Continuing our series on BCS bowl party themes, it's the Sugar Bowl! This classic game has deep roots in the Big Easy. If you can't make it to New Orleans, you can still cheer at home with seafood and spice.
Dessert first! I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to leave New Orleans without eating those to-die-for sugar covered beignets, but they can be hard to come by in other parts of the country. Here are some comprehensive how-to videos for making your own. Who needs Café du Monde?
Football fans can not live on sweets alone, so fortify your crowd with crab cakes, oysters, and shrimp and sausage gumbo. Toast to a Bearcat or Gator victory with Emeril's hurricane (here's a virgin version).
"New Orleans party decor" almost always translates to "Mardi Gras decor". Dress up your space with the traditional colors of purple, gold, and green. I think a feather tree would look fabulous. Check out Hostess with the Mostess' guide for general instructions.