Southern Football!

Submitted by Christi


It’s Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!

Miss Kbeau at Life in the Slow Lane told me about this party, so, I just have to link it up for her!

Alabama Bloggers

College football season is upon us. In the South, we take football very seriously. For that reason, I think I have some “splainin” to do.

You see, my dad was an Oklahoma grad (I graduated from a small Oklahoma college – East Central University). Anyway, I grew up with the crimson and cream, singing Boomer Sooner, wearing red and white, the whole nine yards. My dad even had a horn on our car that played Boomer Sooner when you honked.

I marred an Arkansan. He graduated from Tulane (New Orleans) then got an MBA from Emory (Atlanta), but, he is a dyed in the wool Arkansas Razorback fan. I had to learn to “call the hogs” before he married me! I’m sure he would have married me anyway, seeing as how I was such a great catch and all, but, I didn’t choose to test that out.

So . . . where does that leave me? The little college I graduated from doesn’t play on national TV, so, can’t really follow them. So that leaves Oklahoma and Arkansas. Actually, I root for both. Yes, occasionally they play each other and that is when it gets interesting. In those cases, I can root for both (at the same time) and be happy either way. Whew! What a juggling act!

Today’s table is for the Razorbacks (but I’ll be watching OU too)!  One good thing about these two teams – their colors are the same!

A lot of red and white:


This is actually a sock for a golf club, but, on my table it is a bottle cover:


The hog hat:


Even the forks got the “red” treatment:


Gotta have your pom poms:


And, in case it rains, we have an umbrella:


A seat pad to keep us comfortable:

Deviled egg anyone:


I think we’re ready!


Today’s Lagniappe: Pig Sooie Spinach Dip and Sooner Cider

Pig Sooie Spinach Dip

I pkg. frozen spinach (thaw and drain before using)
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
2 cups shredded monterrey jack (mozzerella also works well)
Splash of milk
Garlic salt, salt, and black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the first five ingredients in a baking dish, with the spinach on the bottom. Cover. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, stir to combine ingredients and distribute cream cheese. Add splash of milk, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir until well blended. Bake for an additional 15 minutes uncovered.

Sooner Cider
This is great on top of the stove or in a crockpot.

1/2 gallon apple cider
12 cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. lemon juice

Heat apple cider. Add all ingredients. Allow the mixture to simmer for half hour or more. Add spiced rum if you want to kick it up a notch!

28 Responses to “Southern Football!”

  1. Debbie at Slice of Pie Says:

    Love the table … love the backs! Hope you’ll stop by to visit me!

  2. Martha Says:

    Oh how cute! Ready for some football! Hope your team wins! (Even when they’re playing your Other team!) LOL – great tablescape – go hogs!

  3. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    Yes—isn’t it fun!! I like your bottle cover; amusing idea. I know what you mean about cheering for both sides. Some of our kids attended Clemson and One is still at USC (that is South Carolina not Southern Cal!). So I route for both–which sometimes angers the kids….actually I sometimes side with the under-dog ;-)….

  4. KBeau Says:

    Love, love, love this table. How perfect for the kickoff of football season. You need to go over to the Alabama Bloggers website, grab the Razorback logo and link this post.

    By my count, we have a good chance of finishing higher than Auburn in their little contest. Here’s the URL:

  5. Liz Says:

    Go Razorbacks! 🙂


  6. Carolyn Haley Says:

    It is that time of year to be gearing up for football. Cute table.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  7. Eileen Says:

    I really like this! It’s so festive! Great job!
    All the best,

  8. Lisa Says:

    Red and White is such a fun color theme and you did a super job! It looks so festive.

  9. Becky Says:

    Great post…Hubby loves the Razorbacks!!!

  10. ellen b Says:

    Hi Christi!! Fun red football days ahead. I see a Seahawk green and blue tablescape in my future!! Or maybe I could do a Seattle Seahawk/ Seattle Sounders Soccer Tablescape since they have the same colors and play at the same stadium and soccer is my true favorite! :0)
    Hope you have a great labor day weekend…

  11. Maryrose Says:

    Hi Christie,
    I love sports inspired tables and yours is terrific. Very festive… go team

  12. Melody Says:

    How cute! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
    The porch thing must be southern. I know I’m in Ohio, but I spent many holidays and weekends in Tennessee. Hope you stop by soon again.

  13. Artie Says:

    So patriotic! Great team spirit! 🙂 I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! 🙂 Cheers!

  14. Lillyb Says:

    This was a very fun table!!!!

  15. Lisa Shatzer Says:

    Now that is a great table. So fun! The cider sounds really yummy!

  16. Dining Delight Says:

    Looks like a fun tablescape! The red and white is so striking in an outdoor setting!


  17. Tammy518 Says:

    This is so cute!

  18. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    Really fun tablescape!

  19. Marty Says:

    I love football and your table is so set up for a before or after game party. I love all the wonderful touches you gave to each decorative piece. How fun. Hugs, Marty

  20. Rachel @ Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life Says:

    That Spinach dip sounds amazing!!! Great post!

    Thanks so much for participating!

  21. Brenda Kula Says:

    Yep, it’s definitely that time of year again! The shift of light at the end of the day heralds football games aplenty. I love red and white, so you’ve got me happy!

  22. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    My friend, it’s a darn good thing that both team colors are the same! Hehe! What a fun and festive tablescape…love that pretty red and white! Loved reading about your history and love for football…just cracked up when you said that your honey made you learn the sooey call before marrying you!!! Too funny!!! Mmmm…your spinich dip recipe sounds heavenly…I just love a good spinich dip! Thanks for sharing it with us today! Have fun following your favorite teams this season…it’s here!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  23. Denise Says:

    This is so cute and fun.

  24. Kitty_Valerie Says:

    Fun tablesetting!

    Have a great day,

  25. honeysuckle Says:

    I love a red and white table whether it is for a football team or not. The umbrella is a fun element too. I hope you enjoy lots of great games this season and have some fabulous food while you are doing it!

  26. Jane Says:

    Woo Pig Sooie!

    How funny that we both posted football themes! You are right…football is BIG in the south.
    What a fun table you have put together with your Arkansas memorabilia! We cheered for the Razorbacks when we lived in Little Rock…as long as they were not playing Auburn.

    Here’s for a great season!!!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  27. Christi from Charm & Grace Says:

    I love to know where my blog friends stand! LOL. As for us, we’re both Bama grads. It is truly fortunate that you can color coordinate for either team without having to double up! I have to give props to the OU fans… a few years back Bama played the Sooners in Tuscaloosa. They were some of the classiest fans we have hosted… two great traditions.


  28. Urb Says:

    Now THAT’S the way to set a table!


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