Game Day Traditions to Celebrate Football Season

It’s Game Day! And, I might be reaching here, but this time of year is more about the game day traditions- friends and food- than the actual games. Don’t get me wrong, college football is my jam. NFL has its moments, too. But, when I hear the Game Day anthem ring at 8am from that ESPN channel, it’s suddenly fall, football, friends, and food.

If you are like us and the sounds of cheers and chants mean a new actual season (Fall, is that you?) is upon us, then let us share with all the mamas who are ready for some football – here are some game day traditions to get this party started!

father and son stand in front of home

Gather Your Crew

Pull out the family calendar and coordinate which games will be watched live or watched in the comfort of your home. Gather some like-minded friends and get group tickets or plan your game-watching on back patios or local restaurants. Every year, our best friends host the annual Biscuits and Gravy shindig. That’s right, comfort food, maybe a mimosa, and a group of friends all decked out in their team colors. It’s always the first Saturday of college football, so the kids play while we amp up our spirit with great company.

family in Houston Cougars shirts in football stadium

Prepare the Menu

No matter if you are tailgating at home or in your pajamas on the couch, the menu is important. If you are with a big group of friends, this chili cheese dip is always an easy crowd favorite. Game-watching food is a no-brainer when football season starts. So plan that menu and enjoy! Hoping for cooler weather when the games are on? Try my Maw Maw’s gumbo:

Maw Maw’s Gumbo

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup flour

2 cups of chopped onions

1 cup of bell pepper

1/2 cup of celery

10 cups of water

2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp thyme

3.5/4 lbs. of chicken

salt and cayenne to tste

1 lb andouille sausage

Chopped green onion and parsley

1.In a large pot, combine oil and flour over medium heat, stirring often to make a dark brown roux.

2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery and stir until soft. Then, add water and blend it all together.

3. Add bay leaves and thyme while seasoning the chicken with salt and cayenne.

4. Add the chicken to the roux-water mixture and simmer for one hour. After an hour, add the andouille and cook for another hour.

5. Skim off any oil that comes to the surface and remove the bay leaves.

6. Check seasonings, add green onion and parsley.

7. Serve immediately over rice and enjoy!

Plan the Outfit

You’ve seen some people get decked out for their games. Maybe you go flashy and fun or maybe it’s that old college tee to do the trick. Either way, check out some local boutiques or online shops to fit your fashion for game day. I say, the bigger, the better.

women dressed in fancy LSU outfitsWhat are your game day traditions? Who are you rooting for this season? And more importantly, what are you eating? Share with us, Houston Moms.

young girl at football game with painted face


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Kim Reed
Kim R. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is a Texan now! She graduated from Texas A&M University {Whoop!} in 1999 and moved back to Houston to start her high school teaching/school counseling career. That Houston move resulted in meeting a cute next door neighbor at her apartment complex who later became her husband. Kim and that cute neighbor moved to the Cypress in 2005 where they now raise Griffin {October 2008} and Emmy {August 2013}. Life has had some hardships, and Kim is open to sharing her story of enduring grief and encouraging moms to take care of their mental health. Her other passions include reading all the books, watching reruns of Friends, sweating it out at Orangetheory Fitness, and a good margarita. Kim also believes in working hard to make each day better than the one before. Read more on her blog –


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