The Ultimate Party Food for the Big Game
It’s almost time for one of the biggest sporting (and snack) events of the year. An occasion celebrated by millions decked out in their favorite team's gear and gathered in bars and in houses and apartments all over the country to watch the year's two best football teams battle it out for the title of champion.
Second only to the game itself is the food served while watching said game. A quick Pinterest search reveals a nearly infinite scroll of party food ideas and snack, dessert, and drink recipes. While you could spend hours knitting together how to present your slew of snacks to the masses, why not wrap them all together into one fabulous Snack Stadium?
We think that a Snack Stadium is the perfect set of snack stands that doubles as a mighty display. Not only is a Snack Stadium awesome to gaze upon, it's also easy to create and even easier to fill with delicious Buffalo Wings & Rings food!
How to Build a Snack Stadium
- Two spice racks or thick cardboard
- 8 bin boxes
- Sturdy white cardboard or poster board
- Football-related food decor: party picks, banners, ribbons, whatever you prefer
- Small, rectangular aluminum trays or dishes for dips on the "field"
- Green tissue paper
- Paper straws in your favorite team's colors
- Wooden skewers
- Clear tape
Buffalo Wings & Rings Food to Order:
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- Chips & Salsa
- Fried Pickle Chips
- Pretzel Bites w/ Queso
- Wings (2-3 varieties) in a variety of sauces with ranch and bleu cheese
- Ranchero tots
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Onion Rings
- Saratoga Chips
- Corn dogs
Other Optional Food:
- Regular potato chips or other chips
- Additional veggies for dipping
Snack Stadium Assembly
- The first thing you should do is prepare a space for your snack stadium. We found that right smack dab on top of a kitchen table or counter will work just fine. Place the spice stands on either side of the stadium, along the 50-yard-line.
- Next, put together 8 of your bin boxes. (Save the rest for another project or use the white side as the outside of your stadium.) You'll want to place two bin boxes together on the far (goal) ends, and one on either side of both spice racks.
- Ball up 2-3 pieces of green tissue paper and put them in the bottom of each of the bin boxes to serve as a backing for the snacks that will go in those boxes.
- Cut poster board or bin boxes in 4 ½ inch strips to wrap around the outside of the snack stadium to hold it all together. Decorate the outside of this poster board with football printouts, stickers, logos, or however you see fit.
- Start filling up your stadium. How you fill it is up to you. We reserved the middle of the stadium for a rectangular plate of nachos, but you could use it as a dipping or chip station. The four corners are a great place for dips or mounds of chips as well.
- Add the finishing touches — paper straws with flags, mini banners, or other decorative elements will really add to that stadium feel.
Snack Stadium Tips & Tricks
- Plan ahead for ordering purposes and make sure to get your carry out order in early.
- Be sure to place plates, napkins, and utensils nearby and allow ample time for everyone to graze throughout the game.
- Chef Dan recommends reheating wings and apps and any other foods that should be served warm by putting them in a single layer on a sheet pan in the oven.
- Consider warming up half the food at the start of the game, then heating up the rest at half time. As Chef Dan says, "You don't want to run out of food at halftime. Make no mistake, they came for the food."
- Chef also suggests making a game out of eating wings by adding to the stadium wings covered in escalating heat levels of sauce, "So it becomes a game within a game of eating the next heat level and seeing where people fall of the heat chart and someone has to be declared a winner with the atomic hot sauce."
Order now to ensure your place in the Snack Stadium hall of fame!