Last weekend we threw a football party! We had 30 adults and 21 kids stop by over the course of our event for hotdogs, beer, bounce house fun and football on the big screen. It was an awesome time.
A few months ago Matt proposed the idea of us throwing a party to watch an Ohio State game with our friends. Our fall is pretty packed out so at first I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea. Then Matt proposed that he would throw the party and that I wouldn’t have to do a thing. Naturally, I quickly said “okay, fine! We’ll throw the party!” And so this party came to be! It was such a success that afterwards Matt and I agreed we’ll probably replace our annual summer soiree (which happened only once) with an annual football party.
We kicked off the party at 4:30 pm for the “family portion” of the two-part event. We inflated the bounce house, pulled out all the toys and let the kids run wild.
In attendance we had all the usual suspects, some classmates and a few neighbors!
We kept dinner simple with a hot dog bar. On the bar we offered chili, cheddar cheese, onion, coleslaw, pickles, baked beans, chips and all the condiments.
For dessert I made Buckeyes at Matt’s request. These are always a labor of love to make but they were too appropriate for the occasion not to whip up. Plus Matt stayed up late with me the night before the party to roll out 60 of these delicious things. And everyone at the party raved about them so it was worth the extra effort.
Couldn’t pass up the football cookie cake at the grocery store during my shopping trip.
As for the table decor, I rolled some paper across the table and drew out some game plays for a cute table runner (tutorial here). I also found some festive plates and napkins that were perfect for the party. For the final touch I picked up some fresh fall flowers from the farmers market. Voila — easy tablescape and party buffet.
For the first time ever I traded in my Gator gear to join the family in Ohio State colors…
Fun fact: I hate wearing the color red. I actually don’t own any red tops either so I ran out during my lunch break on Friday to a boutique next door to my office and snagged this cute red top.
I set out a few apps around the backyard for guests. Of course I had to make my favorite fall snack – pumpkin dip!
The hot corn dip was demolished within 30 minutes.
As was the pirates booty. Pretty sure my kids were responsible for polishing off the entire plate.
Laura brought over pimento cheese and pretzels too!
For the drinks we loaded up a cooler with lots of local and fall brews,
chilled a few bottles of wine and set out some baby booze — juice
I couldn’t believe how well Thomas did in the bounce house this party. He held his own even though he was the smallest jumper.
The water table is always another huge party hit among the kiddos. Guaranteed to leave every toddler soaked.
My kids after too many juice boxes.
Once the witching hours arrived the toddler party animals were pretty much spent. Matt invited all of the guys to stick around (or return after getting their kids down for bedtime) for the second half of the party to watch the game on the big screen! We reloaded the coolers and fired up the projector. Nine guys returned for the late night festivities.
Matt’s only request for the party was that we rent a big screen and projector to watch the game outside with the guys. I searched so many local party rental websites and renting a projector was going to cost hundreds of dollars, plus a screen rental, plus delivery and set-up, etc. etc. After more research I found a really awesome projector on Amazon for less than $90 and Matt made the screen out of PVC pipe (and yes, borrowed our 1,000 thread count bed sheet). But anyway, it worked perfectly and all the guys had a blast. We even let Caroline hang out until 9:30 pm to participate in the viewing. Then she and I retired to bed so the guys could have their man time the rest of the night. It was a huge party success (a win for Ohio State!!) and I have never been more thankful to have AC this time around.
Laura Darling says
How fun! I'm a Penn Stater so I can't agree with the decision to cheer for the Buckeyes 🙂 but the party looks great! Love that he used your 1000 count bed sheet for the projector! And so glad you had AC this time around!
Girl Meets Bow says
Y'all sure know how to throw a party!! Looks like the best time ever (and yay for a gator win this weekend!) 🙂
Kelli Van Fossen says
Love seeing you all in your Ohio State gear! How did Matt become a Buckeye fan?!?
Carolina Charm says
He grew up in Ohio!! 🙂
Kristen Cone says
Looked soooo fun! What a great idea!! Def needs to be an annual thing!!!
Cait | Home Sweet Ruby says
You throw the absolute cutest parties!! And I can't believe you traded in your orange and blue for RED! Of all the teams! haha
Rachel Emily says
SO much fun! I was cracking up at your snap of all the hotdogs in the crockpot! Way to go saving all that money and rigging up your own screen!! It looks like it worked perfectly!
This looks like so much fun! There is nothing like a good football party/tailgate!!Chels @ Red Velvet Rooster
Why (oh whyyyyy) is Matt a Buckeyes fan? The party looked great!
Regine Karpel says
Mosey Prose says
Go Bucks!!!! Quick question for you – did you hook up speakers to the projector or did you just rely on sound from the projector?
Carolina Charm says
We added speakers for the game!
Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey says
How fun!! Like you, I thoroughly enjoy throwing a good party! Looks like it was a complete success!
Brandi Little says
Looks like a blast!! You made me hungry! 🙂
The Girl who Loved to Write says
Such a fun idea! It should definitely be a reoccurrence!
nelle monaco says
i love this. all of it. esp. the scarlet and gray! can't wait to try that pumpkin dip! thank you for sharing. your tablecloth turned out so cute. and go bucks!
Cassidy C. says
You throw the best parties and your family is the sweetest! Buttttt I was born & raised in Ann Arbor so I can't help myself from saying Go Blue!
Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld says
What a fun party!! I'm a die-hard Georgia fan so I live in red and black and I can't stand to wear orange. ;o)
Just Jess says
What a fun party! I love watching football games so I love all of the decor and fun touches. Jess at Just Jess
This is awesome! Yall always know how to have a good time! And you look great in red!
Jill Hartley says
SO I knew I loved your blog then found out he's a buckeye!!! Omgosh! We are too 🙂 Moved from Dublin, OH to Greensboro. PS. You need these for your sweet girl. NOT a site I own or anything, I'm just obsessed with them… https://www.shopsewsassy.com/collections/spirit-collection (in scarlet and gray) and I can show you the OSU raglan. I lovvvvvve it.
Yall are AMAZING at throwing parties- everything looks fantastic!! I love it!
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Per your comments that the hot corn dip is always requested and delicious, I'm making it for a party this weekend. I was wondering, how many people does one recipe serve? I cannot wait to try it!
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
So much fun! I love these random nights that are easy to host and become an annual tradition x