Tuesday, September 1, 2015

College Football Kick-Off Party: Must-Have Items

Who else is super excited for college football season is to officially kick off this weekend?! If you had told me a year ago that this would be something I knew or cared about, I would have thought you were nuts but ever since T entered my life, so has college football - specifically, an undying allegiance to one particular team...

Yes, we are an Alabama household! T went to the university and has been a lifelong fan, so I am happy to adopt his team as my own. While I may not have a natural love of football, I am definitely a major fan of the sport's theme party-friendly nature! Armed with only a very basic knowledge of the game (thank you, high school cheerleading days) and an Amazon Prime account, I've been prepping for Saturday's big game by tracking down these must-have items.

Party Supplies

party fridge / ice tray / Jell-O  mold kit  / plates / banner / snack helmet / napkins / houndstooth baking cups / cupsballoons / beer buckets  /streamers 

When I started searching on Amazon, I was seriously floored to see how many adorable team-themed items are available with just the click of a button! There is something much more festive about watching the game when you're surrounded by items that show your team spirit. I snapped up some banners and pennants to decorate the apartment, plates and napkins for those super important game day snacks, and I mean, come on...there was no way that I was going to say no to that Jell-O mold! I can't wait to turn our home into a red, white, and houndstooth cheering section!

Team Attire
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I may not know the entire Alabama football history (though T is doing his best to cram the essentials into my head), but I can certainly look the part! While I normally love dressing up, I'm all about comfort on game day so I was in the market for a cute tank. I love that this tank top proclaims Alabama's "Roll Tide" battle cry, but my very favorite part is the "Y'all" - it has the official Alabama A, and the Ls are two little cowboy boots! Adorable! (Plus my Yankee ears just always get such a kick out of hearing "y'all"!)

Game Day Food

Whether you're a fellow Alabama fan, you root for...(deep breath)...Auburn (boo! hiss!), or you just have no interest in any sports whatsoever, I think we can all agree on one thing...the best part of any college football viewing party is the FOOD! Here are just a few of our game day favorites:

Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Best Guacamole Ever

7-Layer Taco Dip

Drunken Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork

Game Day Cocktails

After all that yummy food, you need something equally delicious to wash it all down. While an ice cold beer is always a welcome addition to any tailgate, we also like to mix up some of those crowd-pleasing cocktails:

Watermelon Shandy

Low Calorie Raspberry Lemonade

Pineapple Lime Summer Sangria

Vanilla Pear Cocktail

Are there any other Alabama fans out there? And no matter who you root for, I would love to hear about your college football must-have items!

Linking up with Kristin, and Jessica and Katie!


  1. I'm pretty pumped for college football season to start - it's the best time of year :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. This is a fabulous post! I have a similar one coming very soon. We love college football in this house and everything that comes with it! :)

  3. SOOOOO excited for college football to start! Our first game is Thursday so I had to take the day off to tailgate but totally worth it. Although I have to say... WAR EAGLE! ;)
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. I don't care for football but I love football food!

  5. I'm not really a football fan but I'm totally on board for the parties. That Watermelon Shandy looks so good!!

  6. that spinach and artichoke dip looks amazing! i'm kind of with christine above, i could take or leave the football but gimmie the food ;)

  7. I am SO pumped for gameday to kick off this weekend!! All of these recipes look delicious! Go Dawgs! :)

  8. Win or lose I'm all about the snacks and booze haha!

  9. Love all the food and festivities that go along with football season...the games, not so much, lol!!

  10. I am so with you! I don't really care about the teams or the "sport" per say but I am all about the food, parties and cute accessories!

  11. It makes my heart smile to see you going all in with Alabama!!! Wooohooo ROLL TIDE!!!! You are doing it right with all your decor and food!!! You have the basics down my friend. Plus, who can't get with houndstooth??? It is universally flattering, duh!

  12. How fun is this?! I'm not a bama fan, but this is amazing (Go Dawgs!) All that food looks delish! And I'm going to need one of those vanilla pear cocktails :)

  13. SO excited for football season!! Those Jell-O jigglers are so cute and perfect (with a little alcohol ;) ). I love all of the dip ideas, too! I might need to steal one or two for our fantasy football draft party this weekend!

  14. Such cute party favors and as usual the food is always yummy! I have to try that skinny spinach dip recipe! I agree Amazon Prime has been a life saver when we host parties, especially themed parties!

  15. Don't tell anyone but I always go to football parties just for the food, shhh! (; Thanks for linking up for Tutu Tuesday! I'm excited to have found your blog <3

  16. Okay, I need to make all of this food ASAP.
    It looks freaking amazing!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  17. I can't even wait until Friday - I'm SO happy to have college football back! Each year we keep adding to our tailgate supplies - at this point we pretty much have any and everything that says Penn State! Your drink picks look delicious!

  18. This would seriously make the coolest football party! I am not much a sports fan but even I would be excited to be a party like this! Can;t believe how many cute things you found


  19. The ice trays they make now are so neat! I feel like I need to try all of those recipes, including the cocktails!

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  21. I can't believe it is already time for football season! The artichoke dip looks amazing :)


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