Game Day Party Ideas – Free Printables, Prep Ideas, and Essential Gear


We happen to be huge football and basketball fans in our house, especially when it comes to the Packers and the Badgers. Naturally, we have some great game day party ideas for cheering on our teams each year!

Game Day Party Ideas – Essentials

Getting ready for game day means being prepared in advance. You are going to have lots of hungry, thirsty, and excited fans in your home, so be prepared to feed them, quench their thirst, and give them all the tools they need to cheer on their favorite team!


Have cocktails ready, or at least grab yourself a guide on how to make cocktails if you’ve never done so before. Also, a large beverage tub is an easy way to have cold drinks ready to go, and it is easy to refill throughout the day. 

 The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks Stainless Steel Beverage Tub


If you are a beer lover, you’ll love these growlers and portable keg toppers to appease everyone’s tastes. 

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Don’t forget to give everyone a place to put their drinks (if you don’t want your furniture damaged or a big mess), and an easy way to open those bottles during the party.

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Serving Food

Grill up some food in style, and serve it with compostable Leafware serving dishes!

 Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill Round Grill Press, Cast Iron Hibachi/Steak Deluxe Tabletop Grill Set Compostable Hot Dog and Food Tray


Enjoying Game Day!

When the big game finally arrives, here is what I love!

Cracking open an ice cold Pepsi….

pepsi drop

grabbing some Tostitos,


eating some fancy cupcakes that I may or may not have baked and decorated myself,

football cupcake

then sitting back and enjoying as my favorite team whoops some butt! 

Game day party ideas

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Here are some football game day party ideas – printables to customize your decorations!

Check out these cool pendants and editable banners that you can use to make your party unique (click the link or image to open and download/save).

Editable Welcome Sign:


Printable Football Pennant Banners (all teams available):


Create Your Own Printables

Not digging these banners or need something for other than football? Have your own game day party ideas?

Have you ever considered making your own designs?

It is super easy to make customized banners, pennants, decorations, and so much more with a Cricut Explore Air cutting machine. You can check out all of the projects I’ve made with my Cricut here to see just how easy it is!

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Photo credits: Flickr (Kyle Engman, Matt, Paul Heaberlin, Cooking Cinderella), P&G. Some images have been modified.


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7 thoughts on “Game Day Party Ideas – Free Printables, Prep Ideas, and Essential Gear

  • September 20, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Down here they are crazy college football fans. I like to watch games with chips, dip, bbq wings, and lots of non alcohol drinks. Reply
  • September 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    My fantasy game day would be done to the nines. Costumes, themed food, games (to win prizes) etc...It is go big or go home for us. Reply
  • September 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm
    Atlanta Falcons all the way!!!! All of the usual football fare, hot wings, chips, Mexican dip, cheeseburger sliders, etc... Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    I would have all my friends and family over and have the biggest bbq you ever seen with lots of brats and chicken wings as well as lots of finger foods and soda and tea! I would have a great cookie cake made with all the teams playing on it and have the tv set up outside with a great fire going to roast marshmallows on why we watch the game. Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm
    My Fantasy game day would include my family & extended family. I would leave appetizers up to my daughter & my husband. Our family moto seems to have evolved to "It's all about the sides." I would buy a Packer ice cream cake & we'd all enjoy the game!! Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    my goodness Clay Matthews is a good looking man! the packers are my team so Id have a party with GB decorations. Id also have lots of good finger food and snacks. Reply

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