Serve your guests in a fun way with this DIY football party food bar that includes all your favorite game day foods.
Are you ready for some football? It’s game day, and everyone is showing up at your house to watch the big game. You want to make sure your guests are well-fed, but you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. That’s where a DIY football party food bar comes in.
A DIY football party food bar is a fun and easy way to serve food at your game day gathering. It allows your guests to customize their own plates, and it takes the pressure off of you to prepare a full meal for everyone. Plus, you can prep most of the food items ahead of time so you can enjoy game day.
This food bar is perfect for a football-themed birthday party, the big game party, or any other celebration as you can swap out the decorations for other themes and food items.
Don’t know what to put on your game day party bar? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Game Day Party Menu
Appetizers: Kick off your food bar with some delicious appetizers that will get everyone excited. Mini sliders with juicy beef patties or pulled pork can be accompanied by an array of toppings like cheese slices, pickles, onions, and condiments. Wings are also a crowd-pleaser – serve them hot with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side.
Finger Foods: Make sure to have plenty of easy-to-eat finger foods available at your food bar. Chicken tenders or skewers are always popular choices, as well as bite-sized meatballs served with toothpicks for convenient snacking. Don’t forget about veggie options too! Offer vegetable platters with ranch dip or mini caprese skewers for a refreshing option.
Sandwiches/Brats: For those looking for something more substantial, consider adding sandwiches or brats to your food bar. Set up a build-your-own sandwich station with deli meats, cheeses, and condiments so guests can customize their own subs. Or grill up some brats and serve with buns and an assortment of toppings like sauerkraut, onions, and mustard.
Snacks: No football party would be complete without some classic snack options. Salty popcorn, crispy tortilla chips with 5 layer taco dip, salsa or guacamole, and a tray of assorted nuts for those who prefer something savory.
Drinks: Don’t forget about the drinks! Along with the usual beer and soda, consider offering water or juice for the kids.
How to Setup a Football Party Bar
Setting up a DIY football party food bar can be an exciting and fun experience. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, here are some helpful tips to help you set up and organize your food bar:
Plan ahead: Make a list of all the items you’ll need for your food bar, including the snacks, appetizers, main dish, drinks and finger foods.
Create a layout: Arrange the table accordingly to make the flow of traffic go smoothly. Place plates, napkins, utensils at one end of the table and condiments at the other end for easy access.
Label everything (optional): Use small chalkboards or printable labels to identify each item on the food bar. This is optional but if you have guest with dietary restrictions, it’s a great way to let others know if something is gluten free, etc.
Keep it simple: Stick to easy-to-eat foods and a variety of options that guests can enjoy without much fuss or mess. Finger foods like sliders, wings, nachos with toppings bars are always popular choices.
Provide serving utensils: Make sure there are enough tongs, spoons, forks available so guests can serve themselves easily without any cross-contamination between dishes.
Set up a drink station: You can choose to add it on the food bar at the end or in a separate area near the food in coolers filled with ice-cold beverages such as soda, beer, alcoholic beverages, water bottles etc.
Final Food Bar Details
Add decorations: Add some football-themed decorations to your food bar such as mini footballs, pennants, and team colors to add to the game day atmosphere.
Keep it stocked: Throughout the game, keep an eye on your party food bar and replenish any items that are running low.
Store Leftovers: If you have leftovers, make sure to store them in airtight containers and refrigerate.