When the Super Bowl (or heck, any big game) rolls around, what better way to feed your hungry crowd than with a custom snackadium? A snackadium, or snack stadium, is a concept that’s picked up a lot of momentum in the past few years, thanks to the growth of Pinterest and how-to videos. At this point there are even kits available at craft stores to make a pre-fab snackadium. But you don’t have to follow the crowd – it’s fairly easy to make your own snackadium that’s both plentiful and impressive.
Last year when we were snackadium novices, we did something that turned out to be much harder than needed: We basically built two sets of exterior walls, one to hold in the chips, and one to hold up the inner walls. This year we simplified the design to have just one outer wall, and it was SO much easier.
We started with a giant poster board (actually, it was a tri-fold presentation board, flattened out, measuring 4’x3′) as the base. Then we cut off the top and bottom of a large box (measuring 9 inches high). We took the 9-inch side band and wrapped it three-quarters of the way around the edge of the presentation board. Then we took the top, bottom, and side of a large flat box and turned it into the back wall of the snackadium (15 inches high). All sides were secured with glue and rubber cement, and held into place with clips as needed.
Next we created the seating sections by slicing pieces of cardboard to fit between a foil pan and the wall, cutting the top edge down on a diagonal to create the image of seating – and again, securing all edges with glue and clips until the glue dried. We covered all of the exposed cardboard with white craft paper. Then we trimmed the outside with decorative craft paper and tape.
And for the final piece: Our original plan was to cut notches in the cardboard back wall and slide the iPad mini into the notches. Unfortunately, cardboard walls and iPads don’t bend that way. It turned out to be much simpler (and possibly more secure) for the iPad to simply sit on top of a cardboard box (it was the back end of a shoe box) covered with decorative tape. We adjusted the iPad and then glued one more ledge on top of the box to stop the iPad from sliding down. And despite more than 40 pairs of hungry hands digging into the snackadium, the iPad never moved.
For the “field” we simply filled a foil pan with guacamole and then used a squeeze bottle to draw out the lines. Then came the fun part: filling each of the sections with different snacks. We chose a variety of colors and textures to add “pop” to the sections, alternating brown, tan, and orange shades.
Even though this year’s Super Bowl is now one for the books, this is a design that you can modify for any big game (soccer team party, anyone?). And if you’re inspired but don’t have the right occasion, then book it for next year. Your guests will thank you.