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Football Party Decor Ideas

Football season is here again, and it’s time to prepare your party decor for all your friends and family. Get inspired with these updated football party decor ideas for 2023!

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To help you get inspired, I’ve rounded up the latest and greatest football party decor ideas that are guaranteed to score a touchdown with your friends and family.

From DIY mason jar decor to football-themed food, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your favorite team’s colors and let’s get ready to party!

Decorate Based on Color

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Choosing the right color theme for your football party decor can make planning much more fun and so much easier. And since I’m a proud Seattleite, I decided to draw inspiration from our team colors and incorporate them into my party theme.

Of course, you can also consider using the colors of your favorite team or even the classic football color palette of green and brown. This adds a playful touch to the decor and helps narrow down your choices for table settings, balloons, and other party essentials.

Trust me, choosing a color theme early on can help bring your vision to life and make your party a touchdown!

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Here’s what I did:

The dessert table was transformed into a celebration of my football team’s colors. I used two chargers in the team’s colors to serve as the base for the desserts and scattered candies beneath the cookies for added vibrancy.

To make the table even more striking, I filled a ceramic berry box with candies in the team’s colors and tied a ribbon around it for a touch of elegance.

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A few more ideas…

  1. Treat Bags:
    Fill small, clear treat bags with a mix of football-themed candies and tie the bags closed with ribbon in your team colors. These can serve as party favors or be used as decorations scattered throughout the party space.
  2. Candy Buffet:
    Set up a candy buffet using glass jars and bowls filled with various football-themed candies in your team colors. Label the jars and bowls with football-themed labels and add scoops and tongs for guests to help themselves to the sweets.

Football Food

Football season calls for not just exciting games, but also delicious and fun food to enjoy with friends and family. Let’s look at some creative football-themed food ideas to add excitement to your next party.

Here’s what I did:

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I made the dessert table uniquely festive for my football party decor by baking sugar cookies shaped like footballs and topping them with chocolate buttercream.

The process was quite simple, yet added a fun touch to the party.

  1. I started by making my classic sugar cookie dough, rolled it out to a ¼ inch thickness, and used a football-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
  2. Next, I placed them on a lined baking sheet and popped them in the oven.
  3. Once they were golden brown and fully cooled, I added a chocolate buttercream frosting to finish them. The result was a delicious and visually appealing dessert that was a hit with all my guests.

A few more ideas…

  1. Football-Shaped Sandwiches:
    Cut your favorite sandwiches into the shape of a football and serve them with a side of chips. You can also use a football cookie cutter to make mini football sandwiches for guests.
  2. Football-Themed Snack Platter:
    Create a snack platter with football-shaped or themed snacks, such as football-shaped crackers, football cheese balls, or football-themed cupcakes. You can also include dips or spreads that match the color scheme of your favorite team.
  3. Touchdown Tacos:
    Serve a variety of tacos with football-themed toppings, such as green salsa for grass and browned meat for the football. You can also use different color tortillas to create a fun and interactive touchdown taco bar.

Get Creative with Presentation

When it comes to a football themed party, the presentation of the food can be just as important as the taste. Try incorporating some of these unique ideas to add excitement and creativity to your dessert or food table.

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Here’s what I did:

I utilized mason jars and ceramic berry boxes to add a fun and festive touch to the dessert table.

Jars and berry bowls are a versatile and stylish way to serve snacks and treats at your football party decor. They can be easily decorated to match your party theme and add a touch of creativity to your table setting.

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Then, I used ribbon to tie in the color scheme and bring consistency to the table.

DIY Football Painted Mason Jar


  • Mason jar
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White paint pen
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Silk flowers


  1. Clean and dry the jar.
  2. Paint the outside of the jar brown and let it dry completely.
  3. Use the white paint pen to draw the stitching of a football on the side of the jar. Let it dry.
  4. Cut a piece of ribbon to fit the lip of the jar and attach it with tape.
  5. Fill the jar with coordinating blue and green flowers.
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A few more ideas…

  1. Mini Helmets:
    Serve snacks in mini football helmets. Guests can take their pick from a variety of bite-sized treats, including candy, popcorn, or chips, all served in adorable, football-inspired containers.
  2. Touchdown Display:
    Create a touchdown display with a dessert table. This can be achieved by arranging cupcakes, brownies, and other sweets in the shape of a football field and using frosting to mark the yard lines and end zones.
  3. Football-Inspired Dishes:
    Use food coloring to create football-inspired dishes. For example, you can make green Jello resemble a football field or create red and blue dips that resemble the colors of opposing teams. Serve these treats in clear, football-shaped containers to add an extra touch of fun to your party.

Treat Flags

When it comes to decorating your football-themed party, don’t overlook the little details.

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One fun way to add a touch of football flair to your dessert table is by serving treats on toothpicks that have been turned into mini flags. 

How I did it:

I decorated rice krispie treats with toothpick flags made from paper featuring footballs and playful phrases, adding a fun and festive touch to the presentation.

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A few more ideas…

  1. Miniature Football Players:
    Top off your cupcakes or cake with miniature plastic football players in various poses to create a fun and playful atmosphere
  2. End Zone Toothpicks:
    Create a touchdown-worthy dessert presentation by inserting toothpicks topped with pom poms or mini paper flags into the center of your treats to represent the end zone.
  3. Goal Post Fruit Skewers:
    Serve up fresh fruit or fruit kabobs on skewers shaped like goalposts for a healthy and whimsical snack option.