This game day food buffet post has been sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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EASY ENTERTAINING FOR GAME DAY WITH KROGER
Are you a huge football fan decked out head to toe in your team’s gear? Maybe you just love the social aspect of football season. Either way, the best part of the season has got to be the watch parties. And the best part of any watch party is definitely the snacks.
With three little kids, including a six-week-old newborn, the idea of hosting a party was a little overwhelming. Thankfully, I knew I could pick up everything I needed at Fred Meyer—our local Kroger family store.
I love using Clicklist, which lets me order online. A Fred Meyer employee does all the shopping and even loads the groceries into my car. That means I get a complete game day food shopping trip done without even unbuckling the kids from their car seats!
To keep things simple, I ordered already cooked, frozen and refrigerated snack foods. For this party, we had Aidells® Meatballs, State Fair® Corn Dogs, Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages, Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks, and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips.
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HEAT AND SERVE GAME DAY FOOD
Our family has been eating Aidells Meatballs for 5 years now, and we love that they’re made with the highest quality meats and ingredients. Their Teriyaki and Pineapple Meatballs are so flavorful, you can just heat them up right as guests are arriving.
Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail Links are staple game day food for any football party. They’re made with quality cuts of meat and smoked to perfection. These cute little sausages are also pre-cooked and pre-seasoned. That means you can just warm them up in a skillet and toss them in a bowl.
If you’ll be shopping at Kroger instead of doing grocery pickup, just head to the refrigerated section to find both Aidells Meatballs and Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail Links.
My favorite part of a game day food buffet is the crispy chicken with lots of dipping sauce. I get two bags of Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips to make sure we don’t run out! Their chicken strips are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients.
My husband likes a bit of a kick to his chicken, so we also order a couple bags of Tyson Any’Tizers Snacks Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Bites. You get the flavor of buffalo chicken hot wings in a convenient little snack bite. They’re easy to eat, and we don’t have to worry about making sure kids don’t get any bones.
Both the Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips and the Tyson Any’Tizers Snacks are in the freezer section of the store and come fully cooked. I just put them on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven, so they’re ready to serve when the party starts.
Since our game day food spread has to include something for the kids, I also got a box of State Fair Corn Dogs.
They’re a fun source of protein and are portable without making a mess. The kids love to eat them, and I love being able to simply heat them in the microwave. Win-WIN! You can get these in the frozen section of Kroger as well.
EASY GAME DAY FOOD BUFFET
Once you have your protein snacks ready to go, it’s easy round out the buffet table. Big snack buckets are perfect for holding more game day finger foods, like popcorn and chips. I also like to put out some tangerines, grapes, and baby carrots. They don’t require any prep from me other than a bit of washing.
You can get creative with a game day food buffet by playing with levels. Turn cups or bowls upside down and place a plate on top. Use a tiered tray to hold desserts like cupcakes.
We have some floating shelves on our wall above the buffet table, so I used one to hold the water jug. The added height was perfect to keep it out of the reach of little hands!
Football-themed picks are a great way to add some fun to your game day food. You can place them individually into appetizers or just put them in a bowl as toothpicks for people to use.
For decorations, keep it simple by adding some real or toy footballs to your table. Use a plastic tablecloth, burlap, or even fake turf for easy clean up of your table.
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