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.
The return of football is just around the corner and no one knows how to kick-off the game time celebrations quite like our friends at Southern Living. With a spread of savory sauces and tasty dishes, your tailgate party is sure to be a touchdown!
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- Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
- Citrus-Chimichurri Vinaigrette
- Sweet-Hot Ketchup
- Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Green Tomato Salsa
Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
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.
A Beautiful Autumn Table: Party Favor
For a little party favor, make a mini bouquet for each guest. Try combining mini calla lilies, dahlias and drumstick flowers with some greenery from your yard. Simply gather the flowers in your hand and secure with a small hair band and snip the stems to the appropriate length. If you add a floral centerpiece to your table, be sure to repeat some of those same flower varieties from your mini bouquets, so that it all pulls together.
An Elegantly Casual Holiday Table: Personalized Place Settings
For a special touch, make a napkin ring from ribbon and create a place card with our Metal Tags. It looks especially pretty when you tuck in a sprig of berries and evergreen. Use this same trick of tying ribbon and greenery sprigs to the stems of your guests’ wine glasses. Using different colors of ribbon and different types of greenery on each stem is a great way for your guests to identify their glass.
An Unforgettable Formal Holiday Table: Place Card Holder
Sugared fruit gives the table a frosty winter effect. For a great place card holder, use a gorgeous pear. Spray gold foil metallic paint on the pear—you can find the paint at a crafts store. Write your guests’ names on card stock and cut the card into a leaf shape. A pearl corsage pin from the florist works beautifully for attaching the card to the pear. Finish off your masterpiece by adding a silver spray painted magnolia leaf, a piece of sugared rosemary and a sprig of winter berry. Now, you are ready to welcome your guests to a beautiful evening.
A Beautiful Autumn Table: Layering
Think of the place setting the way you would an outfit: you might layer a shirt with a sweater and add a scarf to give it some interest. Apply that same layering idea to your table. Start with a crisp linen tablecloth, combine our Holiday Branch dinner plates with our Southern Living dinner and bread plates and layer in metal chargers for extra style. Now add in color with linens and flowers. These amazing greenery illustrations were commissioned just for us—and they work double-duty as a garnish for your food.