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5 Easy Game Day Party Ideas on a Budget

5 Easy Super Bowl party ideas!

Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with some Super Bowl party ideas to help you celebrate Game Day this Sunday!

The Super Bowl is finally here! While some fans will be braving the cold watching the game at the stadium, here are some tips and ideas for enjoying the game in the comfort of your own warm home, surrounded by friends!

1) Free football party printables

Party printables are a great way to give your party style and polish without spending a ton. I used the free Game Day printable set on Catch My Party to decorate my table. There were so many fun files to choose from. I used the banner, water bottle labels, signs, and straw flags. I just printed them out, cut them out and got styling!

They even have a downloadable printable file with team logos you can use!

Game day team free printables

2) Artificial turf as my tablecloth

I used a roll of artificial turf that I picked up at Home Depot for less than $20, and set it out as my table cover. It was the perfect way to set the stage for my table.

Football Party Ideas

3) DIY Decor

I found a couple of small, clear clipboards from the 99cent Only Store, and spray painted them black. They served as great holders for the signs I created to decorate my table. I also wrapped a piece of foam board with black and white chevron wrapping paper to serve as my table backdrop.

Football Party Ideas

 4) Inexpensive serving dishes and plates

I also set out my food using football themed party trays & platters I found at Target a few years back. The paper plates and napkins were from Party City. I just keep my eye out for inexpensive themed trays and platters, and have started a collection.

Football Party Ideas

5) Party food

I served fun, festive, and inexpensive finger foods. Who doesn't like pizza at a football party? I served pizza bread & dipping sauce as my main dish...

Football Party Ideas

I also served popcorn in mini bags to make my guests feel like they were at the game...

Football Party Ideas

 Sunflower seeds in cute paper cups for those nervous ball watchers...

Football Party Ideas

And chocolate cupcakes for a quick, easy dessert! My cupcakes were store bought, so I dressed them up with printable toppers and themed cupcake wrappers.

Football Party Ideas

I also added labels to the water bottles, and added printable straw flags to my brown and white paper straws. This gave my beverages a simple makeover.

Football Party Ideas

Hope you can use these ideas for your party. Until then, stay warm, and go Seattle... I mean, Denver!

 Thank you, Laura, for these easy Game Day party tips. I wish I could come to your house on Sunday! To learn more about Laura, find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Super Bowl Paper Chain Decoration DIY

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with this simple Super Bowl decoration idea that her daughter actually came up with... the creativity must run in the genes!

Are you ready for some football... or at least a football party?

Every year we try to host a few families for a Super Bowl Party. We always have a children’s themed table/room and an adult area. Putting out finger foods, crafts, games and fun activities for the kids keeping them busy while the adults watch the game.

This year my daughter wanted to make a paper chain for the children’s table.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

You might even have these supplies in your supplies already to make one for your own celebration!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Her idea was to use brown and green paper stripes and put them together. Easy enough, but just a little too plain looking for my taste.

I took it one step further and added something fun to the paper.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Even if your team is not playing this year, you can still have fun and enjoy the day together!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Until next time – Party On Friends!

To learn more about Melissa and read all about her party planning adventures, visit her at My Party Passion.

And for more football party inspiration, check out these great football parties from our site and our free football party printables.

Our Soft Pretzel Recipe in the New Foodie App


Our easy soft pretzel recipe is in the new Foodie Game Day Eats app for iPhone and iPad! Thank you, Foodie, for including us!

If you're looking for delicious food ideas to serve at your football party, you must download the app today! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos.


Here's a sample of some of the recipes in the app, but there are so many more, perfect for feeding hungry football fans!


Also, if you need free football party printables to decorate your party, check out what we have on our site!



Football Dessert Tables, Railroad Train Party Ideas, and Chocolate Football Strawberries

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Get ready for the game with these incredible football themed dessert tables!


Transforming strawberries into chocolate footballs is easier than you think!


All aboard! Check out all of these awesome train party ideas!


For more party ideas, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

FREE Football Party Printables from Printabelle


Here are some free printables for your upcoming football parties designed by Michelle at Printabelle. My husband just mentioned that football season was coming fast (he's very excited) so I wanted to get something up for us party people!

The collection includes: invitations, gift tags, large party tags, banner (small and large), mini candy bar wrappers, football sign, silverware wrappers, treat toppers, tented cards, and water bottle labels.





















Thanks, Michelle, these printables definitely make me excited for fall! For more inspiration, check out these amazing football parties on our site!

And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at just $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} The Mini Football Party

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is with her first Party on a Budget post of the year!

Happy New Year Y’all!  It’s Me, Melissa – the Party on a Budget go-to-gal. This year I am cutting my budget even more (woot woot!) and bringing you a ton of parties on an even tighter budget.

I want to share with you a new trend in parties – the Mini Party. It’s not the birthday party, the anniversary party, or the baby shower, but any small occasion worthy of a celebration - maybe even for no other reason than your child scored an A+ in school or your youngest is out of diapers!

So here's my first Mini Party...  Are you read for some football? The playoffs….the Superbowl….First and Ten!  Is your family a “football family”? Mine is!

My personal challenge was to have a little Football Party for our children while the game was on, but not spoil their dinners. For this party, my budget was $ 10 and I could only shop at the grocery store – no special stops here. Let’s see how I did….

Food (salty):  Microwave Popcorn – 1 bag yielded 3 mini brown bags of popcorn (box of 3 store brand bags was $ 1.00 – only needed 1 bag)

Drinks: Juice Boxes – package of 6 (only needed 3) was $ 2.50

Food (sweet):  Green M&M’s and Green Hershey Kisses – I bought a few bags of Christmas M&M’s and Christmas Kisses and took out the GREEN ones for this Football celebration.  Each entire bag was $ 2.00 each – used maybe 1/10 of each bag.

Décor:  Green Tablecloth, straws, candy cups, and mini bags (used to cover the juice boxes also).  The tablecloth was new  and cost $ 1.00.  The other items I already had. I could have used cupcake papers for the sweets but did not have any in green.  I cut some scrap material and made some straw flags for the juice box straws. Also, you could change this party up by adding colors of your favorite teams.

Other things I could have added:  Balloons, streamers, cookies while still not adding a lot to my budget.

By my calculations, I am way under on my $10 budget! SCORE! This party was only for 3 children. But considering there were 3 more juice boxes and 2 more entire bags of microwave popcorn and so many sweets left, it would have been the same price for 6!

I hope I was able to show you that it does not take a lot of money to celebrate! GO TEAM!

Thank you, Melissa, I love the idea of the mini party! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.

{RECIPE} Chicken Habañero Nachos

I was asked by Velveeta and Rotel to incorporate their Queso Dip Recipe in a football tailgater.

I thought it would make a great nacho cheese sauce, and what better food to serve at a football party than nachos! They're casual, fun, snack-able, tasty, and just a little messy.  Plus, they're simple to make (it's all about the layering).

Here's how I made my yummy nachos...



For the nachos

  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 2 small or 1 large chicken breasts (shredded)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese (crumbled)
For the cheese sauce
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 16oz package of Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 habañero pepper (seeded and finely minced)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (pressed or finely minced)


Spread tortilla chips out on a cookie sheet.

Make sure the black beans are well drained. You want to minimize the liquid to keep the chips crunchy. Spoon the beans over the chips.

I sprinkled the crumbled Cotija cheese on top.

Next, shred the chicken breasts; I just pull them apart with two forks. I like to season the chicken with a little lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Spread the chicken over the chips.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350F.

For the cheese sauce, cut the Velveeta in 1 inch cubes, and add to a sauce pan with the Ro*Tel, garlic, and habañero. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheese melts and everything is well mixed.

Be careful working with the habañero, wash your hands and wash off your cutting board with soap after you mince it. I only used half of one habañero, and I would say the sauce came out medium-hot. You can add the whole pepper if you like spicy food.

I took this picture before I added the cheese sauce.  I used a spatula to move the chips from the cookie pan to my serving tray. (Don't you like my football dish?)

I poured about half of the cheese sauce over the top. I put the rest in a bowl for dipping.

I garnished with guacamole,  salsa, and a little cilantro on top. This is my favorite simple salsa recipe:



  • 1 large or two small tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 large onion - diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon diced green chili pepper (I like to use a Poblano)
  • pinch of kosher salt

Chop the tomatoes, and dice 1 quarter of a large onion and mix them in a bowl  Add the diced chile pepper, cilantro and lime.  Stir , salt to taste - about 1/2 teaspoon.

To give the nachos a "football party" feel, I added some of our free football printables to the setup. I like to use tented cards to let my guests know what I'm serving.

I also added cupcake toppers to mini vanilla cupcakes to make them more fun!

Here's my "touchdown" banner.

And right now I can't get enough of the in-season satsumas at the farmer's market. I love putting out bowls of delicious fresh fruit at my parties and added fun and unexpected decorations.

Who are you rooting for this season? I'm looking forward to watching Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Go Cardinal!

The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.


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