I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a football fan. Unless I’m personally invested in one of the teams, I’d rather read a book. That being said, over the years I have grown to appreciate what the game provides besides a bunch of grown men running up and down a field chasing a ball – the opportunity for good friends to get together on a Sunday afternoon and spend a few good hours having fun….and watching cool commercials. So, with that in mind, this year I pulled together some easy ideas to upgrade the event. You can still serve nacho’s, but here’s a few ways to make them look a little better!
I started with a football field table runner. I got 3 yards of felt which was the perfect length for the Home & Family dinning table. The width was good as is, so no cutting and, since it’s felt, no sewing! I then drew a pencil line across the felt every 10″ and hot glued down a pience of 1/4″ white gross grain ribbon. Then, a few inches from the bottom, added embroidered numbers (also from the fabric store – .$89 a piece), that were self adhesive! If I were an actual football fan (see note above), I would actually use some cotton twill instead of felt and attach the ribbon and numbers with a quick run on the sewing machine – that way it could be washed and used over and over again.
I then added some serving trays. We had some natural wood ones laying around, so a quick hit with the white spray paint and I got a nice glossy white tray. I fitted the bottom with astroturf we picked up at Home Depot. Next, just cut out some numbers and a straight strip the width of the tray from self-adhesive felt and you’ve got a great looking football tray. Again, if you want to make this a little more long lasting – have a piece of glass cut the size of the bottom of the tray and just place it on top for protection.
To help round out the table I painted a scrap of plywood with chalkboard paint to serve as the menu, plus it’s always nice to add a vertical element to any table. And to save on dishes without going the paper plate route, I turned white gift box tops into concession trays. I just turned them upside down and lined the bottoms with some extra astro turf – guests can now cart their food to in front of the TV whether it’s for the game….or the commercials.