In just under 2 weeks, football players will be taking the field for the last time this season. Homes will be packed with friends and family to cheer on the players or just to enjoy the commercials. Whether your party is full of football fans or casual commercial viewers, a fully stocked snack table is an absolute must and the more the better. But if your home is anything like mine, space is at a premium, and I’m a big fan of making everything I do as cool or cute as possible. So in order to utilize space and coolness, I decided to make a Snack Stadium.
If you have perused the web for football party inspiration, I’m sure you have come across those amazing (practically scale model) snack stadiums. I loved the idea, but I didn’t have quite that much space…or patience. Also it seemed difficult to actually grab the treats because you have to reach over the sides of the stadium. I made mine a sort of half stadium or even more like bleachers. It is so much easier to snack from and refill because watching the big game is usually an occasion to graze throughout the day. If you can get your friends and family away from the TV during the big game, kudos to you! For the rest of us who can’t tear ourselves away, much less our family, then snacking is the only viable option.
The stadium turned out great and will be perfect for my big game party. If you are looking for a fun way to display your game day snacking extravaganza, you can make one for yourself. Let me show you how.
All you need for your snack stadium is:
- Cardboard (either in big sheets or boxes)
- Utility Knife
- Roll of Brown Paper (or even astroturf 😀 )
- Masking Tape
- Pen or Pencil
- Duct Tape (optional)
Yep that’s all you need. You also can grab some paper lunch bags and aluminum pans from your local grocery store to fill with snacks, but we will get to that later.
One of the great things about this design is that you can make it as long or short as you need. All you need to do is adjust the length of the shelves and then determine how many vertical sides you need to make to support the shelves.
First you need to start by cutting out templates for the vertical sides and the shelves.
This design is interlocking to give the snack stadium it’s strength and stability so that your delicious snacks don’t wind up in a mess all over your table and floor.
The vertical side support template is designed with extra at the bottom because you will need to score that and fold it for even more stability.
Now use your templates to trace and cut out the snack stadium structure.
Make sure to trace the side notches and cut them out to create that interlocking structure. Also score the bottom of the sides so that they fold over nicely.
Mark the notches with the template on one of the shelves at both ends and evenly spaced in the middle. After you cut out those notches, use the first shelf to mark the position of the notches on the second shelf. Then use the template to mark the depth of the notch. Cut out those notches and now you will have all of the pieces ready to assemble. (See the picture below on how all the pieces should look)
I made my stadium fairly long so I made four vertical sides to support the shelves. You can make your snack stadium longer or shorter depending on how many guests and snacks you have.
Finally it’s time to assemble your stadium.
Starting from the center supports and working out to the ends, carefully slide the vertical sides and shelves together at the notches until they interlock nicely. After all the vertical sides and shelves are all fitted together you need to fold over the scored flaps on the bottom and set it up on the table and admire your handy work.
If you want to reinforce the sides and notches you can use a bit of duct tape. You could even use duct tape to create front railings or give the whole thing a metallic like look.
But what would a stadium, no matter how cool, be without a field? 😉
Having a tablecloth with yard lines as a football field is the perfect accent to the snack stadium.
Using brown paper and a bit of masking tape, you can make a nice tablecloth for hardly any money. A utility knife makes the ends of the tape nice and crisp when you are cutting the stripes.
Now the snacks and drinks can take their places in the stadium.
Starting on the table level, place cases of soda on top of the flaps that you scored and folded. Doing this will help make the stadium more rigid and sturdy, so it will withstand the most avid snack fans grabbing for delicious goodies. Pack the rest of the stadium with a fun assortment of your favorite snacks to please all your hungry fans.
Pouring the snacks into brown lunch bags and serving crackers, cheese, veggies, and desserts in aluminum disposable pans gives a nice uniform look and is easy to clean up.
After having a house full of people, I for one do not feel like cleaning up but do love to get my house back to normal. So the easier the clean up the better for everyone in my home. 😉
Speaking of easy cleaning, keeping your furniture clean during the big game is quite a feat in and of itself. Heartland America has a great furniture cover to protect your sofa from fans getting too enthusiastic with drinks and snacks in hand. So you can let them go wild without having to worry about having to buy new furniture.
I hope you make a snack stadium for your big game day party and send me a picture. I’d love to see what you come up with. You could even make two: one for sweet and another for savory.
I hope you enjoy your game day and make it memorable. Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.