Monday, September 21, 2009

Friday Night Lights

I may not know a first down from a touchdown, but there's no doubt I'm my family's Number 1 fan. We kicked off football season in a big way Friday night with an evening of family fun.

The fun started with our tablecloth: 2 yards of a graphic black-and-white fabric found at Hobby Lobby. Megaphones from Dollar Tree made a big statement covered with scrapbook paper.

Usually put to use on the tea table, my tiered servers got R-O-W-D-Y with black and yellow ribbons. Black-and-gold shakers at the base looked festive.

I placed the boys' football on the top tier ...

And piled the bottom tiers high with apples, chicken wings, carrots and celery. Little bowls of Ranch dressing and caramel dip were fun for dipping, and a bowl of chips rounded out the menu.

Black and yellow napkins were rolled and tied with yellow curly ribbons (all found at Dollar Tree). Football ornaments, found at Hobby Lobby, looked cute slipped onto the ribbon. And scrapbook paper place cards finished off each plate.

If chicken wings scored a touchdown with the family, these fruit-skewer pennants scored the extra point. I taped paper pennants to wooden skewers, then threaded on strawberries, nectarines and grapes. Clustered in a heavy, shallow vase next to the caramel dip, these pennants looked delicious!

Kick-off football season here this week with ideas and memories to cheer about each day!

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