7 Essentials for Throwing a Gameday Party

No matter who you're rooting for (or even if you're just tuning in for the commercials and/or the half-time show!), we have you covered on 7 easy and creative ideas- from DIY decor projects to signature cocktails- that will help you throw a super party! Set, hut, HIKE!

1. Team Spirit Party Decor

Go Sports! Seriously though, some of us ladies love football. We’re split on this issue here at Makeful, but we ALL love throwing themed parties. Encourage team spirit with a few easy team-themed party decorations. Streamers in your team’s colors is a quick and simple way to decorate with a lot of bang for just a little buck. Use craft paper and markers like Mad in Crafts did to make spirited signs, and designate food, drink, and game areas throughout the house.

2. Re-fillable Glassware and Cups

It’s so helpful to have refillable drink containers for everyone at the party to minimize trash and clean up (and keep it eco-friendly!). Hostess With the Mostest got super creative with a little tape to turn mason jars into mini footballs to keep with the game day theme. You can even make custom straws so everyone can keep track of which cup is theirs.

3. Party Game: Commercial Bingo!

No matter who you’re rooting for, everybody wins when watching super bowl commercials! And for those who might be more into the commercial breaks than the game (no judgement here!) you can download these awesome free printables from Julie Blanner’s Lifestyle Blog and pass ‘em round! Have a fun prize for whomever calls Bingo first and get the whole gang involved.

4. Finger Food: Snack Table Edition

Finger food is essential for throwing a successful gameday party. DUH! People will (hopefully?) be standing up and cheering for their team, which is difficult to do sitting at a table with a full plate in front of you. Small plates and finger food to snack on throughout the day is the perfect solution. Set up a table to the side like this one from PearTree.com with bite-size snacks that people can graze from for the whole game.

5. Halftime Show Snack: Easy Football-Themed Popcorn Bags

These are a great option for a quick and easy to make football themed snack for the halftime show. Head over to Lil Luna for the full tutorial on how to make these super cute and eco-friendly popcorn bags. Pop some popcorn in the microwave, toss them into these super cute bags, and serve Watching the halftime show with a bag of popcorn and your guests are ready to be entertained!

6. Game Day Dessert: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

No party is complete without something to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth! And how adorable are these chocolate covered strawberry footballs from Domestic Fits? They combine the deliciousness of dessert with the practicality finger food. Plus you can make these ahead, pop them in the fridge, and then not worry about it till it’s time to eat! We’re SO in.

7. Create a Signature Cocktail:

Superbowl party drinks can be so much more than soda and beer! Have fun and create your own signature cocktail like this one from Living Locurto that incorporates your favorite flavors, and even your team colors!