Alcohol, food, and football may be the key elements of a successful NFL watch party, but there’s no need to stop there. With the right decor, games, and activities, you can transform your party from an ordinary Sunday in front of the TV into the event of the year.

While a variety of games and activities can amp up your football party, festive decorations are just as important. Ideally, your party’s decor will reflect either one or both of the teams playing on the day of the big game. Generic football decor is also acceptable. In general, the goal is to establish a sporty, laid-back, and fun atmosphere in keeping with the party itself.

Not sure where to start? Incorporate the following football party decorating ideas into your gathering — and don’t be surprised if guests beg you to host again in the future.

Make the Treats And Serving Area As Visual As Possible

Food at football watch parties is typically served buffet-style, thereby allowing guests to grab seconds when desired. This setup certainly doesn’t mean that you should skimp on presentation.

Deck out the serving area with your favorite team’s official colors. Better yet, use a tablecloth featuring a football field design — complete with yard lines. Cutouts can be placed on either end of the buffet area to deliver a grander, more festive feel.

Tablecloths, streamers, and colorful plates can make a huge difference, but the fun shouldn’t end there. In addition to the usual chicken wings and guacamole, aim to serve highly visual treats that make your party pop. If you’re feeling ambitious, incorporate a similar theme into your guac and dip station; the green of fresh guacamole makes for the perfect field, while nacho cheese or salsa adds color to the end zones.

Decorate your table with football themed items.

“NFL Theme Birthday Party” by Kid’s Birthday Parties is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Any food served in the shape of a football is also highly encouraged. For example, cakes or cupcakes feature frosting in your team’s colors. A sheet cake could be decked out to look like a stadium. Crackers, brownies, deviled eggs, and even chocolate-covered strawberries can all be made to resemble the old pigskin.

If you’re not intent on making fancy items yourself, take some time to learn about offerings at your local pizza places. Many provide specially-designed pizzas shaped like footballs not only for the Super Bowl, but throughout the entirety of the football season. Otherwise, simply invest in football-shaped serving bowls and fill them with your favorite snacks.

“Superbowl Cake” by Amarand Agasi is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Include Your Own Scoreboard

If your football party includes a variety of activities beyond simply watching the game, be sure to provide multiple options for keeping attendees up to date. A scoreboard may help. Commonly used for fantasy football parties, this football decoration can be made on your own or purchased from a variety of sources (cardboard cutouts make great ones!).

A football scoreboard makes a great interactive display for a football party.

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Aim for a customizable scoreboard, which should feature the name of your favorite team and scores for both sides. Appoint somebody to keep up with the game and change the score as necessary.

Functional decor will ensure that curious guests aren’t limited to checking the TV. They can also look at your scoreboard decoration to get a better sense of the game’s progress. At the end of the game, guests can pose alongside the scoreboard with the appropriate facial expressions based on whether the preferred team won or lost.

Don’t Forget to Decorate the Viewing Area

Food and game areas are easy to decorate, but football party hosts often neglect the space in which several attendees spend the majority of their time: the viewing area. A few cutouts can make all the difference, as can banners or garlands strung throughout the room.

Consider going all-out with themed blankets and throw pillows, which serve the dual purpose of making your space more festive while also keeping guests comfortable. A rug representing a football field will complete the effect and transform your living room into the ultimate party zone.

Create Photo Stations with Cardboard Standees

The guests at your party might not be able to pose in person with their favorite athletes just yet, but they can still show off their team spirit while taking pictures with cardboard cutouts. Use Polaroid-style instant cameras to take pictures and provide a fun keepsake. Otherwise, favorite photos can be posted on Instagram or Facebook, along with the appropriate hashtags.

A variety of options are available to allow guests to pose as they see fit. Hole-in-head cutouts, for example, allow partygoers to look just like their favorite athletes. Otherwise, they’ll enjoy posing alongside their favorite players in the form of life-sized cutouts.

Cardboard standee at football party.

In addition to featuring cutouts, don’t hesitate to amp up your photo booth with a visually impactful backdrop, such as a poster of the game’s setting, a banner highlighting your favorite team’s colors, or even general football decor. If possible, provide an additional selection of memorable props, such as footballs, helmets, or team spirit foam fingers. Encourage guests to let loose with silly pictures that reflect their love of the game.

Play Games with Cardboard Cutouts

In addition to providing eye-catching visuals and an excellent opportunity to pose for photos, cardboard cutouts can enhance virtually any game at your football party. The right games will serve as both decor and entertainment. The following options are especially worth considering:

Bean Bag Toss

Bean bag tosses are perennial party favorites, but this game is even more exciting when it features colorful cardboard cutouts. Consider ordering a life-sized cardboard cutout with one or more holes large enough for bean bags to fit through. Different point levels can be awarded for these holes. Opt for two similar cutouts to form the ultimate game of cornhole, in which individuals or teams face off against one another.


An image of your least favorite player from the opposing team could make for the perfect football party dartboard. Safety is essential, so you’ll want to select a special area free from other guests or potential hazards. Use BigHead cutouts to aim right between the eyes or life-sized cutouts to echo shooting practice.

Pin the Football

A great option to keep kids entertained at a family-friendly party, pin the football will also have older guests in stitches. This game functions almost the same as pin the tail on the donkey, except that the pins should look like footballs and the display should reflect a field goal. This is a great option if you’re on the hunt for DIY football party decorations, as it adds instant pizazz to your party.

Another option: using cardboard cutouts of your favorite mascot. For example, fans of the Detroit Lions can play pin the tail on the lion. Athlete-based games can also prove hilarious, such as pin the cheesehead on Aaron Rodgers or pin the Vince Lombardi trophy on Tom Brady. The options are virtually endless, so don’t hesitate to think up something truly original for your party.

Make Your Football Party Fun & Memorable

With a little creativity and the right tools, you can quickly take your football party from typical to terrific. The team at Cardboard Cutout Standees is happy to help. Contact us today to learn more about our wide variety of products, including BigHead and life-sized cutouts. Equipped with these impressive cutouts, you’ll have no trouble throwing a memorable football party.