Many sports fans look for any excuse to throw a party. Some plan events around draft days, including the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and fantasy sport drafts. Depending on the overall budget and number of guests, there are many party food ideas that are sure to make the party a winner. The basic key is to provide food that guests can consume easily around a television (i.e., no formal table settings) and that pair nicely with beer.
Sports drafts can go on for hours, even days, and many parties feature grilled items to give guests a change of scenery and place to hang out during lulls in the draft coverage. Some hosts serve standard grill fare such as hamburgers, hot links, hot dogs and steak. Others serve specialty sausages (kielbasas), quail, brisket, ribs, shrimp or kabobs.
Pizza is a staple found at almost every sports party because most people enjoy it, and delivery is easy, giving the host more time to enjoy the party. For a small party of around 10 people, serve three large pizzas with a variety of toppings.
Chicken wings can be boneless or regular and come in many different flavors. Most restaurants that serve them have party pack options that also come with celery sticks, carrot sticks and different dipping sauces. Order wings in a variety of flavors to spice up your draft day party.
Sandwiches are the ideal party food for some sports fans because guests can hold them in one hand, leaving the other one free for a drink or the remote control. Many parties feature individual foot-long sandwiches, longer submarine sandwiches or sandwich party trays with an assortment of fillings. For a draft party, skip the healthy sandwich options, and go for the loaded, double meat versions.
Chips and Dips
Chips and dips are draft party staples as well, and they can come in a wide variety of flavors, including potato chips with sour cream dip, tortilla chips with salsa and corn chips with bean dip. Some people make queso dips or nachos, while others prefer spinach and artichoke dip or layered dips.