Throw a “Spirited” Party with Game Day Chili

The tiniest detail can make the largest impact when hosting a party, so I’m especially eager to share some simple Game Day tips that I recently gleaned from

Enhance the Game Day atmosphere by setting your table with team spirit. Use team colors for napkins, plastic utensils, plates and cups. You can even wrap a place setting with “coach’s whistle” to help keep the sets together. Neatly display each set of napkins and utensils in a helmet that has been lined with either a colorful napkin or foil.

Simplify your hostess responsibilities – and add to the Game Day ambiance – by letting people serve themselves from a buffet during breaks and halftime. Make simple paper pennants that help direct them to the food. For example, the pennant labeled “Pre-Game” could point guests to the appetizers. Serve your entrée during “Half-Time,” and save dessert for the “Third Quarter.”

To get you started, we’ve included a link to this football-themed appetizer. We’ve also included Deb Hellinga’s recipe for White Chicken Chili, and everyone knows that chili is always a perfect Game Day entrée. What ideas do you have for the Third Quarter?

White Chicken Chili



  • 1 can (16 oz.) navy beans
  • 4 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 T. pepper
  • 1 T. oregano
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 5 cups cooked chicken
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream



  1. Combine beans, broth, onion, garlic, pepper, oregano, cumin, salt and chicken.
  2. Cook on low heat for about 1 hour.  Stir frequently, until very hot.
  3. Stir in cheese and sour cream.
  4. Garnish with salsa.


from Deb Hellinga
Photo from Taste of Home