Use these free football printables and fun football party ideas to host the best game day party ever! They make throwing a football theme party, whether big or small, a cinch! All football fans will love the specific touches that the free football party printables add to your party!
I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to live in the Kansas City area the past few years. There’s just something incredible about going out on Fridays during football season and seeing half the people around you wearing red for red Friday.
And the team, the team is just so fun to root for. I’ve never been a huge football person, but I am a Chiefs person. I’ve (okay maybe Mahomes and Andy Reid and the rest of the players…) even converted my Dallas born husband into a Chiefs fan and that’s saying something.
The best part is that this year many of the rookies were able to step up and step up they did! Anyway, I created a set of free printable football party decorations that are perfect for a football birthday party, Super Bowl party, or any time you just want to put up a football banner!
I’m a sucker for a good set of printables. If you just add a few here and there to tie your entire table together, they’re the perfect way to finish a table.
I included a few cupcake toppers, food labels from this set of Chiefs game day printables, a banner behind my table, and bottle labels.
And I’ve created a set of simple football printables just for you – download them at the bottom of this post! They’re all football themed with things like a football field, football texture, playbook, and more!
Nothing super over the top, just a few items to make your table look more impressive and polished!
Keep reading to see many of these printables in action with some close-up shots from my Chiefs football table!
These would also work for a high school football banquet (or team dinner), a football party for older kids, or really just any time you want some sort of football decorations!
Game Day Party Tips
Outside of the printables mentioned above, I’ve put together some of my own game day party tips that can help you take those printables to a new level!
1 – Don’t make it all
Football games can last forever and you don’t want to run out of food. Make it easy on yourself by enlisting help – ask people to bring something to share and get at least some of the food catered.
I often order a good portion of my food from a local restaurant or grocery store catering and then just made a few of my favorites like buffalo chicken dip, homemade Chex mix, and white chicken chili.
2 – Create height and volume
I know game day is typically all about the food, but I really wanted to make a big statement with my party table. I went all out with large pieces to really fill the table.
Chiefs balloons from (and that awesome metal tin), a big drink bucket (get the DIY instructions here), goal posts, and then a duffle bag with football gear.
Since football parties typically include lots of appetizers and food that’s best laid flat (wings, pretzel bites, etc.) – adding large non-edible items gives you the height and volume you want while still being able to place flat trays of food!
3 – Start with Desserts & Drinks
I’m not talking about starting your meal with dessert first, although I do really like to do that! I’m talking about adding desserts and drinks to your table first.
I typically use cake stands to add height and keep the desserts out of the reach of the littlest hands. Plus, they just stack better.
Plate desserts together like these cupcakes with small candies like the Chiefs M&Ms. It fills up plates, adds color, and adds another small treat for someone who may not want an entire cupcake.
I decided to go with just Chiefs desserts. It was hard to choose out of all the options, but these sugar cookie sandwiches were my personal favorite! If we didn’t live local to the Super Bowl team, I would likely have just made my own cream cheese sugar cookies to decorate!
For drinks, I typically like to give options. Always water. Typically some sort of carbonated drink like soda. And some other non-carbonated juice option that’s more for the kids.
I went with a sports drink, red soda, waters, and some fruit punch in the pitcher – mostly because I wanted to show off my cute straw flags but also because well it’s red!
Print water bottle labels on full-sheet label paper instead of regular paper. Then just cut out the strips, take off the backing, and stick them on like stickers! Way easier than taping them on!
5 – Add Room Temp Snacks
After I have all my desserts and drinks out, I like to add any appetizers and snacks that will still be good once they’ve cooled off to room temperature.
For our party, this meant spinach artichoke dip with chips, cheesy pigs in a blanket, and meatballs!
6 – Save hot foods for last
Anything that needs cooked and is better warm, heat it up and plate last minute so people can enjoy it as warm as possible. Or make something that you can cook in the slow cooker like these bacon wrapped smokies.
7 – Incorporate Team Colors
If you’re a fan of the teams playing, you can either do a full party table using their colors. Or dial it back a bit like I did and go generic football look with team colors incorporated.
We’re obviously rooting for the Chiefs and luckily our stores have a TON of Chiefs specific items right now going into the big game next week. I picked up some balloons, a bucket, Chiefs’ popcorn, cookies, cupcakes, and more!
Plus, I just had to grab a Patrick Mahomes Bobblehead, it seemed appropriate to put him in the center of the table.
If you’re not hosting this for the Super Bowl, you can always just incorporate your favorite team colors however you want!
And don’t worry, Andy Reid made it onto our table as well. I saw this cookie in the Hy-Vee bakery and knew I had to have it. It may just be the cutest cookie I’ve ever seen, maybe too cute to eat!
I highly recommend printing on white cardstock paper or if not cardstock, something high-quality for best results. The only exception is for the labels for the water bottles – I recommend printing those on full-sheet sticker paper and just cutting them out to add to the bottles.
Download the Football Printables
As promised, I create a set of generic football printables for you to use for game day parties all year long!
Just click the button below to get the printables! Please note that all printables are for personal use only, not commercial.
If you want free party printables specific to this year’s teams, you can grab those in this game day printables post. It’s all updated for the Chiefs and Eagles Super Bowl!
The file will include:
- 2 Banners – one with no words and one with GAME DAY! letters. Either football banner is a great option.
- 2″ cupcake/treat toppers
- 1″ cupcake/treat toppers
- Circle favor tags
- Straw flags
- Water (or other drink) labels (also known as bottle wraps)
- Food cards
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