Well, the most wonderful time of the year is here again: football season! Last weekend we had a great time celebrating the kickoff of college football season with family and friends! I figured I would share some highlights with you, plus some tips if you decide to throw your own football party!
We managed to get 42 of our closest friends and family to hang out with us throughout the day. How did we make that happen? We created a Facebook event to let everyone know to “save the date.” But the biggest key to our success was making it an open house. Our friends could come any time they wanted to throughout the day and stay as long as they wanted.
Jon moved the living room around to create the optimum setup for our party. The most people we had in the room at once was 25, but everyone had a comfortable seat and we still had room to move around! Three TVs (one borrowed), plus the computer and iPad, were obviously necessary to watch allthefootball. Jon tried his best to convince me we should leave it set up this way until the end of college football season, but he definitely lost that battle.
I set up our kitchen with decorations and food and used a chalkboard sign (here’s a similar one) I bought at JoAnn for Graham’s first birthday party to show people where the good stuff was. To hang it on our curtain rod in the kitchen I just used some grosgrain ribbon and hot glue to stick it to the board! As our main dish, I made the Kalua Pork Sliders from the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. You can get the recipe here! If you make them for a party (they’re super easy, so you totally should!), I recommend making the pineapple chutney the night before and refrigerating it. It’s better the longer it sits, but the main reason is that you don’t want your house to smell like vinegar when guests arrive!
We had a great spread and fun decorations. I can’t take any of the credit for these because my mom and sister made them all for Graham’s baby shower two years ago. It sure is nice to have them handy for our football parties! They used clay pots, foam insulation, PVC pipes, and skewers with paper flags and old postcards of our favorite stadiums to create these amazing centerpieces. I still love them so much!
I got to use my marquee sign that Jon gave me for Mother’s Day, which was super fun. I love that it has all sorts of phrases and pictures you can get in addition to the basic letters. So much fun to have! If you’re interested in buying one, you can check it out by clicking on the picture below!
Jon used a website called Canva to make some awesome menus to show what games were on at various times throughout the day (he even went so far as to have them professionally printed and laminated…).
The threat of rain pushed our cornhole tournament inside, but the kids enjoyed playing in the living room!
The only problem with having a party like this was that we were having so much fun with our guests that we didn’t take a single picture during the party! Not one! There’s always next year.
You might also want to check out Ali’s Ultimate Snack Stadium over on Mom Explores! It’s pretty awesome!
Do you get super interested in a sport with your family? What do you do to celebrate?
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