How to Host a Football Party

This year, go the distance by hosting a big game bash that guests will be cheering about until next season's opening-day kickoff. Keep reading for easy-breezy snack recipes, a perfect party punch and decor ideas that couldn't be simpler.

Take Cover

Football fans will be glued to the TV — and aren't known for being the tidiest bunch — so let your coffee table be the center of all the action. Get the space ready in a flash by purchasing a roll of kraft wrapping paper and using it to cover any endangered surfaces. A brightly colored masking tape can be used to tape down the edges of the paper, and instantly your table will be covered and protected, without the fuss of a tablecloth.

By Camille Styles; photography by Molly Winters

Open Seating

Because guests will be in and out of their seats, create a comfortable game-viewing environment by bringing in throw pillows and comfy floor cushions from other areas of the house. Toss them anywhere people might take a seat, and if they happen to match your team colors, even better!

The Spread

What Super Bowl party would be complete without lots and lots of snacking? Keep guests fully satisfied by arranging your entire spread on the coffee table where it's easily accessible. Don't forget small snack plates and napkins for easy noshing, and keep an eye out for any dishes that need replenishing throughout the game.

Snack Attack

There are certain snack foods that everyone expects at a Super Bowl party, and chips and guacamole is one of them. Set out a heaping bowl of everyone's favorite Mexican-inspired appetizer, along with other bar snacks like popcorn, marinated olives and jalapeno poppers.

Pass the Meatballs

Who can deny the savory and satisfying flavor of a meatball? Though these Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs may not be what guests expect to see at a football game, you can bet they’ll be devouring them upon arrival and back for seconds before the coin toss. Keep extras simmering over low heat until they’re needed, then pop them onto bamboo skewers for easy serving.

Get the Recipe: Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs

Tiny Pies

Keep on with your comforting Italian theme with this clever take on pizza. Rather than ordering in delivery, offer guests something a bit more impressive with adorable homemade cheese pizzettes. Calling for just a 30-minute prep and cook time, this recipe uses a cookie cutter to cut bite-size pies out of store-bought pizza dough. After a quick dip in a frying pan, they’re ready for serving!

Get the Recipe: Cheese Pizzettes

To Each His Own

Individual plates allow guests to snack as they desire. Invest in a set of wooden plates like these for an option that’s prettier, sturdier and better for the environment than single-use dinnerware.

Punch Drunk

Get guests in the festive spirit with a drinks station that’s got a little something for everyone. A galvanized bucket filled with iced-down beer is sure to please the masses, while a large batch of Fourth Quarter Punch is a more festive and special option. Set out a pitcher filled with the tasty mixture, alongside empty glasses and orange slices for garnish.

Get the Recipe: Fourth Quarter Punch

All in the Details

A little decorative detail goes a long way. Add a splash of team spirit to your party space by draping a whimsical garland anywhere that’s in need of a bit of color, and this handmade one couldn't be easier to craft ahead of time.

What You'll Need

To make a spirited Super Bowl garland, all you’ll need is a ball of twine and round color-coding labels, which can be found at any office supply store in a wide variety of colors. Simply cut a piece of twine to your desired length, then fold each round label in half over the twine. Continue, alternating colors if you’d like, then hang on the wall with a piece of tape.

On the Green

Though this isn't a party that requires robust flower arrangement, a bit of greenery is always a welcome addition to any space. Small succulents are less fussy than florals, and when potted in tin cans that have been painted to match your team colors, they’re instant showstoppers. Top each potted succulent with gravel for easy drainage, then scatter on your coffee table, on bookshelves or in the powder room for a pop of team spirit.

Pin the Football in the Goal Posts

While the big game and the commercials are likely to keep guests engaged throughout the party, it doesn't hurt to add a bit of handmade entertainment for anyone in need of a change of scenery. This game takes the concept behind Pin the Tail on the Donkey and applies it to — what else — football! Let guests take turns being blindfolded and spun around, then trying to pin the football in between the goal posts.

What You'll Need

To create this game, just find a blank wall space and use masking tape to create a goal post shape. Then cut footballs out of construction paper and add double-sided tape to the back of each football for easy tacking onto the wall.

For the Win!

Next time your team scores, bring the excitement of a raucous stadium into your home. Give guests a way to rejoice by providing confetti cannons that are perfectly themed for the big event — and ready for firing anytime a touchdown is made.

What You'll Need

To make these football confetti cannons, cut brown card stock paper to a 6-inch square. Roll the paper square into a cone shape and secure with tape or glue, then use skinny white masking tape to create football laces on the front. Fill with tissue paper confetti and fire at will!