Football is in full swing and if your husband is anything like mine, he’s asking for a football party. He loves to host a party, or rather be a guest at one we throw. (just kidding!) You don’t have to go overboard or stress yourself out putting one together. It’s typically mostly boys and they just want food and beer, right? We sometimes throw a party together the day before or even the same day, if we get a wild hair to have people over. But you have to entice them with yummy food and I know my husband’s friends’ favorite foods, so I beg, borrow and steal recipes to make it happen. I have compiled a list of food with recipes linked and drinks we usually serve at our football watching parties. None of these are fancy, regular season games don’t require such, and these can be put together with little time or effort. This menus serves about 15-20 people.
Our Food Menu
Everyone’s favorite – Buffalo Chicken Dip – serve with Ruffles chips and celery sticks
Pizza Puffs – Double the recipe
Tricia Yearwood’s Hot Corn Dip – serve with tortilla chips
Flaky Deli Rolls – boys go nuts for this one – Double the recipe
Veggie Tray – baby carrot sticks, cucumber slices, sliced red & green bell pepper, Hidden Valley Ranch packet
Our Drink Menu
Beer – of course – we buy mini kegs or 3-4 cases of a variety for people to choose from
Whiskey & Coke – for night games or games that get a little intense
Red Wine – for the ladies, or sometimes the boys too – 4 bottles
White Wine – 3 bottles
Sangria or Margaritas – depending on the time of year (see below for Margarita recipe)
Sodas for the non-drinkers & plenty of bottled water (easily accessible) to rehydrate between quarters.
My sister’s Margarita Recipe:
2 cans frozen Minute Maid Limeade
2 cans cold light beer
1 limeade can 3/4 full of white tequila
fresh limes for garnish
Mix together all ingredients in a pitcher or beverage server and stir well. Add in sliced, fresh limes for garnish. Easy peasy!
Note: The buffalo chicken dip & hot corn dip can be made the night before, just store in an airtight container and reheat in the oven before kickoff. The veggies for the veggie tray can be washed and cut the night before and stored in the fridge in baggies. And the Hidden Valley Ranch can be mixed the night before and stored in an airtight container as well.