingredient.

2—Finger Foods

Great finger foods for a football game party include things like deviled eggs, and chicken wings. Oven baked chicken wings are easy to make in great flavors like garlic Parmesan and honey barbecue.

A football themed platter can be a great way to present football party appetizers and football party foods.

Finger foods are one of the best choices for football parties, because they are easy to carry around when you need to carry on a conversation or move to get a better view of the game.

3—Chili Bar

Make a big pot of chili. Use a slow cooker to keep the chili warm. Serve chili with great chili toppings, like shredded cheese, diced onions, pickled sliced jalapenos, sour cream, and tortilla chips. One way to keep chili warm during a party is by storing it in a slow cooker set to the Warm heat setting.

4—Macaroni and Cheese Bar

Make macaroni and cheese in a slow cooker. Once the macaroni and cheese is done, set the slow cooker to the warm temperature setting to help keep the food warm during the party. You can also bake a large pan of macaroni and cheese in the oven.

Set out bowls of toppings for macaroni and cheese near the slow cooker.

Great toppings ideas include cooked crumbled bacon, toasted bread crumbs, shredded cheese, chili, sour cream, sliced avocado, steamed broccoli, fried onions, diced tomatoes, minced green onions, and hot sauce.

5—Nacho Bar

One easy way to set up a nacho bar is to make a cheesy slow cooker nacho dip and set out bowls of tortilla chips and nacho toppings, like cooked beans, barbacoa style beef or ground beef, and pulled pork or pulled chicken (use a slow cooker or two to keep beans, beef, chicken, or pork warm), guacamole, pickled sliced jalapeños, pico de gallo, salsa, and sour cream. Guests can fill their plates with chips and cheese sauce, and then top the nachos with their favorite toppings.

6—Pizza Bar

Set up a pizza bar with a variety of pizzas and toppings for the pizzas. Place bowls of tops and spoons and tongs out for guest to use to top their pizzas. Great pizza toppings include crushed red pepper flakes, garlic sauce, grated Parmesan cheese, and ranch dressing. Serve differ types of pizza, like cheese pizza, Hawaiian style pizza, pepperoni pizza, sausage pizza, supreme pizza, and veggie pizza, to give guests a variety of flavors to choose from.

7—Popcorn Bar

Set up a table with your favorite types of popcorn and popular add-ins, like candy coated chocolate morsels, peanuts, chocolate chips, and bottles of popcorn seasoning.

Or, to make things quick and easy, you could buy bagged popcorn to serve. Fill large bowls with popcorn and place a scoop nearby to serve the popcorn. Or fill individual-sized popcorn bags with popcorn that guests can then add their favorite toppings to.

8—Sliders

Prepare a few trays filled with sliders that you can bake and serve fresh during the party. Assemble the sliders ahead of time, and place them in a 9×13-inch baking pan (each pan should fit about 12 sliders that are made using dinner rolls). Cover and refrigerate the sliders until you are ready to bake them for the football party.

You can refrigerate many types of sliders up to a day, just leave the sliders dry—stack meat and cheese on the bread, but don’t add dressing or sauce to the sliders until just before baking or serving them.

Great sliders recipes and ideas include Hawaiian Style Sliders, Philly Cheesesteak Style Sliders, Roast Beef Sliders, and Turkey Sliders. Slow cooker pulled pork for sliders is another popular party appetizer.

9—Desserts

Quick and easy football party desserts include cookies, cupcakes, and brownies. Decorate desserts to look like footballs or use icing or frosting colors that match your favorite team’s colors. Sometimes local bakeries sell cookies, cakes, and other pastries that are already decorated with a football theme.

You can also make brownies or cake mix cookies at home to serve. A chocolate sheet cake makes the perfect dessert for a football party. Ice cream is another popular party treat.

10—Snacks

Mixed nuts, party mix, pretzels, trail mix, and other snack foods and party mixes make quick and easy food to serve at football parties. Be sure to have plenty of serving bowls and scoops, or divide party mix among individual bowls or bags to serve.

11—Drinks

Great football party drinks include soda, punch, and sangria. Ideas include making festive spring party punch recipes or to make a nonalcoholic sangria to serve. Football themed party cups are a fun way to serve drinks.

Whatever drinks you serve, keep them cold with a great ice setup. Fill a cooler or beverage bucket with ice and use it to store cold drinks, like canned soda and sparkling water.

Keep an ice bucket placed on the drinks table and filled with ice for guests, along with a handy scoop for scooping out the ice cubes.

Buy a few bags of ice ahead of time and store them in a cooler that is designated just for storing ice. Use the ice store to refill the ice buckets throughout the game.

These games can keep the best football parties light and fun. Be sure to offer great prizes for the winners.

1—Dress up in team colors / costumes.

Have guests dress up in their favorite team’s colors. Challenge guests to come up with a creative costume involving their team colors, or to dress up in a football-related costume. Have a contest, and give a prize for the best dressed guest.

2—Play football bingo.

Make or print football bingo cards for everyone who plans to attend the party. Decide on what to use for markers–great football bingo markers include things like football themed candies and sports themed stickers; or use football themed pens or pencils to simply mark squares off.

Set some ground rules–for example, deciding what makes a “bingo” (either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal plays) and deciding what the free space on a bingo card means–so that everyone will understand how to play the game.

3—Play a toss game.

If you’ve set up a football field rug as part of your DIY football party decor, then it can be a fun place to hold a football party toss game. Just be sure to mark off the area for the game and clear the floor before you return to your regularly scheduled party / game watching.

This post was all about the best football party ideas.

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