Last January I had the honor of co-hosting a football themed baby shower for a sweet friend. She was having her first baby- a boy- and wanted pizza served at her shower. The other co-hosts and I figured that if she wanted pizza, why not do a football theme and serve other foods you would serve at a Superbowl party- with a bit of a twist?
So the first thing we did was find out our friends favorite football team (the New York Giants) and used their colors as a starting point. We fashioned the initials of the babies name after the NY Giants logo and added it to the backdrop. I don’t think any football party table is complete without a goal post (need ideas or tutorials? Check out my Pinterest board), so another friend and her husband made that. We hung fun bunting to add visual interest. My awesome sauce hubby also made the Superbowl Trophy for the table (though we switched out the turkey for a football to make it look more authentic 😉 ).
For food we served lots of yummy dishes. Perhaps the most important was the pizza dish. We HAD to make sure that was included. To give it a different spin, we served football pizza pockets with pizza sauce.
In addition, we served “Playbook cake” (made by DeAnna Gonzales), “Kick’n” Whiskey BBQ Sliders, “Bomb” Puppy Chow, “First Down” Fruit Pizzas (shaped like footballs of course!), “Touchdown Queso”, “Field Goal” Wings and Dip (from Buffalo Wild Wings- but this recipe looked yummy), “Off Sides” Guacamole and Chips, “Playoff” Subs, and veggies.
While looking for printables to use one the table, I fell in love with the vintage ones made by Hello My Sweet. The best part about them? They will customize your colors so you can use it for whichever team you want! They were so great to work with! They also had some AMAZING ideas and tutorials that we used to pull this football theme together. We used their bleacher tutorial (with some modifications) and their turf field tutorial to help set the table and feel for the party. We also loved their idea of naming the food and drinks after football terms, we just had to do it! Make sure you check them out because they have fabulous products and ideas!
On the drinks table we served “Kick’n” Root beer, “Official” Water and “1st and 10” Fruit Punch.
For this table we made a custom football stadium sign with “Metlife Stadium” (Giants Stadium) at the top and the babies due date across the bottom. We made the sign using the tutorial from the fabulous Beckie of Infarrantly Creative. We also made pennant banners using her tutorial but I used foam paper and then adhered the felt on top.
It was a sweet shower for a sweet friend! So happy she let me be a part of it!
Styling and Coordination: Shannon Qualls
Photography: Greg Qualls
Cake: DeAnna Gonzales
Printables: Hello My Sweet
Food and Drinks provided by amazing friends!