Game Day Party Table | Italian Pasta Bar, Buffet Style

Game Day Party Table | Italian Pasta Bar, Buffet Style

It’s game time and as many of you know I love to entertain. Any reason to gather friends and family and put together a party table makes me smile..big time.
For this years Game Day Party table I decided on a pasta bar. It’s something a little different and unique for a football game, but a simple idea to execute without a lot of fuss.
My little two little secrets for creating this easy-to-put-together table
– mini tasting serving dishes and pre-packaged gourmet food –
thanks to some help from World Market.
 World Market is one of my favorite places for unique home decor and furniture but they are also a haven for putting together parties and entertaining.
I kept the decor for the table neutral however touches of your favorite team’s colors can easily be added in through the flowers, ribbon, napkins and other decor.
 I usually steer away from buying disposable party products as much as possible – especially products specifically design around a theme. Instead I use simple items that can be re-purposed like the real football and silver party tub used as the centerpiece here.
Same goes for the table coverings – a large piece of patterned wool fabric picked up on discount
was used for this table.
Two inexpensive store bought bouquets were cut down, re-arranged
and placed in glass candle holders for more decor.
This would be a great way to add your team colors to the table.
I love the ambiance of candle light and these glass hurricanes are so versatile – I actually use them more than I would like to admit … nearly every tablescape I have ever put together!
This time I filled them with green paper crinkle, found in the gift section at World Market, and tucked in a white three wick candle. Cut vinyl was added to the side – I used Go Team but you could really elaborate on your teams theme with different sayings or mascot designs.
Paper circle garland was hung from the chandelier.
It is simply made with cardstock or scrapbook paper, string and a gluestick.
You can find the easy tutorial here: Punched Paper Circle Garland
I enjoy being a part of the party just as much as my guests do
and try not to spending the entire party running around in the kitchen.
Preparing semi-homemade recipes ahead of time,
using crock pots, and serving the food buffet style
cuts down on my need to tend to the party table as the party is going on.
This party table was composed of two parts – fix it yourself pasta options and
other Italian style goodies served in mini tasting dishes.
The mini tasting dishes are perfect for an intense football game
where your guests just want grab and go.
I pick up small serving pieces any time I can find them to build my collection.
I don’t just limit my choices to pieces specifically labeled serveware –
anything small and petite works – think cups, shot glasses, platters and saucers.
To make the collection a little more versatile I try to stick with white or clear glass pieces –
that way I can use them for everything and still have a uniform look.
The full party menu details & recipes can be found here – Ideas to Host Your Own Pasta Bar –
below you’ll find all the links to the World Market serving pieces and
pre-packaged food goodies I used to create this table.
Antipasto on bamboo knot picks served in tall shot glasses
Cook the noodles al dente as the guests arrive and place the sauces in crock pots.
When guests are ready to create their pasta dishes – the heated sauces will be warm enough
to heat the pasta once they are tossed together.
Market classic cheese tortellini soup mix and Italian Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
– recipe below
Italian phyllo sticks served in stainless steel indian cups
full recipe found here: Baked Parmesan Crisps Recipe
One quick and easy semi-homemade recipe perfect for game day is
Italian Basil Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Market Classic Cheese Tortellini Soup
The Market classic cheese tortellini soup mix is created exclusively for World Market. It is a delicious blend of Parmesan cheese-filled tortellini and spices. It is a snap to prepare, requiring just water and tomato sauce – everything else needed for this hearty soup comes right in the packet.
Italian Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe
ingredients needed
Italian Bread
Thinly Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers and other garnishes optional
For added game day fun I cut the bread with a cookie cutter before preparing.
Spread a thin coat of butter on one side of a slice of bread and pesto on the other side.
Layer with a slice of cheese and any additional garnishes.
Top with a second piece of pesto and butter bread – butter side facing up.
Place in a non-stick skillet heated over medium heat.
Cook each side for three minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.
Are you thinking about hosting game day festivities this year –
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Here is to your favorite team going all the way and winning the big game this year.
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  1. How wonderful Stephanie. Everything looked mouth watering delish!

  2. Wow!! This looks Fabulous!!! What a great party – almost too pretty for football! I think it would be hard to beat this party, never mind the game – your team already won!

  3. Wow Stephanie! It all looks so wonderful. Even though you say it’s simple how in the world do you get it all on the table fresh and warm and still look good for the party. With food it seems like so much is last min and I just haven’t learned how to pull all that off yet. This is a party I would love to attend!

    Hugs… [email protected]

  4. This looks great Stephanie. For how many people did you prepare the food?

  5. Love this! Makes me want to host a party!

  6. I love this, instead of the same old football table. The food looks fantastic. Great job.


  7. This is one of the best looking game day tables I’ve seen. Very stylish and I agree that not going overboard with theme items is a great way to go.

  8. This looks so yummy!


  9. Looks amazing, as always, Stephanie! I wanted to ask if you have a problem with pasta sticking when it sits out after being cooked. I noticed you did that with pasta and then had everyone add the sauces heated in crockpots. If I tried that, my pasta would be globbed together like glue and the sauce wouldn’t bind to the pasta. Maybe you have never had that trouble? – Karen

  10. This looks delicious. Your presentation of everything is delighful. Have a great game day!

  11. This is just gorgeous! I especially love that you don’t buy kitschy themed (and disposable) products. I love getting something special to use again and have those party memories return C:

  12. Beautiful – what a great way to make a sport party look elegant – didn’t know that could happen!! ha/ha

  13. Love this —- tons of ideas!! I know exactly who to call next time I have a party.
    Missy M

  14. This all looks absolutely amazing!! Thanks for all the great ideas – yum!!


  15. Holy toledo! I wanna come to your place for game day. Pinning!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  16. headed your way on gameday!! Absolutely incredible display!!

  17. So fabulous! Love the little details like the fleur de Lis sandwiches! Even non football fans would be smitten by this!

  18. You completely outdid yourself! This looks amazing. I love every detail and I can’t wait to try every single recipe here! LOVE it!! I’ve Pinned some things too!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. This looks amazing, and I found it right in time for the Super Bowl!! My readers will love these ideas as well, I would love for you to link up to my linky party –



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