Homegating Party Tips for the Big Game

by Tonya Staab
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Instead of tailgating this year for the big game, host a football party at home with our homegating party tips, fun food, and ideas.

Disclosure: The post was sponsored by Knorr

Football season is in full swing and the ‘Big Game’ is just around the corner. You can celebrate at home with friends and family and we have all the tips you need.

My dear friends Dawn and Elizabeth of Party BluPrints have teamed up with Knorr® Homestyle Stock and put together a fabulous Game Day Plan for you.

Based on their bluprint, I’ve thrown together a few ideas too.

a roundup of homegating tips for the big football game

Homegating party tips

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe is available on Knorr.com. Serve with homemade coleslaw.


This is no ordinary margarita. Beer is a staple for homegating parties for the men in our house, but let’s make it a little more fun.  I’ve previously made this Sauza-rita during a Tequila party and it was a big hit. And the best part, beer is one of the ingredients.

Football Juice Boxes

Make juice boxes for the kids more fun. Take some brown paper and wrap it around the juice box, sealing it with some glue, then add some ‘football’ details using white paint and a brush.

French Dip Burgers

You will find the recipe for these burgers on Knorr.com. These make a great alternative to the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Serve with individual tubs of french fries. I found some fabulous greaseproof and non-toxic newspaper liners at World Market that fold into a cone shape and can be placed inside individual cups, making it easy for guests to top with their favorite condiments such as ketchup, salt, or malt vinegar.

Broccoli and Cheese Puff Pastry Appetizers

Dawn and Elizabeth put together a fabulous Broccoli and Cheese Super Bowl on their game day plan. I followed their recipe for the filling, but I felt I had enough ‘bread’ dishes already with two burgers being offered for the main, so instead of using a bread bowl for this dip, I baked Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry shells according to the instructions on the packet, then filled with the broccoli and cheese filling. I topped each with chives to turn them into a fun ‘football’ themed treat.

Football Cake Pops

I’ve become quite addicted to making cake pops.  Here are the basics for making cake pops: begin by baking a chocolate cake, then once cooled, cut off the crispy exterior and crumble the cake into fine crumbs. Mix with chocolate frosting until it becomes easy to mold. Chill for a while in the refrigerator, then shape. Melt chocolate candies (the kind you buy at craft stores). Put a little on a lollipop stick and insert into the cake ball, put aside until it is set.  Once set dip the entire cake ball into the melted chocolate candy and set aside until it is dry. Once firm, decorate using an icing writer, sparkle gel, or ready to use icing tubes.

More football party tips

Are you looking for even more football party ideas for the big game? Take a look at these:

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Marla Zickefoose January 10, 2012 - 11:01 am

Excited for the party @SavingUGreenMom

Natalie J Vandenberghe January 10, 2012 - 11:05 pm

@Lexiquin is excited about this party–thanks!
Tweet! https://twitter.com/#!/lexiquin/status/156994841761415169

West Palm Beach Event Hall January 11, 2012 - 6:34 am

Can’t wait to participate!

– @WPBEventHall

Rebecca E. Parons January 12, 2012 - 4:18 am

looking forward to talking stock!!!

April Decheine January 12, 2012 - 5:56 am

Love Knorr’s! Will be there.. @wahmdiva

Tonia @ The Gunny Sack January 12, 2012 - 5:07 pm

All of that food looks delicious…fantastic photos! I am excited for the party!

Gina Ruiz January 13, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Love Knorr, use it ALL the time and will be there! Forgot to add my Twitter ID on the Linky thing @ginaruiz

Kjmaje January 14, 2012 - 5:24 am

I’ll be there!

chrisitan January 14, 2012 - 12:11 pm

I’ll be there! @Lieut_crunch

@gfaccenetti January 14, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Thanks for the party, sounds fun I will be there!

Robyn Wright of RobynsOnlineWorld.com January 14, 2012 - 7:26 pm

Going to try to keep up with this and another thing I have at the same time. I have been using the Knorr stocks and like them, particularly the chicken. Very convenient to have around too! Just saw the party info posted over on Social Fabric.

Barbara Platt January 14, 2012 - 9:17 pm

love Knorr

JM January 15, 2012 - 9:29 pm

I’m signed up! Thanks.

Kim January 18, 2012 - 8:55 am

I’m looking forward to the party! @brysboo

saminder gumer January 18, 2012 - 6:41 pm

can’t wait for the party. rsvp. @sgumer

george January 20, 2012 - 7:13 pm

can’t wait.

Amanda F January 20, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Looking forward to this party @pircy23

Robin O January 21, 2012 - 6:56 pm

I love the Football Juice Boxes and other ideas! I will be at the party!! @rkosully

Kevin E January 23, 2012 - 8:58 am

see you tonight!


Ashley Hatten January 23, 2012 - 9:20 am

ill be there @shuggysmommy thanks!!

Jackie F January 23, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Excited for this party!

Dan Lockcuff January 23, 2012 - 7:55 pm

I lift Knorr products! Can’t wait for the party!

Kenny F. January 23, 2012 - 3:33 pm

I should make it

SweepinPoodle January 23, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Looking forward to the party! @sweepinpoodle

Elizabeth Rodriguez January 23, 2012 - 5:58 pm

I can’t wait to have fun! @OneMomsMoxie

@Countrypoohbear January 23, 2012 - 7:19 pm

See you there

Shelly Leatham January 23, 2012 - 9:40 pm

I love Knorr products and the superbowl!! See ya at the party!

Laura January 24, 2012 - 12:10 am

The slow cooked pulled pork sound yummy. See you all later today!

@luckymel8 January 24, 2012 - 8:06 am

Sounds like a fabulous party! Can’t wait to take part!



bonnie January 24, 2012 - 8:30 am

looking forward to the party! @bonnibelle

JackalJarrod January 24, 2012 - 8:32 am

wish they’d allow Canadians, we do use Knorr products too you know

[email protected] January 24, 2012 - 8:51 am


shannon z. January 24, 2012 - 9:50 am

i’ll be there! @szuklich

Tammy Sigond January 24, 2012 - 10:04 am

Ill be there

Candy Olivares January 24, 2012 - 10:06 am

Excited to party w/ you all! I love Knorr products!

melinda willfond January 24, 2012 - 10:18 am


@angelmom037 January 24, 2012 - 10:24 am

Oops, sorry! RSVP’d twice. Can you delete my last? Thanks 🙂

Tamra January 24, 2012 - 11:04 am

RSVPing.. a bit late! @Twenteries

Tammera Widell January 24, 2012 - 11:33 am

Thanks for the party! 🙂 #NewKnorrStock

Grace Papaseraphim January 24, 2012 - 11:36 am

looking forward. might have messed up the URL. I’m @gracepap


Katie D. January 24, 2012 - 11:41 am

Love Knorr’s! I mean who doesn’t love spinach dip?

Supriya Savant January 24, 2012 - 11:48 am

entered in ..


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