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Whether you’re watching the big game from the comfort of home or gearing up for a tailgate party, throw a winning celebration with these tips.

Display your team spirit. From streamers and balloons to napkins and plates, fill your house with your favorite team’s colors. If you’re tailgating, pack washable window paint, streamers and flags to make your vehicle stand out.

Set up a spread of food that lasts from pregame to overtime. Prepare warm foods, such as chili or hot dips, in a slow cooker. If you plan to transport slow-cooked foods, keep them warm by wrapping the lid of the crockery dish in foil and covering the rest of the dish with towels. Store cold foods and beverages in the refrigerator or ice-filled coolers until you’re ready to serve. Stop by your neighborhood Publix to score game-day goodies, and be sure to check out the custom sports-theme cakes from the Publix Bakery. Game days are popular, so order items from your Publix Bakery and Deli at least 48 hours in advance to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Look over this convenient checklist to make sure you don’t leave home without your tailgating supplies. And when the game is over, follow these tips for quick cleanup.

Menu Made Easy 

Here's where we've figured out courses and servings for the party. Scroll down to see the Publix selections we suggest, then add appropriate sizes and/or quantities to your Planning List based on the estimated servings per course (see chart). If you're interested in other options, you may click View All to see everything else available by course. Or, you can use our Plan a Menu tool to build your own menu for the event.

# of Guests: 8 to 12 16 to 20 26 to 30
Course Recommended # of Servings
Appetizer 16-24 32-40 52-60
Entrée 8-12 16-20 26-30
Side Dish 16-24 32-40 52-60
Desserts 16-24 32-40 52-60

The recommended servings are meant as a guide and not an exact calculator. Please consider that many factors may require you to make adjustments: the mix of adults and children, time of day, length of event, etc.

Decorated Cake   View All
Touchdown Football
Touchdown Football



Custom Price


Appetizer   View All
Cheese Taster


Nibble away on these delicious bite-size cheeses. Boar's Head® Cheddar, Gouda, Colby, Swiss, Havarti, Muenster, smoked Gruyère and Pepperjack.

(Boar's Head, S) 8-12 Servings $33.99
(Boar's Head, M) 16-20 Servings $43.99
(Boar's Head, L) 26-30 Servings $53.99


Chicken Tenders
Chicken Tenders


Double hand-breaded premium boneless chicken tenders fried in 100% trans fat-free oil until light and crispy. Served fresh-chilled with barbeque, blue cheese, ranch, honey mustard, or Buffalo sauce.

(S) 8-12 Servings $26.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $39.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $49.99


Entrée   View All


A platter piled high with smaller versions of our original Cuban sandwich: Cuban bread layered with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, and pickles. Also available with Boar's Head® meats and cheeses.

(Publix, S) 8-12 Servings $24.99
(Publix, M) 16-20 Servings $30.99
(Publix, L) 26-30 Servings $36.99
(Boar's Head, S) 8-12 Servings $26.99
(Boar's Head, M) 16-20 Servings $32.99
(Boar's Head, L) 26-30 Servings $39.99

light-bodied & fruity

Side Dish   View All
Pickled Relish


Add some zest to the table with this lively combination of sweet baby gherkins, pickled beets, assorted olives, dill spears, and vegetables.

(M) 16 - 20 Servings $19.99


Pumpernickel Round with Dip


Fragrant pumpernickel loaf, freshly baked and filled with delicious spinach dip.

(M) 16-20 Servings $19.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $26.99

light-bodied and sweet

Desserts   View All
Brownie Bites
Brownie Bites Platter


Moist and rich mini chocolate brownies, individually decorated with buttercream frosting and real fruit toppings. Double Brownie Bites platters also available.

(S) 8-12 Servings $11.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $23.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $37.99


Reminder Items Select All

Details, Details
Extra help is here: We've made a list of items you may want to have on hand for this particular event. Check those you'd like to be reminded of when you go shopping, and then add to your Planning List along with your Publix selections.

balloons flowers serving dishes
charcoal/lighter fluid ice thank you cards
condiments invitations utensils
cups/glasses napkins wine/beer
decorations nuts
disposable camera plates

  • Send invitations that encourage guests to pull out all the stops with their favorite team apparel: go for striped socks, jerseys and face paint galore. Guests who favor rivaling teams can compete for the title of "best dressed."
  • Serve food that's easy to grab during time-outs. Skewer meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies, and dish smaller items--popcorn, chips and dip--into plastic cups