Tis’ the season for football outings, watch parties, and my favorite……stylish homegates.
What’s a homegate you ask?
It’s a tailgate in your home!
The fun, the food, and the team spirit all from the comfort of your own home.
Let’s start with my quick and easy plan to make your next soiree a “saintsational” event, shall we?
1. Plan The Menu
Tailgating, or in our case homegating is all about the food. When else can you slow cook lil’ sausages for hours and feel confident directing someone to your crock pot to serve themselves? Think easy to eat foods. Chips, dips, finger sandwiches, grilled foods, etc.
You’ll want to have plenty of snacks on hand for munching in between quarters.
These mini pecan tarts are ideal for when you want something sweet, but not an entire piece of pie.
Pick em’ up at the grocery store, pop them on a pretty cake stand and no one will ever know you didn’t lift a finger in the kitchen.
Rather than dumping your snacks into a large container and needing a bowl, a serving utensil, and making your guests do the work, consider repackaging into individual serving containers.
I tossed my team colored gourmet popcorn from Popology into festive goodie bags to encourage my team to “grab, go, and watch the show”.
2. Stock the Bar
Football = Beer.
It is what it is. When you turn football on the television, men will request a beer. Or two. Or ten.
Have plenty of beer iced down prior to kick off, but keep your less than frosty feeling friends in mind as well.
I like incorporating a spirited beverage that keeps things feeling classy.
Just because it’s football, doesn’t mean we have to be…..well, tacky face painted football fanatics.
- 4 blackberries, quartered
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- 4 sugar cubes
- 1 bottle (750ml) Champagne, Prosecco or other dry sparkling white wine,
- In a small nonreactive bowl, combine the blackberries and triple sec and let stand for about 15 minutes to let the fruit macerate.
- Place 1 sugar cube in each of 4 Champagne flutes.
- Spoon 4 pieces of marinated blackberry into each flute. Top with Champagne and serve immediately.
3. Pull Out the Decor
There’s no need to go overboard, but putting a few festive team colored touches around the house will set the tone for your guests that they are welcomed to enjoy the game, and know that you’re rooting for the same team.
See that custom made metallic tassel garland?
Those were created exclusively for Aimee Broussard & Co. and are hitting the shop soon.
A tissue garland is an easy (and classy) way to jazz up your space.
Game time over? Take it down and store it for the next round.
4. Dress the Part
You’ve invited friends and family over, you’ve prepared your menu, served up your cocktails and hung your garland now it’s time to show your team spirit! I am a firm believer in not needing to plaster logos all over yourself in order to do so. In fact, I’ve made it quite easy to dress the part during the setup of your entire shindig and created a company solely provided for this oh so necessary occasion.
Tie it on. Set your table. Greet your guests. Hang it up for the next time.
Done. No spills on your game day frills.
The epitome of a true hostess with the mostess can occur in as little as 1-2-3.
5. Get in the Game!
And last but certainly not least, enjoy the game. Even if you don’t particularly love football, and your cheese ball didn’t set- take this opportunity to enjoy the memories with your family.
Oh, and don’t forget the power of the pom poms! Wave those around, and I promise you’ll forget all about the fact that you have no idea what’s going on on the field.
And from the girls who take stylish game day fashion to the next level, be sure to check out these Southern bloggers participating in a Saints Style round up celebrating how we cheer on our Saints.