Game-Day Entertaining Ideas

Game-Day Entertaining Ideas

Cheer on your favorite team on game-day by hosting a sports-themed party.


By Chris Nease

The main objective for game day parties is to keep it casual and comfortable — but that doesn't mean it has to be boring and unstylish!

Getting the Field Ready for (the Party’s) Kick-Off
Cover the table with turf grass, which you can find and have cut to size at a home improvement store. Turn it into a football field by laying down white tape for yard lines.

Use yellow napkins to replicate penalty flags.

Serve cupcakes or desserts like marshmallow or cake pops. Display half to represent one team and the other half to represent the opposing team by decorating them with tinted frosting or chocolate coating. You can even display them on either side of the table to mimic the fans.

Quick Tips for the Rest of the Party
Most anything can become game-day related, but if you’re looking for some instant ideas and inspiration, read on.

Party food is usually small and bite-sized. Turn classic stadium fare into mini appetizers like pigs in a blanket, mini pizzas, chicken wings and nachos served in small disposable containers.

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Set up crunchy snacks for easy munching. Serve popcorn, peanuts, chips and pretzels in paper cones, paper sacks or muffin tins. You can add a fun twist to popcorn by providing a sampling station. Include both sweet and salty varieties, or let guests add their own flavorings to plain popcorn.

Decorate the space using fan paraphernalia like pom-poms, foam fingers and team pennants.

Tip: Provide activities for kids and casual sports fans. Set up an area away from the festivities and set out game blankets, dominoes, playing cards and magazines.

Cut a sheet cake into the shape of a football and cover with chocolate frosting. Add the football’s stitching with white decorator icing.

Make small party favors for each guest to take home. Provide the same item to everyone, but package in two different colors for fans of each team.

Tip: Edible treats are great and easy to customize. Fill cellophane bags with sweet and salty trail mix or granola, and tie off using ribbon in each team’s color.

How do you celebrate game-days? Let us know in the comments section below!



Chris is a home entertaining expert and creative party stylist who has spent 15 years specializing in small celebrations. As editor and creative director of Celebrations At Home, she shares ideas and tips for celebrating all occasions with unique and accessible style. She’s a freelance writer and editorial stylist for the web and print, and has been published in Woman’s World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids and Cottages & Bungalows.

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Where is the recipe for these football cookies??

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