I’m Going Pro! {A New Orleans Inspired Football Party}

I don’t care about football unless it involves the University of Georgia or someone defeating one of UGA’s rivals.  I’ve tried.  I signed up for Fantasy Football (and came in dead last).  I watched NFL games with my husband.  I even tried to read a book called, “Football For Dummies“.

Didn’t work. I still don’t care.

However… I DO like parties. And food. Once I realized professional football afforded more opportunities for both of these, I decided to get on board.  Inspired by a Mardi Gras/New Orleans theme; I threw together a little pre-game party I think you’ll enjoy hearing about.

First, I went shopping for the food, and made a quick trip to the nearby Dollar Store to scoop up everything purple, gold, and green that I could find.  The food was all easy to make, so I could keep my focus on pretending I was actually watching the football game and not just sitting there snuggled up with my Droid, reading spoilers for the current Bachelor season.

I set the table up earlier in the day.  When Maybelle got home from school, she rearranged it all but she is good at that type of thing and I am not, so I let her.

For the food, I heated up the oven and put the wings in along with sliced French bread brushed with olive oil.

After five minutes; I took the bread out and put a (pre-made) olive tapenade and little slice of provolone on each piece.

Meanwhile, I cut and washed celery and made the dip which consisted of emptying a packet of French Onion Soup Mix into a container of sour cream.  When the wings had five minutes left to cook, I put the bread back in and made the punch; a sliced up orange, cherries, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

Half an hour later, we had a fantastic Mardi Gras Football Party Meal!

  • Muffuletta Bruschetta

  • French Onion Dip with celery and chips {I was thinking French Quarter for the NOLA tie in.  Too much of a stretch? Maybe…}

  • Hurricane Punch {In a very un-Mardi Gras fashion; we made it without rum so the kids could have some too.}

So play ball! Or whatever they say at the beginning of professional football games.

I really have no idea… The important thing is that regardless of my complete failure to grasp professional football, we had a fun pre-game meal together with some really tasty food.

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  1. Great idea to have a themed football party! The punch looks great I am sure my son would love it Tyson wings make it easy to have the kids enjoy the food. :)


    Big Binder Reply:

    It’s important to get them started on tailgating at a young age :)


  2. That bruschetta looks amazing! I love the Mardi Gras theme!


    Big Binder Reply:

    Thank you! It was a fun little party!


  3. I love the Mardi Gras spread. So fun and festive but I must say…you crack me up! The cherries don’t float thing had me on the floor. The bruschetta makes me want to jump through my computer and grab some…so so yummy! And I actually use those Tyson wings often for our football parties because it’s so much quicker than my from-scratch variety. Play ball…umm…yea me too…not a fan of football.


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