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Get ready to score big with our crowd-pleasing Game Day Party Food Bars! Whether you’re hosting friends or cheering on your favorite team with family, these easy-to-make recipes are guaranteed to be a touchdown.

So grab your apron, get in the kitchen, and let the game day feasting begin! These game-day party food bar ideas are a fun and easy way to feed a crowd while watching your favorite team play. Get tips for decorating, setting up a foobar, and recipe ideas for the next big game day.

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What are game day party food bars?

Party food bars are a great way to serve food through all 4 quarters of the game easily. All the food can be prepared before the party. You can also have the whole food bar set up before guests arrive. They will have the freedom to come and go from the food bar to grab a bite throughout the game. It will be easy for you, just refilling items during commercials if needed. You won’t have to miss a play the whole game.

Tips for building a food bar

  • PLAN AHEAD: Plan for at least 75% of your foods to be made the day before. Also, don’t try to make everything. It’s ok to buy premade items such as veggie trays and desserts.
  • SET UP THE SERVING TABLE THE DAY BEFORE: Go ahead and get all the decorations set up the day before. Set out all your serving pieces out and arrange the furniture if you need to.
  • PLAN FOR HOT AND COLD FOODS: As you set up your table, designate zones for warm foods and another for cold foods. Get extension cords ready. Be sure and tape them to the floor if needed to prevent tripping.
  • PLAN BACKWARDS: On game day, start setting out dishes by which foods can sit out safely the longest. For example, set out your chips, cut veggies, and baked goods. Also, get your crackpots going so everything is cooked according to schedule. As the time approaches for the party to start, begin setting out foods that should be kept cold or freshly heated.

How to decorate for a game day party

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  1. Touchdown Football Themed Cups:
  2. Football Tablecloth
  3. Football Table Centerpiece:  Football player silhouette centerpieces in 3 different pose styles.
  4. Football Cutout Signs: Perfect to decorate rooms, entryway, porch, and walls. 
  5. Touchdown Football Field Pennant
  6. Ceramic Football Stadium Chip and Dip Serving Set
  7. Football Party Supplies Snack Cups
  8. Football Dinner Plates
  9. Football Tumbler Beer Glass Set

What do you serve at a football party?

When it comes to football and food, your guest is most happy with various snacks they can graze on throughout the whole game. Easy to grab and hold foods are perfect since everyone is centered around the tv for the big game. Party food bars are a great way to serve food through all 4 quarters of the game easily.


Wings party bar

Everyone loves wings and football together. Why not have a competition for all your guest to bring their favorite wings and award prizes for the best tasting, spiciest, most unique flavors?

You might want to pick up some wing food trays for mess-free cleanup.

Easy 3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe
These 3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings only take 10 minutes to prep and three simple ingredents.
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Close up of bbq wings from a slow cooker using 3 ingredients covered in sauce.
Easy Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe: Crockpot
Make these Easy Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe using your crockpot.  These wings have a mouthwatering blend of peppery heat and are coated in a delicious sticky hot honey sauce drizzled over them just before serving. 
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salt and pepper chicken wings with hot honey on them and a dish of hot honey
Dill Pickle Chicken Wings Recipe
Facebook14084TwitterPinterest26354Dill Pickle Chicken Wings will be your new favorite wing! Baked Chicken Wings get a dill pickle twist with pickle brine. The whole family will love these easy baked chicken wings. Is it just me or are Dill Pickles all the rage these days? I mean there are dill pick…
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Keto “Honey” Sriracha Chicken Wings
A keto-friendly recipe for Crispy “Honey” Sriracha Chicken Wings. Includes a substitute for honey & directions to make these in the oven or air fryer.
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Game Day Blue Cheese Dip – Kathryn’s Kitchen
This Game Day Blue Cheese Dip is the ultimate dip for snacking! This creamy Castello® blue cheese dip goes perfectly with Town House® Crackers and veggies!
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Game day chili bar

Get your crockpots ready and fill them with a variety of chili recipes. Serve up a batch of BEER BREAD and plenty of crackers for dipping. You could also ask your guest to bring a crockpot full of their favorite chili recipe. Have a competition and award prizes for best-tasting chili, spices, or most unique recipes. Grab one of these fun  Chili Cook-Off Award trophies for the winners.

Wendy’s-Inspired: Thick and Hearty Copycat Chili Recipe
You might think Wendy's has top-secret recipes; however, I am sharing with you an authentic Copycat Wendy's Chili recipe that you can make at home. I carefully read through all the the website data that Wendy's provides and taste tested to compare each ingredient in this copycat recipe.
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Wendy's copycat chili in a bowl with cheese and crackers beside it
Rich Hawaiian Zippy’s Chili Recipe; Slow Cooker
Zippy's Chili is an iconic dish of chili that has been well-loved by the people of Hawaii for decades. It's a hearty mix of beef, sausage, beans, and unique spices that provide a range of flavors and textures in every spoonful.
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Quick & Easy Beer Bread
This easy beer bread recipe has a sweet chewy crust on the outside and a soft, scrumptious yeasty inside, this beer bread is a crowd-pleaser. In just 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch and pop it in the oven, making it a perfect choice for busy schedules or impromptu gatherings.
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Quick Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili; Skyline Copycat
This homemade copycat recipe for authentic tasting Instant Pot Cincinnati chile will become a quick and easy family favorite. The sweet and savory sauce is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, garlic all infused with beef hamburger and tomato sauce.
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Authentic Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili on a plate with cheese and crackers on top
Best Copycat Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe

The Best Copycat Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe is a thick Texas-style chili filled with traditional smoky chili seasonings, a touch of heat then topped with cheddar cheese and red onions. It’s a homemade hearty meal your whole family will enjoy as a favorite a cold winter night.

Game Day Snack Foods

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms are a perfect appetizer for your next party, full of garlic, toasted pecans, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and then topped with a citrus basil dressing. They are easy to make and you can make them ahead then bake just before a party.
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vegan stuffed mushrooms
Szechuan Air Fryer Wings – The Art of Food and Wine
Szechaun Air Fryer Wings are super flavorful and crispy. Make zesty wings in about 30-minutes in the air fryer and finish with an easy Szechuan sauce.
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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe For A Crowd: Easy Slow Cooker
This homemade sloppy joes recipe has a sweet and tangy sauce that is incredibly easy to prepare and simmer in your slow cooker.  It's a great main dish recipe for busy weeknights, church potlucks, or a casual party with friends.
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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries – Six Hungry Feet – Recipes
Enjoy these delicious Vegan Chili Cheese Fries without feeling guilty! Baked potatoes and chili beans made from scratch.
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BBQ Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
BBQ Roasted Chickpeas recipe is a simple to make a snack, full of sweet bbq flavor. They are great tossed in salads, or enjoying like you would nuts.
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Roasted chickpeas and a bowl that have been tossed in a barbecue seasoning

Mexican football food bar

Everyone loves a Mexican-themed party! Setting up a Mexican bar for the big game will make everyone happy. To really make it a fiesta, try these Easy Mexican Party Theme Ideas and Recipes. Your friends and family will be raving how clever you are for throwing such a great party!

Cheesy refried bean dip — Living Lou
Looking for a deliciously simple dip recipe? Our yummy Cheesy Refried Bean Dip couldn’t be easier to make. Best of all, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
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The Best Walking Taco Recipe: How to Make A Taco in a Bag
Learn how to create Walking Tacos for your next party! If you’ve never had a Taco in a Bag, you’re missing all the fun. Bag Tacos never looked so good!
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Brisket Nachos – Loaded BBQ Beef Brisket Nacho Recipe
Use leftover shredded beef brisket to make these easy but insanely delicious BBQ brisket nachos. Great as a party appetizer or dinner & easy to customize!
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Green Tomato Salsa Verde
This green salsa recipe without tomatillos is an easy recipe made with fresh ingredients such as tart green tomatoes, onions, chilis, garlic, and lime. This green sauce is perfect for all Mexican food types, such as tortilla chips or tacos. You will never want to buy salsa Verda in your grocery store again.
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green tomato salsa without tomatillos in bowl with chips and peppers by it
Nacho Casserole
Nacho Casserole has layers of classic nacho ingredients layered between tortilla chips or Doritos smothered in a creamy beef and cheese sauce that creates a delicious and easy dinner.
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Spicy Pico De Gallo
It’s quick and easy to learn how to make this Spicy Pico de Gallo using simple fresh ingredients. Pico De Gallo is a low-calorie condiment that adds a punch of authentic Mexican flavor to just about any Mexican meal.
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Spicy Mexican Street Corn Salad
This spicy Mexican street corn salad is the perfect side dish for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas!
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Mexican Coleslaw Salad
A little bit of spice and a touch of sweetness makes this Mexican Coleslaw a perfect side salad for your next Mexican meal.
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Mexican Coleslaw Salad | I little bit of spice and a touch of sweetness makes this Mexican Coleslaw a perfect side salad for your next Mexican meal.
Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos {So Easy} – Modernmealmakeover.com
Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos made with seasoned shredded chicken, beans, corn, two types of cheeses, and all the yummy toppings!
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Dips and chips bar

Looking for a light and easy snack bar idea that is easy to make the day before the party? Try a dips and chips bar. Serve a variety of dips, then add chips, crackers, or pieces of bread.

Roasted Red Pepper Spread
Roasted Red Pepper Spread is a delightfully sweet, Mediterranean flavored roasted red pepper and tomato spread that can be used as a dip for naan bread, a sauce for pizza and pasta, or a sandwich spread.
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Refried Bean Dip with Cream Cheese
Refried Bean Dip with Cream Cheese takes only 10 minutes to prepare and is always a hit at the party! Made with just a few simple ingredients like…
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Creamy Sausage Dip — feeds a crowd, everyone LOVES it!
My favorite chip dip of all time: this sausage dip is one you can count on! This spicy dip is highly addicting and loved by everyone! It’s the perfect appetizer and chip dip for game day or parties!
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Cauliflower Hummus
Cauliflower Hummus has a creamy nutty flavor, with hints of roasted garlic, cumin, and sesame. It is a nutritious snack that is paleo, keto, and vegan.
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cauliflower hummus ready to serve with a Sprinkle of sesame seeds and fresh herbs crackers on the side
Beer Cheese Dip – The Salty Marshmallow
Beer Cheese Dip is warm, gooey, and so easy to make at home from scratch in 15 minutes! This beer cheese is perfect with soft pretzels, chips or veggies!
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Super EASY Buffalo Chicken Dip
This buffalo chicken dip is super easy and tastes amazing! It’s loaded with cream cheese, ranch, buffalo sauce, and chicken; then topped with blue cheese!
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Lima Bean Hummus
Lima bean hummus is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers and bread or as a condiment on sandwiches.
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LIMA BEAN HUMMUS

Hot dog party food bar

This bar is really easy to create. Fill small canning jars with condiments and some bowls with relish, slaw, and sauerkraut. Fill a crockpot full of chili to serve over the hotdogs. Then get a variety of chips your everyone will enjoy. Grill your hotdogs and sausage dogs before guests arrive. Place them in a warm crockpot with a 1/2 cup of water at the bottom. They will stay warm through the whole game if they last that long. Get some Red Checker Paper Hot Dog Trays for easy serving and clean up.

Easy Hot Dog Chili
If you love hot dogs, you have to try this Easy Hot Dog Chili which comes together in a flash. It’s great on loaded fries and nachos too!
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Wisconsin Beer Brats
Wisconsin Beer Brats. Simmered in beer and onion, grilled, and served slathered in sauerkraut and mustard. Perfect for game day. #brats #grilling #footballfood #tailgating #superbowlfood
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Brat Bites with Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce
Brat Bites with Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce are perfect to serve at home for the game, or portable for a tailgate at the stadium. Delicious brats wrapped in pastry, baked, sliced, and dipped in a creamy spicy mustard.
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Italian party food bar

An Italian party food bar would be a unique idea. Grab some Fun Shaped Football & Helmet Noodles and serve with your favorite pasta sauce. What a fun idea!

Italian Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
Crazy good and addictive this Italian Cheesy Pull Apart Bread is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The loaf is filled with a buttery garlic, pesto and Italian herb mixture then generously stuffed with mozzarella cheese to create each perfect bite for this pull apart Italian bread.
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italian cheesy bread
Italian Stromboli
An easy Italian stromboli recipe made with refrigerated pizza dough and Italian cold cuts. Stuffed with provolone, salami, pepperoni and ham and baked.
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Italian Stromboli
Toasted Ravioli Appetizer (Air Fryer or Oven)
Toasted Ravioli Appetizer (Air Fryer or Oven)
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Food bar on a budget

No need to skimp on flavor just because you are on a budget. These budget-friendly party food recipes are easy to make and delicious.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies With Brown Sugar – The Anthony Kitchen
Give your Bacon-Wrapped Smokies recipe an easy upgrade with this perfect smoky, sweet brown-sugar glaze with just the right amount of tang!
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Pepperoni Pizza Waffle Fries
These tasty Pepperoni Pizza Waffle Fries are the answer to your game day or party needs! Perfect for pizza lovers, these will be your favorite fries!
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Creamy Buffalo Fried Deviled Eggs
Buffalo Fried Deviled Eggs combine the best of two worlds — creamy deviled eggs & buffalo sauce! They’re the quintessential appetizer.
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Crispy Smashed Buffalo Potatoes
Crispy Smashed Buffalo Potatoes are crazy good! This recipe is like a mash up of buffalo wings, nachos, and tater tots in the best way possible!
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Bacon Jalapeño Cheddar Popcorn
Bacon Jalapeño Cheddar Popcorn is the perfect football watching party snack. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit cheesy, and packed with flavor!
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Easy make ahead food bar

Here are recipes that can all be made the day before the big game. Some will need to be heated just before your guests arrive.

These shooters would also be fun to serve in the Red Solo Shot Cups for easy cleanup.

Bloody Mary Shooters with Shrimp or Oysters – The Art of Food and Wine
Bloody Mary Shooters, garnished with shrimp or oysters, are quick and delicious for a party. Make homemade Bloody Mary Mix and top with leafy celery stalks.
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Spicy & Sticky Asian Pork Meatballs
Sticky, a touch spicy and so tasty! These Asian Pork Meatballs make the perfect party appetizer, or quick family dinner.
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Game Day Cheese Plate
This is an easy, make ahead, perfect for a crowd, appetizer for a big football game. The Game Day Cheese Plate recipe has plenty of charcuterie, cheese and spice to be the hit of your next football party and is the ultimate finger food.
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Super bowl party food bar

When you are hosting a Super Bowl party, it’s all about the traditional game-day foods. Pork, potatoes, and spicy foods are a theme here!

Carne Asada Fries – Baking Mischief
Carne Asada Fries are a SoCal restaurant favorite, but they’re incredibly easy to make at home. Here’s how to make the best Carne Asada Fries.
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Easy Stuffed Jalapeños
My longtime love for spicy food has led me to make these easy stuffed jalapenos over the years. If you are the type of person who loves a little bit of spice, who asks for that side of tabasco at a…
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Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites
The air fryer cooks Pork Belly Bites into perfect little morsels of deliciousness. Serve them as finger food at a party or as movie night snacks that the whole family will love.
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Everyone is going to love this dessert during a Super Bowl party. Beer, pretzels, and ice cream what could be better?

Stout Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream
This rich and creamy beer ice cream is inspired by Häagen-Dazs’® stout chocolate pretzel ice cream. It’s a perfect Game Day dessert!
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Football snack bar

Bite-size finger food snacks are a great way to feed a crowd. Fill your food bar with plenty of plates and bowls because everyone will be coming back over and over for these creative snacks.

Maple Glazed Popcorn
Maple Glazed Popcorn is an addictive treat with a naturally sweet buttery maple glaze made with maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.
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maple glazed popcorn

Ok, this recipe might be a little strange to some, but southerners know a great way to cook peanuts is to boil them. I like canning my own, but you can also do a stovetop method or buy them already cooked in a can in your peanut isle.

Canned Boiled Peanuts: Step-By-Step Guide
Canned boiled peanuts are a salty southern treat that are easy to can. If you are from the south you know that summer brings boiled peanut stands, selling warm salty goodness in a paper bag. Canning your own at home is easy and makes for a great snack all year long.
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boiled peanuts in juice
Mac and Cheese Balls
Mac and Cheese Balls make a tasty side dish, appetizer or finger food! All the great taste of macaroni cheese, but in crispy bites. You’ll love this recipe.
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How to Make a Football Charcuterie Board – The Windy City Dinner Fairy
Step up your tailgating game with a football charcuterie board! It will be a hit no matter which team you’re cheering for!
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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cashews
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cashews are a delightful appetizer, snack or gift to give that is quick and easy to make.
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A pan of spicy roasted cashews on parchment paper that have just come out of the oven
Tailgate Meatballs
Tailgate Meatballs are ready to party when you are! Serve with your favorite sauce and they’ll be the hit of the tailgate party.
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Crockpot football game food

Keep it easy on yourself by using a crockpot to do all the cooking and serving in. Get some extension cords ready and ask everyone to bring their favorite crockpot snack. Your meal will stay warm even if the game goes into overtime.

Get one of these fun Football-Shaped Slow Cookers for all your game day parties.

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe (Fool-Proof!) – Howe We Live
This truly is the easiest slow cooker pulled pork recipe EVER. Simply toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker, then walk away!
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Lazy Hotdog Pull-Apart – The Lazy Slow Cooker
This fun and tasty dish will really up your slow cooker game. You will really enjoy the easiest way to make a fun hotdog pull-apart.
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Drink ideas

party juice recipes pictures and lady sipping punch

You will need to make a big batch of punch to go along with your food bar. Be sure and browse through my Delicious Party Juice Recipes.

More game day party food bar ideas

For more great party ideas, be sure and check out these 20 Fun Build Your Own Food Bar Ideas.  These food bars are great make-ahead party foods before guests arrive, which allows you to relax and enjoy the big game! You also might want to check out my Quick & Easy Cheap Party Finger Foods Ideas.

A sign that says 20 fun food stations and then images of food stations such as biscuit bar hamburgers barbecue sub sandwich coffee bar

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