Hey party people!

Fall might as well be code for football! Even if you’re not a huge fan of the sport, you can’t help but get wrapped up in the excitement of the season. And with football comes delicious comfort food and ice cold beverages.

Put all these together and it’s the perfect prescription for a tailgating party.

 The best thing to do for a tailgate party is keep it simple. The last thing you want to do is lug a ton of decorations or high-maintenance food 20 miles to the game.

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind  (& keep it simple) when planning a tailgate party:

1| Get double use out of your boxes or cooler and use them to stage your food.

2| Make a simple pennant using chalkboard paper & change the wording when you feel like it! “Go Team” or “Rise Up” (For the Atlanta Falcons) or whatever other phrase to show your support!

3| Use a blanket to create a “tablecloth” and…if nothing spills, you could use it to keep warm during the late night games.

4| Take along Mohawk Flooring’s SmartStrand bound carpet! It’s stain resistant and so soft. Your friends may not even want to sit in the chairs. And the awesome thing about it is you can spill wing sauce on it & it cleans with water. That red carpet is one example of the different colors & styles SmartStrand offers. And right now, Mohawk Flooring has their Anniversary Sale going on where you can get up to $500 cash back on top of more great savings & special financing.

5| Store veggies or salads in clean, empty pasta jars.

6| Serving french fries or chips? Dish up individual servings in plain lunchbags. Just roll down the sides & they’re ready to serve.

These chips are blue cheese chips & they’re semi-homemade. Here is the recipe or the steps (not sure if this really counts as a recipe).

Semi-Homemade Blue Cheese Chips – 

* Take real blue cheese & pulse just 3 times in a food processor (just to break up the big chunks).

* Lay plain potato chips on a non-stick cooking pan & spray with olive oil cooking spray.

* Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on top of the potato chips.

* Bake for 5-7 minutes at 425 degrees.

7| For dessert, sandwich a little whipped vanilla icing in between two chocolate chip cookies & add sprinkles that coorespond with your team colors to the sides.

8| Keep the meal simple & easy to prepare with these wings! I’ve done a great crockpot recipe before by Caveman’s Feast (my husband turned me onto these recipes…shocker, isn’t it…with the name Caveman Feast ;p…he was probably tired of girly salads all the time). Here’s the recipe for crockpot wings, if you’d like to try them.

So what’s the team you cheer for? I’m all over the place. My side of the family are Auburn fans, most of my friends are Georgia fans & my husband is a Florida Gator…so I always feel torn (my college was a private school with no football). And…for all you Gator fans…my husband has already let out many groans this season already but maybe it will turn around.

Whatever team you root for…hope this gives you some inspiration for a simple & easy tailgate party!

Party On,

Heidi Rew