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How to Host the Ultimate Game Day Party

Whether you are hosting a big watch party or simply gathering together with a few close friends for the big game, I have easy tips, appetizers, desserts and decorating ideas to help you host the ultimate game day party.

We are big football fans at our house, but even if you are just tuning in for the commercials, we have lots of fun party tips for watching the big game from the comfort of your own home. I love entertaining and when it comes to celebrating any occasion, I believe you should make it extraordinary! However, I’m also a firm believer that extraordinary doesn’t have to mean expensive or difficult. My motto is keep it simple, easy and extraordinary. With the help of great products and a huge variety of gourmet food options available at Tuesday Morning you too can easily create the ultimate football celebration, just in time for the big game!


I like to set-up and decorate one area with all of the food and party supplies. This helps set the stage for the celebration and makes it easier for you to decorate your home without breaking your budget. Football parties are all about the food and drinks so I set up a table in my dining room with my DIY football field table runner and a large chalkboard backdrop. I used a metal rectangular tin box and metal tray to display party supplies and food. And the best part is when the party is over I can use these items to decorate my home, now that’s what I call a touchdown!


During all the excitement of the big game the last thing you want to do is make your guest search for the snacks… they should be at arms length and plentiful. I stocked up on lots of easy to grab and munch snacks like the sweet and salty Kettle Popped Corn, Old School Movie Popcorn and Artisan Nuts.

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In addition to having lots of munchies on hand, you’ll want to make sure you have some delicious appetizers guests can dig into. Some of my favorites include Tailgate Chopped Tater Tots and Hatch Chile Queso Dip. The last thing you want to do on the day of the big game is spend all day cooking in the kitchen. Tuesday Morning has lots of gourmet sauces and dips that are so good they taste homemade. I save myself tons of time on party day by using store bought meatballs and combining them with the sweet and spicy Peach Jalapeno BBQ sauce. I like to make this finger food extra easy for guests by placing mini forks and custom toothpicks in each one, that way guests can grab them and get back to the game so they don’t miss any game winning plays.

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It’s no secret that I love entertaining, but I’m not a big fan of cleaning it all up when it’s over. This is why I love the party section at Tuesday Morning. They have a huge variety of paper napkins, plates and more for a pretty tablescape with easy clean up. I picked up a few packages of black and white polka dot baking cups to display field goal cupcakes and also put them out so guest could fill them with gourmet nuts. I love how they make an ordinary store bought cupcake look extraordinary, remember it’s all about the little details!



When you’re hosting a football party you will want to make sure you have plenty of drinks stocked. I like to set out a bar cart with the drink supplies and always include a fun signature drink that matches the party’s theme. For the big game I made Referee Coke Floats that all of our guests could make and enjoy, but this one is especially fun for the kiddos at your party.

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Find your nearest Tuesday Morning to get everything you’ll need to host the ultimate game day party and score big with these simple tips, ideas and gourmet snacks! Looking for even more inspiration? Join us on our “Party Planning Secrets” Pinterest board by clicking HERE!

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Mariah Leeson

Meet the Contributor

Blog: Giggles Galore

My home Tuesday Morning location: Allen, TX

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I always gravitate to the Dining & Kitchen and Holiday & Party sections first. I love entertaining and I’m always on the hunt for colorful and unique dishes. And I may have a small obsession with collection cake stands and paper straws!

A little about me: I have been married to my best friend for 14 years, and I’m the lucky mom to our 9 year old daughter and 7 year old twins. I have a passion for celebrating and have been entertaining and throwing parties since I was a freshman in high school. I believe that the little details are what set ordinary events apart from extraordinary events, even in every day life! When I’m not planning parties or creating craft projects for Giggles Galore you can find me spending time doing what I love, traveling, cooking, eating Mexican food and having impromptu dance parties with my kids!

What I love to write about: I have fond memories of traditions, celebrations and homemade gifts from my childhood. My mother was a creative soul who thrived on sharing her passion and talent with others. Fast forward a few years and now I love sharing updated versions of those special memories. I created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. I love to write about and share tutorials for kids crafts, DIY projects, recipes and of course, my favorite parties! No matter what I’m writing about, one thing is certain, you will find lots of tips and hints for creating memorable occasions with the most important people in your life.

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