Host Your Own Football Tailgate Party


Article by Lisa Moyer, Lauren Lane Culinarian, LeAnn Parker

Photography by Janie Jones

It’s officially fall, football and tailgating season, and you can feel the excitement in the air. Kick off your party by inviting your favorite fans over, then entertain in effortless Americana style with these latest styling tips hosted by local experts Lauren Lane Culinarian and LeAnn Parker of Silvertooth Home. You’ll earn hearty cheers for your hosting skills with these charming tailgating DIY tutorials plus original recipes up-styled for a modern spin on stadium comfort food. It’s the ultimate outdoor game-day experience you can enjoy in your own backyard or anywhere you love to gather your team for the season.  

Kick off your party by inviting your favorite fans over, then entertain in effortless Americana style with these latest styling tips hosted by local experts Lauren Lane Culinarian and LeAnn Parker of Silvertooth Home.

Chalkboard Signs

Only tracing skills are needed for this game day project. To create your own chalkboard sign and banner, you will need a large chalkboard, chalkboard pennant banner, white chalk marker, stick chalk, basic printer paper, painters tape and a pencil. 

  1. To begin, use a computer or device to type a phrase in a font of choice. I used the words “Touchdown” and “It’s Game Day.”
  2. Measure your chalkboard space and print letters to scale. For reference, my large chalkboard sign required one letter per sheet of standard printer paper. 
  3. Once text is printed, rub stick chalk onto the back of each letter.
  4. Tape paper onto the chalkboard in the position you want to transfer the text.
  5. Trace the outline of each letter with a pencil. This will transfer an outline of chalk onto the chalkboard. Remove paper to reveal the traced lines.
  6. Now the fun part… use a chalk marker to darken each transferred letter line, filling in additional bold spaces as needed. Repeat with each letter until complete.

For visual learners, hop over to Silvertooth Home on Instagram and watch the “Chalk Art” highlight (https://www.instagram.com/silvertoothhome/) for a short step-by-step video.

DIY Football Goalpost

Use these mini goalposts as tailgate decor or to play table-football at your next tailgate party. These vintage inspired goalposts are easy to build and display.

Using a pipe cutter, measuring tape and sharpie, cut all copper pipes to proper size using the list above. Next, glue each of the copper pieces together by following the diagram found at www.silvertoothhome.com/blog/tailgate-party. Allow glue to dry. Once dried, place the goalpost into a wooden block using glue to secure into place. Wait until glue is fully dry before using. Cheers!

LeAnn’s Tailgate Styling

LeAnn can’t wait to see what you create for your own tailgate party. Tag her on IG @silvertoothhome and#silvertoothhome so she can share. Go Team!

Football Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies are a perfect hand-held dessert that tastes like fall 


  • 21 ounces apple pie filling, store bought or homemade below (you won’t need it all)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 package pie crusts (4 crusts) , I use Pillsbury
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • Store-bought icing in a tube for laces (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Chop apple pie filling into small pieces and mix with cinnamon. Beat the egg with milk until combined.
  • Roll out the pie dough to ⅛-inch thick and cut the dough into12 football shapes.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons apple pie filling to 6 of the footballs.
  • Brush egg wash around the edges and top with remaining 6 football shapes. Use a fork to crimp the edges firmly together. Make two slits on the top of the pie.
  • Brush with the remaining egg wash and bake for 12 minutes.
  • After cooled, pipe on laces with icing if using.


Hand pies can be baked in an air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. Any flavor of pie filling may be substituted. 

Praline Pecan Crunch Snack Mix


  • 8 cups brown sugar or cinnamon cereal squares
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups white chocolate-covered pretzels
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 packages of large waffle cones or paper bags


Heat oven to 250°F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cereal and pecans in pan and set aside.

In a 4-cup microwaveable bowl, combine corn syrup, brown sugar and butter spread. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds or until boiling.

Stir vanilla and baking soda into mixture. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Spread on baking sheet and cool completely; break into pieces. When cooled, add peanuts and pretzels. Makes about 10-11 cups. Store tightly covered.

Classic Chili In Frito Bags


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can cannellini beans beans of your choice, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • Individual Frito bags. 


  • Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Scoop chili into Frito bags and serve.

Lauren Lane wants to introduce you to stress-free cooking and effortless entertaining…by sharing many of the strategies, tips and tricks she’s discovered from her own imperfect and often humorous path to cooking and entertaining. 

Blog: lauren-lane.com


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