Things to Serve at a Football Party

While the entertainment is taken care of at a football party, planning the menu can take some thought. Football games are divided into four quarters, with halftime between the second and third quarters. When contemplating what to serve, plan accordingly to better serve your guests and make hosting the party that much easier.

  1. Pregame Foods

    • As your guests start arriving for the big game, have pregame foods for them to snack on while getting ready for kickoff. Veggie trays, taco dip, trail mix, sausage, cheese and crackers are quick grab-and-eat foods that allow the guests to mingle and talk without plates and silverware.

    First-Quarter Snacks

    • Easy to eat foods such as chips served with salsa, chili cheese dip and French onion dip can be placed around the room. Although there will be hands flying up in the air and people talking loudly, chips and dip make a good snack for the start of the game.

      For a chili cheese dip, you need 1 pound of Velveeta cheese and one 15-ounce can of chili. Cut the cheese into 1-inch cubes. Pour the chili into a microwavable 2-quart bowl. Add the cheese. Microwave on high for six to eight minutes or until the cheese melts. Stir after three minutes of cooking.

    Second-Quarter Appetizers

    • Meatballs, chicken fingers, bacon dogs and mozzarella sticks will keep the crowd going during the second quarter. Prepare the appetizers ahead of time and keep them warm in a slow cooker or roaster. Serve the hot foods with small paper plates and toothpicks instead of silverware.

      For bacon dogs, you need 1 pound of hot dogs, 1 pound of bacon and two jars of barbecue sauce. Cut each hot dog into three equal pieces. Cut each piece of bacon in half. Wrap one piece of bacon around each hot dog piece and hold in place with a toothpick. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the wrapped hot dogs on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the baked hot dog wraps from the cookie sheet. Place in a slow cooker. Pour one jar of barbecue sauce over the hot dogs. Add enough from the second jar to cover the hot dogs. Cook on low to simmer and keep warm during the football game.

    Third-Quarter Entrees

    • As halftime starts and into the third quarter, serve hot, easy-to-prepare foods. Mini hamburgers, hot dogs, wings and pizza can be eaten while everyone is discussing the game.

    Fourth-Quarter Desserts

    • As the game is winding down and everyone is more interested in what the final score will be, serve simple desserts such as ice cream sundaes, cookies, strawberry shortcake or a cake with icing.

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