In it to Win It: How to Throw a Game Day Party
Game day is a great time to gather together with friends and family to enjoy all of the excitement, but throwing a game day party can be daunting. Doing it with some flair can be even more of a challenge. Check out these simple tricks for scoring big when it comes to feeding hungry fans with style.
A buffet of easy to grab foods is the best way to go for game day. Guests can line up and help themselves buffet-style or just come and go as the mood strikes them. Create a theme to your buffet area by adding a chalkboard or signs with simple football inspired messages.
Keep the theme going with simple touches. Here we covered water bottles with striped card stock to mimic the look of a referee. You can draw lines with a marker or print stripes with your printer and favorite application. Simply measure the area where the existing label is and cut to size. The width of letter-sized card stock is perfect for most bottles.
While you’re at it apply the same technique to soft drinks or beer. Our gridiron wrap is simple white lines on a green background and attached with double stick tape.
Add real elements to the table to drive the message home. Here we have lined baking sheets with live sod. A visit to the local grass dealer got us what we needed for under five dollars. After fluffing it up a bit, we gave it a quick trim to make it all even and added plenty of water. Look for the greenest grass you can find. At this time of year you may not find fine, turf-grade grasses, but you should be able to find something that will boost the look of your table.
Speaking of boosting your table, add dimension to our tablescape by elevating some plates. Use small bowls beneath plates to give them a lift above the other plates. Be sure to add a few (at least 3) small balls of poster putty between the plate and bowl to keep the plate from sliding. The poster putty is removable and reusable.
Add height in other ways by incorporating some taller foods in glasses. Taquitos, pretzel rods, and baked cheese twirls are all good ways to go.
Finger foods are still king when it comes to game day parties. Stick with classics that can mostly be made in advance and keep you out of the kitchen during the festivities. Classic sliders and snack foods fill out the menu, but be sure to have a few healthy alternatives on hand, as well.
You will find plenty of themed picks at your local party supply store. Assign specific picks to each type of sandwich to keep it clear. You don’t have to go overboard to carry out your theme. Just a few, well-placed items will do the trick. Make a bin of "penalty flag" napkins by filling a small bowl or bucket with yellow napkins. Make a sign on card stock or a mini chalkboard to accompany them. Be sure to add a real football if you have one. You might even inspire a quick backyard game.