Ideas for hosting a Football party!

The start of Fall means football season has officially begun! Many people love heading out on a crisp day to cheer on their favorite team but what do you do when you want a fun day at home watching the game from the comfort of your sofa? Well, we’d love to share some of our ideas for throwing a game day party!

  • Make sure you have enough seating! If you plan to have a large number of people, move back the furniture and set up big comfortable pillows around the room so people can be comfortable if they choose to sit on the floor.
  • Decorate with the colors of the team you’re rooting for! This is a great time to bring out all of your fan items.
  • Head to a party store and pick up football themed cups and plates to serve your refreshments. Also pick up some other fun favors like noisemakers and foam fingers!
  • Food is always something you can get creative with when you’re planning a football party! Here are some ideas for popular, crowd pleasing football dishes and snacks:
    • Wings are always a great go-to choice
    • Chili is a great dish to serve on a chilly Fall day, especially if you have lots of people over – anything you can cook in a crockpot is a great choice!
    • Chips and dip are a classic! If you have vegan guests, be sure to set out some guacamole or vegan ranch dip. You can also set out veggies for a healthier option.
    • Potato skins are also a popular dish to serve -– be sure to make some with and without bacon for vegetarian guests!
    • People love to snack throughout the game, so be sure to have finger foods on hand like pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs or jalapeño poppers.
    • AND! Don’t forget the dessert!!


  • A fun idea for serving beverages is to decorate coolers with the team colors and mascot! It’s also an activity that you can get guests involved with during halftime.
  • One last tip, make sure you have a football or two lying around in case people decide to go outside to throw the ball around during halftime or after the game!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

We hope you enjoy football season and try out some of our tips for hosting a great football party! Send us photos if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY on Twitter and Instagram.

Score A Touchdown With Your Tailgate Party!

Tailgating once consisted of a simple spread and a cooler full of beers. But in todays’ trends, tailgating is just as competitive as the game. You’ve got SUV’s, trucks and buses decked out in your team’s colors. But what’s really going to get you awarded MVP [Most Valuable Planner]? Behind every player, there’s a coach.

Game On – Rain or Shine 

You’ll be on your feet so make sure you’re dressed comfortably. And bring an extra set of clothes in case of BBQ or beer spillage.

Get Amp’d

It’s not enough to be seen, you’ve got to be heard. Bump up your stereo with a collection of 80s, 90s and Top 40’s hits – and don’t forget to include your team’s fsong.

Go Big or Go Home 

You’re game isn’t until 4PM? Our ultimate tailgate party would include multiple TV’s and seating – you don’t want your guests wandering off for updates. You’ve got to have the essentials; a canopy and freestanding bar. And let’s throw in a synthetic turf so you can practice your best touch down dance!

Prioritize by putting beer, soda and coffee out first. Then set up some traditional games like corn hole, ring toss and beer pong – this will keep your guests entertained until those ribs are cooked to perfection. Don’t forget, if your heart isn’t in the game then you’re just having a cookout. Menu items like burgers and hot dogs are staples but if you want to stand out you should establish a theme that reflects who you and your opponent are. For example, when the Jets play the Patriots you could serve up some NYC hot dogs and New England chowder.

image from ESPN

image from ESPN

-written by Kim Dyleuth, Fall 2014 intern