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Football Party Food: This Loaded Cream Cheese Dip can be shaped in to a football, making it perfect for any football party, or left in a bowl for dipping!
Football Party Food
I think I’ll base my next statement off of a quote of one of my favorite people.
A party without snacks, is just a meeting.”
I’ve recently fallen in love with Julia Child, and her quote “A party without cake is just a meeting.” rings so true with my thoughts exactly.
I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed decorating and organizing parties, but I must admit that I look forward to the food and snacks the most. It’s an excuse to eat good food, and a great chance to get creative.
It’s rather an obsession really, that I stock up on snacks, and chips every time I make a trip to the grocery store.
As a hostess by heart, it’s just too easy to always be prepared for unexpected guests, when you have snacks in the pantry, ready to go.
Then, if you can find a dip recipe that can be made out of items that you typically have on hand anyway, you’re golden!
The other day, my friend Kate and I decided to get a little creative with some of my favorite snacks, and create a football-themed party in case you will be hosting a party for the big game this year.
In the process, we also created a dip that’s out of this world and has become a new favorite.
PLUS, I can’t WAIT to show you what we ended up creating with it, to bring out a little more “football,” to our “football party.”
Loaded Cream Cheese Dip
With only a few ingredients, this dip turned out to be one of my FAVORITES!
You can easily mix together all of the ingredients and serve it as a dip, or go one extra step and shape it in to a football like we did… for a bit of a wow factor for your party!
When making the “football,” shape, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the real bacon bits.
After refrigerating the dip for 10 minutes (Full tutorial below in recipe), it can be shaped in to a football, and ready to coat it with bacon pieces, to resemble the football color.
Lastly, “draw,” the laces on with sour cream, and it’s a football!
Take it another step further and follow the tutorial below for the “Football Field,” to center it on.
Loaded Cream Cheese Dip
- 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese softened
- 3 tablespoon Ranch Dip seasoning
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup diced jalapeños
- 1/2 cup real bacon bits
- If making the dip to serve in a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, chill for 10 minutes and serve!
- If making the football, mix together all ingredients EXCEPT bacon pieces. Chill for 10 minutes, form in to the shape of a football and coat with bacon pieces.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
For a football cheese ball:
Mix together cream cheese, ranch seasoning, shredded cheddar, jalapeños.
Poor cream cheese mixture on to plastic wrap, folding the wrap all around the dip, forming a football shape.
Put back in refrigerator for 10 more minutes.
Pour bacon bits in to shallow dish
Remove from plastic wrap and roll cream cheese football in bacon bits, totally covering the cheese ball
Place reserved cream cheese in to a piping bag, and “draw” the football laces on to the cream cheese football.
Food Football “Field” Tutorial
• Using a rectangular dish/tray, place pico de gallo on each end. (Forming an “end zone,” look.)
• Line the middle with a layer of guacamole. (I love making my own guacamole, but chose to buy plain, store-bought guac, to get a pure green-look, for the field.) See my FAMOUS Guacamole recipe HERE.)
• Using chopped green onions, sprinkle those over the guacamole to give it more of a “turf,” look.
• Using sour cream, or cream cheese… draw the lines of a football field across the green onions/guacamole.
• Then simply place your football loaded cream cheese dip, in the middle of the field. (You can wait to decorate the football lines, after you’ve place it on the field if you like, like we did. Or you can do it beforehand.)
Football Party Decorations
To create the banner “Go Team,” we used a burlap banner and combined it with a little DIY. We took a green artificial “grass,” rug, and cut it in to triangles to add a little more of a “football,” touch to the banner.
Then, using my Silhouette Machine, we cut out the letters and simply hot glued them on to the pendents.
Next, using brown contractors paper as a table runner, (that I picked up at the home improvement store), we drew football “plays,” with a black magic marker.
Yellow napkins were folded to look like “Flags,” and simply placed in a cute little wooden box.
Football Snack Stadium
Now this was fun to create. Taking little boxes, we filled them with the snacks that we purchased at Walmart, and filled them up, to create the “stands,” for the football stadium.
To prop the boxes up, we grabbed rolls of ribbon and hid them underneath, and with other party decor.
Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and Cape Cod® Potato Chips lined one side of the football field!
Mmm, I’m obsessed with the Garlic Parmesan Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®! So those HAD to be on the table!
I’m a sucker for a good jalapeno potato chips, so we also lined one edge with a box of Jalapeno Kettle Brand® Potato Chips.
Some prefer a good ole tortilla chip to use with dips, so we put out Late July® Tortilla Chips on one corner as well!
• To round off the corners and close off the gaps of the stadium, we used small round bowls full of the popped, Pop Secret® Popcorn.
Salt and Pepper ANYTHING always ends up in my shopping cart. I had no clue that Salt and Pepper Cashews from Emerald® Nuts, even existed until I saw them at Walmart. They were AH-mazing!
What I love about this idea, is that the chips/snacks and dip are all right there together, all while resembling a football stadium. So, so fun.
To see another football party that I have styled, you can see that HERE: