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‘Big Game’ Tablescapes & Decorations


CreateHosting a party for the Superbowl? Here are some table décor ideas to help set the mood for the big game!


Team-themed Table

This table setting features the colors of a favorite team. It includes fun touches like:

  • Sweatband napkin rings
  • Full blue tablecloth under a cut turf (outdoor grass) overlay; spray paint stencil the hash and numbers on the “field” or use vinyl
  • Jersey chair covers
  • Blue plates turned upside down and used as chargers; it gives the dinner plate additional height
  • Football images on the plates


Football Centerpiece

(Courtesy of Sandra Lee)

football centerpiece

Take the field with a 25-inch megaphone turned on its end (www.cheerleading.com), then fill it with a few pom-poms. Prop a football nearby, and you’ve scored a spirited centerpiece.


Accent Pieces

football table accents

Accent your table with football gear, equipment, and party supplies. A mixture of helmets, real and plastic footballs, and decorated napkins add a festive touch to the table.


Make a Statement with Turf-Wrapped Bottles

(Courtesy of Sandra Lee)

turf wrapped bottles

Bring the football stadium indoors by wrapping beer or soda bottles with pieces of turf (outdoor grass)!


Kid-Made Centerpiece

(Courtesy of Kaboose)

football kids centerpiece


Let the kids in on the fun by having them craft a homemade centerpiece of their own!


What you’ll need:

  • 7” paper plate
  • 4 cardboard tubes
  • Handful of pebbles or pennies
  • 2-3 sheets of brown construction paper
  • 10 glittery chenille stems, cut in half
  • 1 gold glittery chenille stem, cut in half
  • Green and white acrylic paint
  • 1 thin point paintbrush
  • 1 wide paintbrush
  • Clear shipping tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

How to:

  1. Use a pencil to trace around one of the cardboard tubes in the center of the paper plate. (See image.) Cut out the circle in the center of the plate.
  2. Paint the plate with green paint and set aside to dry.
  3. Tape the four cardboard tubes together, one on top of the other, to create one long tube.
  4. Cut four 1.5” long slits in one of the end tubes.
  5. Use a thin paintbrush and white paint to add goal line numbers around the outer edge of the plate (10, 20, 30, etc), then paint white lines between each number. The lines should go from the rim of the plate toward the center. Paint a white line around the outer edge of the center hold. Allow to dry.
  6. Cover the tube with brown construction paper, leaving only the slits that you cut uncovered. Secure with tape.
  7. Have a grown-up use a pen, the end of the scissors or a pointed toothpick to poke twenty holes through the construction paper and the tubes. If you have trouble poking through the tubes because of tape, just poke through the paper. You want the holes to be spaced an inch or two apart and offset.
  8. Insert the tube into the hole in the center of the plate, inserting the end of the tube that you just cut the slits in.
  9. Once the tube is inside the center hole of the plate, turn over and fold the flaps outward, creating a petal-like look. (See image.) Turn over to be sure your cuts were even, tube and plate should stand up straight. If tube is leaning, adjust the flaps until straight. Use tape to secure the flaps to the back of the plate.
  10. Cut twenty 3” footballs from the brown construction paper.
  11. Add lines and stitches to the footballs with white paint and let dry.
  12. Tape a chenille stem to the back of each football.
  13. Insert the other end of the chenille stems into the holes in the tube. (See image.) If you encounter a hole that didn’t go through the tube, simply slide the chenille into the hole and it will disappear between the paper and the tube. You can also trim the chenille if they appear too long and reinsert.
  14. Take the remaining gold chenille stem that was cut in half. Bend one half into a goal post. Bend the other half in two and wrap the center point around the middle of the goal post to create the stand. Twist around a few times to create a sturdy stand and then bend the ends (if turned upside down it will look like a goal post again!). Insert the “legs” of the stand into the top of the tube between the tube and the paper.


Seat Guests in Style

(Courtesy of Kaboose)

Make referee chair covers!


What you’ll need:

  • 1 white standard size pillowcase
  • Black electrical tape (25 feet per pillow case, a standard roll has 60 feet)
  • ½ sheet black felt
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Sport whistle on a neck string

How to:

  1. Lay the pillowcase out on a flat surface. We will refer to the open end of the pillowcase as the bottom and the closed end as the top.
  2. Add black stripes, about 1” apart, to pillowcase using black electrical tape, overlapping tape at both top and bottom of the      pillowcase. You should get about ten stripes. (See image.)
  3. Cut two triangles, about 4” long and 2” wide, from the black felt. Cut two thin strips from the felt, about 4” x ¼”.
  4. Fold down all the ends of the tape from the stripes.
  5. Place the triangles, point side down, next to each other at the top center of the pillowcase. Lay the thin strips underneath the triangles, these will form the neckline and the triangles are the collar. The thin strips should come together in a point below the collar.
  6. Carefully remove the section of tape that is running through the center of the neckline and trim with scissors. (See image.)
  7. Use the glue to attach the collar and neckline to the pillowcase.
  8. Place the whistle necklace on the pillowcase, positioning it around the “neck”. Holding the necklace and the pillowcase, fold the top of the pillowcase over itself and tape the necklace string to the back of the pillowcase. (See image.)
  9. Carefully fit the pillowcase over the back of your chair.