Down, Set, Hut Hut Hut! Hello everyone! Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here. Today, I’m excited to share my Neutral & Rustic Style Football Party, which kicks off football season in style. Vintage styled graphics in neutral tones helps make this setup versatile for any team that you may be rooting for. Mix in your own team colors, your favorite game-time snacks and your party will be off to a great start!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Easy to make Chocolate Almond Football candies (using chocolate almonds and royal icing!)
– Cleverly labeled wooden terrariums with pocket popcorn, crunchy chip shot, fumble Fritos & turnover tortillas
– Football snack “Sack” printable stickers on snack bags & an iron-on cotton drawstring favor bags
– Football shaped macarons on sticks displayed in galvanized tubs with artificial wheatgrass filler
I had so much fun planning this Vintage Football Party for my husband’s group of colleagues. He has been asking for us to have a football party, and now that we moved to Wisconsin, I know we have some Packers fanatics here!
I started with the vintage football party invitation that had a rustic and worn vibe. I just love those old sports t-shirts that look worn and that was the look that set the tone for the entire event. I wanted a fresh take on a football party and tried to make it both “cool” and “cute!”
I wanted to keep the palette neutral so that it went with any team colors. This is SO fun to work with because its a mix of tans, browns, white, creams. It goes with anyone’s home decor and is completely easy to mix in your own team colors. You could mix in tissue pops or tissue tassels, balloons, your favorite sport team jerseys or signs or props!
I displayed the football treats and snacks on my console table with a Metal Trunk below it. The silver trunk held wooden giant letters that spelled out “SCORE”. I also draped an extra jersey on the silver trunk to add a pop of color for our team. We put some water bottles (adorned with a printable drink wrapper) in a galvanized tub on the ground for people to grab as they grab some snacks.
We made homemade Football Shaped Macarons and put them on sticks coming out of the grass. They were darling! We were inspired by Mindy Cone of Creative Juice and her macaron book is fabulous.
I wanted this table to not just be about sweets, since it was a football party after all! Everyone needs salty snacks, so I used a cool old fashioned candy box with window lids to display my salty snacks. We created a printable label and put on the backs of the container above the chips. I lined the wood box with white tissue so it was sanitary and didn’t ruin my antique. The names for the foods were so fun! We served “Fumble Fritos,” “pocket popcorn,” “turnover tortillas” and “Crunchy Chip Shot.” The guests raved about the display.
I created a 20×30 printable poster to hang above the table and it added a great focal point to anchor the table. We hung using cotton twine and also draped a printable pennant banner off center to balance the table. (Printables all available here)
We turned a Wood Crate on its side to add height and display on two levels. On the top we had a football and some water bottles as well as a tissue fringe pom. On the bottom, we had Kraft paper bakery bags with a printable “football snack “sack” sticker. (All we did was take our printable design and print on 8.5×11 full sheets of label paper.)
On the left side of the table I used an antique drawer upright and put a football in the bottom compartment and cotton bags with the “Football Snack Sack” iron on. We also had a big glass jug with apple cider (SO fall!). I wrapped it with twine to add some texture to the container. We had a mason jar full of paper straws decorated with our printable party flag.
I loved making these chocolate almond footballs that you see in the cute nut cups. The kids and adults devoured them! (See how to make them here.)
We also made the most adorable and easy football cupcakes! We asked our local grocery store (Target or Walmart also do cupcakes however you like them!) to make white cupcakes with a patch of dark green grass icing on top. Then we plunked a chocolate almond on top and added a printable cupcake wrapper. SO simple and everyone raved!
For my tables, I kept it super simple. I lined the tables with kraft paper wrapping paper, and put a metal handled tray in the center with a chalkboard sign, glass bottle with more cider and I repeated the galvanized tubs with artificial wheat grass and football macarons. It looked darling and tied it all together.
For the food, we served Game time Beef Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Victory Veggies, Buffalo Cheese curds, fumble fruit and the most delicious sandwiches — Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches! Yum diggity! Everyone raved about the food and display.
Find the vintage football party invitation and printable collection in the Anders Ruff shop. How great would this be for a birthday party or tailgate!?
– Styling, Photography & Desserts: Anders Ruff
– Invitation & Printables: Anders Ruff Shop
– Football Chocolate Candies: Anders Ruff Ruff Draft
– Kraft Paper Bakery Bags: Premium Bags
– Artificial Wheatgrass: Living Whole Foods
– Cotton Drawstring Bags: Nashville Wraps
– Wood and Metal Crates: Wald Imports