Gearing up to cheer on your favorite football team? Bring it home — literally — by hosting a homegating party. Get ready to get your game face on with the help of our handy party guide, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Dr Pepper.
Homegating Party Invitations
Homegating Party Decorations
Set the scene with a statement backdrop: Position a large piece of pegboard behind your food table (the holes in the pegboard resemble the pebbled texture of a football), then add strips of white duct tape along the lines of the pegboard to mimic the laces.
Make your own homemade banner by applying alphabet stickers (available at craft stores) to pieces of plain green canvas or card stock and attach the ends of the banner to the back of the pegboard.
Add texture to the main table by purchasing green artificial turf (make sure you measure your table first so you know what length to get) and setting it atop a striped table runner. Match paper plates, utensils and napkins to your team’s colors. Stack snacks and sweets on top of wooden stands and use mini chalkboards (available at craft stores) to create signs for labeling food and drinks.
Homegating Party Food
Help football fanatics fuel up by offering a full spread of snacks, such as wings, subs and chips and dip. Set up a sandwich bar with sliced rolls, cold cuts, cheese slices, lettuce and tomato slices along with bowls of mustard, mayo and relish.
For an easy grab-and-go snack, fill popcorn boxes with pretzels and chips to feed fans who choose to cheer on their favorite team from the couch.
Don’t forget to dish up dessert — go the extra yard by serving football-themed brownies and cupcakes.
Create custom cupcake toppers by gluing cut-out construction paper footballs to the tops of toothpicks.
Homegating Party Drinks
No football party is complete without refreshments. Provide nonalcoholic options as well as beer — Dr Pepper and Coors Light are sure to be crowd pleasers.
Offer these go-team DIY AstroTurf coasters to protect your tables.
Hosting a large crowd? Put beverages in an ice tub — it keeps cans and bottles cold, and cleanup couldn’t be easier.
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