Planning a World Cup Watch Party?  Here’s 15 easy festive football party ideas for what to serve, what to do, and more.

Football Party Ideas for Christmas

With the 2022 World Cup coinciding perfectly with the Christmas Countdown, we thought you might be in need of a few festive football party ideas.  

We’ve rounded up 15 of our favourite watch party snack ideas and other ways to embrace the Christmas World Cup.  

Looking for more Christmas party inspiration?  Click here to see our other ideas and recipes.

1. Snowman Cheeseball

Jolly Festive Snowman Cheeseball

A perfect alternative to a cheeseboard, this friendly snowman certainly makes for a talking point!  Why not create some mini football cheeseballs to go alongside or even just change the snowman into a football instead!  Use black sesame seeds to create the black sections of the ball.

2.  Pepperoni Pizza Christmas Tree 

Puff Pastry Christmas Trees Three Ways

Football and pizza go together like chimneys and Santa!  Rather than ordering your pizza in this time though, why not save a few pounds and add a little festive with our pepperoni pizza Christmas tree?!  (We’ve got two other delicious flavours for you to try too!).

3.  Christmas Sausage Rolls

Christmas Sausage Rolls

Keeping with the puff pastry theme, here’s another tasty classic with a touch of Christmas – our pigs-in-blanket inspired sausage rolls!  Be sure to make enough though – they’ll go like hot cakes!

4.  Festive Guacamole

Festive Guacamole

Our festive guacamole is to-die-for!  Jo’s guacamole is infamous amongst our family and friends and this Christmas-inspired version takes this tasty dip up a gear!  You won’t regret making this, we promise!

5.  Turkey Nachos

Tray of Turkey Nachos served with guacamole

These turkey nachos were created with TV viewing in mind!  Of course they’re best with leftover turkey from Christmas Day.  However you may be tempted to cook one up just for this … they are THAT good!  Otherwise chicken works brilliantly too.

6. Christmas Dinner Popcorn

Christmas Dinner Popcorn

Again another TV viewing staple gets a festive twist!  This popcorn goes down superbly with a pint and is far healthier than its crisp equivalent!

7. Christmas Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts on table with glass

Speaking of snacks that go well with a pint, these salty sweet Christmas spiced nuts are seriously moreish!  Not only one of our favourite football party ideas but they make super homemade gifts too and are really easy to make in bulk!

8. Sticky Cocktail Sausages

Sticky cocktail sausage recipe

The perfect finger-licking snack!  These are not just any cocktail sausages, they are the kind you’ll be asked to make again and again!

9. Maltesers Dip

Malteasers Dessert Dip

If you’re in the mood for something sweet instead, take advantage of the larger boxes of Maltesers in the stores at this time of year and create this fabulous sweet dip.  

10.  Christmas Chocolate S’Mores

Christmas S'mores Sandwich

Continuing with the Christmas chocolate theme, these oven-baked s’mores are super easy and oh so delicious!  Are you a Terry’s Chocolate Orange or After Eight kinda-person?!

11. Mulled Wine Cordial

Mulled wine cordial recipe easy

And of course, your guests need to drink!  Make the house smell like Christmas when you serve our easy mulled wine!  The beauty is in the advance preparation.  Prepare this slurpalicious cordial well ahead of time and then simply add to warm wine on the day to make as much mulled wine as you please without missing a minute of the match!

Other Football Party Ideas

Here’s a few other Christmas World Cup football party ideas.

12. Blind Taste Tests

Mince Pie Taste Test Party

Have a half-time taste test party!  We love a mince pie taste-off but you can choose any festive food you fancy!  Yule log, Christmas pudding, pigs-in-blankets, … anything goes!

For all the details and to download your free printable taste score cards, click the button below.

13. Pot Luck Watch Party

Don’t feel you have to do all the work yourself of course!  Ask everyone to bring a dish along – that way you’ll have a table filled with everyone’s signature recipe! 

Or get a bit more creative and suggets guests create dishes inspired by the qualifying countries in the World Cup!

14. Christmas Football Party Decorations

Christmas World Cup Christmas Tree

Trying to decide how to celebrate both the World Cup and Christmas?  Check out our festive football decor ideas to embrace the best of both worlds!

15. Gift Ideas For Football Fans

Need to take a host gift along to a football party?  Or have a footie fanatic on your gift list?  We’ve created a gift guide just for the football fans.  With ideas from small stocking stuffers right through to gifts for under the tree, you’re sure to find something to suit.

Hope these festive football party ideas help.  Wonder if Christmas World Cup competitions will become a more regular event?

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