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Easy Football Charcuterie Board + Cups for Game Day

One of the best parts about watching a football game is eating snacks! Make a football charcuterie board for your next Game Day watch party.

There are two types of people: those who love watching football games and those who are only in it for game day snacks. I’m definitely in the second group! I appreciate an exciting football game. But the best part is eating the perfect football party food! Especially if it’s a delicious charcuterie board!

Charcuterie boards are a great way to feed groups of people. There’s a little something for everyone! This football charcuterie board has a football-themed dessert, pops of green, and simple dips. It’s the perfect-sized board for football season at home or a watch party for the Big Game. It holds plenty of delicious finger foods in a fun presentation.

Football charcuterie board filled with cheese, pretzels, salami, celery, carrots, candy, dips, and football picks.

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What’s On This Football Charcuterie Board

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Salami
  • Pretzel Chips
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • White chocolate pretzels
  • Brownie bites (with icing to look like football laces)
  • Hummus
  • Ranch veggie dip
  • Green Sixlets

How to Assemble a Football Charcuterie Board

Arrange delicious football charcuterie boards on rectangular boards. I happen to have a board that looks like a football field. But any rectangular board works! Place three small bowls in different places on the board. Fill one bowl with green Sixlets for a pop of color. The other two bowls contain dips. One is hummus and the other is a sour cream and Ranch veggie dip.

Football charcuterie board filled with cheese, pretzels, salami, celery, carrots, candy, dips, and football picks. There is a goal post in the background.

How to Make Football Brownie Bites

I placed my bowl of Sixlets in the upper left corner of the board. So I styled the sweet treats around that bowl. The main dessert is brownie bites made to look like footballs. These were incredibly simple to make! Use white cookie icing from the store to draw a vertical line down the center of the brownie. Then, draw three small horizontal lines across the center line. They are simple. But they define the football theme. You could cut the brownies into the shape of a football if you wanted, but they look great either way.

Football charcuterie board filled with cheese, pretzels, salami, celery, carrots, candy, dips, and football picks.

Cookie icing is available in the cake decorating section of the grocery store. It comes in a small squeezable pouch with a narrow tip. They are perfect for dessert decorating. I keep a pouch on hand for easy decorating at the last minute.

Arrange Largest to Smallest

Arrange food on this Game Day board from largest to smallest. Start with bowls or containers, then work your way down in size. This keeps the board visually balanced. Plus, it’s easier to add small foods to fill in gaps around the board.

For this board, the next largest snack is the fresh veggies. Arrange them in the lower corners of the board. The carrots wrap around the hummus bowl and the celery extends from the corner to the Ranch dip. Then fill in the center of the board with pretzel chips. Wrap them around the bowl of hummus as well.

Next, add the cheese and salami. I love using cubed cheese for boards. It’s easy to stack and arrange. Then fill in the top corner and center with salami.

Finally, add white chocolate-covered pretzels around the green candy. I like to use white pretzels because they stand out more on a charcuterie board. Plus, the white ties in with the white of the football field.

Decorate with Football Accessories

One of the easiest ways to create a themed charcuterie board is to add fun accessories. This board has fun football food picks from Party City. (These picks are similar). They are the perfect accessories for this board. Add one to each bowl and to the cheese on the board itself.

If you’re making this football cheese board in advance, cover the board with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve.

Football charcuterie board filled with cheese, pretzels, salami, celery, carrots, candy, dips, and football picks with a charcuterie cup in the background.

Alternative Food for a Football Charcuterie Board

  • Gouda
  • Pizza bites
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Chicken Wings
  • Meatballs
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Green gummies
  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

The larger the board, the more options you have for snacks. A very large board would easily hold bigger food, like chicken tenders, hot dogs, buffalo wings, or pizza bites. Add slightly larger bowls for your favorite dip, like Buffalo Chicken Dip or Hormel Chili Dip

If you’re hosting a smaller gathering, try making mini-sized dips. And only cook a few frozen appetizers. It’s easy to make a fun spread for a tailgate party for two.

Another fun idea is to decorate the board with candy or treats in your favorite football team colors. Or to use the team colors for those playing in the Big Football Game. This takes the board to the next level.

Football charcuterie board filled with cheese, pretzels, salami, celery, carrots, candy, dips, and football picks.

What Size Board Did You Use?

For this board, I used a small 12″ x 8″ rectangular board. It has yard lines and looks like a miniature football field. I purchased the board in the Bullseye Playground area at the front of Target a few years ago. I linked a few alternatives in the Shop This Post section below. The football picks and accessories in this post are from Party City. I linked alternatives to those as well.

How To Make Football Charcuterie Cups

Another fun way to serve charcuterie on Football Day is in cups! These fun little football food cups are from Party City. (These cups are similar). They are perfect for individual servings of charcuterie!

Charcuterie Cups in small football yard line bowls with star food picks. The background is a goal post and mini footballs on a brown leather place mat.

What’s in These Football Charcuterie Cups?

  • Olives
  • Salami
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Carrots
  • Crackers
  • Celery

To make charcuterie cups, place an olive on a food pick. Then, fold a piece of salami into quarters. That’s in half, and then in half again. Place it under the olive on the pick. Then, add another olive. Finally, add a cube of cheese to the bottom. Don’t push the pick through the cheese. The cheese acts as a base to hold the food pick up vertically in the cup. Repeat this for 3-4 food picks.

Next, add a layer of carrot sticks to the bottom of the cup. This gives the charcuterie sticks a bit more height. Or adds height for crackers. Add the crackers to the front of the cup. Then add a few more pieces of cheese. Finish the cup with a few celery sticks tucked in the back. 

Charcuterie Cups in small football yard line bowls with star food picks. The background is a goal post and mini footballs on a brown leather place mat.

These little football charcuterie cups are a great alternative to a board. They are the perfect size for handheld snacking! Or serve the cups alongside a board with your favorite appetizers, like wings and pizza. That way there are plenty of snacks and charcuterie!

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Both the Game Day Charcuterie Board and the appetizer cups are perfect for any football fan looking to enjoy their favorite snacks while watching the game.

Other Fun Football Snack Ideas

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Football Charcuterie Board

One of the best parts about watching a football game is eating snacks! Make a football charcuterie board for your next Game Day watch party.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Charcuterie
Servings 5 people

Equipment

  • 1 12" x 8" cheese board
  • 3 small serving bowls
  • football food picks

Ingredients
  

  • cheddar cheese cubed
  • salami
  • pretzel chips
  • brownie bites
  • celery sticks
  • carrot sticks
  • white chocolate-covered pretzels
  • green Sixlets
  • hummus
  • Ranch veggie dip

Instructions
 

  • Place 3 small serving bowls on a rectangular cheese board.
  • Fill one bowl with green Sixlets, another with hummus, and the last with Ranch veggie dip.
  • Arrange brownie bites around the bowl of Sixlets.
  • Place the carrots and celery sticks around the outside of the board near the hummus and veggie dip.
  • Add pretzel chips in the center of the board, wrapping them around one side of the hummus bowl.
  • Fill another corner of the board with cheddar cheese and salami, folded into halves.
  • Fill remaining edge and space on the board with white chocolate pretzels.
  • Place football food picks into the bowls and cheese.
Keyword charcuterie, charcuterie board, cheese board

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