Menu Planning By Color

Throwing a party for game day? Be a good fan and serve only food of your team’s color.

Red

Stuffed tomato

Red foods are easy, so menu planning for fans of the 49ers should be simple. Nature has provided an abundance of foods, both sweet and savory, in this popular shade. While this list is far from comprehensive, it does name some of the most popular and easy-to-serve dishes.

  • French onion dip (dyed red) and salsa, served with red corn chips
  • Marinara dip for soft pretzels or cheese sticks
  • Roasted red potato wedges
  • Stuffed tomatoes (stick with cherry tomatoes if you want finger foods)
  • Red pepper wraps (a tortilla spread with cream cheese and red peppers, rolled and sliced)
  • Lasagna
  • Strawberries, cherries and raspberries, served with fruit dip dyed red
  • Fruit punch (make it fizz by adding clear soda)

Blue

Blue corn chips

Blue foods are tricky. Not many foods are blue by nature, and that's probably for good reason. Food turns blue when it's spoiled, and it's hard to get past that signal in your head. Be careful what foods you dye blue, or your pretty spread of food may go untouched.

If you're rooting for the Patriots, Texans or Giants, a blue menu isn't impossible - it's just going to require a little extra thought.

  • Blue corn chips, served with black bean dip and French onion dip (tinted blue)
  • Blueberry tarts
  • Blue Jell-O shots
  • Drinks made with blue curacao
  • Blue potato salad

Yellow

Cornbread

If your team color is yellow, your party is sure to be the brightest place on the block. Even if you don't win, it's hard not to be happy with food the color of sunshine.

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Lemon chicken
  • Cheese kabobs
  • Fruit platter featuring pineapple and banana
  • French fries
  • Lemon candy
  • Corn bread
  • Grilled cheese (cut sandwiches into bite-sized pieces and spear with toothpicks)
  • Lemonade

Green

Guacomole

Much like blue, some foods just shouldn't be green. Thankfully, there are a few more foods that are naturally green.

If you're a Packers fan, you'll probably have more luck mixing green and yellow foods than trying to stick with just one.

  • Green peppers, broccoli and cucumbers served with dill dip
  • Guacamole
  • Pinwheels made with spinach tortillas
  • Fruit platter featuring green grapes, green apples, kiwi and honeydew
  • Baked or fried zucchini
  • Green tea

Orange

Hot wings

You lucked out, Broncos fans! Orange foods are few and far between, but the ones that do exist lend themselves great to parties!

Purple

Grapes

Ravens fans, rejoice. Purple foods are usually sweet. Many sweet berries are a shade of purple, making purple a very dessert-friendly color. There are some savory dishes in this shade, though not as many as in other colors.

  • Purple potato chips (homemade from purple potatoes)
  • Blueberries, blackberries and red grapes, served with yogurt (berry-flavored or dyed purple)
  • Pretzels dipped in white chocolate with purple dye
  • Roasted eggplant
  • Cabbage salad
  • Grape soda

Tip

Take it to the next level by making sure your tableware and decor match your food color scheme!

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