Back To Football Season :: Food, Tips and Tricks

Back To Football Season :: Food, Tips and Tricks

Summer is gone, back to school is behind us; that can mean only one thing: it’s back to football season! I’ve rounded up some of our favorite tips and tricks, found some great party recipes and some reminders of the fun that football in the fall can bring. 

This season both LSU and Southern University have their season openers on Labor Day weekend; both are away games. They both have their home openers on Saturday, September 9. The Saints play their home season opener on Sunday, September 10 against the Titans. It’s going to be a party weekend in Louisiana!


Football season is a great time for gathering. Whether it is in your house, at a friend’s house or tailgating near the stadium. One thing that brings everyone together is food. 

Back To Football Season :: Food, Tips and Tricks

Dips- ah dip, the classic party food and probably my favorite party food. It travels well, serves a crowd and really who doesn’t love a dip? There are so many options: Hearty Dip Recipes, Cheesy Dips, and of course Sweet Dips. Then of course there is Salsa be it homemade or store bought. If we’re partying at home I like to make a spinach dip or queso. Of course there is NO shame in a store bought dip. Sometimes, it is exactly what you need. 

If you’re packing up and taking your football celebration on the road there are some great ideas for what to bring to a tailgate

Have leftovers after the game? Transform that veggie tray into a soup.

Pizza is another crowd pleaser. You can order from your favorite place or use these kid-friendly at home pizza recipes for a fun, delicious pre-game activity. 

Hosting family or friends at home for the big game? I love doing shredded chicken in the slow cooker that can then be used for tacos, quesadillas, or our game-day favorite, nachos. (get the quick/easy recipe here.)

Don’t forget the drinks! Fall favorites that are more than just pumpkin flavored, classic cocktails, or healthier versions of drinks to help you stay cool are a fun way to celebrate football season.


Family enjoying a football game

Working on that Baton Rouge Experience bucket list and heading out to tailgate and see Mike the Tiger with your kids in tow? Making tailgating a family affair is a very different experience than those days when you were an undergrad and could/would just wander around campus to see where the day would take you. Getting a game plan and being prepared are keys to success. Check out these tips for what to pack or tailgating with a toddler

Not one for going out? It’s too hot, too hectic, or interferes with nap time. No worries, there are great things about staying home for game days.

You can get your house into the football spirit by DIYing a wreath for your door, or styling a tiered tray for the football festivities.


Okay, you’ve got your kids ready, your food planned, your house decorated. Finally, you can focus on you.

What will you wear? Are you a t-shirt and shorts/jeans kind of woman? or do you prefer a dress? maybe a cute new look from a local boutique? There are tons of shops around Baton Rouge that sell football themed merchandise. Look for local shops like Sweet Baton Rouge, Fab’rik Baton Rouge, Fleurty Girl‘s new location in BR for on-theme outfits that can be worn at other times too. For specific university themed clothing look at places like Bengals & Bandits, Alumni Hall or the shops on campus.

Maybe you just want a nice manicure to get you in the spirit, be it an easy gel press on or an at DIY at home dip. We’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re staying home, going out, hosting or watching with your family; football is back and the fun is just beginning!

A native of the New Orleans 'burbs, Melanie has lived in Baton Rouge since starting her bachelors degree at LSU. She earned her BA in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Social Work both from LSU. In her professional life Melanie focuses on women’s mental health. Melanie and her husband Adam have been together for almost two decades. They have 2 bright and curious kids who keep them on their toes. When not working or moming Melanie can be found exploring yet another new hobby, trying to “get organized” and avoiding the laundry. She loves sitcoms, traveling, iced coffee and carbs.


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