What to Wear (and Cook) for a College Football Saturday Celebration

Labor Day weekend marked the kick off of College Football Season. In my house, we don’t watch very much professional football (unless that is the only football on television), but we do get a tiny bit excited about college football. For my husband, he was raised on college football and has been a Penn State fan for as long as he can remember. For me, I appreciate college athletics much more than I do professional sports. Perhaps because I spent most of my college career as a student-athlete, I understand the sacrifices and crazy time management skills required to be a successful student-athlete. So I appreciate the world of college athletics much more than I do that of the paid professionals.


To get to my point, my husband gets very excited at the start of college football season. And his enthusiasm is contagious and spreads like wildfire all through our house. It is expected that every one wear a Penn State shirt of some kind on Saturdays (except our roommate, of course, who is a Maryland fan) and football is on the television. All. Day. Long.



I have to confess right here…after all the years of having football on in my house (my father always had NFL games going)…to this very day, at the age of 42, I do not understand the game at all. And that is not for lacking of trying. Or for lack of countless people trying to explain it to me. I just don’t get it. But I do love the atmosphere created when Fall arrives and football season sets in. It makes me nostalgic and happy and well, hungry. So I do what I do best…I put on a cute outfit and I get in the kitchen and prepare the best game day food that I can!


So to kick off college football season, we invited a few close friends over for food, fun, and football. (In my husband’s case, that should be phrased football, food, and fun! Because it is always about the football.) We ate until our bellies were full, our kids were tired, and the games were coming to an end. And enjoyed our company until the wee hours of the night (which, by the way, I am way too old for that kind of socializing, but exceptions must be made on game day!)


Now I am going blast you with some delicious food pictures. So make sure you are not already hungry before scrolling any further! (Also, I never ended up using my cute football trays…oh, well, I will save them for the next party.)

Homemade Potato Latkes served with sour cream and Grey Poupon Mustard

My Famous Ultimate Nacho Tray/Bottles of Booze (There is always booze.)

Tortellini and Pastrami Salad/Shrimp Cocktail with my Super Hot and Spicy Cocktail Sauce/Amy’s Ham and Turkey Sliders

Amy’s Ham and Turkey Sliders/Homemade French Onion Dip with Chips/Homemade Bruschetta and Crostini/Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip/Corn Dip

Spinach Dip/Sliders/French Onion Dip

Corn Dip/Bruschetta

My Sweet and Zesty Cocktail Meatballs

How do you like my digger table cloth? Not really on theme, but it is what I had and this party was a bit impromptu. So I work with what I have! And as I always say, “If you leave my house hungry, it’s your own fault!”

And by the end of the night, we were full and tired!


How do you do your football parties?

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62 Responses

  1. Can I come over? Lol

  2. I want to be at your house for all the football games! The food looks so good an loving your casual look. Happy Sunday!


  3. We just got home from having dinner! Thank God! I’m very full! Ha ha, it looks so very delicious, must have been a great evening!

  4. What a great way to kick off football season! The Rams left STL, so I need to choose a new team!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  5. No Football partys in our house. Maybee pink Teapartys 🙂
    It looks so yummy, your food.
    These sneakers are amazing. You look fabulous .

  6. Looks good.

    Go Cal.

  7. We are Buckeye fans and it is tailgate time every Sat. there is a home game. Plus we travel to some of the away games. I always find it interesting how different parts of the country do their tail gates. Buckeyes have brats and nachos for game day.

  8. The real sign of Fall – football is back! You look terrific and so do the snacks : >


  9. Loving your cool outfit!! And the food looks so delicious!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  10. Those Latkes look amazing. I want one!

  11. So I’m not the only one who don’t get the rules in this game. o) But I love hockey, that is more my game. All thouse food looks yuammy and make me hungry.

  12. I like such friends and family parties. Your outfit suits you very well. It is comfortable and cozy. And your food looks really appetizing!

  13. Is it bad that my favorite part of the game is the food?!

  14. I’m with you Shelbee—football is about the food!! It’s so amazing how we get so caught up in the hype—-and it’s just a game!

    • Jodie, I only pretend to get hyped up for my husband’s sake! But I do get caught up in the food hype, for sure! I am like a crazy chef lady in the kitchen!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day.


  15. College football season is such a fun time! And how YUMMY do all your goodies look?

    Le Stylo Rouge

  16. I can’t remember the last time I went to a football game. Sounds like a fun time!

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  17. You had me at nachos….the shrimp cocktail threw me over the edge!! So yummy.

  18. My family is into the NFL big time. We love the Hawks (we’re in Seattle) and everyone wears jerseys and we have a huge family get together every Sunday! Tensions can run high at times but we have alot of fun!


  19. Oh, I absolutely love football! I don’t care whether it is college or professional, because I just love the game! My house is the same, on the weekends football games are on all day long, but usually that’s because I turn them on!
    Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!

  20. you are too cute!!! THat food looks so good. Although I am not a football fan I am indeed a food fan. 🙂 Great outfit!!!

  21. Cute outfit! My college football team is usually terrible, but when it comes to the NFL, we root for the Steelers.


  22. nice post thanks for sharing and you are looking so pretty

  23. Love the off the shoulder look, perfect for game day!

  24. wow so nice! Thank you so much for sharing.


  25. Football is great! We bleed Green and White in this house. 😉 The food looks amazing.

  26. Wow! YOu go all out Shelbee! We love the Steelers as I am from Pittsburgh, but I was also at Penn State for several months before going to Pitt. Love the Tee!
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • I definitely go overboard, Jess! But we have so much fun and we have leftovers for the week. We are Steelers fans, too, if we are watching NFL…but we are definitely always all about PENN STATE! Pitt is not so bad either…we would cheer them on…because you know…Pennsylvania is our home state so we always root for the PA teams! Thanks for stopping by.


  27. Football and fashion can go together! 🙂

  28. You look adorable and I want to try every item on your game day food table! We don’t have a big background in football. Although my husband says that his mom loved to watch the NFL on Sundays and now our 14 year old has decided to play. So you know where we spend our Friday nights! 😉 Great post.

  29. Looked like a fun day with a relaxed fun look! Thank you for joining the #bargainhunterstyle link up as well Shelbee! Much appreciated 🙂 X

  30. That was quite the spread. I’m sitting here drooling. For me, the best thing about football season is Quarterback Crunch at Baskin Robbins, otherwise I’m just waiting for Superbowl (and the end of the season). Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


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