It’s that time of year again, y’all. No, I’m not referring to the annual Fall feast that is Thanksgiving. I’m not referring to the time spent with our families being thankful for all we’re blessed with. I’m not at all referring to what is now known as the appetizer to Christmas…no, once the feasting is over and our bellies and hearts are full, after the family football game is played and naps are taken and after *some* of us head out for that “Black Thursday/Friday” shopping spree (don’t even get me started on that nonsense), THE day is here.
It’s not that big of a deal in other parts of the country or even the south for that matter, but in the state of Alabama it is one of the biggest days of the year. It’s Iron Bowl time, people and this girl can’t wait!
Can you tell I’m ready?!?!
My mom taught me to say “war eagle” before she taught me the word “mama.” I was born and raised an Auburn fan and I bleed orange and blue. When I applied for college there really was no question to where I was going…in fact I didn’t apply anywhere else, but Auburn! So what does this Auburn girl do after she graduates college? She meets and marries a Bama fan of course!
This game has clearly taken on a new meaning for me as I have had to teach myself to be humble during Auburn’s triumphs (did anyone catch our 2010 28-27 victory over UA?) and have been humbled during our hard times (anyone catch Bama’s 49-0 victory over us last year?) At the end of the day I have to remind myself it is just football, but goodness it sure is easy to feel like you’ve left your heart on the field of your home team’s stadium come game time. Ashley and I are both Auburn Tigers, but sweet Jessica cheers for the Crimson Tide…bless her heart! JUST KIDDING! Jessica is probably the best sport I know and there is no one I would rather work with during Iron Bowl week than her. Anyway, in honor of the biggest rivalry in sports, the Iron Bowl, we thought we would share some pictures of our favorite ways to jazz up a tailgate and our favorite tailgate recipes!
Jessica’s Favorite Tailgating Tips:
“I love the look of a chandelier in a tent! If you can make it happen, you should. I know it sounds dressy, but it really can add a fun and special touch to your look, plus people dress up like they’re going to church on Game Day so why not let your tailgate reflect that as well. Some Bama fans might not like this, but please stay away from the houndstooth! It is just unnecessary. And sorry boys, but drinks don’t need to be iced down in your favorite cooler. Galvanized buckets or the nice acrylic ice buckets look much nicer!”
Southern Living featured the tailgate you see above! I think it’s pretty fabulous…even if it is Ole Miss!
This galvanized bucket is one of the many great ideas you can find here
Sweet Jessica tailgating with friends!
Jessica’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup of your favorite wing sauce
Large can of chicken, drained (or you can use fresh)
Mix everything together and put in oven safe dish
Bake for 20 min on 350 degrees
Serve with tortilla chips or carrots and celery
Rebecca’s Tailgating Tips:
“I love little details at tailgates and one of my favorite “happies” is cocktail napkins. Last year I found some great cocktail napkins for Game Day. They are pictured below and I love that they aren’t your typical logo napkins. I also think a burlap table cloth is a must. Those plastic tables just aren’t pretty and burlap is inexpensive, but still looks great! Lastly, I love a 7:00 pm game just as much as the next person, but now that I no longer live in Auburn they are just harder to go to. I love a 2:30 game because that gives you a great opportunity to host a brunch tailgate. Think Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, sausage and cheese biscuits, fresh fruit skewers and mini orange rolls or cinnamon rolls!”
This set-up (along with some other great entertaining tips) can be found here. I love this look and create it in my home whenever I have friends over for brunch!
This looks yummy. May I have one now, please? I love the idea of the decanters with the different juices and the simple name tags
These napkins from Caspari are a great way to show your school spirit without getting too cliché with the logos!
Rebecca’s Favorite Tailgating Drink Recipe: The Recipe
1 fifth of light rum
1 large can of pineapple juice
I large can of frozen orange juice, thawed
1 large can of frozen pink lemonade, thawed
Mix all ingredients together
Add a splash of club soda or sprite at the end for fizz
Garnish with orange slices and cherries
*This recipe is famous in my family and should come with a disclaimer. Drink with caution
Me with my best friend and Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Iron Bowl in 2011
Ashley’s Tailgating Tips:
“I’ll never forget about a tailgate I went to with Barrett when we were dating. It was perfection with its cute little tent, a skirted table to the floor, fresh flowers and wine chilling in an ice bucket. To me that is tailgating at its finest. Also, if you can do it, opt for wine glasses over styros or solo cups. GoVino is a great line that offers wine glasses that look and perform like crystal, but are plastic. I also love the Sofia Champagne by Francis Coppola Winery. There is something fun, yet sophisticated about sipping champagne from a can. And it has a tiny little straw that comes with the can! I love it! And my last little but of advice….stay home if it isn’t an easy 72 degrees! I love watching football in my comfies by the fire!”
Ashley’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe: Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 jalapeños, stems and seeds removed, diced, divided
6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled, divided (about 6 ounces)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped pecans, roasted
Crackers for serving
Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the diced jalapeños and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Taste and adjust seasonings and add salt.
Place the roasted pecans and remaining diced jalapeños and bacon on a plate. Stir together so well mixed. With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball, then place on the plate and roll in the jalapeños, bacon and pecans until covered.
Chill covered for at least an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.
If these tiny fans aren’t the cutest little Tigers out there, I don’t know who is!
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Until next time!