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Crowd Pleaser Tailgate Party

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Can you tell we get way too excited about football? My husband and son are already mapping out their online football draft schedules and I’m I’m over here brainstorming football party tablescapes.

Whether it’s just us watching the game or whether we have friends over, we always plan game day food. It’s really not hard to plan a football themed party if you’re willing to be a little creative. Let me show you how simple it was to set up our food station.

To make my life easy I went to Sam’s Club and for a big pack of ground meat, waffle fries and a 35 count pack of Coke. The Coke’s come in 28, 32 and 35 count packages and with Sam’s Club I could have ordered ahead of time and picked everything up, but I like browsing around to see what’s new in the club.

When planning a football party I like to stick to one kind of meat, but use it for multiple recipes. I love wings, but we have them a lot while watching football, so this time week I made burgers and meatballs.

Mini Tailgate Cheeseburgers

  • 2.5 lbs or ground meat
  • 1 cup of bread crumb
  • 1 can of Coke classic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • teaspoon of olive oil
1. Mix all of the ingredients except olive oil together in a large bowl and form mini burgers no larger than your waffle fries.
2. Heat teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and add mini burgers. Cook on both sides for 10-15 minutes until brown and cooked throughout.
3. Place waffle fries on a baking sheet and cook according to instructions on the bag.
4. Once the burgers and fries are cooked it’s time to assemble your mini cheeseburger. Start with a waffle fry on the bottom, then top with a mini burger and cheese. Once you have all of your burgers assembled, pop them in the oven on warm to melt the cheese.

Mini Meatballs

  • 2.5 lbs or ground meat
  • 1 cup of bread crumb
  • 1 can of Coke classic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • teaspoon olive oil
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and form mini meatballs. 
2. Heat teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and add mini meatballs. Cook on all sides for 10-15 minutes until brown and cooked throughout.
3. Pour 1 cup of barbecue sauce over the cooked meatballs and 1/4 cup of Coke classic. Simmer for 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
Once the food is ready, it’s time to decorate your table. Using a large sheet of poster board you can easily make a football goal to decorate the wall behind your food table. Use the diagram below to draw your shape and cut it out.

Once you have it cut out, attach it to the wall using double sided tape.

Other decoration ideas could include, stars and mini footballs to scatter on your table or even referee shirts cut from a black and white striped napkin. Just a few cuts and you have it. Add a toy whistle and it brings the theme together.

The final craft idea I have for you are these football inspired cups. Using white rectangle labels, I cut strips to create the look of the football lacing. Just make sure you cut you vertical strip longer than your horizontal strips.

Making the referee shirts was my favorite craft for this tablescape and the mini cheeseburgers was the funnest recipe. You can find everything you need for the recipes I shared at Sam’s Club.   

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    20 thoughts on “Crowd Pleaser Tailgate Party

    1. What a cool decorations. And the burger and meatball recipes are easy to make. Awesome!!!

    2. We've used Coca Cola in a recipe a time or two and it's always great! I love your ideas. Growing up in a football household, I know the fun!

    3. I like all your ideas, trully inspiring as a mother the things you come up with.

      I have never imagined using coca cola like yu suggest and i cant wait to try it this weekend. Yeppers. You rock Saidah Cheers

    4. Very creative! Looks great and I know I'd enjoy, I love adding coca cola to my meats especially burgers! Yum – Jeanine

    5. Those are great ideas. I can't wait to have my first tailgate party this year.

    6. WOW! I'm coming over to your next tailgate! 🙂 I love Coke Zero too.

    7. It looks like such an amazing table! I wish I could do it too, but it never looks quite like this. You are very talented and I loved the small touches with the coke glasses and the straws.

    8. Coke and hamburger, together? Sounds all wrong, so it must be awesome. Cola is now on my shopping list for our private Sunday night football parties.

    9. What a fun party! Those ref shirts with the napkins are super cute — what a great idea. All your food looks delicious as well.

    10. You add a can of coke when you make your cheeseburgers? I never heard of that and may very well try it!

    11. Can I please be at your next tailgate party – yummy! seriously awesome

    12. You are pretty amazing and creative! Love how you made that referee jersey! And the meatballs and sauce…oh my!

    13. This is SO awesome! I love all of your ideas! I can not wait to incorporate some into my tailgating! Thank you!!

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