It’s tablescape day for my dinner club group, and I love creating and sharing tablescapes with you!! That’s why I can’t wait to show you how to create a football tailgate party tablescape, or at least my twist on the theme.
Since the Superbowl is right around the corner, this would be a perfect for a game day party!
If you are coming over from Kristin at White Arrows Home, welcome! Wasn’t her festive tailgate party ideas so fun??
I have to admit I was a little concerned when we decided on a football theme this month. I had no ideas for what to do, but knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a specific theme table.
So, I started making a list of everything I already had that I could use. Like an old football that was in the garage, a silver urn that could look like a trophy, faux grass squares from my Easter decor, and a memorobilia football helmet that my husband had in his office.
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creating a football party tablerunner
I pulled out a roll of heavy brown paper that I already had on hand. You can find this paper in the paint section at Home Depot.
I rolled it out on my table and cut it to fit the width. Then, I cut it just a bit longer than my table, folded it over the end and taped it down underneath the table to hold it in place.
I bought a roll of thin white electical tape and used it to create “yard lines”. I started in the very center of the table for the 50 yard line, then measured out evenly to create the other lines.
When I finished, it looked like this.
I used some number stencils I had, and a white chalk pen to create the numbers for each yard line.
That finished off the table runner.
Honestly, if you have a cricut machine and could cut the number stencils out of vinyl, it would be much faster. Even white number stickers would be great too.
place settings for my football tablescape
I had a roll of green moss and I cut it to make placemats that look like grass. My plan was to use this,
then I remembered I had some faux green grass squares with my spring decor, so I ended up using that instead. I just wanted to show the moss runner, because it is great option if you don’t have the grass squares. I will share sources for both at the bottom of this post.
Each place setting was layered with a white dinner plate and a white salad plate.
All of my white plates are thrifted. I highly recommend starting a collection of them if you don’t already have white dishes. I use them all the time and they can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
When I was thrifting last week, I spotted this yellow scarf and thought it would be perfect for “penalty” flag napkins.
It was big enough to cut into 8 napkins. I only needed 6 for this table, but I have extras if I want to use them at my larger table. They would be great for a fall tablescape, as well.
You could certainly use yellow paper napkins to get a similar look.
I bought wooden football shape cutouts at the Dollar Store. There were 2 on a strand with wooden pumpkins and were $1 each, so I bought 3 strands. This gave me 6 footballs to use for place cards and I only spent $3.
I didn’t like the design on them, so I painted the back side with brown paint I already had, and wrote names with a white paint pen.
These made the perfect addition to my football theme place settings!
football tailgate party centerpiece
I used a signed memorbilia helmet my husband had in his office for part of my centerpiece.
A silver wine bucket filled with green moss resembled a trophy, and I just added a football (that I borrowed from a friend) and some pennants.
The pennants were made from scrapbook paper and sticker letters I had on hand. I hot glued wooden skewers to the back and stuck them down into the moss.
My flower vase was made from an old football I found in the garage and my husband gifted it to me because it was so old and wouldn’t hold air anymore. I tucked a vase down inside the football and filled it with white flowers from my yard/garden.
how to make a “football” vase
I cut both ends off of the football. This creates a hole to put the vase of flowers and also a flat bottom for it to stand up on its own.
I used a glass vase I already had that fit down in the hole. I filled the vase with water and placed my flowers inside.
Thrift stores and garage sales are a great place to look for an old football if you want to create this centerpiece and don’t already have a football you want to destroy.
football jersey chair covers
Last winter I had the idea to use sweaters as slipcovers for a winter themed tablescape. I thought it would be fun to do a similar look for my football tailgate themed tablescape, so I borrowed football jerseys from a couple of friends.
I think it added a fun finishing touch to my table!
extra touches to finish off the football tailgate tablescape
A strip of black and white striped scrapbook paper, taped around the center of a mason jar resembles a referee. I finished if of with a whistle tied with a string around the neck of the jar.
The whistle slips off the glass easily so it can actually be used for drinking.
I drew football plays with a white paint pen to finish off my table. I had a lot of empty space on the table runner, so I drew plays in several places on the table.
And no, I don’t know a thing about football plays! Googled everyone of them, and I’m sure this is not even close to what they are supposed to look like, but you get the idea.
I ended up having so much fun creating this table! I hope you enjoyed some inspiration about how to create a football tailgate party tablescape.
And if you need a fun idea for a football themed dessert bar, see this post…
Be sure and follow all of the links to see my friends football tailgate party inspiration. There are so many great ideas!
Next up, is Jen from Midwest Life & Style. She always has such a creative table, so pop over and take a look and say hello.
Let me know if you make one of you own. I love to hear from you!
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