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The Big Game Bash  Back to Events

Round up your favorite fans—even if they are just commercial watchers—and celebrate the championship event. Whether it's the playoffs, a bowl game, a basketball tournament or the Olympics, you'll be the star by hosting a winning get-together:

  • Give the party a theme based around the city, state or country where the event is held. For example, if the game is in Arizona, lend a Southwest twist using chile peppers and small cacti in terra-cotta pots for decor.
  • Add to the spirit of the party by topping your serving table with artificial turf (found at your local hardware store) and a display of clear containers filled with layers of jellybeans in the teams' colors.
  • Arrange seating so everyone can face the television. Set out throw blankets and floor pillows for extra comfort.
  • Set up two TVs—possibly in two separate rooms, depending on the preferences of your guests—for watching. Dedicate one viewing area for diehard fans and the other for the casual viewers who would rather chat and check in on the event periodically.
  • Host a contest where guests make a prediction before the event starts. Be creative and make it challenging. It could be the game MVP, the spread between final scores, the number of free throws shot or even how many turnovers the losing team committed. When it's all over, reward the winners with prizes.
  • Serve finger foods from your neighborhood Publix while the game is on and plan a full meal for halftime. You won't want to miss out on the fun while you're cooking, so make cold foods ahead and use the oven or slow cooker for hot foods.
  • Treat guests to a popcorn bar. Provide individual bowls, popcorn and a variety of toppings such as Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce.

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
Breads and Rolls 16-24 32-40 52-60
Desserts 12-18 24-30 39-45

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.

Appetizer   View All


A tempting array of bite-size cubes of assorted cheeses, turkey, salami, and ham. Also available with Boar's Head® meats and cheeses.

(Publix, S) 8-12 Servings $27.99
(Publix, M) 16-20 Servings $34.99
(Publix, L) 26-30 Servings $44.99
(Boar's Head, S) 8-12 Servings $31.99
(Boar's Head, M) 16-20 Servings $38.99
(Boar's Head, L) 26-30 Servings $48.99


Entrée   View All
Chicken Wings


Signature Publix Deli wings, double hand-breaded and fried to perfection. Served with barbecue, blue cheese, ranch, honey mustard, or Buffalo sauce. Served fresh-chilled.

(S) 8-12 Servings $23.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $32.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $40.99


Party Sub
Party Sub


Choose from chicken, ham, turkey, Italian or Ultimate on hand-twisted egg bread. Garnished with your choice of cheese and toppings. Also available with Boar's Head meats and cheeses.

(Publix) 6-8 Servings $18.99
(Boar's Head) 6-8 Servings $20.99


Side Dish   View All
Garden-Fresh Vegetables


Eat your vegetables - and love 'em! A bountiful harvest of carrots, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash with appetizing dips.

(S) 8-12 Servings $24.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $29.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $34.99

light-bodied & fruity

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

  • If you need extra seating at home for the party, ask guests to bring lawn chairs. These are perfect for socializing after backyard volleyball or baseball, and you can use them indoors to watch a big game.
  • Serve plenty of beverages to help your active bunch stay hydrated. Offer plenty of nonalcoholic beverages such as punch, juice or bottled water.