It’s football season, so we asked the entertaining experts at Southern Living to share their best tips for game day. Whether you’re tailgating at the field or having a few friends over to watch the game, celebrating with your fellow football fans should be fun and delicious.
It’s that time of year again. We’re talking about football season and all the food, family and fun that goes with it. When you plan your game-day food and decoration, make sure to include flowers. Katie Morrow from Southern Living shows us some of her favorite ideas for pretty fuss-free game-day flowers.
First and foremost, plan your game-day flower arrangement around your team colors. For a chic look, pick just one of your team’s colors and buy a variety of flowers in that one color, Katie advises. “As long as the color is the same, the different flowers should mix beautifully.”
The Away Game-Day Arrangement
Transporting flowers to a tailgate party can be a challenge, but Katie has an easy solution. “I like to call it cup holder arrangements.” Simply use a drinking glass as a vase and stick arrangements in the cup holders of your car. (Or you can easily carry them in our Southern Living Seagrass Condiment Caddy.)
“Glasses are the perfect chameleon vase,” says Katie. “You can embellish or leave the arrangement plain so flowers are the star.”
To create your own cup holder arrangement, measure the stems by standing them against your glass, then cut and arrange. Keep the arrangement easy to transport by cutting blooms so they stand just over the rim. Katie likes to add in a few twigs, such as curly willow, to loosen up the look and give it some height.
The Home Game-Day Arrangement
If you’re planning on watching the big game at home, you have several options for displaying your glass flower arrangements. For a buffet, serve up your flowers right along with your spread. Katie used our Southern Living Tiered Wire Basket. “Just tuck your glasses into the three-tier basket along with the napkins, buns and condiments,” says Katie.
Eating at the table? Make smaller arrangements in glasses and place them at each setting, Katie suggests. “I also like to group them together on a tray as a centerpiece and add in fresh thyme that adds a stylish look and fragrance to the table.”
Another winning touch is to tuck a few flowers into your drink bucket. Fill a few empty bottles with water and add stems. An added bonus: the ice will keep the flowers fresh longer.
Echo the look of turf with a wheat grass centerpiece for your table or buffet spread. It’s an easy arrangement that guests are sure to remember, says Katie. Start with a flat of wheat grass from a florist. Use a serrated knife to cut through the roots and fit it to your serving tray. Wrap and pin floral ribbon around the bottom to hide the roots, and tuck cut flowers around the tray. For the finishing touch, insert small water picks of flowers into the grass.
“This works great as a centerpiece or on your buffet,” Katie promises. “Either way, you’ll score with your fellow football fans.”
What are some of your favorite game-day floral decorations? Share with us in the comments below.
Here in the south, game day combines two southern passions: football and food. So we asked Katie Morrow from Southern Living to share some of her favorite tailgating tips. Whether you’re going out to tailgate or having friends over, you’ll have a ball with these extra touches that are sure to make yours a perfect game-day table.
Game Day Tip #1
Katie’s key game-day strategy includes incorporating team colors. Make sure your napkins and other colorful serving essentials and accessories represent the team you’re rooting for. Another easy way to show team spirit is to display flowers in your team colors, Katie suggests.
Game Day Tip #2
Instead of the standard paper plates, Katie prefers to serve her spread in vintage pie tins. “It really kicks up your style,” says Katie. “They’re indestructible, lightweight and easy to find for pennies at a thrift store.”
To create the look, layer a colorful napkin and a square parchment paper in your tin. Add a small plate on top for serving snacks and appetizers (our Southern Living Salad Dessert Plates are the perfect size). When you’re ready to serve the main dish, whether it’s burgers hot off the grill or wings ready to eat, place it right on the parchment paper. “It’s so chic and simple for clean up,” Katie says.
Game Day Tip #3
Make napkins and utensils easy to pick up in one hand by bundling them together and placing in a drinking glass. Secure a sprig of thyme to your bundle for a special touch. Score extra points when you add a pennant to the bundle. They’re easy to make: just pick up team color paint swatches from a paint store, cut strips into pennant shapes and hot glue them to a wooden skewer. Embellish with a little knot of twine.
Game Day Tip #4
Katie has the perfect go-anywhere trick to serving up salad: pack individual serving portions in iconic southern Mason jars. “They pack well in a cooler, and they’re easy to pick up and eat if you’re gathered around the TV,” offers Katie.
The secret to making salad in a jar is to layer your ingredients. Dressing goes in first, followed by toppings, with greens on top to prevent them from wilting. Guests just shake the jar when they’re ready to eat.
How easy is that?
What are your favorite game-day entertaining tips? Tell us in the comments below.