A Salute to the Pigskin
Every football game shown on television is a reason to party with family and friends. Jazz up the occasion – here are some easy tips to make you the host or hostess with the mostest! This is NOT just another party plan, check it out! Photos included in this article, too.
Wherever the television is located, decorate the room
Just as if it were a college campus home football game, decorate in the team colors with lots of balloons and streamers. If you have football jerseys, helmets, footballs (borrow from your children and their friends) and if you plan to have football parties again, think about investing in some football or cheerleading decorations.
This will amuse your guests throughout the game… you can ask family, friends, neighbors and collect odd, even weird, white elephant type gifts. Bet if you look in your own drawers, cabinets, kid’s rooms, garage, perhaps even the garden or tool shed, you’ll find stuff; see a garage sale, stop and take a chance. Place items individually in team color lunch bags and tie with team colored curly ribbons – this festive look also colors up your room and/or table. You will NOT need a lot of items if you put the name of each guest into a ‘football cap’ and decide when a name will be drawn for a specific happening, such as a touch down, yardage, fouls, no score in a quarter, etc. The name selected picks a prize bag.
Jump Up Activities
Ask each guest to select one of the two teams and root for that team the entire game – hooray for good things, boos for bad things.
Touch down and Extra Point
Guests rooting for that team are to get out of their chair and hoot, dance, make noise.
Guests cheering for the team whose player or players have a personal foul are to get up and shake hands or kiss the opposing team guests.
Make it easy on yourself, especially if you plan to do this several times in a season. Either provide the food or ask your guests to make it a potluck – most everyone loves potlucks and this saves on the budget besides your time in the kitchen. Provide paper plates, napkins, cups in team colors.
Create foods in a football shape, here are some ideas:
Photos and Directions
Gridiron Hero Cupcakes
Fun by the Yard Cake
Game Ball Brownie
Ready To Touch Down! (a two cake cheer)
Photos of Cake and Candy Confetti Sprinkles – instant decorations!!
Pre-made Shaped Edible Hard Sugar Shapes
Football Shaped Pan
Use to shape dips, rice, Jell-O, breads,
Brownies, Rice Krispies Treats and cakes
JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT
Special Note about alcohol beverages:
Whether you provide alcoholic beverages or your guests bring their own, be responsible and don’t let any drive home if they have consumed too much to drink.
First & Second Quarters
Provide chips, dips, fresh vegetables, crackers and cheese in the television party room so guests can snack their way through the first and second quarter.
Let the gridiron feast begin. Make it simple if you are doing the whole buffet yourself – hot dogs, mustard, relish, sauerkraut, ketchup, deli or fresh baked beans and macaroni salad, nachos, chili. Ask your guests if they are on a diet or food program so they or you can provide more nourishing foods to support them.
Third Quarter and Fourth Quarters
This is a good dessert time. Provide cupcakes to avoid having to slice and serve. If a potluck, let the choices begin!
The Day Is Done, the Game Is Over
Reality is back, time to say goodbye to your guests and clean up. It was fun and you made it memorable.
Mary Ann Ross