How to Make an Easy Football Party Dessert Bar

My dinner club group is sharing our menu today for our football tailgate party theme. Since I was responsible for the dessert this month, and had so many ideas for easy desserts for a football party, I decided to do a dessert bar. Let me show you some fun ideas and how to make an easy football party dessert bar.

If you missed our football tailgate party tablescapes and inspiration, be sure and take a look. There were some very fun and creative ideas. You can see that post here.

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And if you want to see any tablescapes you have missed the past few months you can click the link to see any of those.

An Easy Summer Backyard Picnic

Red, White And Blue Tablescape – this would be fun for the upcoming Labor Day Holiday.

A Garden Inspired Tablescape

A “Peachy” Summ
er Tablescape

this months menu

The Ultimate Apple Cider Mojitos
The Best Bruschetta Tomatoes
BBQ Cheddar Meat Pies
Pulled Pork Egg Rolls Air Fryer Recipe
Easy Football Party Dessert Bar

why a dessert bar??

First of all, I want to stress that I wanted this dessert bar to be fun and simple to create. I don’t know about you, but if I am hosting a football watching party, I want to be involved with the game and visiting with my friends, and not spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

I came up with several make ahead recipes and ideas and used some decorations I had on hand to create my dessert bar.

This dessert bar would be fun for a themed football birthday party, a Super Bowl party or any game day or NFL party.

vase made from an old football filled with white flowers

super easy desserts for a football party

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

White Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

“Football” Brownies

Fifty Yard Line and Football Cupcakes

“football” chocolate dipped strawberries

ingredients for chocolate covered strawberries, ghiradelli milk chocolate melting wafers

For my “football” strawberries, I simply used ghirardelli milk chocolate melting wafers and fresh strawberries.

I melted the wafers in a glass bowl in the microwave and dipped the strawberries one at a time in the melted chocolate.

I carefully placed them on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper until the chocolate was hardened.

Next, I put vanilla frosting in a sandwich bag, cut the very tip of the bag off and used this to pipe the threads on the strawberries.

chocolate dipped strawberries with white "threads" piped on with white frosting to resemble footballs

“football” brownies

aerial view of football tailgate party dessert bar, brownie cut out of football shape cookie cutter and threads piped with white frosting, chocolate dipped strawberries with threads piped with frosting to look like footballs, cupcakes with green frosting piped with a center stripe and 50 piped on the top to resemble 50 yard line on a football field

For my “football” brownies I used a store bought brownie mix. Again, I wanted this to be simple, but you could obviously step up the game and use your favorite homemade brownie recipe.

pan of brownies and a football shaped cookie cutter to cut brownies in football shapes

When the brownies were cooled I used a football shaped cookie cutter and cut my football out.

I used the same method as the strawberries and piped the threads on. And, that’s it!!

white chocolate drizzled popcorn

I used microwave popcorn and divided the popcorn evenly between my “football” bags.

The white chocolate was melted in a glass bowl in the microwave, then drizzled over the top of each bag of popcorn.

Another option is to place all of the popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle the white chocolate over the top and mix it all together. Then divide into your individual bags.

More about those bags in a minute…

“football” cupcakes

The “football” cupcakes were made from store bought cake mix and baked according to the directions on the mix. You can use whatever flavor you like, because the frosting will cover the color of the cake.

I used store bought chocolate frosting, and spread it evenly over the top of the cupcakes when they were cooled.

The same “piping” technique as the previous 2 recipes was used for the football threads.

I put coconut in a sandwich bag and a couple of drops of green food coloring, then shook the bag around until the green coloring covered the coconut and spread it on the platter to resemble grass.

football field cupcakes

cupcakes with green frosting and a white stripe piped with vanilla frosting down the center and a 50 to resemble a football field 50 yard line

Store bought cake mix was also used for these cupcakes and baked according to the directions on the mix.

Again, what flavor of cake you use doesn’t matter. Just pick your favorite!!

I used yellow cake mix for the football field cupcakes and chocolate for the footballs (previous recipe).

These cupcakes were frosted with store bought cream cheese frosting that was tinted green with food coloring.

I spread the frosting smoothly over the top of the cupcakes when they were cooled and the piping was the same as all the previous recipes.

I added a bit of the colored coconut around the edges to resemble grass.

Since I used the same piping color and flavor, it made these quick and simple because my “piping” bag was filled with frosting and used for all of my desserts on this dessert bar.

The finishing touch to these cupcakes was a chocolate covered almond that resembles a football and I served them on my Nora Fleming platter with the cute football mini.

putting my football party dessert bar together

I chose a place in my home that would be easily accessable for guests to grab a dessert anytime during the game. For me, that was the dining table on my back porch. We have a TV out there and often sit there to watch games.

I used white platters to display them on, so the dessert took center stage and not the serving platter.

“football” popcorn bags

brown lunch sacks with white electrical tape cut and stuck on front to resemble the threads on a football, bags are filled with popcorn

To make the “football” popcorn bags, I used brown paper lunch sacks. I cut the tops down just a bit, so they weren’t so tall and used white electrical tape to create the “threads”.

The tape was left over from my football tailgate party tablescape.

football plays written on the brown paper table runner with a white paint pen for added decoration

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make an easy football party dessert bar! If you make one of your own, I would love to know about it. I love hearing from you!!

There are so many amazing recipes this month from my dinner club group, I hope you will pop over and see them all! Follow the links to go right to the posts.

Next up, is Jen from Midwest Life & Style, with a yummy Apple Cider Mojito!!

blessings and Go Team!

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Pinterest photo with several football themed desserts


  1. Your desserts look AMAZING! Those cupcakes though! xo

    1. This was a super fun theme! Thanks so much!

  2. This is such a cute idea, Michele. Perfect for football and tailgate season. Cheers to a new year, and happy tailgating. Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much! It was fun to put together, and very easy.

  3. Jan Fusco says:

    First of all, I’m a HUGE football fan (Roll Tide), so I love all your football dessert ideas. I’ll definitely use them.
    Second of all, I see a swiss dot Nora Fleming tray with a football mini on it!!! I’m a BIG Nora Fleming collector! Would love to know more about the pieces you have.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, and I love that you enjoyed the post.

      I started collecting Nora Fleming pieces many years ago. I started buying them when she would set up at Dallas Market. I have that tray that was in this post, a 3 compartment divided dish, and a square platter. I have about 10 of the minis, most of them seasonal, and want to add to that collection.

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