The Tastiest Game-Day Spread

It’s football season, so we asked the entertaining experts at Southern Living to share their best tips for game day. Whether you’re tailgating at the field or having a few friends over to watch the game, celebrating with your fellow football fans should be fun and delicious.

Norman King, from Southern Living’s test kitchens, shows us easy ways to elevate basic condiments, like ketchup, mustard and relish. Plus, we get a little help from Southern Living’s Katie Morrow by learning how to serve these upgraded condiments in perfect style.

Sweet-Hot Ketchup

“Ketchup is a wonderful base to hold flavors, so we’re going to doctor this up for something that’s a little sweet and a little hot.”
Click here for the Sweet-Hot Ketchup recipe


Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce

“This mustard sauce does wonders on a hot dog, and is a great dipping sauce for fried chicken fingers.”
Click here for the Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce recipe


Green Tomato Salsa

“It’s perfect for capturing the flavors of late summer. It really brings out the flavors of chicken, pork and crispy fried catfish.”
Click here to get the Green Tomato Salsa recipe

A Stylish Presentation

In classic southern style, Katie dresses up her condiments by pouring them into jelly jars for easy transport to the game or for serving at home. “I love to use these jars, because they pack in the refrigerator or cooler, and they look great on the table with a little spoon inside for serving,” says Katie. They also fit perfectly in our Southern Living Seagrass Condiment Caddy, which is especially helpful if you’re serving outside.

Like the condiment tags? They’re a cinch to make: pick up a few paint swatches in your team colors and cut them to size. Write the recipe name on the swatch, glue it onto the tag and secure to the jar with twine. Here’s to a winning game-day spread!

What are your favorite game-day entertaining tips? Tell us in the comments below.



Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Susan Tordy

    August 23, 2013

    I couldn’t help but notice: did you mean an “enviable” Tailgate Spread?