Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  I hope you are out enjoying a fabulous long weekend vacation somewhere…and are just as happy as me to see football season back!   Go Dawgs!

You might remember this football party post I did last year about setting up for my husband’s fantasy football draft party.  Well this year I took that challenge on again and it was a huge success.  I hope you find these recipes and party tips helpful for your next football gathering.

The guys were coming over at 11:00am to start setting up for the draft, so I wanted a “brunch” dish to start off with….


5 Minute Chicken Waffle Sliders


These were super quick and easy to make.  Plus, a huge hit to start off the party.

Five Minute Chicken Waffle Sliders

Buy already cooked prepared nuggets.   I purchased a nugget tray at Chick-Fil-A knowing I could serve up the extra nuggets later as a snack.  Heat up nuggets appropriately.   Pop Eggo Waffle Minis in your toaster to crisp up.  Stick on a skewer and drizzle with syrup. I served them up on a football party tray.  See, I told you that was easy!


Football Party Food Chicken and Waffle Sliders


Notice the “Challenge Flags” bucket in the background?  I decided to switch up my penalty flags from last year.  I bought some lollipops to tie up in napkins to act as challenge flags for the party.  Super cute, huh?

DIY Challenge Flags For Football Party


Another fun find were these koozies made just for football draft parties.  One of the guys got these and the giant draft board at www.draftkit.com

Football Draft Party Koozies


Once the draft got started, I brought in some lunch time food….. Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches, Chips and French Onion Dip, Antipasto Kabobs….

Football Party Food Ideas


Antipasto Kabob Appetizer Skewers

What you will need:

  • Sliced Genoa Salami
  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Roasted Red Peppers (jar of)
  • Olives of your choice (I had kalamata olives)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Package of spring lettuce mix

Simply stick all of the ingredients onto skewer and serve right away, or refrigerate until ready to serve.   It’s like a salad on a stick!


Antipasto Kabobs Appetizer


I also served up these cute little football cookies I found a local Charlotte bakery (Kai’s Kookies) to make for me…

Football Cookies From Kais Kookies Charlotte NC


These live football draft parties can take like 4 hours, so I like to space the snacks out. About half way into the draft, I brought in some more bite size treats…

Turkey Meatball Subs On A Stick

Find recipe over at Cookies and Cups

(I couldn’t find “breadsticks”, so I used Pillsbury “pizza dough” which worked fine.  And mine don’t look quite as pretty as the original recipe, but they were delicious!)

Meatball Subs On A Stick


And, I HAD to make those Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes that were the hit from last year’s party!

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes


I hope your favorite football team has a successful season….or at least you have fun planning some football party gatherings!

Heather Johnson - The Creative Stack