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January gets a really bad reputation for being long, cold and dreary as we all recover from the excitement and nonstop party vibe of the end of the year. In Chicago, it’s hard to find the will to leave your house sometimes, when the temperature is below zero and the wind hurts your face. And well, is not leaving your house really so bad? We all need some down time at home, but that doesn’t mean that your weekend afternoons at home need to be boring and tasteless, either. Luckily, football playoff season is here to keep us all entertained from the comfort of our living rooms.
If you’re going to spend a lazy Sunday watching football, you need to prepare your game day fare accordingly, too. I like to serve a combination of homemade dips and appetizers with store-bought treats so that I can enjoy my company, and not spend the full day in the kitchen. For those instances, Farm Rich is the perfect go-to snacks and appetizers brand to invite to your table. Made with real ingredients and ready anytime for whatever life throws at you (i.e. your husband inviting six of his closest friends over for game day at a moments notice, or your friend inviting some unplanned guests to your party…and everyone shows up hungry).
Farm Rich offers endless snack options, all available at Walmart, which is perfect for one-stop shopping when you’re stocking up for a party. A few of my favorite snack foods to put out on game day are Boneless BBQ Chicken Bites, Mozzarella Sticks and of course, Loaded Potato Skins — something for everyone. For this particular game day spread, I paired the Farm Rich Loaded Potato Skins with some chips and dip as well as a platter ofFarm Rich Boneless BBQ Chicken Bites and dipping sauces. Super simple and always a crowd pleaser.
It’s well documented here that I like basically use football games as an excuse to have parties and make snacks. But sometimes, my inner Martha kicks in too. In preparation for the big game in a few weeks, my friend Liz came over this weekend and we got our crafts on with a football party table theme so that we could bask in the end of the
Sunday snacking (I mean, football) season for a few weeks longer.
How To Make a Football Table Cloth
What You Need
- Duck Tape
- White Contact Paper (with a sticky backside)
- Sharpie Pens
- Green Felt or Fabric Cloth
First, measure the size of the table you want to cover and cut your cloth about four inches longer and wider. If you have a round table, like I do, you can simply make a table mat that covers as much as you can. The effect will still be fun and festive.
Once cut, the first thing you’ll want to do is seal the cut edges. I decided to do it in white to match the field lines of a football field and used white for the boundary and yard lines on the field. Roll out a long section of tape, about the same size as the length of the field, and place it sticky side up on the table. Place your “field” on half of the tape and fold to tape the other side.
Make your yard lines next. You can take some creative liberties here if you have a smaller sized table, using about 1/4 – 1/2 inch piece of tape. We made ours a little bigger and cut strips of tape the size of the cloth’s width. Next, take your white paper and using any color Sharpie pen, trace T-O-U-C-H-D-O-W-N in bubble letters. This website has some great printables if you want to trace your letters or add more flair to your table.
Once you have your football field, you need create footballs or football “players” by piping sour cream laces or numbers onto Farm Rich Loaded Potato Skins, which are the perfect shape to represent the pigskin. They’re also the perfect snack to serve during a game, especially in the winter when people crave carbs and cheesy deliciousness in general. Farm Rich Loaded Potato Skins are hand-stuffed, real Idaho potatoes topped with cheese, bacon and a ton of flavor.
How are you preparing for The Big Game? Visit the Game Day Landing Page at FarmRich.com, where you can pick up a coupon and sign up for the brand’s loyalty club. You can also become a SuperFan by entering this sweepstakes to win prizes, including a $100 Walmart gift card or 1 Year Free of Farm Rich products.