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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

 

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII

This post is dedicated to my hubby. I think I remember him. He’s the guy I see wandering from his man cave to the kitchen on Sunday’s in various NFL jerseys. This one, of course, is from days not so long ago, when Peyton was with the Colts.

Peyton Manning Fan
Peyton Manning Fan

Aren’t horseshoes a sign of good luck? Do Broncos wear horseshoes?

Let me be clear here. I know absolutely nothing about the NFL. I’m an Auburn girl. Love me some Tigers, but, there’s more… Football, that is. You see, I become a football widow when the first preseason show kicks off the NFL and remain so until the last play of the Super Bowl. For you folks who don’t know how long that is, well, preseason starts in July and here we are in February at the Super Bowl.

My hubby is very smart though. I can be a helmet-head when it comes to sports. I’m stubborn and if Auburn isn’t playing, I would rather be watching a sappy, girlie chick flick….until he tells me a story. And then I become the sappy, girlie chick.

I can’t count the times that I’ve walked into his man-cave to ask him a question that has absolutely NO-Thing to do with football, and he’ll say something like, “Hon, you see number 18 with the Colts, his brother, Eli, also plays in the NFL and his dad, Archie was born in Mississippi and played for the Saints.” My response, “Oh, so he’s a southern boy?”

He’ll hook me every time with something like this, or a boy who’s playing after his mother passed away from cancer. I can’t even begin to follow the rules of the game, or for heavens sake, the players’ positions. I had to visit Player Positions for Dummies just to remember what a tight end does in the game, and it had nothing to do with glute exercises. But, tell me a story, and while I may not sit with you and watch every play, I’ll ask at the end how Peyton or Eli played. I may even search for something on the internet about how proud Archie must be of his two sons.

Stories always get me. And, I usually want to watch the halftime show and don’t be a bit surprised if Monday’s post is all about the commercials. In the meantime, Go….Peyton! He’s a southern boy with his legacy on the line. And what mama wouldn’t be proud of this from Peyton himself,

“If I had my choice, what my legacy would be, would be that I played my butt off for every team that I ever played on, I was a really good teammate and I did everything I could to win. Whatever happens along in that time is fine with me. Those are things that I care about.” Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 

Olivia Manning had to proud of that answer. She has built a legacy herself. She is the wife and mother of football greats, joined an organization, “Women of the Storm,” after Hurricane Katrina, and helped educate people in our government about the needs in New Orleans after that storm.

A quote from her just may educate this helmet-head on the game of football. In a Family Circle article, she was asked by Patty Adams Martinez,

“Any advice for moms who don’t love football?”
Olivia Manning: The more you go to games, the more you’ll want to watch them on TV. And the more you learn, the more you’ll enjoy it. Just have fun!

I think it would be fun to go to a NFL game. I just might get interested in the league. Hey, hubby, want to leave the man-cave next year to see a game in person?

Pssst…Ladies, aren’t most NFL teams located in big cities where there’s lots of shopping malls?