Last-Minute Game Day Entertaining Ideas

by Tonya Staab

Whether your teenager invited friends over, you’re watching the big game, or have last-minute guests, these tips will help when entertaining at home.

Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. #BetterWithDiGiorno

When you have a teenager, the chances of last-minute entertaining is pretty high, especially on big sports days. Let’s be honest, it’s quite high any day of the week.

Putting together food for them can be done in no time and with little cost.

a pizza bar at home for a game day watching party

Pizza is always a big hit and it’s so quick and easy. If you have a few minutes to run to the grocery store, my Vons (Safeway) store had DiGiorno pizza on sale for $3.99 a box today. Much cheaper than ordering delivery.

Setting up a table for entertaining can be just as quick and cost-effective, and can be put together in the time it takes for the pizza to heat in the oven.

Pizza party must-haves

  • pizza – don’t forget vegetarian or gluten-free options for guests with food allergies
  • small bowls filled with crushed red pepper and cheese
  • pizza cutters
  • plates
  • napkins
  • serving-ware
collage of pizzas for a game day party

You don’t need to run out to the local party store to purchase football-themed decorations to put together a great food table at the last minute.

Even more great ideas

Looking for even more great last-minute entertaining ideas for teenage boys? Especially those who don’t want pizza? Try these too:

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53 comments

Rebecca Garner February 1, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Great ideas Tonya! Thanks for sharing!

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[email protected] February 1, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Graet deal!

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Kate - Catching Up With Kate February 1, 2014 - 9:14 pm

My favorite is olives! yum! Great giveaway! My kids would be thrilled with a win *fingers crossed*

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Kim February 1, 2014 - 10:04 pm

We love DiGiornos pizzas!! Thanks for the post!

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Karen February 1, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Favorite…Pineapple and Canadian Bacon..Hawaiian Pizza!

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Elena February 2, 2014 - 12:53 pm

My favorite is pepperoni

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David February 2, 2014 - 3:25 pm

My favorite pizza topping is pepperoni, especially when it is a little burnt around the edges.

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Mary Happymommy February 2, 2014 - 4:31 pm

I love pepperoni and sausage.

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Harmony B February 2, 2014 - 6:29 pm

I like 4 cheese and the kids love pepperoni

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Stephanie (@akronugurl) February 3, 2014 - 5:23 am

My favorite is pepperoni

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Amanda Sakovitz February 3, 2014 - 12:49 pm

I love pepperoni and olives

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Thomas Murphy February 3, 2014 - 5:46 pm

I like pepperoni.

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Kelly D February 4, 2014 - 7:06 am

I like mushrooms and olives.

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Vunda V February 4, 2014 - 8:16 am

i love onions and bacon on my pizzas!

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Rachael Juedes February 4, 2014 - 3:21 pm

My favorite toppings are pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, eggplant, and banana peppers.

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steve weber February 4, 2014 - 5:03 pm

pineapple and banana peppers.

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Barbara Montag February 4, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I have to have mushroom black olives and jalapenos – thank you.

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Vera K February 4, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I like all kinds of veggies – pepper, eggplant, you name it.

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Tabathia B February 4, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Pepperoni and sliced tomato

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Tina M February 4, 2014 - 7:04 pm

I love pepperoni

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Angela Quisumbing February 5, 2014 - 8:24 am

I love spinach, ricotta and mushrooms!

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Rachel February 5, 2014 - 8:24 am

Sausage!

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Brynn February 5, 2014 - 11:52 am

Olives and mushrooms!!

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Debbie Jackson February 5, 2014 - 1:56 pm

mushrooms and pepperoni

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Stephanie Colvin February 5, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Cheese, Cheese, and more Cheese! We like really cheesy pizza at our house!

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Deborah Martin February 6, 2014 - 1:45 am

Chicken, mushrooms and extra cheese

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TrayMona February 6, 2014 - 6:23 am

I like Italian sausage and mushrooms
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Staci L. February 6, 2014 - 9:59 am

Pepperoni and Sausage 🙂

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Gail Rosenstrom February 6, 2014 - 10:07 am

I like mushrooms,ham,bell pepper and bacon!

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Amy Honious February 6, 2014 - 12:13 pm

I love parmesan, mushrooms, jalapenos and ground beef! Thanks for the very yummy giveaway 🙂

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rhoni4 February 6, 2014 - 1:51 pm

My favorite toppings are sausage, onion, mushroom, peppers, spinach and jalapenos.

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Galina February 6, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Mushrooms

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meredith February 6, 2014 - 3:11 pm

I like mushrooms and sausage

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Danielle B February 6, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Pepperoni and bacon!

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ellen c. February 6, 2014 - 5:52 pm

I like sausage and mushrooms. Thanks for the chance.

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Sarah Marshall February 6, 2014 - 7:23 pm

My favorite toppings are grilled chicken and bacon!

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Sherri February 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

my favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, onions, and green peppers

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Jen Haile February 6, 2014 - 9:36 pm

I love olives and bell peppers!

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Samantha Daleo February 7, 2014 - 5:16 am

I love sausage and mushroom. YUM!

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Lauren E. February 7, 2014 - 7:07 am

I like Hawaiian. so pineapple, ham & extra cheese

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Tara February 7, 2014 - 7:45 am

I love pepperoni and sausage.

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rachel February 7, 2014 - 9:11 am

I love mushrooms and artichokes!

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Birdiebee February 7, 2014 - 9:29 am

My favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni, pineapple and black olives.

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Dawn Ganey February 7, 2014 - 12:34 pm

I love pepperoni. I add extra sometimes to my pizza.

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Cori Westphal February 7, 2014 - 7:47 pm

I love sausage, onion, and green pepper! Yum!

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Katie Bellamy February 7, 2014 - 9:43 pm

I like veggies & extra cheese!

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KissesForUsAll February 8, 2014 - 12:03 am

I love mushrooms and cheese!! – Jenna O

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ellen beck February 8, 2014 - 12:07 am

Our favorite topping is pepperoni

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Teresa Thompson February 8, 2014 - 9:27 am

My favorites are cheese, pepperoni and cheese.

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Michelle S February 8, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Supreme!

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Laurajj Jacobson February 8, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Oh I eally love pepperoni and sausage together! YUM

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Laurie Murley February 8, 2014 - 5:46 pm

I love pepperoni in my pizza

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Annalisa February 8, 2014 - 6:11 pm

My favorite toppings are spinach and mushroom!

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