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Are you hosting friends and family for a Big Game Party? If you’re like me, you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen missing out on all the football. I planned out a simple party this year. You’ll love these easy ideas for both food and decor – making it simple to set up so that you can include yourself in the entertaining!
The Party Plan
For my decor, I went simple and inexpensive! I used a large piece of green felt for the tablecloth. My bunting sign was easy to make with letter stickers and some colored twine. I decided to call my table “Concessions” as a nod to the time we spend at the stadium during the football season. I knew my husband would find it funny because he spends so much time getting concessions for our kids when we attend games!
I also made a subway-style sign and some labels for food items. You can download my football sign at the bottom of this post.
TIP : Making your own signs/labels or using free printables is a great way to save money and customize your party! Your guests will love it and it’s fairly simple to do – while looking like you spent hours planning.
For the food, I started by shopping at Walmart for everything on my list. I love making one stop and having everything I need. Poporn is always popular with my guests, but I wanted to give it a sweet twist and make it easy for everyone to grab some. I decided to use ButterFinger® Peanut Butter Cups Minis to create an amazing sweet treat that will leave guests raving! These peanut butter cups take the typical PB cups adn make them even better – with the right amount of peanut butter and crunch all mixed in.
Crunchy Butterfinger Peanut Butter Popcorn
(Pictured Above : Printable via Little Sprout Creations/Jen St. Clair)
To make, start with any type of popcorn. I chose one that was simply salted. Chop 2 cups of Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis. I like to chop them unevenely – leaving some pieces bigger, some smaller. Use caramels or caramel bits to melt until smooth. You can do this in a double broiler or in the microwave depending on what kind you choose. Then combine popcorn, Butterfinger pieces and crispy rice cereal – which works with the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis to give the popcorn a crispy crunch! Trust me, you’ll LOVE this combination! Pour the caramel over your popcorn mix and gently combine. Served in decorated, individual containers. Your guests will thank you.
Perfect Party Meal
In addition to snacks, I wanted to have a meal for my guests, so I picked up a STOUFFER’S® Lasagna with Meat & Sauce- Party Size! Topped with fresh cheese and aged Parmesan, it’s something everyone will love and it’s easy to prepare. I used baking dishes to divide the tray into individual lasagna servings. Have toppings like cheese, pepper, panko bread crumbs or fresh parsley. Guests can create their own custom topped lasagna bake. I kept the oven on low so we could throw a few in at time, giving everyone a hot, Individual Lasagna Bake! You can serve these during pre-game coverage and then have snacks during the game or it’s easy enough to do at anytime during your party! Want some other ideas for “concessions” at your football bash? Think grab & go, with individual bowls of chips/dip, and fries served in their own containers. In addition to the popcorn, I had plenty of other sweet snacks, too! Keeping with the “Concessions” theme, I used Limited Edition Edy’s Touchdown Sundae ice cream to make these cute ice cream cups that everyone will enjoy. It’s also easy to decorate cookies with icing to match colors or mimic some football plays! Keep it simple and keep it fun! To find the food items I used in this party plan, look no further than Walmart. I found them all in the grocery and frozen foods section!
Get my subway-style football sign:
Click the image above to download! Enjoy!
Still need more crowd-pleasing party ideas? Visit the Flavorful Moments Pinterest page to start planning your party!
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What are some of your favorite go-to foods to enjoy during game day?
- Large bowl of popcorn – will depend on your “popping method”
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups chopped Butterfinger Peanut Cups Minis
- 2 cups caramel bits
- Popcorn and allow to cool
- Start with caramel bits and microwave on low in 20 second intervals – stirring until smooth.
- Combine popcorn, chopped Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis and Crispy Rice Cereal in large bowl.
- Add caramel a little a time, drizzling and gently fold to combine. Add more until popcorn is coated.
- Serve in individual containers