If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year, take your snacks to the next level by using your favorite foods to construct an epic — and edible — football stadium at home.
It’s not as hard as it sounds. In fact, we recreated these steps from the Life Tastes Like Food blog to build a stadium big enough to feed 12 to 20 guests.
Click through to see how you can build this colossal Super Bowl snack without breaking the bank.
Before You Build Your Super Bowl Stadium
Before you start building, stock up on some key ingredients. GOBankingRates’ total cost to build the stadium was $162.02, but you can save money on your stadium by checking the weekly ad at your local grocer or finding online coupons.
Click through and follow this shopping list to a tee, or substitute your favorite munchies to create your own gourmet game day recipe.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Buy
2 bags tater tots, 20 oz.
1 box taquitos, 20 oz.
3 cans crescent dinner rolls
1 packet cocktail wieners, 14 oz.
1 packet American cheese singles, 12 slices
1 block brie cheese, 8 oz.
1 jar grape jelly, 10 oz.
3 blocks of your favorite cheeses, 8 oz.
2 cans pitted black olives, 4 oz.
1 packet salami, 4 oz.
1 packet prosciutto, 4 oz.
2 packs sausage sticks
1 bag whole carrots
1 head of celery
1 pack cherry tomatoes, 6 oz.
1 bag of pretzels, 16 oz.
1 bag tortilla chips, 10 oz.
1 bag cheese puffs, 10 oz.
2 bottles of salsa, 16 oz.
2 containers spinach dip, 10 oz.
1 container sour cream, 8 oz.
4 containers guacamole, 16 oz.
Materials You’ll Need to Buy
1 box toothpicks
1 lasagna pan
2 bread loaf pans
4 tall glasses
Large pieces of cardboard
Packing or masking tape
Construction paper (optional)
Total Cost: $162.02
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When to Shop
Before you run to the store to buy your supplies, make room in your refrigerator so you can keep items cool until they’re needed. If necessary, put beer, wine, condiments and other space-hogging party supplies into a cooler.
You can cut major costs by comparison shopping and preparing foods ahead of time. For instance, cubed cheese typically costs more per ounce than blocks of cheese you can cut yourself.
Hold out on purchasing perishables like cherry tomatoes and sliced meats until the night before or day of the Super Bowl. That way, they’re fresh when guests arrive.
If you’re feeding a big crowd, Costco and Sam’s Club are notoriously great for bulk purchases, such as guacamole, salsa and cheese. And don’t forget: You can save more money with Super Bowl deals.
One last tip for preparing your food: Keep in mind which refrigerated items will spoil fastest. Guacamole browns incredibly fast and spinach dip sours, so keep them sealed and refrigerated until you fill out your stadium.
Step 1: Build the Stadium Base
When you’re ready to start building your stadium, clear off a large, flat surface. Between the cardboard bleachers and wide field, your stadium will cover nearly half of your standard dinner table. You’ll also want room for serving plates, a cup for used toothpicks and any other dishes you want to add to your spread.
How to Do It
1. Set down a large cut of cardboard on your flat surface.
2. In the center of the cardboard, tape down the empty lasagna tray. Then, on either side of your tray, tape down your bread loaf pans to make your end zones.
3. Cut four long strips of cardboard. Each strip should be about 6 inches longer than the full length of your field. For two of your cardboard strips, cut slits about 3 inches from each end. These pieces should be opposite one another so you can slide the other pieces in, securing a short border around your field. Be sure to leave a little space between the tins and cardboard.
4. To make the walls of your food stadium, cut out two larger pieces of cardboard. For each cardboard piece, cut slits so you can slide each wall onto your cardboard base.
5. Tape down and tape together the shell of your stadium to make it sturdy.
6. For the bleachers, cut out four cardboard rectangles. Fold one end about 2 inches in, taping it to the short border. Tape the other end to the top of the stadium wall so the bleachers are at an angle. Repeat for each rectangular cutout.
7. Tape aluminum foil to the bleachers.
8. Now, place a tall glass in each corner of your stadium.
9. As an optional step, use construction paper to decorate your creation.
Step 2: Prepare Your Foods
With your stadium complete, it’s time to cook up your frozen foods. For the taquitos and tater tots, follow the directions on the box. Use the majority of your crescent dinner rolls to prepare pigs in a blanket with the cocktail wieners and American cheese singles. Fill the remaining crescent dinner rolls with brie and grape jelly.
When the taquitos and tater tots are complete, cook your crescent dinner rolls according to the packaging. With your hot foods complete, turn your oven to a keep-warm temperature and keep your food there until game time.
If you bought blocks of cheese, cube them. Rinse your vegetables and cut them into long strips to place into your tall glasses, and slice your baguette.
To prepare edible football players for your stadium, use a toothpick to skewer a cube of cheese for the body and a black olive for the helmet. You can then wrap the cheese in salami for a jersey. Make goal posts using toothpicks and sausage sticks. Set these items aside — they will be the finishing touches for your stadium.
Step 3: Fill in Your Football Stadium With Food
With your food prepped and guests just minutes from the door, it’s time to fill in your stadium. Hot foods will sit in the bleachers away from the cheeses and other foods best served cool. Your cherry tomatoes, carrots and celery will fill the glasses at the corners of your stadium.
While the end zones are reserved for your salsa and spinach dip, the center of your field will be filled with guacamole. If you’re worried the guacamole will brown before halftime, sprinkle it with lime juice. And if you’re feeling daring, you can spice up your guacamole with premier ingredients.
How to Do It
1. Start by filling in the space between the field and bleachers with pretzels.
2. Add tortilla chips and tater tots to the outer edges, between the tall glasses. If you made goalposts, secure them to the outside walls of the field.
3. Fill the glasses with cherry tomatoes, carrot and celery sticks. If you have any leftover sausage sticks and olives, add them in.
4. Fill in your bleachers with your taquitos, stuffed crescent rolls and pigs in a blanket. Use salami and prosciutto to fill out the upper half of your bleachers, and cheese cubes, cheese puffs and baguette slices to fill out the lower half.
5. Fill one end zone with salsa and the other with spinach dip.
6. For the center field, pour in your guacamole. Then, fill a Ziploc bag with sour cream and snip a small hole in one corner to make a piping bag. Squeeze out thin lines of sour cream to make a gridiron pattern on your playing field.
7. Add your edible football players to the field.
With your stadium complete, snap a few photos for Facebook and Instagram. Then, chow down. As guests eat, refill your bleachers and end zones with any leftover chips, dip and other foods.
The total cost of items cited in this article was accurate as of January 2017. Your total cost might differ depending on your supermarket and geographic location.