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Build Your Own Snack Stadium

Posted on 01, Dec, 2017

 Looking for a fun way to decorate for the big game, or have guests who are more super foodie than super fan?  Make it fun and get everyone involved with our take on the Snack Stadium!

You might be asking yourself, "What is a snack stadium?" and we have the answer!  The name explains it all: it is very much a stadium made of snacks, usually as the food centerpiece of a football viewing party.  Food is as much a part of the sports viewing party as the game itself, and Snack Stadiums are fun way to play with that tradition.  And, we all have friends (or kids) who come to the party for the party instead of the game, so keep them involved!  They can either help build the stadium with items you provide,  or make it a potluck and have your guests each contribute one of the snacks.   As with all DIY projects, this can be as simple or as complex as you make it.  We opted for a simpler version, but you can make this all your own: use just snacks or make it a full meal, use a non-food framework or build it all out of the food itself.  It’s all about your taste and your space, make it your own!   Here’s how we did it:   Supplies:14 cardboard magazine files, assembledHot Glue, double sided tape or other adhesiveTissue paper or bubble wrapScissors2 half size foil pans, serving bowls or platters Parchment paper or aluminum foilDecorative paper (wrapping paper, cardstock, etc)Decorative toppers (mini footballs, pennants, team icons, green fabric or artificial grass, etc)   Directions:

  1.        Decorate your assembled magazine files as desired.  We divided our teams into “Sweet” and “Salty”, but you can use your favorite team’s logo, wrapping paper, cardstock or poster paper.  Keep in mind you will have 6 boxes along the back and 3 on each side.  The other 2 will be a stand for more food or beverages, and will be on their side instead of standing upright.
  2.        If desired, line the 12 upright magazine files with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  This will protect both the cardboard and your snacks.
  3.        Place the decorated and lined magazine files to create the frame of the stadium.  Place the 2 half size foil pans in the middle to create the field – if desired, place artificial grass or green fabric underneath to make it look more like the field.  For stability, either glue or tape your boxes together – 3 on each side and 6 on the back
  4.        Stuff the bottom (especially the tall end) of the magazine files with tissue paper or bubble wrap.  Smaller items may also be set in cups on top of the tissue paper so they don’t fall down to the bottom of the file boxes.  Then, fill the magazine files with snacks!  We chose a variety of sweet and salty snacks, but choose your favorites. The half size foil pans are a great place to have dips – sweet and salty, or you can fill them with another snack item.

  Snacks we used:


Golden Caramel Corn Nuggets ®

12 Flavor Gummi Bears 

Simply Yogurt Pretzels

Butter Toffee Almond Crunch ™

Ridgy-Didge Australian Red Liquorice ®

Chocolate Swiss Bridge Mix

Sweet Energy Trail ™


Spicy Cheese Nuggets

Twist & Shout Party Mix ™

Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets

Roasted & Salted Jumbo Corn

White Cheddar Popcorn

Jalapeno Lime Cashews

Roasted & Salted Pistachios

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