Score Big With These Game-Winning Party Ideas

Skip the chip and dips on Sunday, and score big with these football-inspired party ideas.
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I usually find that some people's inner entertainer (ahem, my fiance) comes out the day of the Big Game. He's like, "I'm good using extra Starbucks napkins" instead of picking up some at the store. But when the NFL championship game rolls around? We need to hit up Party City. I'm all about a good party, so I can't complain!

Event designer Anthony Taccetta is party ready, too. Anthony is known for creating over-the-top events all over the country. I got some of his top tips for making Sunday's Big Game casual, food-filled and totally crowd pleasing.

Mini Beer Tasting Bar

Photo by: Anthony Taccetta

Anthony Taccetta

Create a beer-tasting bar with mini glasses featuring your favorite brews.

Our Favorite Beer Cocktails:

Football-Themed Centerpieces

Use beautiful outdoor elements to create fun party decor inspired by the Big Game. Wheat grass is perfect for an artificial turf look, and chalk markers can instantly add the look of football laces to a terra cotta pot.

Deviled Egg Footballs

Photo by: Anthony Taccetta

Anthony Taccetta

"Kickoff" your salad bowl with decorated deviled egg footballs by simply adding sliced chives.

Make the Perfect Deviled Eggs:

Build-Your-Own Chili



Keep your chili easily accessible towards the front of the table. Since it's messy, you can avoid any spills by keeping it away from other vessels which the chili could drop into. It's also wise to consider replacing or reheating the chili every 15 to 20 minutes to avoid guests placing cold chili on top of their hot dogs.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Cook up your favorite chili recipes and create a hearty chili bar with a variety of toppings and accompaniments like corn chips, hot dogs, potato buns, potatoes, fries and cheese.

Easy Chili Ideas:

Halftime Game



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Print out football-themed bingo with images relating to the game. Keep the snacks going, and use pretzels for game pieces.

Party Game Ideas:

Photo Booth Props




Create fun football-themed photo booth props to capture the beginning of the afternoon...and the end of the evening. (Check out these stickers, pennants and signs from HGTV Magazine that are perfect as props, toppers and more.)

Cookie Butter Football Dip

Whip up a game-winning dessert made from cream cheese, cinnamon cookies and cookie butter. And it's shaped like a football. It doesn't get much cuter than that.

12 Football-Themed Party Products

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Play With Your Food

Serve finger food in blue and red cups with numbers that mimic players on the field. See how to set the table on the next slide. Go to to download the template for these stickers.

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Cover Your Table With a Paper Field Runner

Kitchen Papers Collegiate Victory 30" x 50' table runner, $34,

Photo By: J. Muckle/Studio D

Serve Drinks in a Cute Cooler

Refill the party tub at halftime! Grasslands Road 19" x 10" plastic drink tub in kiwi green, $27,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Hang Fun Football Lanterns

Football 6 1/2"-diameter paper lanterns, $8 for a set of 3,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Count Your Drinks With a Bottle Opener

Beer Tracker opener, $6,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Outfit Your Beer in a Referee Koozie

Referee Shirt drink jersey, $2,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Make Your Favorite Chili in a Helmet-Themed Slow Cooker

Hut hut! Handles make it easy to carry. Create-a-Crock Cook & Carry 6-quart manual slow cooker, $60,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Decorate Winning Cupcakes

Left to right: Frost cupcakes then top with a plastic helmet. Use a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip to frost cupcakes, then spike a candy football on top. Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, then add sprinkles. To make the pennant, print out our template (at fold it in half, and cut into a flag shape. Glue a toothpick in the crease and glue the flag tips together.

Photo By: Merko Metzinger/Studio D

Stock Up on Disposable Cups and Plates

Score! These are a great deal. Football 16-ounce plastic cups, $8 for a set of 50,; Creative Converting Tail Gate Rush 9"-diameter paper plates, $3.50 for a set of 8,

Photo By: Merko Metzinger/Studio D

Keep it Classic With a Chip and Dip Bowl

Fiesta Dinnerware china chip and dip in paprika, $58,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Put Napkins in a Penalty Flag Bucket

Use 3/4"-wide black electrical tape to make stripes on a white metal bucket. Design a sign on your computer, or print out our template (at on thick paper, and tape it to the bucket. Fill with yellow paper napkins.

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Serve Nuts in a Beer-Shaped Dish

The perfect size for mini pretzels, too. Fred and Friends Beer Bites 10"-long porcelain snack bowl, $15,

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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