Cozy Game-Day Decor for Two

My husband, 007, enjoys watching football from the comfort of his recliner. No crowds. His favorite foods and our favorite things surround him. I’m not that huge of a pro football fan. Pro football is his hobby. Mine is making it an event for both of us. That’s why I like to add a little cozy game-day decor to his man-cave in mid January. Decorating the table, preparing a few finger foods and wearing team colors make it an event for the two of us. He watches the game and I watch the commercials and halftime show. Fun for both of us! If you aren’t that big a fan either, here are a few vignettes to help you cozy up to gameday.

GameDay Decor – Centerpiece

cozy gameday decor

Paula Deen magazine shows us how to make these adorable centerpieces and napkin rings. Tweak this vignette with your own team colors for a fun day. Should it be the Ravens, black placemats with purple napkins and yellow flowers support your team in high fashion.


Football Field Green Tablecloth for Game-Day Decor

grass tablecloth

Using a green “grass” tablecloth adds texture and lays a perfect foundation for your team colors. Add a colorful runner, food and beverages of your choice.

Playbook Table Decor


playbook table cover

This butcher-paper playbook table cover is an easy starting place for your gameday decor. Adding flowers, napkins and favorite foods make this an easy clean-up option after the game.

There’s one recipe that we love every year. It’s easy, tasty and a tradition for Super Bowl Sunday. So, once you have your table set, add this platter of wings. For the two of us, we keep it simple with wings, celery, dipping sauce, a variety of chips and a cheese ring with crackers.

Crispy Baked Wings


For the Wings:

  • 4 lb (1.8 kg) chicken wings, cut into wingettes and drumettes
  • 2 tablespoons aluminum free baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA) (21g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

For the Buffalo Sauce:

  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (120ml)
  • ½ cup butter (4oz, 113g)

Celery sticks, for serving


For the wings:

  • Preheat oven to 250F. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
  • Dry the wings thoroughly with paper towels.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a rack on the foil. Spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Toss the wings with baking powder and salt.
  • Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer. They don’t have to be very spaced out because they will shrink while cooking.
  • Place wings on the lower-middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Move wings up to the upper-middle rack and increase the oven temperature to 425 F. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, using tongs to flip the wings halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Toss with Buffalo Sauce or serve sauce on the side.
  • Serve with your favorite Ranch Dip and celery sticks.

For the Buffalo Sauce:

  • Heat butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking until combined.


Day 21: Starting Over with a New Game-day Snack Contest

31 Days of Starting Over


A few days ago I replied to a Southern Living Porch email that I would like to participate in a promotion they have going on during football season.  The promotion was only open to a few hundred participants. Today I find this in my inbox:

Greetings, Kim Burdette!Check your mailbox for your special delivery!You’ve been selected to receive a special gift from Blue Diamond and Southern Living—a small box of goodies to enhance your fall tailgate.Your special package will arrive via mail in just a few days.  Then we ask that you stage a photo of you and your friends/family enjoying your Blue Diamond Tailgating Essentials on Gameday (either at home or away) and share the photo on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #gamedaysnack. The top three sharers at the end of November will receive an Ultimate Box of Southern Tailgating Essentials from Blue Diamond and Southern Living.  We will also follow up with you at the end of November with a short survey.Have fun!

Southern Living Porch Team


How very exciting for moi!  It’s kind of like I won something and I don’t typically win things.  So! I want to share this whole experience with you and hopefully get suggestions from you guys as to how I might win the grand prize! I’ll need Auburn ideas and pro ideas, particularly for the Steelers (my hubby is a fan). I would love ideas for decor, recipes with Blue Diamond products and anything else we all come up with for this very fun project.

And, isn’t it just marvelous how timing just seems to work out sometimes? I have my first photography lesson with a pro tomorrow at 11:00.  I’ve wanted to take a class for a long time, and with the England trip coming up, I thought now was as good a time as any to educate myself. And now I have this!

Please share this on your timeline and in particular with any huge Auburn or Pro-football fans. I’d love to have some ideas from our male fans out there, too!  It’s a team effort here, ladies and gents!  How exciting to be part of something with Southern Living and Blue Diamond!  I feel as special as a rare gem right now!

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