Easy party ideas for your next Super Bowl party

In about six days, football fans everywhere will grab a mountain high plate of finger food, don their favorite jersey, and shout profanities at the TV like it’s their job. Some might even say the first Sunday of February is just as much of an American holiday as the day we became our own nation.

Any excuse to get together and chow is a holiday, right?


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No matter if you find yourself at a Super Bowl party for the game or the commercials, this menu was created to keep all parties in front of the TV, not in the kitchen.

  • BBQ meatballs
    • Pre-cooked, covered in BBQ in a slow cooker.
  • Turkey and cheese (pepperjack, provolone, cheddar) mini sandwiches
    • Lunch meat and sliced cheese on buttered sweet rolls.
  • Spinach and sausage dip
    • Absolutely worth the extra steps because it can be made days in advance.
  • Black cherry and cream soda

Sugar cookies made with Skittles and cut into football shapes

Skittles sugar cookies and trash can cookies at a Super Bowl party

Trash can cookies for team chocolate at a Super Bowl party

And if the only food you care about is of the sweet variety, I have a special treat for both team chocolate and team fruity. I know how little attention fruity desserts get, so I made football-themed Skittles sugar cookies. And yes, they taste exactly like the candies.

If you guys behave I will share the recipe just in time for Easter. Since Snickers is an Official Sponsor of Super Bowl 50, I am sharing my cookie recipe for team chocolate. They aren’t M&M’s cookies. They aren’t Snickers cookies. They aren’t peanut butter cookies. And they can’t be called caramel cookies. I had no idea what to call this hodge-podge of sugary goodness, so they became known as trash can cookies. Not to be confused with a garbage can. There’s a difference.

Chopping up the Snickers for trash can cookies

Trash can cookie ingredients

How to make trash can cookies

Making trash can cookies for a Super Bowl party

  • 1 cup + 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3.4oz box of vanilla pudding

Mix until blended and fluffy.

  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Beat on medium speed until well blended. Next, add and beat on medium speed until well combined:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla

Stir in flour mix until smooth. Finally, add:

  • 1/2 c caramels, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 c peanuts
  • 1/2 c Snickers, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 c mini M&M’s

Drop the dough onto cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the tops and edges are slightly brown. I recommend removing the cookies before they cool all of the way so the candy doesn’t stick to the cookie sheet. Ask me how I know to tell you this. Go ‘head, ask.


DIY football scoreboard for a Super Bowl party

Football decorations at a Super Bowl party

I created a football scoreboard out of a chalkboard and some football scrapbook paper.

M&M's and Snickers rooting for team chocolate at a Super Bowl party

Skittles and Starburst candies cheering for team fruity at a Super Bowl party

Starburst at a Super Bowl party

I thought I would play up the big rivalry between team chocolate and team fruity with football bleachers lined in a variety of Snickers, M&M’s, Starburst, and Skittles.

And the final touch is something I’m pretty pleased with. I wanted the food containers to match the football tower I made a few years ago, so I pulled out the glue gun and got to work.


Measure the height of the bowl to be covered with faux grass

Measure the height of whatever dish you decide to use. (Mine was 3 inches.)

Use hot glue to wrap the faux grass to the football field bowl

Cut a strip of artificial grass so it wraps completely around the dish and stands from whatever surface it is sitting on to the rim of the dish. Attach it to the dish with hot glue.

Attach trim to the football field bowl with hot glue

Using hot glue again, attach brown trim to the top of the artificial grass. Yes, you can do without the trim, but I thought the bowls looked unfinished without this detail.

That’s it! I think the extra 30 minutes (I made three.) improved the look of the table by leaps and bounds.

Now, if you didn’t think my Super Bowl party was worthy of a pin, I know you will find oodles of more football party ideas here.

Shopping at Target for Snickers, M&M's, and Starburst for a Super Bowl party

I know this goes without saying, but I spend a lot of time at Target. And when I’m not at Target, I am on the Cartwheel app planning my next trip to Target. One stop shop, guys.

Do yourself a favor and grab your Super Snacks Cartwheel offer (1/17/16-2/6/16) before your next trip. Saving money is a good thing. It’s how I justify the adorable coral blanket resting on the back of my chair. And the clothespins adorned with the cutest Valentine’s Day details. And the…

You know how this ends.

Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl bash this year?


Easy football ideas, party tutorial, and trash can cookie recipe for a Super Bowl party

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