As college football season is coming to an end, the tailgating season will not be far behind. In the month of Dec. we have a two week drought of no college football and then it will be bowl season. In the mean time, you can explore NFL tailgating. The New Orleans Saints fan base always has a big party. Whether it is in Champions Square or in the French Quarter, there will be food, music and booze.
I would say that professional league tailgating is more sophisticated than college football tailgating, when there is no difference. In NOLA, you will hear fans screaming Who Dat, you will smell the fried foods and gumbo with music blaring “The Saints are Coming.” The same fans of college football on Saturdays are the same ones you will see on Sunday. Colors is the only thing that separates the two. I guess this is why the south is so unique in tailgating.
If you a true southern girl, you will probably dress like one. While I tailgate, I people watch and usually I find at least one girl that is a fashion faux pas. Advice: If you want to look great, make sure you wear the true colors of your team you are supporting. This means wearing the correct shades of color and not wearing animal print that does not represent your team. You don’t have to be in a dress and boots. You can be in jeans, a hat, jersey or t shirt and still be fabulous.
Fall is in full swing and as the temperatures get cooler, you need to get warmer. Tailgating is more fun when you are at ease and at a comfortable temperature. I love football weather, but some times it can be a little chilly while pre-gaming before the actual game. Warm up and have a good time with an apple cider margarita!
1 ounce Grand Marnier 1 ounce gold tequila 5-6 ounces sweet apple cider orange segments and apple slices cinnamon, cane sugar, coarse sugar for glass rimming cinnamon sticks for garnish
Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon in to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila, apple cider and stir. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Beignets were not always a french pastry. Before the french, the Spanish created the bunuelo which were balls of choux paste deep fried in in fat. Beignets were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century from French colonists and one of the best pastries in the south. Enjoy a beignet before the big game!
The game of beer pong was originally played with paddles like any other game of tournament ping pong. Its origin comes from fraternities at Dartmouth College in the 1950s and 1960s. It then evolved to paddle-less games. The game is usually played with two teams of 2-4 people. This game is one of the top played games at a tailgate party. Have good aim or it will become one of the worst games you played the next morning.
I have never had cajun lemonade. If you have a taste for Tabasco and lemonade, you might enjoy this kickoff refresher! All you need is a rum of your choice, frozen lemonade concentrate, club soda and a teaspoon of Tabasco. Bottoms up!
Cornhole is the number one game to play while tailgating. Its fun and a great game to help pass the time while waiting on the big game to begin. Although it is unclear when the game was first played, many believe it was invented by ancient civilizations who threw rocks in holes in the ground. Others think it was created by Native Americans, particularly the Blackhawk tribe in Illinois. It is an easy and fun game to play! Click on the link below to learn how to play!
A cute and clever water cooler for your guests to enjoy!
These football koozies can also be used as table decor. Take a koozie and wrap it in brown tissue paper, then draw on the white laces. For decorating purposes, use a tin can and wrap it in brown tissue paper or brown construction paper. Draw and color in the laces on the side of the can. To make the flowers, twist or knead white napkins tight and fill the can.
This is a cute idea to put napkins on the table. All you need is a bucket and yellow napkins, then you will have penalty flags!