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Football season is in full swing and in our home it’s a weekly time to gather, have fun and eat delicious food. Check out these fun football party ideas and snacks including a festive 6-layer stadium dip recipe.
For years, we’ve had some good natured football team rivalries going on in our family. Since both John and I grew up in other parts of the country, we of course came to the marriage with our own beloved teams. Then the kids came along after we moved to Seattle and once they started school, there was no denying which team we had to support. I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard football fan but John and Ronin certainly are, so it makes it fun this time of year.
Last week, we actually celebrated three big family milestones: our 12-year wedding anniversary, and on the same day, my brother Ron’s 40th birthday and Ronin’s birthday. If you couldn’t tell already, the birthday party was football themed. For the first time in a long time we hosted it at home. Most of our parties of late have been at other locations, play places and such, but this year we wanted to have everyone over and enjoy spending an evening with friends and family.
Now, hosting a house party can come with a lot of extra work and the need to plan out activities, food and additional decor. And of course cleaning! So I was a little stressed as we got closer to the main event. I had been super busy with work and family in town so I didn’t actually do a ton until right before the party.
Thanks goodness we have Fred Meyer just down the road to pick up everything I needed for my last minute party planning. I literally shopped the day of the party for all of the food, which is not something I usually do. But I knew I’d find what I needed like our favorite Coca-Cola products and snacks like TRISCUIT and Wheat Thins to go with my awesome football themed dip. Layered dip is one of our favorites so I decided to give it a football spin for the party.
6-Layer Stadium Dip
What You’ll Need:
Block of Cream Cheese
TRISCUIT and Wheat Thins Crackers
2 Trays to stack on top of each other
Two Goal Posts (I used plastic wands)
Cardboard, Scissors and Tape
Icing Bag with Tip
Cut two pieces of cardboard to fit inside of your tray to delineate the end zones like shown. Temporarily tape the cardboard into place on the outside.
In the middle section of your dip tray you will then layer beans and sour cream. Then top with guacamole to be the green of the football field.
The next step is to cut two small blocks of cream cheese for the ends of your field to hold your goal posts in place.
Then you will remove the tape that’s holding the cardboard. Fill to the top of the end zones with salsa as shown.
Fill your “icing bag” with sour cream and screw on the tip. Using as steady a hand as possible, draw the lines of your football field onto the guacamole. Then sprinkle cheese over the end zones.
Next, you will place your dip tray on top of the larger tray. Fill with your TRISCUIT and Wheat Thins crackers for dipping.
I set up a Coca-Cola beverage and snack table covered in a football field table cover in one area of the house, and also offered food and snacks in other areas of the kitchen and living room. Party Tip! People definitely tend to congregate around the food so sometimes it’s a good idea to give them options of where to hang out. This adorable dip and cracker snack tray with guacamole, salsa and veggie dip is perfect sitting on the ottoman. I also served pizza, slow cooker chili, fruit, green salad and sushi. I love offering a wide variety of party foods to make everyone happy.
The football mason jar mugs are an inexpensive way to carry the football party theme. They are also super simple to make with masking tape. They’re just adorable for serving Coca-Cola beverages for party guests.
Last but certainly not least I also did some simple wall decor using table covers, streamers and footballs. And we created our own “pin the laces on the football” game. It was tons of fun.