Tailgating Tips

7b6763ff7f902b721286ef1f78b3f8baTailgating season is officially here! Whether you’re cheering for your favorite pro team (we are Cowboys, Chiefs fans), your college team, your child’s high school team or are simply taking a fall foilage break, a well designed tailgate can really elevate the experience.

Tips for making the most of your tailgate:

  • Spread an old blanket or tablecloth on the open tailgate
  • Make a backdrop with mums or other storebought plants in orchard baskets that you can take home and continue to enjoy
  • Serve sandwiches, mason jar salads, chips, caprese skewers, cookies or brownies…keep it simple
  • Use heavy plastic or tin plates
  • Use real cutlery instead of plastic & cloth napkins – they just hold up better
  • Use picnic baskets, woven trays, vintage coolers and team coordinated banners for useful styling. Think varying heights.
  • Always have more ice, beer, wine and bottled water than you think you need. Don’t forget the openers!
  • Take your own trash bag, paper towels and towelettes for quick and easy cleanup.
  • Share with tailgaters near you!

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Pizzazzerie – Entertain in Style

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I love a good party. I love dreaming about ideas for parties. I love all the little details that make a party special. So, I was thrilled to flip through Courtney Whitmore’s new book, Pizzazzerie – Entertain in Style. The cover drew me in immediately…and the photographs throughout are bright, happy and capture the concepts beautifully!

The ideas and recipes in Courtney’s latest book are fresh and fun. Mix and match or do them start-to-finish. Perfect for the daughter or friend who is just starting out or for a more seasoned hostess who is always looking toward the next soiree.

If you’re lucky enough to be in one of the towns where she’s holding a book signing (her first was at Nashville’s Draper James!), then take your gift list and have her sign books for all your friends!pizzazzerie-book-signing-11 signingsgraphicWho couldn’t use a little more pizzazz in their life?!!!

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

eclips mapToday’s the day! A total eclipse of the sun, along the “path of totality”. I’m fortunate to be on that line today, but not sure if the weather will give us a very good view. No matter what, it’s exciting for my sons, especially my oldest who dreams of a career in the Space field.

It’s the perfect day for these themed snacks:

Mars Bars, Milkway Bars, Starbursts, Sunkist, Moon Pies (celebrating its centennial this year!), Sun Chips, Sunny Delight and anything star, moon or sun shaped.

One of the easiest snacks to prepare for today are these time tested and adult/child approved rice crispy treats. Check out how to make them at Little Life of Mine.solar-eclipse-party-foodIf you’re a little more ambitious, these “galaxy cookies” will really set the mood. Recipe and how to at Sugar Spun Run!Galaxy-Cookies-SMALLLet’s thank our lucky stars that we get to witness this “out of this world” event!

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