Easy Marinara Sauce

Stress-Free Football Party

by Alli

Thank you, Farm Rich, for sponsoring this Stress-Free Football Party post. All thoughts are my own. 

Football season is coming to an end and very soon we’ll be celebrating the big game. Yay! On any given weekend throughout the season, you’ll find me hosting a Football Party for family and friends. Check out my top 29 Best Game Day Recipes!

Two things I’ve learned over the years are to keep the party simple and the food delicious.

Football Party Food

Stress-Free Football Party Tips

Since Homegating is the new tailgating, you don’t need to go through all the hassle of getting to a game to enjoy football fun with family, friends, and FOOD. Just Homegate!

Farm Rich makes it easy with tasty, quick, and convenient foods, which will be your new #HomegatingHero for the Big Game 2018.

Casual parties are my favorite parties of all and my football party is always a casual family affair. I like to get in on all the action, so I always rely on Farm Rich when it comes to delicious party food.

Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen all night? Not me! Farm Rich helps families make the most of their time together with a wide variety of wholesome and easy-to-prepare frozen foods ready in minutes.

Funny Story: When my son took a bite of Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites, he said, “Mom, I keep telling you to open a restaurant.” I just smiled and nodded. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Farm Rich gets the credit, not me.

Football Party Food

Easy Tips for Hosting a Football Party

Set up a Photo Booth for Your Football Party


When it comes to football decor, I like to keep things simple. I always find great decor at my favorite party store.

There was a time when I’d DIY most of my decor, but it’s often cheaper to buy it already made and it saves so much time. I also pick up my plates, napkins, and photo booth supplies at the party store.

Party Decor for Football Party

For this homegating party, I used a black and white theme to give a nod to the referees. Sometimes we’re tough on those guys and they need to be recognized too.

Referee Themed Football Party

Food Stations

When it comes to hosting a football party, my food is always scrumptious. However, I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Since we watch the game on the big screen TV in the great room, the food is front and center on the coffee table. I love this table because I can raise it or lower it. Plus, it’s a great place to keep all the delicious snacks.

Farm Rich is one of America’s favorite snacks and appetizers brands, offering the best snacks for your game day. I like that our favorite snacks are available at grocery stores across the U.S.

Grabbing Food at the Football Party

I always try to serve foods that don’t need forks or spoons. Farm Rich helps out in that department with their amazing Mozzarella Bites, Loaded Potato Skins, and Jalapeno Peppers. I add a few dips and my BBQ sliders and the food is ready. Wasn’t that easy?

Football Party Tips and Tricks

Here’s a recipe for an easy marinara sauce to serve with the Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and Mozzarella Sticks!

Easy Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce for Football Party


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and salt. Simmer for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce for Football Party

I also provide a drink station over to the side and I use black and white water bottle labels. Get the kids involved before the party by having them tape the labels onto the water bottles.

How to Host a Football Party - Tips and Tricks

Photo Booth

Photo Booth for Football Party

Stress-Free Football Party Includes Lots of Fun

An easy, makeshift photo booth is always a big hit at my Football Party! Grab some photo booth props at the party store (mine were only $5.00) and place them on a table beside your photo booth.

Football Party and Photo Booth Fun

My photo booth is a football backdrop taped to a window. I add a football and pompom garland and I’m done.

Game Day Party Props for Football Party

Trust me, guests of all ages love hanging out at the photo booth, even the teens!

Photo Booth at the Fab Football Party

When it comes to a football viewing party, I always keep it simple, keep it casual and keep the food delicious. You can’t go wrong with good food and an easy photo booth.

Football Party Tips and Tricks

Are you hosting a party to watch the big game? Check out more easy ways to host a homegating party at Farm Rich.




Amber Myers January 19, 2018 - 8:29 am

Yum, I am such a fan of Farm Rich snacks. I usually always have them in the freezer. A big favorite is the mozzarella sticks.

Sarah Honey January 19, 2018 - 9:01 am

I love the photo booth idea! What a great activity for the kids. My son loves the Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks. We haven’t tried the Bites yets!

Megan January 19, 2018 - 9:42 am

The farm rich snacks look SO yummy! I think I need to pick this up this weekend. 😀

Heather A Lawrence January 19, 2018 - 10:50 am

Sharing this with a friend!
We are going over to their house this year so it will be the first year in awhile that I haven’t hosted a football party.
These are such great tips I wish that I had of seen them earlier …. I wouldn’t have been so quick to throw in the towel!

Doria January 19, 2018 - 11:35 am

OMG yes! Give me alllll the stress-free tips! lol I love the idea of a photo booth! One of my younger sisters is so good about planning things like that, I think I’ll delegate that bit to her 😉

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 19, 2018 - 11:54 am

Love all of your tips! We aren’t hosting a football party, but these are great for when we do!

Sue Reddel January 19, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Sounds like your family is going to have some amazing football parties. I love the idea of creating the photo booth.That provides fun for every one, even folks who don’t really want to watch the game.

Chubskulit Rose January 19, 2018 - 2:43 pm

I have no clue when the next superbowl will be but I will take all that treat right away. We try to make wing night even once a month for our family game.

Jen Temcio January 19, 2018 - 2:47 pm

I was asked to co-host a super bowl party so I am looking around at some ideas and I absolutely love yours! The banner and snacks are the best!!

Sarah Bailey January 19, 2018 - 8:25 pm

Now this is a post everyone needs to read! I think every party should be as stress free as possible, after all you want to have fun yourself as well.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy January 20, 2018 - 9:38 am

These are smart tips to keep party planning simple and stress-free. We love Farm Rich snacks in our house. They are delicious and convenient.

Angie January 20, 2018 - 1:15 pm

I’ve never cared too much about football, but I do love the party aspect! I used to love Superbowl parties with my dad when I was little-it was so much fun to hang out and eat good food.

Kita Bryant January 20, 2018 - 1:37 pm

This is going to be really helpful. No one needs to stress out on game day.

Sara Welch January 20, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Having enough food is a pretty important factor. No one goes hungry!

Anosa January 21, 2018 - 12:50 am

American football season is always interesting to me, I don’t think in the UK we are that dedicated lol but I do love the food here and doing a simple stress-free party is something I like

Ricci January 21, 2018 - 1:16 am

LOVE your black and white striped decor, I am black and white obsessed. LOL!! I also love all your snacks, I want to come to your house for a party!!

Dogvills January 21, 2018 - 9:26 am

Those are really great ideas for game day parties. I love that they are not difficult to prepare. Farm Rich products are a lifesaver! Especially when you don’t have much time to spare!

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