Ready for Some Southern College Football!

Submitted by Christi


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

Well college football has begun. I remember last year at this time we had a lovely sunny day and I set up a fun tablescape with a football theme. It is raining and gloomy here today so I’m revisiting that post from last year and hoping it will clear up for next Saturday’s Game! So here is my post about Southern Football!

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!

17 Responses to “Ready for Some Southern College Football!”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Now, there’s some school spirit! My husband went to Oklahoma for two years before transferring back home to Georgia. Guess that makes him a Boomer Sooner Go Dawg.

    I do understand southern football. Your tablescape was a great idea!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud Says:

    Ya gotta love the pig! Enjoy:@)

  3. Lacy @ The Inspired Nest Says:

    I love college football! And any SEC team I have to root for! I think it is great that you dedicated your tablescape to your team! I just may have to show some UF Gator love soon! Go Gators! Lacy

  4. Linda Says:

    I just love that little razorback golf club cover! You should give us a tutorial on the hog call–it sounds like so much fun! Linda

  5. Joni Says:

    Well here is the West I’m routing for blue and white..but I love your red and white and the razorback is pretty cute. Joni

  6. Jacqueline Says:

    We are football fans too. I cheer for BYU, my double alma mater, but I think red and white uniforms are the best (except on University of Utah! – major rivals) What a fun table. Absolutely love the little sooie – he looks mighty mean. Thanks for the fun razorback goodies to enjoy with the game. Go Razorbacks!

  7. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

    How fun to “tailgate” on your porch. You’re ready for anything! hope you have a wonderful season~

  8. Mimi Says:

    Cute table…lots of team spirit there!

  9. Miss Merry Says:

    Where I come from – we yell OH and someone will answer IO! Our colors are scarlet and grey – but your red and white table would fit right in! Great table and lots of fun, too.

  10. The Tablescaper Says:

    Such great team spirit!

  11. Entertaining Women Says:

    I’m Sooner born, and Sooner bred, and when I die, I’m Sooner dead! (1964-1968) Go, Big Red! Thank you for sharing your charming design from your “House Divided.” Cherry Kay

  12. Scribbler Says:

    Cute Post! I am not a football fan, but I live with a rabid sports fan (Texas Tech grad). Probably I am not as good a wife as you because I never have decorated a table in Tech’s colors! However, his man cave kind of looks like their colors. That’s as far as I go!???

  13. Lorrie Says:

    It’s always fun to celebrate with school colours! Go Team!

  14. Sallie Says:

    What a great idea! So cute too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. [email protected] Escapades Says:

    Now that’s team spirit. I bet your Mr is smilin’ from ear to ear eatin’ at your red and white tablescape.

    All the Best,


  16. [email protected] Dull & the Dutiful Says:

    Wooo, pig! Sooooie! (Can you tell I grew up in Arkansas?) Love your table, and now you’ve given me an idea for a future tablescape! I love that you have your own hog helmet!

  17. maryann Says:

    Love those hogs-great table idea! I have a granddaughter that cheers for the Razorbacks so we have some tailgating to get ready! Keep the ideas coming.

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