Party Panache, Easy Ideas for Football Gatherings

Football season is big around here,

and even though this year our gatherings will be very small and safe,

we are still going to enjoy football food and cheer for our favorite teams!

A big game for our family is coming up this weekend,

Alabama vs Ole Miss

DD went to Ole Miss and HHjr went to Alabama

A friendly family rivalry!

HHjr was on a Cub scout camping trip with Big E

during the first game of the season,

and without our King of the Grill, guess what I did?

I ordered food from our favorite BBQ restaurant {Martin’s}

through Door Dash!

I ordered ribs, pulled pork, macaroni & cheese,

hush puppies, coleslaw and broccoli salad and we had a feast!

I set up a slow cooker buffet

A frozen spinach and artichoke dip {TGI Fridays}

went in the mini crock pot, with a bowls of chips, crackers and pretzels

the ribs and pulled pork stayed warm in the large crock pot,

and macaroni and cheese stayed hot in the mid sized one

I put buns on the platter and set out the salads

and we were all set!

A vase of flowers makes an easy festive touch

Fall flowers in a vase tied with a football ribbon {Hobby Lobby}

Even faux flowers {MacKenzie-Childs} in your team colors

Last weekend HHjr was on the coast doing hurricane clean up

so DD offered to bring homemade pizzas

I set up the buffet with pizza peels for the pizzas,

a tray with simple snacks

and a cheese board for salami, cheese and fruit

Nothing fancy just easy and very kid friendly

I did make some tasty Butterscotch Cashew Cookie Bars for dessert

Only 4 ingredients,

these cookies can be whipped up in no time!

The base is crescent roll dough that you bake for 5 minutes

After 5 minutes in the oven, load it up with butterscotch chips

{a few stray white chocolate chips hopped in there too}

Then add cashews and pour the sweetened condensed milk over all

After baking and cooling, cut into squares and enjoy

Butterscotch Cashew Bars

Only 4 ingredients and these cookie bars are hard to resist!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars


  • parchment paper
  • 9' x 13" baking pan


  • 1 can crescent roll dough {8}
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted and salted cashews
  • 1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray a glass 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking oil spray and place a large piece of parchment paper on the bottom and press it onto the sides and bottom where the spray with hold it in place
  • Un roll dough and place it into the bottom of the dish on the parchment paper, stretching to fit and pinching perforations together to seal. Poke it with tines of a fork all over.
  • Cook dough for 5 minutes and remove from oven
  • Top partially baked crust with butterscotch chips and cashews. Slowly pour milk over all, letting it seep into all the nooks and cranies
  • Return to oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until it is cooked through and golden
  • Cool dish on a wire rack for 1 hour. Remove from dish by carefully lifting the baked cookies with opposite ends of the parchment paper. Continue to let cookies cool and set or place in the refrigerator to speed up cooling time
  • Cut into bars or squares and store in a covered container at room temperature


Cookies are easiest to cut while they are slightly warm
Keyword butterscotch, cashews, cookie bar, cookies, crescent roll dough, dessert, sweetened condensed milk

As much as I love cooking, I love easy too!

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21 Responses to “Party Panache, Easy Ideas for Football Gatherings”
  1. I love that you took it easy and used the slow cookers to just keep everything warm Jenna! Yep I agree, football = lots of good munchies!!! Enjoy the game:@)

  2. Pam Richardson says:

    Jenna, how do I get a ticket to one of your football Saturdays? 😂 The food looks delicious and I love the quick and easy recipe for the butterscotch cashew bars. I didn’t know DD went to Ole Miss, I am sure that makes for a fun family rivalry. Happy Thursday and Roll Tide!

  3. We won’t be doing any gatherings for a long, long time but the ideas will work for loads of things! Hope your team wins!

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    Usually a big game here too but everything is so different. No large groups of family and friends. We’ll have our son and family here and I’m doing the bbq safe pick up from Jim n Nicks. Easy and delicious. Jenna, you have so many great ideas for football food and snacks. Love your easy slow cooker ideas. And, so many pretty and festive serving dishes. I know it will be a fun game for your family, Good luck to all………

    • Thanks Emily, I’m glad you will have your son and family there. I tell you what, restaurant take out or delivery is such an easy way to go! Especially this Saturday when it’s likely to be raining, yuk! We will be celebrating DD’s birthday too, so it will be a combo of football and birthday!

  5. Bonnie Morgan says:

    You are so right something is always cooking and decorating at your house. Ballgame watching food looks delicious. I love all your tips.
    Your elephant painted on the pitcher was so cute and festive. Alabama did well last week.
    Hoping the Tide will do the same this week.

  6. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, it looks like you and your family always have such a fun time. All of the food sounds delicious, and your decor is always so pretty and festive! Take care!

  7. Mary says:

    Your family eats so well Jenna, even it’s Door Dash! Hope you don’t have more hurricane clean up added with Delta. 🙁 ♥

    • Thanks Mary, Door Dash really spoiled me, so easy! We are feeling a lot less anxious about Delta but hoping the tarps on the roof continue to hold and keep the house dry 🙏

  8. Shelia says:

    I am a sucker for butterscotch–those bars bars are a must have. We had a small family birthday get together last night. My son-in-law’s parents both had September birthdays–but that was the soonest we could all congregate. We were lazy and let a bakekry cake and ice cream serve for dessert–after barbecue. Of course such gatherings are fewer with today’s challenges–so we make the most of it. My babies left at 3 a.m., but I hung in there. Dear Mom, in addition to the apron you are famous for, perhaps you need to get you a ref’s shirt for any friendly rivalries that might pop up when those two teams meet. ; ) Georgia Gal (I am always conflicted when the Dawgs meet the Yellow Jackets.)

    • I’m so glad you got to have a family get together Shelia! Who cares if it’s a bakery cake and ice cream, it’s all about being together! I don’t think I’ll need a ref shirt 🙂 we all root for each other! My son in law is Au fan and we watched your Dawgs stomp on the Tigers last week!

  9. lulu says:

    If players continue to get COVID there isn’t going to be much football to watch, but that’s no reason not to enjoy tasty snacks!

  10. Looks like a great event Jenna. Love the idea of a buffet. Easy peasy with ordering takeout. The dips sounds yummy and those decadent dessert bars, oh my. We all want to be a guest.

  11. Kitty says:

    What an easy way to entertain, Jenna! I love it!! Your butterscotch cashew bars sound sooooo yummy!!

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