7 Ways to Make the Ultimate Game-Day Buffet

Entertaining: Game Day
7 Ways to Make the Ultimate Game-Day Buffet

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January 19 2024


The big game is almost here, and Hy-Vee can help plan your football party food menu! Grab-and-go appetizers, specialty serveware and a Buffalo chicken-inspired poutine toppings bar will make your watch party a winner.

  1. Make a Football Table Runner

    Line the length of your buffet with kraft paper, then use a wide-tip marker to draw football plays with Xs, Os and arrows. This easy decor idea looks great and protects your table or counter from crumbs, drips and spills.

  2. Dress Up Game-Day Drinks

    Use white craft tape to add football laces to drinking glasses. Cut one long piece of tape to run vertically up the glass, and three smaller pieces to sit horizontally. Dark brown soda like root beer makes the glassware resemble footballs even more. Try it on popcorn bags, too!

  3. Gather Easy Game-Day Snacks

    Head to Hy-Vee for pre-made food trays for your game-day buffet. Sandwich sliders, pinwheels, pretzel bites and more come ready to eat from Hy-Vee Catering. To customize meat and cheese selections, order ahead online or in-store.

  4. Save Time with Frozen Appetizers

    Crav’n Flavor frozen foods like mozzarella sticks or onion rings are easy to heat in the oven or air fryer and won’t break the bank. Serve with a variety of dippers like mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce and ketchup.

  5. Break Out Your Serveware

    Transfer store-bought chips and dip to Mud Pie entertaining accessories like these textured bowls. Each dish is debossed with clever food puns like “Relation-chip goals” that will get your guests talking.

  6. Prepare an Easy Poutine Gravy

    Guests will love dishing this silky, spicy goodness over crispy waffle fries. Make a semi-homemade gravy for Buffalo Chicken Poutine with light lager beer, Frank’s RedHot sauce, water and gravy mix. Heat and serve in a miniature slow cooker alongside toppings for guests to help themselves throughout the game.  

  7. Make a Poutine Toppings Bar

    Take your poutine gravy to the next level by serving it with Buffalo chicken-inspired toppings. Assemble cheese curds, blue cheese crumbles, sliced green onion and Buffalo style marinated chicken breast from the Hy-Vee Meat Department in bowls on a lined tray. Smother with poutine gravy.

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