When the excitement reaches fever pitch this summer, get your footie-loving friends and family together to celebrate in style with a football party. We’ve got fabulous food, awesome activities and other football party ideas for an award-winning bash in celebration of the glorious game.

Viewing Logistics

Whether you’ve decided to hold your football party on the 15th July, or any of the other 63 games, you’ll need to make sure there is plenty of space for everyone to watch the big match. Where possible move furniture to the outside of the room, angle the TV so everyone can see it and place pillows and rugs across the floor for anyone who misses out on a seat.

Football Inspired Food

What do you think of when you need summer football party food? Yes, BBQ! Take your guests on a round the world trip with these dishes inspired by the competing nations:

  • Homemade oriental sweet chilli chicken kebabs - Thread chunks of chicken onto kebab skewers with peppers, onions and mushrooms, marinade for two hours in sweet chilli sauce before cooking on the barbeque.
  • American hotdogs – Serve good quality sausages in soft bread rolls with fried onions and lashings of tomato sauce or mustard for a US football party recipe favourite.
  • Mexican black bean salad – Simply mix chopped avocado, sweetcorn, black beans, chopped tomatoes and onion with a little oil or dressing for a tasty accompaniment for a warm summer’s day meal.
  • Brazilian-style corn on the cob – Boil corn for 5 mins, mix together garlic and mayo and rub into the cob. Season and grill the cobs until marks start to appear. Remove from grill and scatter with parmesan, coriander and a squeeze of lime.
  • Tuna Nicoise - If you think your guests might prefer something a little lighter, why not serve up this French dish? A delicious plateful of lettuce, tuna chunks, baby tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, cooked green beans, plump black olives, and warm new potatoes, drizzled with a little dressing of your choice – we like garlic and herb or a simple Caesar.

Football Party Decorations

Why not cut out lots of circles from white card and get the kids involved decorating them and threading them together to act as bunting? You could even use it as a chance to test your knowledge on world flags by creating a football to represent every country taking part in the tournament. 

Football Party Ideas: Games

When you’re looking for football party ideas for games, remember the big kids will be pretty well entertained by the match. But for smaller kids, try setting up a football-style obstacle course in the garden so they can work on their dribbling skills. Kicking the ball through hoops, around posts and up and over hurdles, is a great way to burn off some energy and build up a hunger for that football party food you’ve been working on. You could even encourage older kids to time all the participants and hand out small prizes to the fastest dribblers.

 

If the weather is not looking so hot, or you’re looking for a quieter activity, collect photos of footballers from newspapers and magazines and then blank out their faces. Stick them up around the house and see who can find, and guess, the most correctly. Prizes or simply kudos on offer for the winners!

Whichever football party ideas you go with, make sure you head down to your nearest convenience store to pick up the supplies.