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Tips to Have a Fun, Hassle-Free Football Game Day Party + Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Recipe

Tips to Have a Fun, Hassle-Free Football Game Day Party + Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Recipe

This post was sponsored by M&M’s. All views and opinions are my own.

The symptoms are clear and apparent: Fall is definitely in full swing. School homework and knowing which day is library day is on your mind. Plus, you’ve had your weekends all mixed up since you’re at the soccer field for the kids’ games at random times. You’ve done the pumpkin patch and yes, I’m sure you’ve watched your share of football games.

I think all NFL fans can agree, an easy and fun Fall get together can be a game day football party. To make your day go more smoothly, I’ve come up with a list of helpful tips to make your football party easy and fun!

7 Tips to Have a Fun, Hassle-Free Football Game Day Party

My goal with any fall party or get together is to enjoy the company of others and to get to know more about people without prying information out of them. To get to know people, it is best to make them comfortable! So, a low-key, yet fun party is the way to do that!

1. Start with an at home tailgate. Invite everyone before kickoff and have the grill up and running with plenty of food choices. From hamburgers and hotdogs to veggie and potato salad, a good amount of food will help make the party last. After all, the games are 3-4 hours long!

2. Ensure the game watching area has plenty of unobstructed seating with a good sound system.

3. Have fun snacks, including my favorite Sweet & Salty Trail Mix made with Milk Chocolate M&M’s.

4. For those tag-alongs, have a separate mingle area with a second set of snacks.

5. Include games that help keep those who don’t know all the players interested. For example, everyone gets a number assigned to them. When a team gets that many yards on a play, the guest gets a prize! It can be something basic like a can coozie, or a scratch off lottery ticket. Hint: So you’re not giving out 100 gifts, choose numbers over 11.

6. Make the décor match the theme and use a green plastic table cloths on many surfaces. Then, on the main food area, use white tape to mark the “yards.” Pick up themed paper products. Even your favorite dollar store carries plenty of football themed paper products.

7. Make cleanup easy. Have everyone keep their disposable paper products on the field (aka the plastic table cloths). Remove the decor items you plan to keep, and wrap everything else right into the cloth and eight into the trash can.
One easy snack that is always a hit is this Sweet & Salty Trail Mix made with M&M’s!

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Recipe

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix
I love that it is easy to make and I know that there will never be left overs. (Hint: Make extra for later!)

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Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Recipe

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown


Satisfy your craving for a sweet snack with a bowl of this Sweet and Salty Trail Mix recipe! M&M’s, raisins and a variety of nuts make this homemade snack mix taste so good you’ll want to make extras!


1 cup raisins
1 cup roasted and salted peanuts
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup M&M’s
1 cup roasted and salted pistachios
1 cup salted sunflower seeds
1/2 roasted cashews


  1. In a mixing bowl, pour everything and mix gently together until well combined.
  2. Store in an air tight container.

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix


Sweet and Salty Trail Mix


Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Creating Community with a Football Party

Having a fun get together is a way to create community! So even if you feel like you don’t know who you’d invite to a football party, you can make it an easy block party too! We can all use more reason to get to know our neighbors, and a themed party is the perfect low-key way to do that.

So what do you think about this Sweet and Salty Mix recipe? Will you make it soon? 

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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 11/15/2016 / 9:24 pm

    You can never go wrong with trail mix. Cant have trail mix without M&Ms in my opinion.

  2. Ann Bacciaglia
    11/14/2016 / 2:58 am

    Mixes like this are great for when you are on the go. I will have to give this recipe a try for movie night this week. I know it will be a big hit.

  3. 11/13/2016 / 6:55 pm

    That trail mix recipe sounds divine! Also, good snacks are a MUST for a good game day!!

  4. 11/13/2016 / 6:54 pm

    Unobstructed seating is a good one to include! Nothing worse than having to struggle to see the game!

  5. brianne
    11/12/2016 / 7:38 pm

    Trail mix is huge in our house and this looks delicious. Will definitely be making this one!

  6. Jeanine
    11/12/2016 / 3:39 pm

    For someone like myself who loves game day just for the food and snacks this is pretty fabulous! I love m&ms and adding them in for a little sweetness. Such a good idea!

  7. Reesa Lewandowski
    11/12/2016 / 2:24 pm

    I love adding M&M’s in my trail mixes. It’s the perfect addition for a sweet kick.

  8. 11/12/2016 / 2:09 pm

    Trail mix is actually one of me and my husbands favorite snack and we make our own often. You recipe looks wonderful! I will have to make this for our next football gathering we go to, It will be a hit!

  9. Jenni
    11/12/2016 / 1:14 pm

    This trail mix looks delicious! I love sweet and salty flavors!

  10. 11/12/2016 / 4:59 am

    Oh my boys would love this trail mix! Game day is always a big thing in my house (and it can be very noisy too!) Thanks for the tips and hopefully, the next game day with my family will be a hassle free clean up!

  11. 11/12/2016 / 4:48 am

    Your recipe looks and sounds delicious! I can think of so many things and times to use it. Yum!!

  12. Elizabeth Lampman
    11/12/2016 / 3:21 am

    This recipe looks delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend. My family loves trail mix.

  13. Ann Bacciaglia
    11/12/2016 / 3:20 am

    Trail mix is one of my favorite snacks when I am watching movies. I will have to give this recipe a try this weekend.

  14. 11/12/2016 / 2:41 am

    Sweet and salty is the perfect snacking pair! I’d love to have a big bowl of this trail mix on game day!

  15. 11/12/2016 / 12:57 am

    I definitely have to go with some football-based decorations at the table. A good trail mix is always a good idea too.

  16. 11/12/2016 / 12:51 am

    Trail mix is a huge hit at anytime, it’s a great snack. It’s a great light option!

  17. Pam
    11/11/2016 / 9:38 pm

    I love making my own trail mix. I have never served it at a party before though.

  18. 11/11/2016 / 7:34 pm

    Trail mix is a hit at anytime, but definitely during the game. Its not too heavy, but it’s still delicious.

  19. 11/11/2016 / 5:18 pm

    I love trail mix with M&Ms in it. My girls would eat those first. Having a second area is a good idea. Not everyone is a die-hard football fan.

  20. 11/11/2016 / 5:16 pm

    What fun ideas. I really like the idea of having games. Trail mix is the perfect snack for game day.

  21. 11/11/2016 / 1:38 pm

    That is perfect! I love sweet and salty snacks, and on game day, people can get really animated. This is a great snack because if someone spills, cleanup is easy.

  22. 11/11/2016 / 1:35 pm

    That looks really good. We love to have friends over for game day, but I’m NOT into cooking up a bunch of complicated foods. I love this.

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