It’s a fact of life: game days are more fun when there’s food involved. And somehow, watching herculean football players jump and dive all over the field makes us even hungrier than usual. Next time you’re hosting a game day bash, follow these tips for feeding a hungry crowd.
- Make a list well in advance so that when guests ask what they can bring, you can give them something to help lighten your load.
- Don’t save all your cooking for the big day. Make a few things ahead of time and reheat on game day.
Planning the Menu
- Plan to serve simple dishes. Making complicated recipes at scale is difficult. Save your ace recipes for more intimate gatherings and allow yourself to enjoy the game.
- Look for crock-pot recipes as they’re easy to prep in advance.
- Don’t rely too heavily on the oven. Cooking multiple dishes at the same time will mess up your cooking temperatures, and you’ll end up with unevenly cooked dishes.
- Avoid finger foods that require tedious prepping. Instead, serve cheese and crackers, chips and dips, etc.
Serving it Up
- Serve everything buffet-style and leave room for guests to get in line.
- Use disposable tableware to avoid having to scrub all your dishes afterward. Chinet® Classic White™ plates, bowls, and napkins are perfect for game day foods and can be composted afterward.
- Game day foods can be messy. Stock extra plates and napkins so that guests can grab a fresh one when it’s time for dessert.
Here are some quick references to help with quantities on some common game day supplies.
- Pizza: 3-4 slices per guest (large pizza = 10 slices, extra-large pizza = 12 slices)
- Wings: 3 per guest when served as an appetizer
- Dip: 1/4 c per guest, per variety
- Chips or veggies: 1 lb. per 10 guests
- Napkins: 4+ per guest
- Plates: 2 per guest
- Cups: 2 per guest (for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages)