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Fun Game Day Appetizers and Party Food

The big game is this weekend and if you’re still looking for game day appetizers, allow us to suggest a few.

Here in the midwest, the deep freeze is predicted to make a 70-degree swing into the mid-fifties or something crazy!

The warmup is sure to bring everyone out of hibernation and into party-mode for the game.

Sliders and bites that are great for game day snacks.

Game Day Appetizers, Bites, and Dips for a Winning Party

I won’t even try to tell you that I care about the football game. I’m in it for the game day appetizers, the funny commercials, and catching up with friends and family.

Football party snacks and foods are always extra fun to eat. No matter what we do, there’s sure to be dips, handheld snacks, and food on a stick to munch on throughout the day.

Here are some of our favorite recipes to make for a crowd.


Tiny sandwiches or sliders are always a winner during gatherings. No need to commit to one flavor when there’s an assortment of sliders. Grab a few of your favorite or sample all of the delicious choices of sliders. 

Meatball slider with cheese.

Meatball slider station. This meatball station is in honor of my fellow picky eaters out there. Create your very own slider with only the toppings you’re comfortable with.

On a low-carb or keto diet? Grab a skewer to skip the bread. Food bars and stations are my favorite option since they give guests control of their food.

Honey Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders on a board.

Hawaiian BBQ chicken sliders. For those who crave a good salty/sweet flavor combo, get ready to fall in love with these shredded chicken sliders. The pineapple and BBQ flavors will help everyone thaw out and think summer thoughts.

Easy chicken nugget sliders with cheese.

Easy chicken sliders using nuggets. In a hurry? Sliders don’t have to be complicated at all. Using chicken nuggets to create sliders is just as delicious as the recipes with more ingredients. Set out plenty of toppings for your guests, and you have tiny sandwiches in no time.

Pesto Chicken Sliders on a board.

Pesto chicken sliders. Here we have small chicken sandwiches with big flavor. Tasty pesto and chunks of tomatoes make this finger food a fast favorite. 


Everyone loves bite-sized foods on game day. I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who make a meal out of snacks during the big game.

Instead of one main meal, we love several tinier foods to graze upon throughout the day.

Easy BBQ Chicken Wonton Cups on a board.

BBQ chicken wonton cups. Wonton cups are fun little bites to serve at parties. The filling choices are endless, but we suggest you try BBQ chicken. The best part is that these cups look fancy but are not that hard to make.

Sausage bites with wooden sticks in them.

Sausage bites appetizer recipe. Score with these sausage bites with marinara sauce or your favorite dip. You can even make sandwiches with them, as well, but they are flavorful on their own.

Jalapeño poppers with breading on a tray with dip.

Jalapeno poppers with cream cheese. Poppers are gobbled up quickly over here. Making poppers is a little involved, but it’s worth it for the happiness they create.

Jalepeno poppers with bacon on a board.

Bacon jalapeño poppers. Here’s another recipe for poppers without breading. These stuffed jalapeños topped with bacon are full of flavor and low on the carbs.

Garlic and Onion Pull Apart Cheese Bread.

Garlic and onion pull-apart cheese bread. Rip off pieces of this bread that’s filled with cheesy goodness. It’s like a giant biscuit to share with your friends.

Savory Mini Cheese balls on a clear plate.

Savory cheese balls. Mini cheese balls look big time fancy. Eat them as they are or spread them on crackers or pieces of bread.

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts. An oldie, but goodie. So many people flip out over bacon. If you skip the brown sugar, these little bacon bites are also low-carb and keto friendly.

Pulled Chicken. Easy pulled chicken made in the slow cooker is great on top of crackers, chips, or even on a sandwich.

Mini pizza pockets in a basket.

Pizza bites. Make mini pizza rolls in minutes when you use your air fryer. Let everyone choose their own toppings to stuff in their pizza pockets.


What’s a party without dip? Certainly not a rager by any means. Get those chips, veggies, and crackers ready for dipping and crunching.

A bowl of bean salad with tortilla chips.

Bean salad recipe. This recipe is from my Mother-in-law, and it’s one of her most requested side dishes. You can serve it as a side at a BBQ, a filling for a taco bar, or include chips for dipping. Either way, this colorful bean salad is packed with flavor.

Easy Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip next to chips and veggies for dipping.

Creamy chipotle onion dip. A 4-ingredient dip that becomes an instant favorite. My husband requests this dip more than any other. It’s so easy that it feels like cheating.

Cheesy garlic butter spread next to a board filled with cheese and meat.

Cheesy garlic spread. Yes, we refer to this as a spread since it’s on a charcuterie board, but dipping works, as well.

Bowl of chicken strips, base dip, and a bunch of spices.

Mix Your Own Dip Station. Have a little fun by allowing your guests to mix their own dips. If you plan to serve chicken strips, nuggets, veggies, or other dippables, this dip station is something different to offer.

Butter pecan cookie dough in a bowl surrounded but butter cookies on a dish

Cookie dough dip. Don’t underestimate the power of sweet dips. Game day is often filled with savory snacks, but what about our sweet-tooth-having loved ones? Explore our selection of cookie dough dips to find your perfect match.

Of course, no huge football game is necessary to make these delicious foods. Make them for game night, girls’ night in, Mother’s day, Father’s day, or whenever the heck you feel like entertaining!

Let us know your favorite game day appetizers and snacks. What do we need to add?

Sandy Klocinski

Monday 22nd of April 2019

These are awesome ideas for anytime. Definitely need to try some of these. The cookie dough dip looks like it's right up my alley

Maryann D.

Sunday 31st of March 2019

These snacks are all fun and tasty! I would love the Garlic and onion pull-apart cheese bread.


Sunday 31st of March 2019

That's an excellent choice! So yummy and fun to eat.


Monday 25th of February 2019

So many delicious ideas! Only problem is which to try first! I think I will go with the cookie dough dip :)


Monday 25th of February 2019

Excellent choice! I always go for sweets first. ;)


Saturday 16th of February 2019

These are so yummy..... will try one of these. Thanks


Saturday 16th of February 2019

Great! Let us know which one you try!


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

OMG these are all great ideas for any game day! The bean dip looks amazing.


Thursday 14th of February 2019

Thanks!!! Yes, dips any day please. ;) No game required!