Get game ready with this football inspired tablescape!

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Fall in the South means football. Having grown up in Texas, I learned about the sport at an early age. So did my friends. That stereotype that women don't like football doesn't really refer to Texas women. My friends and I participate in a fantasy football league. When we go to the beach for a girls trip, yes, we lay out, but we also toss around the pigskin. It's just the way we grew up.

Good thing I married a sports fan. NewsyDad is a Cornhusker. Since that's the only sports team in Nebraska, the whole state rallies behind the Big Red. When I worked there, I knew people who would schedule their weddings on a by-week. If you needed to go to the grocery store, you'd go during a game because there was no one out. Literally. Streets and stores were empty.

Every Fall, we get game ready. This year, I was inspired to create a game day tablescape complete with a football shaped cake made with new flavored chocolate candies which definitely remind me of Fall - they're M&M's® Pecan Pie! Later in this post, we'll share contest details on how to win a KitchenAid Mixer to make these game day goodies!

GAME DAY TABLESCAPE

  • Football Field. I thought it would be fun to turn our kitchen table into a football field. It's so easy and simple. I purchased the astroturf or fake grass from the home improvement store. Just remember to measure your table before going in there. They sell the material by the square foot. Then, I used white duct tape to mark the yard lines and end zones. 
  • Goal Posts. What's a football field without goal posts? Those were pretty easy to create as well. I used colored popsicle sticks, but you can use plain ones and then color them yellow and green. Then, I stuck the end of the stick into a half-sphere shaped styrofoam which I colored with a green marker to try to match the turf. Add some fall-colored leaves, sprinkle M&M's® Pecan Pie flavored candies and your tablescape is set! Looks cute and festive, right?

Football shaped cake

  • Cake. I used a football shaped pan and followed the recipe on the box of the Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme Dark Chocolate Premium Cake Mix.
    • INGREDIENTS:
      • Cake mix
      • 1 cup water
      • 1/2 cup oil
      • 3 eggs
      • Set oven to 350 degrees. Coat bottom of pan with non-stick spray.
      • Combine cake mix, water, oil & eggs in large bowl. Mix until moistened. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
      • Place M&M's® Pecan Pie flavored candies into a plastic bag and smash them. Fold them into the batter.
      • Pour batter into pan.
      • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
      • Take out of oven and cool on cooling grid for 10 minutes.
      • Gently loosen sides with spatula. Place cooling grid against cake and turn both over. Lift pan off carefully and cook cake.
  • Frosting. I used mixture of chocolate pudding topped with cream cheese frosting. The combination is delicious!
    • Chocolate Pudding:
      • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding
      • 8 ounces of whipped cream
      • 2 tablespoons of milk
      • In a medium bowl, make the pudding according to the recipe on the box.
      • Add 2 tablespoons of milk.
      • Fold the whipped cream into the pudding.
      • Place in the refrigerator for about five minutes to thicken.
      • Frost the cake with the pudding.
    • Cream Cheese Frosting:
      • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
      • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
      • 2 cups powdered sugar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
      • On low speed, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until creamy and smooth.
      • Beat in the vanilla extract.
      • Spoon into a pastry bag and use a pastry tip to pipe on the lines of the football.
      • Top with M&M's® Pecan Pie flavored candies.

We like to enjoy this tasty treat with our favorite Motts® Apple Juice for the girls and Snapple® Apple for us.

If you'd like to make this, all the ingredients are available in one place - Walmart!

Be sure to check out more delicious Fall-inspired recipes here and get a coupon for M&M's® Pecan Pie flavored candies here .

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer.

So you know football means Fall to us. What about you? What's does Fall mean to you?