How to Throw a Football Party That Doesn't Suck
Updated January 2024
If you're a football fan (or even if you're just a fan of expensive TV commercials), we don't have to tell you what time of year it is. That's right; it's time to get ready for "The Big Game." The one with the heavily trademarked name that starts with an "S" and a "B!"
So, if you're going to have a "Big Game" party — and we think you should — there are a few things you can do to ensure it's the best in the neighborhood. Maybe even the whole community!
Ready to get game day-ready? Let's dive right in...
Host a football party to remember with these 10 tips!
10 Tips for a Great Football Party
- Determine your party location.
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- Let the invite set the tone. Right out of the gate, let your attendees know this is a legit party and that they won't want to miss it. You could go all out and send printed invites in the mail. Because, honestly, who expects that these days? Or there are websites like Evite with plenty of free themed options that you could send via email or text.
- Make everyone dress the part. Let's face it, everyone has more fun and lets loose when they dress for a theme. So, ask your guests to dress for the occasion by wearing something related to their favorite team or sport or dressing like a mascot or referee — anything sports-related. If you want to ensure everyone does it, throw in a prize for best dressed! Make a fun football-themed basket full of goodies or craft a handmade traveling trophy they'll fight over each year.
- Deck out your space. Invest in the decorations. Just do it. Amazon, Target, the Dollar Store — they're all brimming with cheap and fun football and sports-related decor.
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Get creative with decor placement. Your garage is filled with areas that you can transform with decorations. Hang a football garland or a photo backdrop from your track system, create a football chandelier out of balloons and hang it from your overhead storage or utilize your storage shelves and workbench for your game-day snacks.
- Ambiance is key. No one likes walking into a dead silent and stale party. Make sure you have background music playing before the game starts. Of course, you will turn it off when the game begins, but a good Jock Jams playlist will help set the mood.
Lighting is also essential when it comes to creating a welcoming space. Add some fun uplights or battery-operated LED strip lights to bring color into the mix. Why, yes, Hello Garage does sell garage-specific lighting. So glad you asked!
- Provide adequate seating. There's nothing worse than getting to a party and having to stand the entire game while fumbling around with your artichoke dip and beer. Get creative with what you have around your house to add seating. Dining room chairs, bean bags, camping chairs — use whatever you’ve got! And don't forget to add height in the back to help with viewing. You could even use truck beds parked in the driveway for additional high seating in the back.
- Get creative with your food and beverage displays. In fact, just go all in and make an entire football stadium out of food!
Here's another idea: Use your workbench to make your own concessions stand with everyone's favorite game-time snacks: popcorn, peanuts, soft pretzels, cotton candy, burgers, slices of pizza, etc. Use items around the house that add height to your food display to enhance your presentation.
You can also use your slatwall and baskets and create a "drink wall." Fill each basket with a different beverage and have your guests pull from it when thirsty.
Take your football party to the next level with football-themed snacks and decor.
You can also label your food items with football lingo. You can use mini chalkboards to write these or find hundreds of editable printable designs here. Here are just a few examples:
- Bucket of napkins = "Penalty Flags"
- Bottled water = "Water Break"
- Brownies = "Blitz Brownies"
- Veggie tray = "Victory Veggies"
- Taco or nacho bar = "What's Your Play" and list the toppings
- Provide props at the door. As soon as your guests enter, set them up with game-day gear. Things like pom poms, large and mini foam fingers, branded stadium cups and football beads and an extra level of fun.
- Provide things to do for guests who really just don't like football. Let's face it; some people simply come for the snacks and the halftime show. Incorporating other forms of entertainment will keep everyone involved and prevent guests from getting bored. We’ve listed a few of our favorite ideas below, but you can find more ideas here.
- Football trivia
- Big-Game bingo
- Rate the commercials
- Tailgate game favorites, like cornhole, yard pong, ladder toss, etc.
- Party favors aren't just for kids.
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You want to leave a lasting impression, right? Have your guests leave with items that they will thank you for later. Game-day recovery kits, anyone? Fill it with bottled water, Gatorade, Advil, hydration packets and football-themed snacks.
You can do all or just a few of these things, and they'll kick your game-day party up a notch or ten. The main point is to put in some effort rather than simply pop the game on the flat-screen and hope everyone has a good time.
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