Having a Football Party for the Michigan/Ohio St. game?!

Question: Looking for some suggestion on what to serve. Want something simple and not expensive, but looking for something different at the same time. It will be about 15 people attending, a mixture of Mich and OSU fans. Good decorating idea are welcomed also

Answers: Looking for some suggestion on what to serve. Want something simple and not expensive, but looking for something different at the same time. It will be about 15 people attending, a mixture of Mich and OSU fans. Good decorating idea are welcomed also

I wouldn't want to be in the kitchen, I want to see the game. Set up a buffet where the guests can serve themselves. The crock pot is a wonderful thing. Fill it with meatballs & sauce or sausage & peppers and have a basket of rolls next to it. Let your guests make their own hot sandwiches. Fill a large pan with ice and then add bowls of store bought salads so then stay chilled. Have bowls of chips and nuts scattered around so snacking is easy. Last but not least, put a cooler with ice and beverages next to the TV. Why travel to the kitchen for a beer and miss the big play? This is going to be a great game! Have fun.

i'd go with a big party pizza
and have everyone bring their on beer.
go ohio state!

McDonalds double cheeseburgers and pizza...can't go wrong.

If you have a crock pot, these are ALWAYS a hit!

Basic Little Smokies

1 package of Lit'l Smokie sausages (1 lb. in the meat section vaccum sealed)
1 can of chili sauce (12 oz. can)
1 small jar grape jelly (10 oz.)

If you make these on top of the stove, then heat and stir the chili and grape jelly until it's mixed well and warm. Add the sausages. Let heat for about 30 minutes on low heat. Serve warm.

Using the crock pot, put everything in and stir. Set to low heat and warm for an hour or two. Stir now and then to make sure all the sausages are evenly coated. Serve right out of the crock pot. (You could also just use your favorite BBQ sauce)

Then, if I were you, I would do a veggie tray (cut your own veggies to save $). Also, maybe a couple of cheese balls with two different kinds of crackers. Have cookies or brownies for dessert. OH, and chips and dip! Almost forgot that! ; )

Pizza, Nachos and beer

I agree with ANGEL, her suggestion sounds absolutely perfect.

OK, first I have to sing the Michigan fight song at the top of my lungs.. then when I've caught my breath..

Tailgate parties at my home growing up involved comfort foods. Doritos and picante sauce, rippled potato chips, sloppy joes, beer.. but I also waitressed at a Koney Island in the area that was famous for it's spinache pie and baklava. One guy came in every football Saturday for a platter of each for his tailgate parties. He said the guys loved it.

Have some nerf balls handy to throw at each other during the game for laughs.

Cupcakes are still an old favorite and you can have them iced with team colors or just dust the tops with powdered sugar. Make brownies with either dried cranberries or dried blueberries. Again, just sugar the tops instead of frosting. For real fun, make two pans of brownies, then use wax paper and cut out OSU from one and U of M from the other. Use these as stencils over the pan and dust powdered sugar through them so you have sugar spelling out your team on top.

Bratwurst are never a bad idea either.

I'm stuck house sitting for a bunch of dogs and horses so I can't go to the game, but I'm gonna have it balsting on their big old plasma screen TV you can be sure! And now that I'm thinking of it, Sloppy Joes in the kitchen with the beer.


I would make the chili below. make hot dogs and brats on the grill. chips and salsa. buy good crusty rolls. make sure you have a bowl of shredded cheddar cheese to top the chili.

My crock pot steak chili

1 boneless chuck steak cut into cubes
3 cans of kidney beans don't drain
3 cans of tomato paste
2 cups water
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp pepper
1tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 onion chopped
2 tbsp steak sauce

Just plainly stick all the above ingredients in the crock pot, stir and set on high for 1 hour and let r rip for 8 hours on low.

Put this together before you go to bed the night before.

Had a thought. go to your local dollar store and get some streamers in their colors. hang them all around. In my area they have a bunch of football decorations. you may be able to decorate for less than 5 bucks

Men have died trying to obtain this information but since I am a huge sports fan, here you go:

shredded cheese
roll of your favorite sausage
Combine these ingredients and make balls about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
This is an awesome treat while watching the ballgame.
For the recipe amts. do a search on the computer.

I will recommend to have a cake with a Football Theme on it. They look awesome and decorate well!!
Check out this cake decorations!

Or you can also offer CupCakes everyone want it . You can decorate with a Football cupcake ring. See this example


Have fun!!

Velveeta Cheese and Rotel tomatoes (near the pasta sauces). Melt and stir together. Makes a great dip.

Little sausages with BBQ sauce - heat through.

Bologna and cream cheese - spread cream cheese over slice of bologna, roll, and slice into small pieces.

Ham and pickle rolls. Spread cream cheese over slice of ham, add thin slice of pickle. Roll nad slice into small pieces.

Veggie trays are nice.

Football shaped cake if you can buy it, as it's probably a bugger to make.

Put a pork roast in the crock pot, add seasoning or BBQ sauce and serve on kaiser rolls. Makes a nice "main course." Big pot of spaghetti is fairly cheap too. Garlic bread to go along with it is nice as well.

Serve food on platters that have OSU and MI colors. Get some streamers or balloons. The balloons could be posted on your mailbox or door.

Buy yourself a pack of soft corn tortillas (not the packs that come with 10--the tall packs with a hundred or more). They are only a couple of bucks and you should be able to find them at Wal-Mart (that's where I get them here in IL).

Tear the tortillas into quarters. Heat a good amount of oil (I use canola) in a pot or pan (or a fryer, if you have one). When it's hot enough, drop the tortillas into the oil and fry them until they start to get a little golden brown. Pull them out with tongs and salt them immediately (some people also add chili powder). Test one to see if it's crispy enough or if you need to let them fry longer.

These are THE BEST tortilla chips your guests will ever have. Serve them smothered in melted cheese and jalapenos or with your favorite salsa or guacamole. I made these for a work lunch potluck thing and people I didn't know stopped me later to tell me how good they were. If you're in the north, they're especially impressive because it's hard to find fresh tortilla chips here. (It's a little easier to find them at good Mexican restaurants closer to the border.)

Cheap, easy, delicious. They leave you enough energy, money, and time to make other dishes, too. Like some others suggest, lil' smokies are always good for this kind of thing, too.

Have fun!

Tessa Somers

A mixture of them both, ya gotta be kidding!!!! GO BUCKS!!!

Anyways......here are some ideas we have for our BUCKEYE Party

Meatballs, just buy a couple bags of frozen one and let them thaw, dump in a few jars of spaghetti sauce

Deviled Eggs

Little Smokies covered in BBQ sauce
Chips and Salsa
BBQ Pork
Cole Slaw
Grill out, ribs, porkchps, hamburgers whatever
We make Brats and serve with peppers and onions that have been sauted.
Desserts, Cupcakes decorated with scarlet and gray icing...Make a big cake with a M crossed out!!! Brownies with chocolate icing
Decorations bring out all of the Brutus dolls and put out, scarlet and gray streamers, and balloons....ohio state plates and napkins, big banners, our Brutus doll that goes outside to blow up!!!!!


Spread 2 packs of softened cream cheese in the bottom of a pan and top with a jar of salsa. Bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes. You don't want it to bubble, just hot. Serve with tortilla chips. I know it sounds nasty, but it's really good. About $5

I think bags of wing dings tend to be expensive, you can get a lot more chicken if you buy a family pack(s) of chicken legs. Season them the night before with seasoning salt. Bake at 375 for about 1/2 hour. Then begin basting with bbq sauce (or any other sauce you like, you might want to make a few different types) every 5 minutes for another 1/2 hour. I can generally get a family pack for $.99/lb.

Spinach Dip - the recipe is on the back of Knorr's veggie soup mix. Everyone loves this with bread.

Hot Dogs. If you have a crock pot this is the best way to keep them hot. Serve with sourkraut, chili, cheese, relish, ketchup and mustard.

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