Carla Hall

Get tips on hosting the perfect football party from Top Chef Season 5 cheftestant Carla Hall

on Aug 31, 20090

 

Bravotv.com: What is your football experience at home like?

Carla Hall: My football experience at home is more like the NFL Players Association or the United Nations. I introduce myself as being from “Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Titans," but I’m quite proud to be a longtime resident of Washington, DC, home of the Washington Redskins. GO Skins!

My husband, Matthew, is from Michigan, and he is an avid Detroit Lions fan. He stuck by them ALL last season. After all, they did have a perfect score, right? Noah is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. The thought of the Eagles being in the Super Bowl last year - you know, the one he actually attended - was WAY over the top. Noah’s excited about Michael Vick joining his team.

So what’s my experience like at home? Tread softly, and don’t talk too much smack about the other guy’s team. NOT! It gets pretty heated at my house, but I’m always rooting for the team with the ball or the underdogs. Matthew laughs at me, because when the quarterback has the ball, I’m always shouting, “OOOH, it's just SO much pressure!”

How would you suggest a host get guests excited about a football party, even if they're not a football fan?

Three words ... START A POOL! I’m not condoning betting, but come on. When you’ve got stakes on the score, you get involved. Even if you don’t like football, a pool makes the game much more interesting. You may not know the teams or the rules, but you can easily root for the team that going to help put money in your pocket by putting numbers on the scoreboard.

Do you have any specific party ideas or games that people can play during the game?

I happen to love games. ALL games. I was just introduced to Corn Hole at a friend’s party about a month ago, and I later learned that it’s considered a popular tailgating game. Basically, it’s a beanbag toss game that everyone can enjoy. This game requires a set, which you can easily find and order online. My friend’s son made his, but if you’re not the Bob/Barb the Builder sort, ordering online is the way to go. Trust me, you will not be disappointed if you make the effort and invest in the gear. A football toss is also fun – tossing a football through a hole in a wooden board. Honestly speaking, I would need the hole to be as big as a Pilates ball.

You can also make your own set of puzzles that your guests can do during commercials. Consider the commercials the "timer."

1) Scramble the names of 10 players. First person to unscramble all 10 wins.
2) Make a list with players, coaches and/or facts on one side of the page, and make another list of football teams on the other side. See who can correctly match list A with list B.
3) Make your own Find-A-Word with football terms.
4) See how many of the favorite Super Bowl commercials you can remember from years past.

These games may sound kinda lame on their own, but it’s fun when you get a bunch of folks together and you’re racing the clock.

7 comments
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I love this post – totally kewl!!! Well done! I’m coming back to this one …

Patricia
Patricia

Thank you for the idea's for a great football or any other "get together" of friends. We are all hoping that you will consider doing a Network Cooking show in the near future. Maybe have your people call Food Network's people or any of those other shows about cooking that you would bring another level of Foodie joy too!!!

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HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

CARLA FO PREZ!!!

jeannette
jeannette

Carla...

Thanks for the ideas...

Is there anywhere that the butternut zucchini recipe is posted?

And thanks for the candor plus the game tips... I'm ready for the season!

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GIANTS all the way! But I did like your suggestions, Carla. We're having a football party on 9/13, so this will come in handy. Hope all is well in your part of the world and would love to see you as a guest judge on Top Chef- Las Vegas. Sonya

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HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!!! LOVE U CARLA