Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Chicken Tenders and Touchdown Snack Mix

by Alli

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

Are you ready to throw the best Super Bowl party ever? I’ve got some fun and easy Super Bowl Party Food Ideas, Decor & More that will impress your guests and reduce your stress.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

I’ve got my fingers crossed that my favorite team will be heading to the big game and I’m throwing a big bash. Of course, I throw a big party every year whether my team makes it or not. The commercials alone keep me glued to the TV screen.

If you’ve never hosted a Super Bowl Party, have no fear, Alli’s here. I’ve got secrets galore that will have you out of the kitchen and smack dab in the middle of all the halftime festivities including a dabbin’ contest (more about that later).

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Remember, this is not a black-tie affair so don’t go anywhere near your formal dining room. Keep that china you rarely use locked up.

It’s time to pull on your favorite team jersey, jeans or leggings, a warm pair of socks, and a low or high ponytail. Add a little bronzer, lip gloss, mascara and you’re ready to party.

Before you head to Target to stock up on party foods and decor, raid your son’s bedroom for footballs and/or helmets. You’re gonna need them for your decor.

(Can you believe my son tried to make me use his shoulder pads for a centerpiece?  I knew then and there that he did not inherit my decor gene.)

Remember, we’re not going near that dining room. Think stations within arm’s reach. Think coffee table.

My coffee table is large and round with a crank that lifts it up or down.  It can go up as high as a regular table and you ought to see how low it can go. For this party, I crank it up a tad.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

You can hit up your local Walmart or Target to stock up on crepe paper streamers in your favorite team colors. I stopped by the party supply section and bought crepe paper streamers in my favorite team colors – blue, black & silver. 

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Since my dessert station is to the right of the big screen, in front of a window, I decided to hang the streamers from the curtain rod – no tape required.

I cut a length of blue and one of black and tied the two together and repeated the pattern all the way across the window (between the open curtains). Then I added a few silver streamers and I was done.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

DIY Candy Bouquet Centerpiece

It’s so easy to make a candy bouquet centerpiece! 

You will need:

  • A terra-cotta pot
  • Foam plate or floral foam
  • Wooden skewers
  • White tape
  • Bags of M&M and Snickers 
  • Green paper placemat

I found a terra-cotta pot the same color as a football and added tape to mimic the lacing.

Cut a foam plate down to size and insert it into the top of the pot. Cover it with a tissue paper placemat that looks like grass. Wooden skewers from my pantry were used to make the bouquet.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Isn’t this cute?

Super Bowl Party

The type of candy I used was a no-brainer. All of my childhood friends know that my favorite candy ever is a tie between Snickers and Peanut M&M’s.

Skittles and Starburst are my son-in-law’s fave, so I grabbed a few bags. 


Super Bowl Party Candy

Now that we’ve got our fun and easy decor all done without breaking a sweat, let’s take a look at my semi-homemade menu:

Super Bowl Party Menu

  • Chicken Tenders w/ Jalapeno Mustard Dip
  • Sub Sandwiches
  • Veggies & Dip
  • Football Shaped Pretzels
  • Chips & Guacamole
  • Fruit On Sticks
  • Touchdown Snack Mix
  • Candy Bouquets
  • End-Zone Cupcakes

How To Make Touchdown Snack Mix (Recipe Below)

Everyone loves my Touchdown Snack Mix and it’s so easy to make. You’ll need:

  • Honey graham cereal
  • Chopped pecans
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Skittles
  • Chopped Snickers
  • Pretzel sticks

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to a boil on medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes.

Pour over the cereal and pecan mixture. Bake the mixture in a 350º oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely and add the other ingredients. This is a big favorite at my house.

Superbowl Party Ideas

Touchdown Snack Mix

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  • 6 cups honey graham cereal
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup Peanut M&M's
  • 1 cup Snickers Fun Size, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Skittles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cereal and pecans in a large bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil 2 minutes.
  3. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, and stir quickly to coat. Spread in a single layer on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Transfer to wax paper and cool completely (about 10 minutes). Break into pieces and toss with pretzel sticks, Peanut M&M's, Snickers and Skittles.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

How To Make Goal Post Cupcake Toppers

For the cupcake toppers, you’ll need pretzel sticks and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Make goal posts using the melted chocolate as the “glue” to build the pretzel sticks goal posts.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Add brown Peanut M&M’s to represent the footballs. M&M’s was an Official Sponsor of Super Bowl 50! Little helmets in my team’s color finish these cute toppers. 
Super Bowl Party Ideas

I actually bought these pre-made cupcakes at the grocery store and they were a huge hit! 

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Instead of wings, I’m serving Chicken Tenders on Skewers with Jalapeño Mustard Dip. The dip is easy to whip up. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

How To Make Jalapeño Mustard Dip

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon diced jalapeños (fresh or from a jar)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Whisk the mayonnaise, mustard, and honey together. Stir in the diced jalapeños. Store in the refrigerator until time to serve. 

Super Bowl Party Foods

Fun Halftime Festivities

We all love the halftime festivities during a Super Bowl party, but you’re gonna want to pause the action in order to have a dabbin’ contest.

Whenever my favorite quarterback scores a touchdown, he does a little end-zone dance. You’ve got to have an end zone dance contest to see who has the moves down.

The winner gets a Snickers/M&M’s Candy Bouquet and the bragging rights, of course.

End Zone Dance Contest - Super Bowl Party Fun

And the winner is . . .

Super Bowl Party

Mini Candy Bouquet Favors for Super Bowl Party

Oh, yeah, everyone at my party gets a mini candy bouquet to take home. Use chalk to draw lacing onto the “football” mini terra cotta pots. Use toothpicks to secure a Fun-Sized Snickers.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

I do hope you try a few of my Super Bowl Party Food Ideas (don’t forget the end-zone dance!).

Super Bowl Party Ideas

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Originally posted in January 2016 and updated Dec. 27, 2021


[email protected] EngineerMommy January 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

This looks like such a fun party! You did a fabulous job. Those goal posts are sooo adorable. What a fabulous way to bring a little fun to the table!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 18, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Well, now I’m hungry LOL Everything looks great! I really love the little goal posts, and how you made those flower pots look like footballs!

Chantal January 18, 2016 - 9:23 pm

This post kept getting better and better the more I scrolled down! I am not a football fan but after it all looks fantastic. The touchdown snack mix is something I will absolutely have to try.

Alli January 19, 2016 - 2:46 pm

It makes a huge bowl and it was all eaten. It’s really, really good.

Franc Ramon January 18, 2016 - 10:11 pm

I love M&Ms and it’s nice to see it in a super bowl party idea. The other food ideas are also cool and creative.

Hannah January 19, 2016 - 1:42 am

Theres so many things I love about this party set up! i think my favorite is the flower pots turned vases. Such a clever idea making them like footballs. It looks like you guys had an awesome time!

Alli January 19, 2016 - 2:46 pm

We had the best time and can’t wait to do it again in a few weeks. Thanks!

John Lopez January 19, 2016 - 4:55 am

Are you in the Austin area, because I’m waiting on my invite lol. Great ideas for an awesome Superbowl Party. I’ll probably go to someone’s house because that’s how we do it here lol.

Alli January 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Sorry, I’m in SC! 🙂 If you’re in the neighborhood, LOL.

Ashley Whipple January 19, 2016 - 11:06 am

The football pots are so cute. Love the cupcakes too!

Colette S January 19, 2016 - 11:56 am

Party over at your house!!
If my husband was going to be here, I might have thought about football party food, but he will be working.

I love your photos and party ideas! Thank you.

Sarah January 19, 2016 - 1:03 pm

This all looks so good, I think I need to come to your party! Also love the idea to hang the streamers on the curtain rod, I might use that for my next party.

Alli January 19, 2016 - 2:44 pm

Thanks, Sarah! We had a blast at our Super Bowl Party (trial run) and can’t wait to do it again on Super Bowl Sunday.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 19, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Your parties are always fantastic! Love those Endzone Cupcakes and the Snickers/M&M Candy Bouquet…so cute!

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Alli January 19, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Thanks, Lorelai! I love to throw a good party and when Snickers, M&M’s, Starburst & Skittles are part of it, it’s always good. 🙂

Kiwi January 19, 2016 - 4:22 pm

What a sweet family! I love the family dab contest so fun!

Cara (@StylishGeek) January 19, 2016 - 4:32 pm

I confess that whenever we have sports parties I always hit the candy area! Got to have it at game days! Love the array you displayed!

Jeanine January 19, 2016 - 4:55 pm

Oh gosh this all looks amazing. I don’t do sports, or sports parties. It’s just never been a thing for us but I think that may change as my husband has been hinting so this could be great!

Mang January 19, 2016 - 7:56 pm

I so wanna be included in a super bowl party! M&Ms, Snickers, Cupcakes? I am so in!

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy January 20, 2016 - 1:06 am

Looks so fun! I love all the food with super bowl parties and boy do I love Target! And, I think I see one of your yellow legal pads in that shopping cart, lol!

Shirley Wood January 20, 2016 - 8:31 am

Everything looks so fun but that snack mix recipe looks especially yummy! Such a fun party. We are big NFL fans, the kind that like to hear the game but I still love the party atmosphere during the game.

Jacqueline January 20, 2016 - 11:47 am

Yes, always lock up the fine china when drunk Uncle Tom is in town lol! I love your party ideas and hope you guys enjoy the Super Bowl!

Janet H. January 22, 2016 - 11:35 am

This is a great post!! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I am so hungry after reading this blogpoost, I cant wait to try all of the above party ideas, they look amazing, super bowl looks so tasty!!!

Alli January 23, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Thanks! I can’t wait to duplicate it again on Super Bowl Sunday!

Miranda (Anosa) January 24, 2016 - 4:35 pm

Such awesome party ideas and the decor just wow, the food and snacks too amazing made me so hungry right now

Elisa K. December 30, 2018 - 1:11 pm

This post made me so hungry but I really liked it! I have also checked this to create a party atmosphere! They might be a perfect match too.


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