Game Day Food Buffet for Busy Families

This game day food buffet post has been sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easy Game Day Food Buffet

Think you’re too busy to host a great party for the big game? Don’t worry! Tyson® brand foods makes it easy to put together a game day food buffet that’s sure to impress.


Families watching football game

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.

Mom and baby at football game day watch party

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.

Tyson® brand Game Day Food Buffet



Aidells meatballs 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 game day food

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.

Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips Game Day Food Ideas

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.

Tyson Any'Tizers Buffalo Chicken Bites Game Day Food Ideas

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.

State Fair Corn Dogs Game Day Food Ideas

Since our game day food spread has to include something for the kids, I also got a box of State Fair Corn Dogs.

Child eating corn dog at football watch party

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.



Popcorn snack bucket 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.

Football watch party game day food buffet

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.

Men at football watch party food buffet

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!

Meatballs with football themed picks for game day food buffet

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.

Decorations and snacks on game day food buffet table

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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20 thoughts on “Game Day Food Buffet for Busy Families”

  • What a fun party spread. And even picking up everything is impressive with a (very adorable1) six-week old, plus two other little ones. Go Rams! 🙂

  • Thank you for all your amazing recipes and all looks delicious and yummy. Best to try them for a festive occasion or party

  • Congratulations on the new baby. Looks like you will still have a great time hosting the party. I’m sure all the food will be eaten, and everyone will be cheering on their teams just fine.

  • So many great ideas for a party. Love small treats like these and when we’re short on time and energy it’s good to have these great alternatives!

  • Your presentation of all the food looks delicious! Popcorn and hotdogs are a family favorite here. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m mad jealous of the spread you were able to put out, especially with little kids running around. Appreciate your tips for keeping it simple.

  • What a fun spread! I’m a big fan of aidells sausage and am glad I bumped into this post. Gonna add all these items to my game day party!

  • You are so lucky to be able to get that kind of shopping service. Nothing like that where I live in Northern Italy! Your buffet looks great. So many tasty foods. I wouldn’t know what to try first!

  • One of the most exciting game day buffets I have stumbled upon lately! I can’t get my eyes off the images – they are so mouthwatering!

  • I can’t believe how awesome this buffet is! This post literally saves me so much time that I would otherwise spend on searching, matching and getting everything ready. Delicious and entertaining!

  • Your decorations are precious. I really liked your tip about turning bowls upside down and placing plates on top to create different levels.

  • This is what my Game Day buffet dreams are made of! Your photos are so inviting! Thanks for sharing this! It’s going to save me so much time on Sunday!

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