Football Party Food Bars

Football games are the perfect excuse to throw a party! Fans will not want to miss a minute of the game which is why food bars make the perfect food choice. Not only are they pretty easy to setup and require minimal cooking, but most of the prep can be done ahead of time so the party host can spend their time watching the game and having fun with their guests. I gathered up all the best football party food bars from my bloggy pals into one post just in time for the big game (even though I’m still sad about my favorite team not making it after having such an amazing season…)

Baked Potato Bar

Waffle Bar from Our Potluck Family

Pizza Bar from Building Our Story

Nacho Bar French Fries from Cutefetti

Chips and Dips Bar from Our Potluck Family

Burger Bar

Hot Dog Bar from About a Mom

Taco Bar from Building Our Story

Meatball Sliders Station from A Magical Mess

Mac & Cheese Bar from Building Our Story

Snack Bar from Cutefetti

Team Snack Mix Station for Kids from Diana Rambles

Football “Sundae” Party Bar from Our Potluck Family

And along with your food bar you may want to put together one of these cute drink bars!

Hot Cocoa Bar from Finding Zest

Flavored Soda Station from Crayons & Cravings

Other fun football party posts….

Hosting a last-minute party? You’ll want to read these tips for hosting a simple football watching party.

Every party needs some sweet treats and Finding Zest’s dessert table has lots of ideas you’ll want to grab!

Decorate your front door with these easy DIY football rag wreath.

Grab this printable game day banner from Crayons & Cravings to hang above your food bar table. She also has printable football cups to put your food in.

Still figuring out what to wear for the big game? Show off your love of football with my “I love football” t-shirt tutorial (plus learn why I love the game so much).

Have little ones? Keep kids busy during the game by letting them help make football decorations.

And, for those wondering what team I support, I thought I’d share this photo of my newborn baby girl in her little cheerleading outfit (cheering for the team that should have been in the playoffs). 😍

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Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

I love planning elaborate parties but sometimes I just don’t have the time to do so. This season has been a perfect example with football, work, personal events and travel taking up so much of my time. I wanted to have a little Halloween party for the kids and decided it was just going to be a low key event this year. A couple weekends ago, in between Jacob’s noon football game and the boy’s Awana program at night, I ran to the store and and bought everything we needed and then hosted a spooktacular, kid-friendly party on a budget. A huge thanks to Meijer for making all of this possible.

The first thing I typically do for parties is dress my kids up for the theme so when I came across these Halloween shirts I just had to get each of the kids one. I love the designs that Meijer had this year. How cute is that little owl my niece is wearing?!

For the decorations I put a Halloween tablecloth down, added some pumpkin plates and napkins, a pumpkin bowl and orange dishes for the snacks. Instead of buying themed cups I figured it would be cheaper and provide an extra activity for the kids if I had them decorate their own cups. I bought clear plastic cups and a $1 sticker book and let the kids personalize their cups.

After decorating the cups we played a couple indoor games. The favorite one was pin the mouth on the skeleton. Even my mom got in on the fun! I found this game in the Halloween aisles and it was easy to grab and setup quickly.

 

We did a couple other activities, including playing with the jumping spider party favors I’d bought and decorating wooden Halloween pieces with markers and glitter to take home. These kept the kids busy while we were heating up dinner.

The kids worked up an appetite after all that fun so it was time for dinner. I kept it simple with fried chicken from the deli, baked beans, potato salad and carrots (to keep with the orange theme). After dinner it was dessert. We had pumpkin shaped cookies, candy corn and gummy worms.

Once we ate it was time to get dressed up in our Halloween costumes. Meijer had sent us some costumes for the kids to wear at the party. The kids liked getting dressed up.

After the kids were in their costumes we went outside and played ring toss with witches hats. The kids liked this game a lot and it was nice to get outside a bit to burn off the sugar rush from dessert. I wrote a post last week about fun Halloween games if you are looking for more ideas.

When we came inside it was time to start wrapping up the party and getting ready to head to Awana. I pulled out the bowl full of candy and let each child fill up a goody bag with treats. They each got a noisemaker and the spider toy to take home, too.

Overall, this party was so easy to put together. It only took me about an hour to prepare for and setup (and that included shopping time!). The kids all had a great time and I loved knowing that no matter how busy I am, I could provide an afternoon of Halloween fun for them. Seriously, look at how much these kids enjoyed this party…doesn’t it make you want to throw one of your own??

If you loved this party please pin it! :)

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