Thanksgiving and football go together like mashed potatoes and gravy, that is if you are a sports fan…and we are in this house.
We are Football fans AND Thanksgiving lovers.
So this year, I decided to not focus on a beautifully appointed Thanksgiving table, which is always amazing.
Of course we are always thankful…and not just at Thanksgiving time but all year long.
Instead, let us concentrate on football.
There are always football games on Thanksgiving.
Please bear with me if you are NOT a fan of football, I will give you times to avoid a conflict of football games with your Thanksgiving Dinner.
This year there are three professional football games on Thanksgiving Day; the Bears and Lions at 12 pm, the Raiders and Cowboys at 4:30 pm and the Bills and Saints at 8:20 pm.
Plus, there are two college football games, Fresno State and San Jose State at 3:30 pm and Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:30 pm.
Also, to keep the “Littles” and “Bigs” occupied while you toil in the kitchen, there are the ‘Parades’ on Thanksgiving Day!
Actually, there are a lot of Parades, most notable is the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, the Gimbels (now called the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Parade) in Philadelphia, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, and the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.
There are many other local parades, but the television times for these Parades are Macy’s, New York City, 9 am to 12 pm, The Philadelphia Parade, considered the nation’s oldest Parade, is at 9 am -12 pm and the Detroit Parade is at 10 am-12 pm (check your local stations.)
The Macy’s Parade is considered the world’s largest parade and Santa Claus rides into town on the last float to kick-off the Christmas season…and it has been announced this year, there will be crowds of people along the parade route.
(There is a movie, “Miracle on 34th Street” commemorating the occasion, staring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, perhaps you have seen it a time or two.) LOL
So now that you can peel potatoes or stuff the turkey in or around the Parades and football games…Let’s talk football.
As I have stated many times on this blog….I am and always have been a Kansas City Chiefs Football fan, a Kansas City Royals Baseball fan and a Kansas College Basketball fan.
We have lived in many states where there are both college and professional sports teams, but I remain loyal to my roots.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Nope! Nope! And Nope!
We have lived in Florida for almost 15 years and no, I have NOT changed my loyalty to the Kansas City Chiefs.
I say all that to say this:
My thanksgiving table is paying homage to the Kansas City Chiefs!
(The Chiefs are not playing on Thanksgiving Day this year.)
In fact, the only team who has not played on a Thanksgiving Day is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
All the other NFL teams have played the Thanksgiving “host regulars”, the Dallas Cowboys or the Detroit Lions in one year or another.
The third game of the day is usually a prime time match-up tossed into the mix as a goodwill gesture for fans who can’t get enough football for the day.
Let’s look at the table.
I started with football field place mats.
There are many football shaped dishes that I have used for many, many years for the play offs and at Super Bowl time.
Did I mention that the Chiefs have played in four Super Bowls and won two of those Super Bowls?
The very first Super Bowl, Super Bowl I…. played on January 15th, 1967 featured the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs lost 35-10!
Super Bowl 4, Jan 11, 1970… the Kansas City Chiefs played the Minnesota Vikings and won 23-7!
Then there was a huge drought. It took the Chiefs 50 years to come up with a winning team!!!!! Yikes!
Super Bowl 54, February 2, 2020 the Kansas City Chiefs played the San Francisco 49ers and the Chiefs won 31-20!
However the Chiefs came back February 8, 2021 in Super Bowl 55 only to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9.
In defense of the Chiefs’ loss, because of Covid, Tampa Bay played in their own stadium whereas Super Bowls are usually played in a neutral stadium.
A home crowd can make a difference, but that is water under the bridge or goal posts. LOL
For football fans out there…I know there are better NFL football records, but as I said, I remain loyal to my team.
The center of the table is another green field in the shape of a platter.
The platter will hold the Smoked Turkey Legs.
At the top of the placemat is a souvenir pennant for each guest to take home.
Which leads me to the goal post dishes on either side of the football field platter.
The 3 dishes beneath each of the goal posts hold nuts, pretzels, olives, celery and pickles
The cookie jar always holds chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.
The hamburger and hot dog salt & pepper shakers seemed a good choice for this football table.
There are two chip and dip dishes as one can never have enough dips for any football game.
Or chips of course.
Each place setting has a party favor of a wrist band and pennant.
The glasses are of course labeled with the Chiefs Logo, the Arrowhead, as are the paper dinner plates which sit atop a gold stoneware charger.
Many of the serving bowls are football shaped like the above ‘dessert’ bowl.
The football in the center of the rack above will hold the cranberry orange relish which will be served in the smaller surrounding bowls.
Flatware has brown wood handles and the napkins are NOT linen but paper.
In keeping with the rustic football theme of a green playing field, brown footballs, red, gold and white uniform colors; The Menu will be:
Chips and dips for snacking before the games start.
Relishes: black and green olives, pickles, pretzels, nuts, and celery
Smoked Turkey Legs
Roasted Turkey Breast & Roasted Turkey Wings
Fresh Cranberry/Orange Sauce
Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Orange Carrots and Roasted Brussel Sprouts (veggies all on one sheet pan)
Mushroom stuffing (or Dressing as some call it)
Green Bean with Bacon and Onions Casserole
Dinner rolls (shaped like footballs)
Pumpkin Pie (with whipped cream)
Pecan Pie (don’t pecan halves look like footballs?)
Apple Cake (with whipped cream)
Thanks for stopping by today.
Exodus 23:16 … “You shall keep the Feasts of Harvest, of the first fruits of thy labors, of what you sow in the fields.”
Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Below are a few of my fellow table stylists with their thoughts on setting a table for Thanksgiving.