Game Day Leftovers Station + Free Printable

This Game Day Leftovers Station is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Rubbermaid and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RubbermaidSharpie

I love hosting parties, but one of my least favorite things to do as a hostess is deal with leftovers. I always seem to forget to hand leftovers out or never seem to have enough spare containers ready to go. So this year I am ready to tackle it with this Game Day Leftovers Station.

Game Day Leftovers Station by Three Little Monkeys Studio

The fun of a leftovers station is that guests can make their own bento lunch from the awesome leftovers. Wrap it up to go, add a cute printable and they will have a super fun lunch to take to work on Monday. And you won’t be stuck eating leftover spinach dip for the next three days. Touchdown!

Game Day Leftovers Station

To set up your own leftovers station, you’ll need a few basic supplies.

  • Rubbermaid food storage containers (awesome coupon below!)
  • A Sharpie for labeling (Several Sharpies in team colors would be a fun touch)
  • Name tags
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Treat cups (from the baking section of hobby stores)
  • Condiments
  • Toothpicks
  • Disposable forks
  • Straws
  • Napkins

I set up all of the condiments, napkins, straws, forks, etc. in a tiered tin tray, but anything will work. You just want all of your supplies in a central location for your guests so everything is within reach.

Game Day Leftovers Station by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Pre-Game Warm Up: Get all of your wrapping supplies ready. Set out colorful ribbon or twine, fun tags (try the free printable at the end of the post), football stickers, etc. so guests can get creative and wrap up their container. Also make sure you have your Rubbermaid food storage containers washed and treat cups and other packaging supplies ready.

4th Quarter: Near the end of the game, sneak away and set out your Rubbermaid containers and packaging supplies near the leftovers so guests can fill a container as they go. Sit back and enjoy the end of the game knowing those leftovers will soon be gone, gone, gone.

Post-Game: Encourage guests to grab a container and fill it with goodies and get creative!

Game Day Leftovers Station by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Treat cups are great for this, because they can hold foods without leaking all over and don’t get soggy like a paper liner would. They are also sturdy and great for holding delicate items like chips. They come in two different sizes, and you can find them in the baking section of hobby stores. The small ones are great for sauces and condiments, and the larger ones are great for saucy side dishes. In a pinch you could use silicone cupcake liners.

Game Day Leftovers Station by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Free Name Tags

I admit it. Puns are big around here, and these “Tackle This” tags don’t disappoint.
Football Take Home Tags by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Download your free Football Take Home Tags. Save to your computer and print on card stock or matte photo paper and trim! Set out with a black Sharpie or get creative and use Sharpies in team colors.

For more great (and free) football printables that match these tags and football entertaining tips, check out 10 Free Football Printables for Your Get-Together.

This is the perfect time to get a great deal on your leftover station supplies, because from Jan 25 – Feb 8, 2014, you can get $1 off Rubbermaid food storage and $1 off Sharpie 4-packs at Target! Claim your coupon by texting the word COUPONS to TARGET (type “TARGET” instead of a phone number). It’s that easy, and you can text Target any time to get the latest coupons!


  1. Patricia says

    What a fun idea. I will share with all my friends who are needing ideas for a small football party this week-end.
    Very clever!

    • Gretchen says

      Thank you, Janis! I am addicted to my galvanized stand. I think it may have replaced my cake stand obsession! 😉

    • Gretchen says

      Hi, Elie! It is definitely something I am going to keep doing going forward. I love party food but don’t want to keep eating it for day afterward. Thanks for stopping by!

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