Gameday Solution: HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays

*I received free product in exchange for my honest review

I love football season.

Do you know what I don't love? Worrying about food while I watch those football games that I love so much.

In the past I have always gone out to a sports bar to watch games. It's fun! But as of late, the idea of going to a crowded bar only to fight my way to a seat and hope that the game I want to watch is on the TV I'm closest to has lost its appeal. So I've been watching the games at home, there's just one set-back: the food. And more than that, cleaning up the food when I'm done.

Courtesy of Hormel, I tried out one of their HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays. Party trays make me a little nervous because they're so hit-or-miss. Either the cheese is disgusting, or there's something else in there I don't like. But I went out and got the HORMEL GATHERINGS party tray with the salami. Here's what I thought:

Pretty tasty

It was pretty good! To be fair, it's not your top-of-the-line party tray, but it's also not priced that way. The cheese is good (obviously, the most important factor for me), the salami was tasty, and the crackers are just normal crackers.

I brought a tray to my family Thanksgiving get-together and it made for the perfect appetizer while the meal was cooking. We worked hard at snacking while watching the Vikings work hard to beat the Lions. The family approved of my appetizer choice.


Like I said before, the only thing worse than cooking the gameday food is cleaning up the gameday food. Between the party tray, a few paper plates and napkins, all I needed was a trash can (and maybe a vacuum) to clean up. Finger foods are so great in that way. Not to mention the ZERO amount of preparation it took. Easy appetizer.


As far as meat and cheese trays go, you get a little bit of variety. No matter which tray you choose, you're going to get a couple of options. Here are your choices:

  • Hard salami and pepperoni
  • Honey ham and turkey
  • Supreme (which has meat, cheese, crackers and olives)
Every tray has two different kinds of meat and two different kinds of cheese. Crackers come standard-issue.

All-in, the party trays worked out well for me. I think they're a great, easy solution when you need snacks. Be it a football game, or another get-together, the HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays are easy and enjoyable. They're pretty big, though. I'd only recommend getting a tray if you plan on having at least 3-4 guests over, even though the tray can definitely feed more.

Would you like to try one? Email me or leave a comment for a chance to win a free HORMEL GATHERINGS party tray. U.S. only.

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