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Are you getting ready for the big game? Here is a DIY Snack Stadium idea that I have used before and love the way it turned out.

I am not a big football fan, I am really not a sports fan of any kind. Growing up my dad was a HUGE football fan, a Raider fan to be exact. We went to games, practice games and autograph signings, we drove hours to these events, it just did not appeal to me in any way.

Fast forward to now I am married and my husband is a sports fan, not a huge football fan, he is more a fan of baseball and hockey, but still, I just don’t get it. I also have four boys, who love sports also just like my dad and just like their dad. So I’ve embraced sports will be a part of my life, and I try to make game-day fun for the whole family. I could go read a book or take a nap and I have sometimes, but I would rather be with them the people I love so I cook, I bake, I make football-shaped cookies and I ask who is winning periodically.

I’m sure you’ve seen people post pictures of their Snack Stadium’s on-line with Pinterest and Social Media, they look really cool and festive. You can even buy a pre-made Snack Stadium setup at Party City. I saw this idea on Pinterest to make your own Snack Stadium out of soda boxes and I thought I would try that. I loved the way it turned out and I love that I was already purchasing soda anyways, why not use the boxes to create this Snack Stadium.

On my blog I share the link where I got the idea for the DIY Snack Stadium, she has step by step instructions with great pictures to show you how.

Food brings people together when I look back at my childhood memories if we had family or friends over you can guarantee food was a big part of our gathering. That is one thing I look forward to when it comes to football season or any sports season, is having people over and sharing fun food together. It was really fun seeing the excitement on my boys’ faces when they saw my Snack Stadium, they thought it was the coolest thing.

I also over the years have made a football shaped cake, football-shaped brownies and a football-shaped bread bowl with spinach artichoke dip, I’ll share pics of those here too.

You can keep a game day gathering simple with pizza, chips, and brownies it’s still fun. I think it is more enjoyable to watch the game with others and have someone to talk to about the commercials or plays. You could also go big and make a snack stadium, the main thing is to spend time together and make it fun.

Another simple tip is to use the colors of whichever team is playing and use that color food and decorations, it does not have to be name specific. You will always see Rice Krispie treats at my parties, I love them, my kids love them and they are easy to turn into any color based on the teams playing.

You could also use the city of the team for inspiration. Last year the New England Patriots were playing the Atlanta Falcons at the Super Bowl, so I made Clam Chowder and I made a simple peach dump cake in honor of Atlanta, Georgia peaches.

You can usually find inexpensive football decorations at the Dollar Store or even Wal-mart. I found football-shaped glass cups at the Dollar Store, last year.

Here is the menu I had at last years Super Bowl:

In honor of last years Superbowl teams (New England Patriots & Atlanta Falcons) I made New England Clam Chowder and Peach Dump Cake.

Appetizers:

Nachos, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Guacamole, Chips & Salsa
(I made a field goal out of corn tortillas to place in guac and salsa.)

Finger Foods:

Mozzarella Sticks and Jalapeno Poppers

Main Course:

Clam Chowder & Deli Sandwiches

Dessert:

The Peach Dump Cake, Football themed Rice Krispie Treats and football cupcakes.

Again want to keep it simple, pizza and wings are always a hit with my crew too.

More simple food ideas would be: Meatballs or Pulled Pork in the Crockpot with bread rolls, Taco Bar, Nachos, Hot Dogs, and Chili, or BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders.

I sure am looking forward to finding out who will be playing in the Super Bowl so I can start menu planning. We have had a few simple football gatherings this year. My family is originally from Denver, so when the Denver Broncos and the Raiders recently played we had a get-together and I made my Crock Pot Potato Soup and we had another get-together and kept it simple with Pizza and salad.

If you are planning a football party I hope you will try making this Snack Stadium, I think you will love how it turns out, I know your guests sure will.

You can find some of the links for the recipes I used including the Super Bread Bowl Football Dip on the blog at www.BlogAboutItAll.com
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