Game Time Tablescape Menu Recipes

by Alli

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We’re a sports-loving family. We get together often to watch the big game. Gameday festivities at my house include football, food, fun, and family.  

I always enjoy planning my game day tablescape because it’s a casual, laid back party and I can let my imagination soar.  There’s always one rule: No stuffiness allowed (except for the cheese-stuffed pizza crust and we’ll get to that later.)

Game Time

We always wear our favorite jerseys, even if our team isn’t playing.  And you’ll find half the family cheering for one team and half cheering for the other. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

I can’t predict the outcome of the game, but I can predict that you’ll want to duplicate my party at your house. So, let’s get this party started!

Game Time Tablescape, Menu & Recipes

Gameday always brings a crowd to my house so I use my dining room table for the buffet. It’s the perfect place to create a mini football field.  

I purchased an indoor/outdoor rug that looks like grass for only $19.99 at my local home improvement center. It’s not heavy at all and I tucked a table cover underneath so it won’t scratch the table. I snapped a photo as I was getting the table ready.

Game Night

I enlisted the help of my sweet husband to trim the edges of the “football field” so there would be no overhang. Then I put him to work on making a goal post with PVC pipe and using duck tape to create the markings on the field. I think it turned out spectacular.

Borrow A Football Helmet From Friends or Family

Helpful Hint: The football helmet I’m using as part of the centerpiece was borrowed from the son of a friend.  ou all know what my motto is: “Never buy party decorations if you can get them for free by shopping your home, your mom’s or your friend’s.”

Game Time Tablescape & Recipes

I made the pom poms by cutting a large square from a paper tablecloth I had tucked away in my linen closet. Then, I cut the square into strips being careful not to cut through the ends.

I rolled it up, secured the non-cut end with rubber bands. Instant poms!

Big Game Day Centerpiece

I always keep the recipes simple and cooking down to a minimum because I like to enjoy the game, too.  The first thing I do is head to my local Walmart to load up on our game day favorites.

The “meat” of the party includes wings from a local restaurant and freshly baked DiGiorno Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza straight from my oven.

DiGiorno pizza is always a big hit at my game day party and the cheese-stuffed crust takes this pizza to a whole new level of deliciousness.  I like the fact that each pizza is made with real mozzarella cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes from California.

Big Game Recipes & Tablescape

Helpful Hint:  There is nothing wrong with having a semi-homemade gameday spread. It saves so much time.

Big Game Tablescape & Recipes

Menu for Gameday 

I add my pineapple cheese ball and crackers, my taffy apple dip, chips, and salsa and I serve several varieties of drinks, but the favorite drink is always my famous mocha punch featuring Nesquik. You can find my family’s favorite punch here!

The grand finale is all about dessert and I think two desserts are always better than one!  I serve my Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup trifle and limited edition Edy’s Grand Ice Cream Touchdown Sundae.

Have you tried the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis?  Two of my favorite flavors got hitched.  You need to run (or drive) to Walmart, grab these babies and make my trifle. My Walmart has a huge display in the front of the store and you can also find them on the candy aisle.

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

 

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Delicious Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle has layers of chocolate cake, pudding, whipped topping, and Butterfinger peanut butter cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk (to make the pudding)
  • 1 (16 oz.) container whipped topping
  • Β½ cup strong coffee
  • 2 bags (8 oz. each) Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bake cake in a 13" x 9" pan, following the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, make pudding following directions on the package.
  3. When cake has cooled, crumble and layer half of the crumbles on the bottom of a trifle dish or large glass bowl. Sprinkle with half of the prepared coffee. Top with half of the pudding mixture, half of the whipped topping and half of the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis.
  4. Repeat layers, topping with the remaining Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups. Refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight.

 

Game Time Recipes & Tablescape

Helpful Hint:  The trifle can be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge.  After you bake the cake and mix up the pudding, it’s all about the layering.  This is the perfect dessert for any occasion.

A few hours before your guests arrive, scoop out the Edy’s Grand Ice Cream Touchdown Sundae into cups and place in the freezer. When it’s time for dessert, you won’t miss any of the game or the party. You’ll love the flavor and especially the little chocolate footballs swirled into the creamy ice cream.

Game Day with Nestles

Game Day Tablescape

Aren’t these little ice cream cups adorable?  I bought them at my local party store.  The little spoons are included.  Who says paper products can’t be convenient and pretty?

Big Game Day with Nestles

If anyone has a snack attack during the game, I have football-shaped bowls filled with fun-size Nestle crunch bars and Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis. The bowls were 2 for $1.00 at my local dollar store.  Score!

Game Day with Nestles

Big Game Tablescape & Menu

I hope you enjoy my game day tablescape, menu, and recipes.  What’s your game plan?  I’d love to hear all about it.

 

24 comments

Shirley Wood January 26, 2015 - 7:36 am

Alli, your game day party looks fun and festive. That Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle would be incredibly disappearing at my house, looks delicious!
I love that y’all all wear your favorite jerseys too and cheer for opposite teams! This years Super Bowl should be quite interesting! We will be cheering for the Patriot’s.
That turf table cover is really cool! Love it!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 8:08 am

I’ll be cheering for the Seahawks. It’s not my first choice, but I’ll cheer for anyone going up against the Patriot’s, especially after that deflated football incident. πŸ™‚ I take my football seriously. πŸ™‚

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Dionne Dean January 26, 2015 - 9:15 am

I think I used up like 25 Weight Watchers points just reading this post! I need to figure out how to make that trifle the WW way. May not be too bad since it’s made with pudding..I shall see. Great post as always!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Don’t you get extra points to bank or something like that? Bank those babies and eat some trifle! πŸ™‚

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Erin @ The Speckled Palate January 26, 2015 - 9:30 am

I absolutely love your tablescape and this Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle recipe! What a fun thing for gameday and what a great way to celebrate the game with your people, whether or not your team is playing!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:42 pm

My team didn’t make it this year so I’m cheering for Seattle. πŸ™‚

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Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) January 26, 2015 - 10:27 am

Another wonderful tablescape for the superbowl! The Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Trifle sounds so good – my husband loves peanut butter cups, so I know this would be a hit!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:40 pm

I have 2 to pick from on Sunday. πŸ™‚ Those new Butterfinger peanut butter cups are amazing. I like that they are unwrapped so it makes it easier to use in recipes OR to grab a handful.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 26, 2015 - 11:07 am

Oh my goodness, that Trifle!!! I so love your parties and your tablescapes!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Thanks, Kristen! Your cousin and her family are adorable!!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 31, 2015 - 11:58 am

Aw, thank you πŸ™‚ And thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

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Alli February 2, 2015 - 8:10 am

I’ll be there!

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Anna @ Northern Homestead January 26, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Another wonderful party at yours for the superbowl! Pizza for party looks good to me!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Thanks, Anna. I really enjoyed your Food in the Bible today!

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Donella Crigger January 26, 2015 - 3:09 pm

I have to try that trifle. It looks amazing, and so does your tablescape!

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Alli January 26, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Thanks, Donella! The trifle is easy and delish!

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Tiffany January 26, 2015 - 4:03 pm

I bet your party will be a blast! πŸ™‚

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Nicky January 26, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Alli, this looks like such a great party theme. The trifle recipe looks amazing. Anything with Butterfinger and I’m a very happy girl

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Michelle H January 26, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Your party looks so fun! Seriously making that trifle (maybe without the coffee?)

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Alli January 27, 2015 - 6:42 am

I’ve made it both ways. It is just as good without the coffee.

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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 27, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Love the grass tablecloth…such a clever idea. Looks like you’re going to have a terrific Super Bowl Party! πŸ™‚

~Lorelai
Life With Lorelai

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Alli January 28, 2015 - 6:06 am

Thanks, Lorelai. That table cover will be making an appearance on my table on game day for many years to come. πŸ™‚

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Danielle January 28, 2015 - 9:33 am

The triffle sounds amazing. And I love the little cups for the sundaes. Such a smart idea! #client

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Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum February 3, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Looks like a fun, and yummy party! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

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