Score Big with a Fall Tailgating Party

Hello!  I am Landyn from Living with Landyn and I am so excited to be here today to as a Summer Classics Stylemaker to talk about fall entertaining during my favorite season…football season.  Football has been such a huge part of my and my family’s life since my husband played professionally for many years.  We love a chance to have friends over to either cheer on his alma mater or one of the teams he played for during his career.

Here is a little secret about me.  I don’t really like entertaining with traditional team colors or with licensed products from teams.  If you have ever visited my blog before, you now that I love neutrals and don’t typically inject a ton of color into my home.  I think that is why I love my black and white Cabana Stripe pillows so much. In fact, those pillows were the jumping off point for my whole theme.  The black and white reminded me of referee uniforms and with that a theme was born.

I used live moss as the runner on my Oxford table and then took a yellow t-shirt that I cut up and stuffed with cotton to make referee flags that my guest could use to throw whenever they didn’t agree with a call that was made.  Make sure to keep them just filled with cotton though.  You definitely don’t want a broken TV because your guests got too wound up over the game!  I found little miniature fences and small D’s at my local Michael’s Store and used those for decorations that mimic some of the signs you would typically see if you were at the game.  I also kept with my theme of black and white with my napkins and fun little paper touches.  Remember when entertaining, either outside or inside, it is often times the small little details like that that really stand out in peoples memory.

For my food, I went with fun, casual takes on my favorite gameday foods.  My husband is a huge wings fan, but wings can be messy and aren’t the healthiest option, so I make fun little buffalo chicken sliders with a rotisserie chicken and a jar of Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce.  I also love to have easy to grab snacks that you would typically find in a stadium if you were at a game.  I use paper basket liners like you would find in a restaurant to line a galvanized pail and fill it with peanuts, popcorn and pretzels.  I also love the idea of pizza’s on a stick.  Who doesn’t love pizza and this is a fun way to turn everyone’s favorite food into a easy to hold treat.

One more little trick I wanted to share with you is to cover your tables with a flat black wrapping paper as a runner.  This does a couple of things.  One, it protects your furniture and makes clean up a breeze because you can just pull it off and throw it away.  It also gives you a unique way to label all of the different dishes that you are serving, so you guests no what they are eating.  As a bonus, it plays into my color scheme perfectly.

Last, but not least, the drinks.  Since we are in the South we can turn a tailgating experience into an all day affair, regardless of whether our team has an early kick-off or not.  I love serving a Bloody Mary bar for my guests to make their own drinks.  We of course always have beers, sodas, and waters on ice as well.  I think using galvanized tins to ice your drinks down in is a fun idea and it gives that true tailgating experience while still being in the comfort of your home.

Now it is time for me to kick back on my cozy Club sofa and enjoy the game.  However, before I go, I wanted to leave you with a couple of my favorite tailgating recipes that you can serve at your next party.

Pizza Kabobs

3 green peppers, cut into 1” pieces
3 cups whole cherry tomatoes
2 cups button mushrooms
2 cups sliced pepperoni or cooked Italian sausage
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 can refrigerated pizza dough
3 table spoons olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbs Italian Seasoning
wooden skewers
1 jar pizza sauce or marinara for dipping.

Pre-heat your oven to 400°
Thread your wooden skewers with tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni and basil.
Flour your counter top and roll out pizza dough. Slice dough into 1/2 “ strips and wrap around veggies.
In a small bowl combine olive oil and Italian Seasoning. With a brush, baste each skewer.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until pizza dough is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven and bake for 5 minutes more.
Serve with marinara sauce.

Makes 4 servings