Football Tailgate Party Tips

Football Tailgating Table Cupcakes

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Football Tailgating Tips

With the cooler weather finally starting to arrive, I know it’s time for football season – my favorite time of year! There is nothing I love more than enjoying a fabulous football game with friends. Tailgating is done a bit differently from school to school and team to team, but here are some tips I hope you can use for your own tailgate!

Table Covering – I thought I had created such a neat idea with a field designed table cover, but I should of known the fabulous Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes had created this tailgate table before! So I channeled my inner Tanya and got down to work! The table cover is simple grass carpeting found at Home Depot. I “employed” my football loving boyfriend to help with the field lines and the field goals – he used white and yellow duct tape and pvc pipes. It’s a fun table covering because it’s easy to save from year to year or from college to NFL sports.

Oreo Football Truffles – These were gone in all of 10 seconds. They are DEEE-LISH! Following the queen of sweet treats herself, I used Bakerella’s guide to these delectable little truffles. Though they do take some time, and I never quite mastered getting rid of the chocolate “feet” that appear on the bottom, I think they came out pretty well. I highly suggest them, your guests will LOVE YOU!

Jersey Napskins? Yep! You might have seen us showcase these before for the Daisy and Teal Birthday Party Table, but these napkins come in team themes (called Jersey Naps) as well! They are a perfect addition to the table decor!

Inexpensive Decor – To jazz up the table, I filled glass vases and large martini glasses with inexpensive footballs I found at dollar stores, Target, etc. They’re easy on the budget and the various sizes and shape add a fun element. You can also check for fun cheer horns in your team’s colors. I set a couple of these horns on tall candlesticks.


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1. Monterey Jack & Blue Cheese Football – I made this yummy cheese football for today’s WSMV shoot. It’s a simple recipe to follow and really looks great! Substitute out the cheeses if you do not like blue cheese or want a different taste!

2. Tailgate CocktailsWe made a fun Tiger Tail cocktail for the Vanderbilt vs. LSU game. It had a layered purple and gold look and was very refreshing. This is a fabulous list of fun tailgating cocktails! And here is another list of football themed cocktails like the Crimson Tide and “2 Point Play”. Cheers!

3. Football Pizza Party Love pizza? Enjoy these delicious recipe ideas for a football pizza party that is sure to please the crowds!

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  1. Jill Rigsby says:

    Oh my, Courtney, this is AMAZING! I knew it would be, but seriously, this is incredible. I am SO sad I missed the actual tailgate :(

  2. This is AMAZING! The Jersey Naps are an incredible find. I’m definitely going to have to get me some!!

  3. I love all of your ideas for a football table! Can’t wait to try out those football truffles!

  4. I love the grass carpeting idea! So cute!! Thanks for sharing ;)

  5. AWWW~ HOW DID I MISS THIS?!!! You really are the sweetest everrr! You totally rocked it! Awesome job!

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