Football has always been important to my husband. When we were engaged, he begged me to give football a chance. He told me he wanted to go to a college football game and he would spend the game explaining the rules to me and as soon as I could explain the game to him, we could leave. I went to the game with every intention of being a quick study and being out of there by halftime. As the first quarter came to a close, he told me we could go if I wanted. I told him to be quiet; I was watching the game.
Ever since, football has been a big part of our lives. From college to the pros, we watch it all. There is always a moment after “The Big Game” is finished where my husband gets visibly sad because he realizes there is no more football until fall. The struggle is real.
We love football and every year throw a party for The Big Game. It is my chance to bring a little bit of creativity to football and my husband loves all the good food.
I love shopping at Sam’s Club for all of our game-day essentials because, let’s face it, it’s a long game and I need to buy everything for the party in bulk to keep people feed. Right now, Sam’s Club is doing an amazing offer for The Big Game. Join Sam’s Club for $45 and get a $20 gift card you can use to stock up on all of the essentials for your football party. Print the offer here!
You can also check your Valpak envelope for additional information on Sam’s Club Memberships and the savings available to members. We have been members for 10 years and have LOVED the savings the membership has given us.
Football Party Ideas
Check out all of our favorite football party ideas below.
This balloon upright is one of my very favorite football directions ever. It is really affordable to make and will come together in minutes.
You will need:
- a package of 15 yellow balloons
- masking tape
Blow up each balloon and tie it off. Don’t blow it up to its full size, just the size of a small soccer ball. Use the masking tape to make an upright on your wall. Tape the yellow balloons along the masking tape upright to cover up the masking tape.
Football Mason Jars
These football Mason jars are one of my favorite things to make for a football watching party and they are SO easy. The best part is you can remove the tape and use the jars for whatever you want in the future.
You will need:
- Mason jars
- white masking tape
Using scissors, cut a long piece of masking tape and two shorter pieces for each cup. Place the tape on the jars and then fill the jars up with dark soda to complete the football look.
White Chocolate M&M Popcorn
This white chocolate M&M popcorn is ALWAYS a hit at our house. It is incredibly easy to make and it would be so easy to dress up to cheer for your favorite team. Just use the M&Ms in your team’s colors. I always buy the big bags of M&Ms at Sam’s Club so there are plenty of M&Ms to go through to find the right colors.
You will need:
- 2 C. air-popped popcorn
- 1 package almond bark
- parchment paper
Lay your popcorn out on parchment paper and pull out any un-popped kernels. Melt your chocolate in a microwave-safe dish by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stirring the chocolate. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate all over your popcorn. Top with as many M&Ms as you want!
Football Chocolate Strawberries
You will need:
- milk chocolate melting chocolate
- white chocolate chips
Melt your chocolate in a microwave-safe dish by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stirring the chocolate. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Twist the leaves of your strawberry together and then roll the strawberry in the melted chocolate. Melt white chocolate the same way you melted the milk chocolate and spoon it into a plastic bag. Snip the corner of the bag and use it to draw the lines on your football strawberry.
Make life easier on yourself as you prepare for your party and pick up a big bag of Tyson BBQ Wings at Sam’s Club. We love to bake them the recommended amount of time, but put them under the broiler for the last couple of minutes to help get them extra crispy.
5 Hour Energy
Consider picking up some 5 Hour Energy for yourself at Sam’s Club for the day of The Big Game. Every host or hostess could use a little bit of extra energy to help get through set up and clean up.
Set up all your food on a green tablecloth and put up a couple of other decorations if you want. I used a letter board with Keep Calm and Watch Football spelled out on it, and a large chalkboard with a football play written on it with a chalk marker.
Overall, I love how this turned out and all of it was so easy! I can’t wait for The Big Game. Now I’m just crossing my fingers that certain teams make it!
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How do you watch The Big Game?