Throw a Fabulous Football Party

Now that the temperatures have dropped and the days are growing shorter, we are spending much more time either in front of the TV or at the stadium rooting for our favorite football teams! While we may not all agree on whether the Vikings or the Packers should win, we can all agree that a football viewing party {or outdoor tailgate} is the perfect way to spend those lazy Sunday afternoons. In order to assist you with your super chic {sorry guys} football party, we’ve pulled together some fun and festive food, drink and décor ideas for the occasion. Ready, set, hike!


We love the idea of adding your own flair to classic football favorites. Substitute pizza and basic tacos for a fun flatbread like the fig and prosciutto flatbread shown above {recipe by Todd English} or dry-rubbed salmon tacos with tomatillo-avocado slaw {recipe by Jeff Smith}. Trust us, they are delicious and your guests will leave raving! Pretzel sticks, candy and popcorn are great additions for those that enjoy on going munching. And who doesn’t love Angie’s Kettle Corn!?


Keep the drinks simple. Beer is a must at a football party and for those who aren’t of age, we suggest root beer. Our favorites: Fulton Lonely Blond {Minnesota-brewed!}, Stella Artois and Killebrew Root Beer. For a fun dessert-y drink, we suggest Guinness floats. Guinness floats are oh-so-yummy and very simple to make - just pour Guinness over natural vanilla bean ice cream and serve them in a mason jar with a striped straw for added flair.


Downloadable decorating printouts by Kayd Roy Design are available here: {Bottle Covers} {Circle labels} {Candy Boxes} {Menu Cards}

Printouts are a fun way to personalize your football party. Use them to wrap bottles, decorate jars or straws, make candy boxes and create menu cards! We recommend using cardstock for the printouts; it’s easier to work with. Keep it color coordinated and match the color of the bottle/bottle top to color of the print out. The symmetry of the color combinations adds to the fun of what you’re drinking. The hint of brown in the kettle corn, the pretzel rods and the color and shape of the malted milk balls are a subtle nod to a football {at least in our world}. Make patterns by arranging and aligning your party elements strategically. We aligned the root beer and beer bottles in a pattern. Be sure to wait to arrange them until right before your party starts… no one likes to drink warm root beer or beer!


A special thank you to Canary Grey Photography for the lovely photos!