Ideas for a fun, cheap, or free FOOTBALL party! Superbowl, Homecoming, college rivalry…ideas to go around.

Recently we through a big football party to celebrate the annual tradition of the BIG RIVALRY GAME here in Utah.

Every year rivalry schools, BYU (Brigham Young University) and University of Utah go head to head. 
Let’s just say…
It’s kind of a big deal.

This year we decided to host a party to let everyone watch the game at our house. It was a ton of fun! Here are some of the fun things we did:

The morning started off with the 3rd annual neighborhood rivalry breakfast at a neighbor’s house. As you can see, red outweighed blue so we clearly moved into the wrong neighborhood.

Some of the neighbor kids tried to taint our son. 
“Ew yucky! Let’s get that off ya buddy…”

They had everyone bring a breakfast item to share, and the food was killer.

They had all sorts of cute decorations. You can’t see it well, but they put the plastic utensils in square glass vases and tied blue and red ribbons around it. Nice touch!

My little team 
(minus the quarter back)

 The neighbor girls did face painting. 
Adorbs.
AHH…now we’re a full team.

 After the breakfast we headed home to prepare for our own party.
My goals with this party:
1) To keep it as cheap as possible (naturally)
2) To keep it as easy as possible (no DIY, simple food, no big projects…)
3) To make it welcoming, inviting, and fun for our guests.
I think we accomplished everything!
Here’s how the lineup went:
FOOD
My crowning moment of the day?
Behold the beauty of this baby.
Seriously, I was pretty proud of myself for this one.
I saw a photo on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. 
The verdict?
It was actually super easy! 
I will totally do it again someday!
Basically, you chop off the end of a watermelon, 

Put the chopped-side down. Draw (better than I did…) an opening for the face,

…and cut it out.

Hollow it out and keep all the watermelon to serve at your shin-dig.

Take the piece you cut off the end and start making small rectangles like a face-mask.

I drew it with a marker and basically eyeballed it.
Set the face-mask part into place.
 I secured it with toothpicks because it started falling apart because I suck at crafty things. 
Fill with fruit, and voila!

Seriously, so cute.
My second crafty attempt?
Football deviled eggs. 
Cute in theory, but I don’t recommend them. (They stink, and they were hard to make look good.)
However, they were clever. Thus, if you want to give them a whirl, here’s how I did it!
Follow a recipe for deviled eggs. Instead of mixing the yolks, etc. in a bowl, mix everything up and put it in a ziplock.

Cut a small opening, and simply squeeze it out. Easy peasy!

Those worked fine. The catch was trying to make them look like footballs. I concluded to dipping a toothpick in food coloring paste, and attempting to draw football laces and lines in them. 
The result?
I called them my Halloween eggs because they look like eyeballs with bloody stitches in them.
Told you I’m not crafty. 
Oh well, I tried.
P.S…The cute football platter? DOLLAR STORE BABY!
I made blue koolaid and red party punch

 I made my awesome Oreo Truffles (using Peanut Butter Oreos)…but I forgot to take them out of the fridge and dunk them in chocolate. I didn’t want to hassle while my guests were there so I just drew the football laces on without the chocolate coating and they tasted just fine. 
Not as good, but totally fine.
I used Betty Crocker squeeze frosting for the laces. 

I also made a cheese ball, shaped it like a football, and made “football laces” with parsley. Of course I forgot to take a picture before it got devoured.
I asked guests to bring a party food to share and we got some good ones. Chips and salsa, dip, cookies, and these individual mini cheesecakes.
Are you kidding me??
Mmmm…

All the food I price-matched that week, paying full-prize for absolutely none of it. 
Cheap? 
Check. 
Pretty? 
Errr…
I’ll keep practicing.
DECOR:

We had the football game playing on every TV in the house (in case parents wanted to be by their kids upstairs but didn’t want to miss the game), but we held the party in our basement.
I printed off some quick signs using Word to direct people where to go.
I bought the streamers and football garland from the dollar store.
Love that place.
Downstairs we had more garland, streamers, and all the food.
I also found this football bunting at the dollar store.
I know, right?!
 I bought a red table cloth…and tried to find a blue one but they only had a pale blue…from the dollar store, found a pom-pom set in the toy section, and bought football napkins, blue napkins, and red napkins – all from the dollar store.
The saddest part of the night? 
We lost in the last 5 seconds of the game. 
The second saddest part of the night? 
I didn’t get a SINGLE PICTURE of a SINGLE PERSON the entire night. That’s true Jordan fashion though…to busy socializing to remember to capture the event.
Oh well, you get the idea. It was a blast!
Hopefully this helps you with YOUR next football party.
HIKE!

Comments

  1. Jamy says

    I love it! The decor and food, that is. NOT the game! It was a KILLER wasn't it?! I thought your deviled eggs looked like footballs!

  2. says

    Your post takes me back to some wonderful memories. I remember moving to SLC and being completely surprised by the size of that rivalry. Not being a mormon and having no ties to either team really, of course I had to back the Utes. :-) I remember the friday before the game was always a big deal. It was practically impossible to be neutral. If you wore purple that day, someone would decide it was really more blue or more red and there was your allegiance. I remember so many football parties, just family friendly times spent with friends. Thanks for sharing the ideas and taking me on a trip down memory lane.
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