Ready, set, hike! Looking for some great football party ideas? Invite your friends over for the big game or pack up the car and head to the stadium for some tailgating fun.
Whether you’re gathering for a college bowl game, a regular season game, or looking for some Superbowl party ideas to spice up the big day, read on for some ideas sure to help you score big with your guests!
Football Theme Party Invitations
Team Spirit Invitations — Use your team’s colors for your football party invitations. Craft stores have a wide selection of colored card stock, as well as decorative football themed paper. If you are artistic, be sure to include your team mascot as fun way to get people excited for the event.
Cut Out Football Invitations — Use brown cardstock to cut the shape of a football. Use a white paint pen for the stiches, and write your party information on the back.
Party Invitation Wording — Here are some ideas for catchy invitation wording to rally the crowd:
- “Come to our tailgate, ready to eat, then cheer for a team that can’t be beat!”
- “The flip of the coin, the sounds of big hits, and a football party you won’t want to miss!”
- “Are you ready for some football? Help us cheer our team on to victory at our tailgate party!”
- “The Goal is Fun at our Football Party”
- “He Could Go all the Way! (And you wouldn’t want to miss it!) Join us for a football party to cheer on our team”
Fooball Party Ideas for Decorations
Decorate With Your Team Colors — Think balloons, streamers and pom poms. Tableware could be in team colors too, or you could go with generic football themed plates and cups.
A Football Party Centerpiece — Arrange trophies, pom poms, small pennants, and a football on your table as a sporty football centerpiece. Ask your party guests to sign the centerpiece ball as a great party keepsake!
Sporty Wall Decor — Hang team banners (you can make your own out of butcher paper with the team logo, or a “Go Team” message), posters of famous players, team jerseys, or a photo collage of your own player and his team for some fun wall art.
Football Field Tablecloth
Inflatable Football Cooler
Ceramic Football Chip and Dip Set
Football Party Picks
Dress the part! — Get on your team gear and show your pride! Check out our friends at Stumps for great spirit gear, as well as additional tailgating ideas and Superbowl party ideas.
Provide Ample Seating — Since the main activity at your football party will probably be watching the big game, you may want to rearrange your furniture to create more seating for everyone.
Game Day Party Supplies
Football Party Banner
Football Fan Party Supplies
Football Party Ideas for Activities
Have a few footballs handy so that guests can throw the ball around outside at half-time to work off those chili-cheese fries!
Word Fumble – Give each guest a baggie of candy footballs. Post a list of “fumble” words by the television. Words should be football related (quarterback, touchdown, referee). When a guest catches another guest using one of the words, that guest fumbles their ball and has to give a football candy to the guest that caught them. Let your guests take home their candy.
Football Pool – Draw a 10-by-10 grid on poster board. Make sure there is enough space in each square for participants’ names.
Write one team’s name across the top of the board, and the other team’s name down the left side. Number the top grids from 0-9, and the do to the grids down the left side.
Pass the board to friends and family interested in placing a bet and buying an empty square, and have them write their names on the squares they pick. Participants can choose as many squares as they want. When the game ends, match the last digit of each team’s score with the grid to find the lucky square—and the winner. For example, if the final score is Cougars 17, Huskies 14, line up the No. 7 from the Cougars’ side of the grid with the No. 4 on the Huskies’ side. The person whose name is written in the intersecting square wins the pool. If no one claimed the winning square, declare whoever is closest to the winning square the winner.
Decorate Foam Pennants — Set out some peel and stick foam pieces and pennants in your team’s colors for a fun activity to keep the kids busy.
Football Party Music
Superbowl Party Guide
Football Party Ideas for Food and Gear
If the host/hostess wishes to watch the game too, then it’s our suggestion to do much of your party food preparation prior to the event, and encourage your gets to serve themselves.
Here are some of our favorite football party ideas for food:
- Crock pot chili – Ask your guests to bring toppings like sour cream, cheese, corn bread
- Taco bar
- Baked potato bar
Other popular snacks include:
- Chips and dip
- Chicken wings
- Sub sandwiches
- Cupcakes with football cupcake liners
- Cookies in team colors using a Football Cookie Cutter Set
- Hot dogs
- Popcorn/Kettle corn
- Soft pretzels
Tailgating Party Ideas
If you are tailgating at the stadium you will want to bring foods that are easy to transport and keep cold. Here are a few tailgating ideas:
Non-food Items to remember include:
- Portable grill
- Cooler and ice, or check out this Inflatable Cooler
- Table, chairs
- Paper tableware
- Trash bags, and wet wipes for clean up
- Wine and beer opener
- A radio (to follow the pre and post game show)
- A canopy tent in case of bad weather or hot sun
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