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18 December . 2019

How to Host a Legendary Football Party

Are you in charge of throwing this year’s football party? From DIY football-themed décor, to crowd-pleasing cocktails, we’ve got all the essentials to help you host a legendary gameday extravaganza.

Create an Inviting Atmosphere

Before you begin turning your living room into the ultimate entertainment destination, take a day or two to clean. Trust us, no one wants to watch the big game surrounded by clutter. Once complete, move your furniture closer to the TV, fill your space with plenty of comfy seating, and put away any breakables. Dress up your space with fun, football-themed décor such as DIY football field table runners, AstroTurf flags and coasters, team-colored balloons, and streamers to create the ultimate fan experience.

All-Inclusive Menu

Pizza Puffs

Photo Credit: Taste of Home

It’s not gameday without a buffet of fan-favorite cuisine. This year, skip the frozen food aisle and try these homemade recipes, complete with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

- Pizza Puffs: Instead of frozen pizza rolls try these cheesy homemade pizza puffs. Start by shaping pizza dough into small balls and placing a cube of your favorite cheese and pepperoni slices in the middle of each piece of dough and bake until golden brown. Brush the puffs with a savory butter and garlic mixture and serve with marinara sauce. Create a vegetarian option by substituting the pepperoni slices for fresh vegetables.

- Cheeseburger Onion Rings: This cheeseburger onion rings recipe adds an innovative spin to the traditional cheeseburger. Combine beef, ketchup, mustard, and salt in a bowl. Then, cut a raw onion into half slices and fill with the meat mixture. Coat the rings in flour, garlic powder, and breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown. If desired, serve with spicy ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

- Nacho Wings: Combining two gameday staples, these nacho wings are sure to receive rave reviews. First, dip your wings in butter, roll in crushed nacho chips, and bake for 45 minutes. Top with shredded cheese, green onions, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and sliced jalapenos to create a touchdown of a treat.

- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip: A tasty vegan option to serve on gameday, this spinach artichoke dip recipe only requires 35 minutes, one skillet, and a few ingredients. Serve with vegetables, warm pita bread or chips, or spread on top of pizza for an extra pop of flavor. Easily make this treat gluten free by omitting the breadcrumbs or substituting gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Crowed-Pleasing Cocktails

Grilled Cheese Bloody Marys

Photo Credit: Delish

Stock your fridge with an assortment of beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages to please everyone’s tastes on gameday. For added fun, try out some new and easy-to-make cocktails such as beermosas, grilled cheese Bloody Marys, and margarita punch to impress your guests with your bartending skills. You can also serve your beverages in themed glasses for extra festive décor.

Party Games

Family playing games in park

Plan some party games to keep the kids and non-football fans entertained throughout the evening. Start a game of cornhole or bocce ball, play big game bingo, or create a football-themed scavenger hunt for the kids. The added entertainment will take your party to new heights and keep the fun going even after the game is over.

Now that you’ve got your gameday plan, it’s time to show off your party planning skills. Share your football festivities with us on social media by tagging @EstrellaAZLife.