Tailgate at Home with these Football Finger Foods and Party Games

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 20, 2015


Can’t make it to the University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday for our Shea Homes tailgate on Nov. 22? No worries! Round up your friends and neighbors and host your very own celebration to cheer on your favorite team.

Football Fare

Need tailgate menu inspiration? Look no further. We’ve put together our favorite crowd-pleasing finger food recipes right here. And boost the fun factor with our favorite football-themed party games.

Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders

Photo credit: King’s Hawaiian

This slider recipe takes 30 minutes to make and is fully customizable. Make your own sauce or use a variety of cheeses.

Pretzel Dogs

Photo credit: Buns in my Oven

This recipe brings a twist to a classic by wrapping hot dogs in pretzel dough. Save time by using pre-made dough. (Or go with an even simpler approach with this Pig in a Blanket recipe!)

Mac and Cheese Bites

Photo credit: Chef in Training

Kids of all ages will flip for these Mac and Cheese Bites. They bake up in 15 minutes and will please all the cheese lovers in the crowd.

Football Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo credit: My Mommy Style

Chocolate-dipped strawberries that look like adorable little footballs? Score! (Hint: Make a double batch. These will go fast!)

Games and Activities

Eating and watching the game with friends and family is always fun, but why not kill time waiting for the game to start with some activities? Here is a list of fun things to do for all ages:

Photo Booth

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Create memories of your tailgate with a football-themed photo booth. Create your own team rivalry helmets or find various props at your local party store. Find even more ideas and steps for creating your own props and photo booth on the Hostess with the Mostess blog.


Photo credit: diyjoy.com

If you’ve never played cornhole, you’re in for a treat. Try the NFL Shop for NFL-themed cornhole games, make your own with this DIY tutorial.

Table top Football

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Finger football is a fun activity, especially for kids. It only takes one sheet of paper and at least two people to play. Make the game even more exciting by building a table top football field like this one, using the step-by-step tutorial.

Ring Toss

Photo credit: Beneath My Heart

Super easy and a ton of fun, ring toss is a blast for football fans of all ages. Get the how-to details right here.

Check out all these tailgate ideas and more on our Tailgate Master Tips Pinterest board.

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