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Score! Easy DIY Football Party Ideas

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Growing up, football was on our tv every Sunday afternoon, and Monday night, during the season.  Oh the days of the turn dial tv channel changer, when my dad would ask us if we’d be his human remote, and literally stand at the tv and flip the channels, back and forth between each game going on. 🙂

These days, in my own home, I get more excited about decorating a party for everyone coming over for the big game, rather than sitting in front of the tube, watching every play by play.
The food… the company… the decorations.  It’s all so hard to beat.

Easy DIY Football Party Ideas

Throwing a football party for your friends and family, doesn’t have to be super expensive, or complicated! With a few DIY football ideas, you can turn an afternoon or evening of football, in to a celebration.

First…Take it to the House,” and score with your biggest friends, by hosting a football viewing party in your own home, instead of footin’ the bill at a public place.  Turn a small corner or space in to the  center of the party.

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Use a table that you already have on hand, (or a dresser, bookshelf, anything that would hold the party snacks!)

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A piece of white foam board, can go a LONG way when it comes to creating a DIY backdrop for your party station.  Grab inexpensive card stock, a chalk marker, glue dots, and one or two of those super affordable green “grass,” mats at a local store, like I used to cut out the football at the top of the backdrop!
I found my grass mats, for only a couple of dollars, when I was at Walmart buying the ingredients for my “Open Faced Cheeseburger Sliders.”

DIY “Score” Football Banner

With the card stock, you can easily cut a 12×12 piece of card stock, in to 4… and create a banner to say whatever you like!  I chose to keep mine small and simple.  “Score,” for the green, and I found a sheet of brown that made the perfect little square football “ends,” to the banner.  With a chalk marker, I was able to easily & quickly draw the “laces,” on the football.  For the letters, I used my Silhouette machine, but you could easily draw those on with a chalk marker as well!

Oh how cute!!! "Play" books for football party decorations! fantabulosity.com

Keeping on with the card stock theme, my sweet friend Kate, from 300 Ninth, introduced me to how easy it was to create “play book,” signs out of black card stock and a white chalk marker.  Talk about easy, and affordable decor!  I absolutely love her easy DIY crafts and recipes!

Oh how cute!!! "Play" books for football party decorations! fantabulosity.com

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Bottled Soda for party drinks, on "football turf," coasters. LOVE!Football Party Ideas fantabulosity.com

DIY “Astroturf,” Coasters

I couldn’t help myself when I saw the green “grass,” rugs in the store, thinking about how FABULOUS they’d look under each bottle of Coke Zero.  This tied in the “astroturf,” look, and gave it a “pop,” of color on the table.
Cutting small squares out of the rug, for the coasters, was as easy as it sounds.  Just “cut,” in to squares, and you’re done.

Bottled Soda for party drinks, on "football turf," coasters. LOVE!Football Party Ideas fantabulosity.com

DIY Paper Snack Cones

You won’t BELIEVE how I ended up making these DIY paper snack cones!  I had small, square, brown envelopes laying around, that needed put to good use.  I simply rolled one bottom corner of the envelope, all the way to the opposite top corner of the envelope, and sealed with glue dots.  Then, I grabbed my white chalk marker, drew “laces,” on them, and they were ready for popcorn!

Football paper snack cones for a football party! So cute and easy!!! fantabulosity.com

If you’ve been following me on Facebook lately, it’s no surprise to you, that I’ve been a bit obsessed with learning how to decorate cookies with royal icing.  The professionals just make it look so easy, and I was determined to give it a try the other day.  A football party seemed like the BEST excuse to practice on yet, another batch of cookies, so little football sugar cookies were a MUST.

Football cookies DIY! So cute, and doable!!! Perfect for a football party. Football party ideas fantabulosity.com

Now for the MAIN EVENT….

Mini Open Faced Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

 The cutest and easiest, impressive appetizer for the party, were my Mini Open Faced Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders!  These little bite size burgers are stacked with the toppings of your choice!  Although, “mini,” the little burgers, leave a BIG impression!

Video Tutorial & Recipe Below…

Open faced cheeseburger on Ritz crackers, appetizers! So cute & easy! Football Party Ideas fantabulosity.com

Mini Open Bacon Faced Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

(Quantities of ingredients, depend on burger size you choose, and your topping selections.)

• 1 “sleeve,” of RITZ® Crackers
• 1 lb. of Ground Beef
• 5 Slices American Cheese, but in to fourths
• Toppings of your choice. {I used my Smoked Candied Bacon, recipe, and leaf lettuce}

Directions:

Roll out ground beef, like you would to cut sugar cookies.   Using a small round circle “cut-out” (I used the opening of a small parfait glass, but a small bowl, wide mouth shot glass, may work.  Just make sure it’s about the size of a Ritz® Cracker), cut out small round burgers.

Cook the burgers in an electric skillet on 350, for 5 minutes, until the juices ran clear. (You could easily cook these mini burgers in a skillet on the stove top too!  Cook until browned on one side, flip, and then remove when juices run “clear.”)

When the burgers have finished cooking, place a square of cheese on top, allowing it to melt.

Top a Ritz® Cracker, with mini cheeseburger, and begin layering on the desired toppings.

Insert a toothpick (or party pick, like I used to be a little more festive), in to the top of the toppings, securing the toppings to the burgers.

Mini Open Faced Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders Tutorial:

Photo Guide to Building the Mini Sliders

Adding the Cheese…

Add your desired toppings & serve!

Mini Open faced bacon cheeseburger sliders on a Ritz crackers, appetizers! So cute & easy! Football Party Ideas fantabulosity.com
Open faced cheeseburger on Ritz crackers, appetizers! So cute & easy! Football Party Ideas fantabulosity.com

This football party was incredibly fun to put together.  I’m actually thinking a Football Viewing Party, will need to become a habit in our home, so I can put together all kinds of cuteness, more often. 😉

Until next time,

Jessica Burgess, Fantabulosity Blog

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3 thoughts on “Score! Easy DIY Football Party Ideas

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  2. Brenda Long says:

    These sliders look so cute and delicious. Thank you.

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww, you bet! Thank you!

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