Even if you don’t really care who wins the NFL championship on any given year, a weekend football game is a great opportunity to have friends over for a party. Add in some snacks, beer, and a few dollar store football party decorations for the big game! I pulled this food table and backdrop together with materials from the dollar store, and you could easily replicate the look for less than $20 – including those giant mugs!
DOLLAR STORE FOOTBALL PARTY DECORATIONS
INEXPENSIVE FOOTBALL PARTY IDEAS
Show your team spirit by creating a backdrop simple football food party backdrop in team colors. The streamers and twine can be found at the dollar store, and the banner itself is made from a paper grocery bag. You could add even more interest to the backdrop by picking up a few mylar balloons from the dollar store!
You can easily make football banners with paper bags or dollar store construction paper. Stack the paper and cut out small triangles. I used a marker to add the word concessions to my pennant banner, but you can mix this up to cheer for your favorite team.
If you want to spend a little more time on your pennant banner, you can follow my tutorial for creating a football banner inspired by the football field itself. I used iron-on numbers in a font that has a vintage varsity vibe.
Be sure to check out the easy tutorial for this stamped kraft paper table cover. Paper table covers will save your tablecloth from spills and stains, and they can be customized to fit any party theme. I found my roll of kraft paper in the office supply aisle of Dollar Tree by the mailing supplies. This table cover covered my whole table but would work equally well as a table runner on a larger surface.
You can occasionally find matching confetti at the dollar store, but I generally don’t like to use confetti since it makes such a mess. I am all about quick and easy cleanup after the game!
THE BEST FOOTBALL DECORATIONS
The best football party decorations are the ones that don’t get in the way of the food on the snack table! I brought out some of my dollar store glass beer mugs to flank the table. As guests bring more food and snacks, they can grab a mug which will make more room for food! Then fill up the mugs with your favorite beverages. These huge mugs from the dollar store can hold two bottles of beer at a time so you don’t have to get up off the couch to get refills.
I used trays from my own tableware collection, but you can also find plastic trays at the dollar store. If you hit the store at the right time of year, you might even find some that are shaped like footballs!
You could also make some simple food labels out of index cards that you have folded in half. This is a great solution if you have multiple snacks and dips in crockpots. That way your guests can see at a glance what is in each pot rather than opening each one and letting all the heat out.
DOLLAR STORE FOOTBALL CENTERPIECE
I made a quick centerpiece from mason jars, paper straws, and more paper bag triangles. Decorate them with the mascots of the football teams or with generic football sayings like “Touchdown!” or “Go Team!” The dollar store doesn’t carry colored jars, but you could either paint the ones they do carry or just leave them clear. I found the green paper straws at Dollar Tree around Christmas, but I am not sure they would carry them this time of year. Craft sticks or wooden skewers would work just as well to hold up the pennants.
DIY PAPER BAG BOWLS
Brown paper lunch bags, also from the dollar store, can be rolled down to form bowls for chips, pretzels, or other game day goodies. You may not even have to wash dishes at the end of the party!
You can definitely supplement these decorations with football party supplies like napkins and plates from the dollar store. Pick up these basic items and you can throw an amazing party, no matter who is on the field on game day.