Parking Lot Tablecloth

When I was looking for a way to display a snackadium at my son’s recent football-themed birthday party, I knew I wanted to do something a little different.  Being a hyper-logical person, it didn’t make sense to me to do a grass field for what would look like the environs surrounding the snackadium (is there a stadium that’s surrounding by green space as opposed a city center?).  So, I worked at creating a “stadium complex” for my main food table.

What I used:

  • Black tablecloth from the Dollar Store (love that place)
  • Athletic tape (when ripped, it has a blurred, jagged edge that looked like black-top paint to me)
  • Blue highlighter
  • Pretzel cars

(1)  Put the black tablecloth on your table and decide how you’re going to plan your “complex.”

(2)  Once you know where you’d like things, rip athletic tape in thirds width-wise.  And place around your tablecloth like parking lot lines.


(3)  I also chose to use a blue highlighter to add handicapped parking spots (seemed like a realistic way to add a bit of color).


(4)  As a finishing touch, I took some leftover pretzel dough from the pretzel dogs and made little cars.  All you need to do is make 4 small balls and 1 medium ball.  Put the four small balls (wheels) around the 1 medium ball (car body) and bake.  While I opted not to add anything else, there are several different ways to dress up this parking lot: broccoli trees, matchbox cars, clipart pictures/figurines, etc.


If you’re looking for the food in the picture above, here are the tutorials and links:

For more tailgating or football party ideas, check out Football Shenanigans: A B1G Day!







One response to “Parking Lot Tablecloth”

  1. […] utensils, and you’re done!  You may want to consider displaying your snackadium on a “stadium complex” tablecloth or a lined field […]

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