I used to think I was good at adulting when I'd empty a bag of chips into a napkin-lined basket for a party. (Look, snacks!) I've upped my game a little in the recent years (homemade spiced nuts, anyone?), but all that pride has gone out the window since I've seen the snack stadium movement sweeping the internet.
Why eat nachos, pigs in a blanket, and other game-day fare off a platter when you can do it bigger, better, and artfully arranged to look like a billion-dollar stadium? The idea isn't super new, but the setups are getting more and more impressive.
With the Super Bowl fast approaching, it's time to gather up some cardboard bins and pans. Or, at the very least, time to admire these amazingly ambitious snack stadiums.
1. A Wooden Wonder
This magical creation by Samantha King, the blogger behind Nifty Mom, kind of blows my mind. She teamed up with her husband to build a plywood structure with a base that's longer than five feet.
This stadium setup does require a fair amount DIY work and general handiness, but once you've followed the tutorial, you will have a stadium that you can use season after season. And yes, they actually incorporated a tablet into the design so that snackers don't miss a minute of the game.
Get all the assembly directions: How to Make an Epic Reusable Wooden Snack Stadium at Nifty Mom
2. A Sweet Twist
Instead of focusing on chips, cheese curls, and the like, Jackie rewrote the playbook by populating her stands with French toast bites, cookies, bark, candies, and even seven-layer dessert dip. Guac typically stands in for grass, but in Jackie's sugary stadium, brownies — topped with green-dyed shredded coconut — do the honors.
See more pics: Make a Sweets Stadium Your Game-Day Centerpiece at Food Network
3. A Little Cheat
There's a saying in sports: "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." Here's proof it also applies to snack stadiums. Stacey Eckert, from the blog Stacey Homemaker, borrowed a football field platter from her mom and used that instead of the more traditional giant vat of gauc with sour cream yard lines.
How did she make those goal posts? They're just wooden skewers glued together and threaded with mini candy bars.
For more highlights: How to Build the Ultimate Snack Stadium at Stacey Homemaker
4. A Repurposed Hack
You can't see it here, but Jessica Hanson, of Domestic Bliss Squared, had an ingenious idea for how to create stadium seating: She used three-tiered spice rack organizers on either side of her dips. Then, she built the rest of the structure using plastic organizers and buckets that can be reused after the final play.
Follow along with her play-by-play video: Football Snack Stadium at Domestic Bliss Squared
5. A Bright (and Bubbly) Idea
Anne at Upstate Ramblings was going to buy soda for her party anyway, so she found ways to reuse the cardboard boxes that 12-pack cans come in: She cut each box in half and then made diagonal cuts on each half. To dress up the cut edges, she trimmed paper straws to size and glued them on. So cute! And I especially love the different candy designs in each end zone.
Get coached: Build the Ultimate Snack Stadium at Upstate Ramblings
6. A Well-Rounded Meal
Sure, this stadium (built from foam core board) looks almost as sturdy as a real one, but the most impressive thing here is that Amy Croushorn, of Amy's Party Ideas, was able to get so much great food into one stadium. There's legit-looking sandwiches, fruit, cheese and salsa (with numbers to stand in for players!), candy, and more. This could definitely feed a hungry crowd.
Learn how to kick off your own creation: DIY Snack Stadium at Amy's Party Ideas
How are you celebrating the big game this year?