Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
Everyone who reads Ms. Elaine Kneeous knows I love a good theme party – and any excuse to host one. (Also, anyone who’s ever BEEN to one of my parties knows that, indeed, cocktails will be served.) This week we focus not on the “princess party” but the “tailgate” portion of the above chuckle.
I can’t believe football season is upon us. Given that I really don’t care for sports in general and know nothing of football in particular, there IS one element of this time of year I love… you guessed it: a chance to party. The only time I’ll watch a game long enough for more than one play is when our family’s beloved Notre Dame is on. I’ve only been to one game on their amazing campus and it’s a wonderful memory I’ll have for the rest of my life.
Everything about ND’s campus & field are incredible. The Golden Dome, the Grotto, Touchdown Jesus. How can you NOT love it there? Even if you’re not a student or alum (clearly I’m neither) you can appreciate the beautiful surroundings if you attend a game. And given the caliber of both sports and academics it’s no surprise they offer their own simple tips on how to Tailgate Like A Champion.
Want to party with a Badger instead of a Fighting Leprechaun? OK, let’s move closer to home. Taylor Mathis (author of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook) traveled to 35 NCAA football games over the course of three years according to an article in USA Weekend. He did this to research tailgating traditions and to see what makes each region special. While he cites Southern schools as having “their own unique style of food” and that students “get a little dressed up – usually sundresses and ties” he remains loyal to his alma mater, especially on his own blog.
As with any other sort of gathering you can tailgate as simply or elaborately as you see fit. You might tear open some bags of chips, bring a cooler stocked with beverages, toss some meat on the grill and call it a game. You might, as Dave Lamm points out, hang a chandelier from your pop-up tent and bring a generator to power your wet bar & serve blender drinks. Dave, by the way, is the man behind Tailgatingideas.com where you can get just about anything your tailgating heart desires. Including this little gem.
Basic or over-the-top, everyone needs a proper check list to make sure they don’t miss a thing. The good folks at Frito Lay have you covered:
Having an awesome time backing your favorite team PLUS enjoying fabulous food & drinks with friends & family? Shake those pom poms – it’s a Culinary Yes Yes!