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First Downs + Touchdowns – Football Playoff Party

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You are going to love what we have in store this College Football Playoff Party season. From our Touchdown Dr Pepper® Float full of fizzy sweetness to our Sticky Fingers BBQ Bites, we can throw it down with the best. Plus we’ve got tips + DIY ideas to make your playoff party worthy of the Homegating Championship. We’ve got you covered on every down.

Football Playoff Party


First Downs + Touchdowns – How to Win your College Football Playoff Party

The great thing about throwing a College Football Playoff Party is that everyone gets in and everyone wins. Forget the rankings. It doesn’t matter what team you are cheering for. (Well…ok, maybe it does a little.)

But we can all agree that a gameday spread of your favorite beverages, snacks, and finger foods is the best way to way to enjoy all of the playoff matchups.

You are the coach making the game-winning drive. Or in this case, the party winning drive. Straight to Walmart to use their amazing Grocery Store Pick up. That’s right, we picked up Dr Pepper and all of our food items and never stepped foot out of our car.

Make your list online or from the Walmart Grocery app, reserve your pick up time, and show up. Yep, it is that easy.

All I did was check in on my app when I arrived and in less than 2 minutes, my car was loaded with groceries + goodies for my HomeGating Party. Life changing!


Walmart's Grocery Store Pick up service is life changing!



A table set up with gameday party snacks, drinks and more.

1st + Ten – Play to Win!

Repurpose items around your home to create a fun tablescape for your HomeGating party. Create fast + fun touches like these for a game day no one will forget.


A platter of cheddar cheese cubes with a crockpot in the background


Playoff Party FREE Printables



2nd + Long – Gridiron Gameday Snack Mix

Pretty sure championship level football parties don’t happen without a killer snack mix like this one.

Mix up all your favorite goodies for an addictive game day treat. We used sea salt popcorn, trail mix, chocolate candies and pretzels. What a starting line up. Pick your teams favorite colors for the candies, or keep it on neutral ground by using green, black, yellow and brown.

PLAY CALL: Serve your Gridiron Gameday Snack Mix in these cute + easy football snack bags. You can also use cupcake liners or mini plastic cups.



A bag of snack mix with popcorn, pretzels, chocolate candy and more



3rd + Short – Sticky Fingers BBQ Bites

It is about to get real in our College Football Playoff Party. Sticky Fingers BBQ Bites. Sweet, rich and tangy sauce made with Dr Pepper and other pantry basics make these smoked sausage bites the perfect party appetizer. Make a big batch, because you don’t want any fans to go hangry on ya’.

Get the recipe at the end of this post.

PLAY CALL: Toss this easy recipe into your crockpot hours before your College Football Playoff Party. Let them simmer to get the biggest BBQ flavor. Use your favorite sauce with Dr Pepper for added zip. Make them hot by adding sliced jalapenos.


Sausage bites with a Dr Pepper sauce on top in a slow cooker


A plate of party snacks




4th + Goal – Dr Pepper Touchdown Float

This isn’t regular season. No punts allowed when the big Playoff Party is on the line. You are going for it.

Can we talk about this sweet, cold glass of amazing for a second? Cold + creamy cherry ice cream topped with our Playoff Party favorite Dr Pepper. Of course, you can’t stop there. Playoffs mean it is time to go big or go home, so top your float with whipped cream, cherries, chocolate and sprinkles.

This is the ultimate party float that the crowd will go crazy for.

Get the recipe at the end of this post.

PLAY CALL: Set up a build your own float bar with Dr Pepper, Cherry Dr Pepper plus several varieties of ice cream, toppings and sprinkles. That’s how you coach ’em up.

Also look for the Dr Pepper 2-liter football bottles. The larger size is perfect for crowds.


A mug filled with cherry ice cream, Dr Pepper, topped with chocolate, whipped cream and a cherry


Dr Pepper Ice Cream Float next to chocolate sprinkles and cans of Dr Pepper


The most important thing to remember? Have fun! Click here for more HomeGating inspiration + find a Dr Pepper event near you.



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Yummy, sweet + tangy Dr Pepper BBQ Bites are perfect for your football playoff party.
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College Football Playoff Party

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For the Dr Pepper Sticky Fingers BBQ Bites

  • 4 pounds beef smoked sausage
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper
  • 1 12 ounce bottle BBQ sauce
  • 1 12 ounce bottle bottled chili sauce (tomato type)

For the Dr Pepper Touchdown Ice Cream Floats

  • Dr Pepper any flavor
  • Cherry ice cream
  • Whipped Topping
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries

Cook That

For the Dr Pepper Sticky Fingers BBQ Bites

  1. Slice the smoked sausage links into bite-sized pieces. In a large skillet, cook the sausage bites until they are slightly browned.
  2. Transfer to a crockpot. Pour the Dr Pepper, BBQ sauce and chili sauce over the sausages. Stir to combine well.
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours. Keep warm.

For the Dr Pepper Touchdown Ice Cream Floats

  1. Add two or three scoops of cherry ice cream to a glass or mug. Pour Dr Pepper over the top. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles and maraschino cherries.
  2. Serve cold.




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