Football birthday party

Theresa and I have six kids between us. That’s a lot of birthdays! To make sure that each child’s birthday is special, we usually choose a theme for the party. When we’re planning the party, we try to find ways to tie the menu, decor, and activities to the theme.

When my oldest child was little, he chose to have a football birthday party. So this is one of the first birthday parties that I threw, and it was fun. Here are some of my ideas and suggestions for throwing a fun football party of your own!

Bonus: Many of these ideas can also be used for a tailgate, football-watching party, or Super Bowl party! Score!


Cake and dessert ideas:

  • football field cake (ice a sheet cake with green frosting, pipe white lines, dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate to create goalposts) – I then piped jerseys on teddy grahams and had opposing teams & refs
  • ice cream cake with a football on top (made out of crushed oreos)
  • homemade cutout cookies, brownies, or rice krispie treats cut out with a football-shaped cookie cutter and iced with melted chocolate or chocolate buttercream (if you’re ambitious, you can even pipe white stripes for laces on top) – or cut with a jersey-shaped cutter and ice in team colors
  • cupcakes with toppers (toothpick flags in team colors, mini plastic goalposts, or candy football shapes – can often be found in a cake supply or craft shop)
  • football-shaped cake (cut out of a sheet cake)

Food ideas:

Decor ideas:

  • team colors tablecloth or football field tablecloth
  • plates, cups, napkins, and utensils in team colors
  • streams, posters, flags, foam fingers, or pennants for a favorite team
  • football-shaped food trays, bowls, and platters


  • encourage guests to wear team jerseys or colors and/or face paint
  • if it’s the right season, schedule the party at the same time as the big game, so you can put it on in the background for football fans to watch
  • invites can be football-shaped, jersey-shaped, or mimic a game-day ticket

Activity ideas:

  • tailgating games: cornhole, ladder golf, horseshoes, touch football
  • face painting station for painting on eyeblack or team colors

Favor ideas:

  • mini footballs
  • whistles
  • glow sticks

About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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3 Responses to Football birthday party

  1. Pingback: Train Birthday Party Food Ideas | Cooking for the Fam

  2. hii Katie, thanks for the idea
    i’ll try to use this theme for my son’s birthday next month


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