Football Party Food, Decor, and Party Favors

Football Party Food, Decor, and Party Favors

 

One of my favorites days of the year is the day of the Big Game. I love football and like many of you, I love cheering for my favorite team. The fun of watching the game at home is multiplied exponentially when I have family and friends over to cheer along with me. Homegating is one of my favorite ways to entertain and enjoy my favorite sport.

I recently had one of my little sisters over to help me put together a big Superbowl party to help us cheer our team on. The party featured Coca-Cola and REESE’S cups, as well as other tasty snack items. We served Coca-Cola marinated kabobs, Coca-Cola cupcakes with REESE’S footballs, veggie cups, tortilla chips and salsa, Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, veggie straws, and REESE’s cups and footballs.

Football Party Food, Decor, and Party Favors

The food served at events like a Superbowl homegating party is a vital part of the gathering’s success. Your guests will want a central place for the food to be where they can come and go and grab snacks and drinks at will. I placed my items on a table decorated with a football theme and my team’s colors. Also, consider adding a word or phrase that your team is known for, or any football word such as “WIN”, “GO TEAM”, or “TOUCHDOWN.” For my centerpiece word, I simply bought wooden letter cutouts and spray painted them with team colors. It was so easy! Rise Up Red Sea!

Make sure you have appealing and delicious food choices on your Superbowl table. Here are two recipes I served that were a big hit.

Coca-Cola Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 2  cups Coca-Cola
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs orange juice
  • 6 chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces
  • 15-20 bamboo skewers (soaked in water at least 30 minutes)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the chicken, in a medium sized bowl. Stir until well blended.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl and pour marinade over the chicken. Cover and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  3. Place chicken pieces onto skewers, discard marinade, and grill until cooked thoroughly.

The Coca-Cola marinade adds such a nice flavor to the chicken. Everyone really loved these kabobs.Coca-Cola Marinated Chicken Skewers

Coca-Cola Cupcakes with REESE’S Footballs

Coca-Cola Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the Coca-Cola and melted butter over medium heat. Meanwhile, stir the sugars and cocoa powder together. Add the sugar mix to the saucepan and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs, one at a time, into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined.
  5. Carefully add the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until mostly blended (some small lumps will remain). Do not over-stir.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes. Check for doneness with a cake tester or toothpick. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Frost with your favorite frosting (add green food dye for more of a flair), and place a REESE’S football on top.

Football Party Food, Decor, and Party FavorsI like to keep my sports-related gatherings simple and casual so I use paper plates and plastics cups and utensils.This helps everyone feel more relaxed and allows more play with the colors and theme. I make a place setting available to everyone, but sometimes my guests simply graze right from the table, which is okay by me.

I like to plan something fun during halftime and at this Superbowl party I gave every guest a s’mores kit so we could make s’mores during halftime. Each bag contained two graham cracker halves, a REESE’S football, a marshmallow, and a quarter of a Hershey’s bar. We love using REESE’S cups in s’mores. These kits are nice because they provide a fun treat, an activity, and even a possible take-home party favor.Football Party Food, Decor, and Party Favors

Leave me a comment and let me know how you plan to homegate for the Superbowl!

 

My sister and right hand girl for my Superbowl event.

Coca-Cola Marinated Chicken Kabobs #HomeBowlParty

 

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Nothing is better at football time then finger foods and chocolate! We devour peanut butter in our house and I cannot wait to make those cup cakes!! Thanks for the idea.

  2. Om nom nom. Those look delicious. I love to marinate chicken, beef, and pork in Coke. It’s got a great flavor, and it makes it so tender.

  3. I love the idea of half time s’mores in little baggies! Such a cute snack! We’re looking forward to some fun parties around here with the sports season in full swing!

  4. What a fun party! You food looks absolutely delicious – and those cupcakes – wow!!

  5. I love to cook with Coca Cola!! What a fun party all of the food looks delicious, I love to make food for tailgating for football!

  6. Oh YUM! I want some of those cupcakes! And I cannot wait for the big game! I am so excited!

  7. Great recipe! Especially with Super Bowl around the corner!

  8. Everything looks great! This would be a wonderful Superbowl party with all these foods. Makes it for a great game! I love your whole setup.

  9. What an amazing display! This all looks great!

  10. This is a great game day recipe. It looks so delicious i will have to try this recipe.

  11. Lisa Bristol says:

    I love finding new ways to cook chicken. This recipe looks delicious and easy to make. I will have to try it on the weekend.

  12. The food looks delicious and the photos are beautiful. I think I’ll be coming to your house for the next football game.

  13. This looks like yumminess! Thanks for some ideas to get creative with coca cola!

  14. How fun! These all look so delicious! I love the idea of the Smores, that’s the perfect party favor!!!

  15. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Yummy party snacks and ideas! I have never tried Coke as a marinade but I cannot say I am not intrigued!

  16. That looks so yummy! These are great ideas for a game day party.

  17. Debra Wagner says:

    More superb ideas!! Yum and may your team win!!

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