Is That A Tiger On Your Tablescape? Tailgating Tablescapes Ideas

The football season rumblings are as loud as a Saturday at Tiger Stadium aka Death Valley.  Talk of menus, recipes, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas gives the tailgating nation something to talk about as well.  Southern Louisianians currently find themselves in a state of flooding uproar, displaced but not defeated. Some LSU and New Orleans Saints football fans will be tailgating around tailgating tablescapes in post flood neighborhoods for a while, but the good times will roll throughout the parishes and neighborhoods nonetheless.  A strong spirit and an even stronger will is hard to beat on and off the football field.

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If you play your cards right, the entire pregame and post-game tailgating experience can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.  I have it on good authority that the LSU fans traveling to Wisconsin to see the Tigers face the University of Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field are pre-sell prepared, booking up most of the parking lots and spaces available for Saturday’s game.  Prepared is the first line of defense for successful tailgating.

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Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Tailgaters decked out in insert team colors here attire believe in getting the party started early.  The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it.  The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off the way we like- all fired up.  There’s a lot of smoke and a lot of fire on these grills and smokers.

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To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason.  Real estate is all about location, location, location.  Tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display.  I like to start with a theme and build from there.  Decorating your surroundings and tablescapes with team colors and seasonal accents seems to always visually please the crowd.

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A casual yet elegant tablescape adds a touch of class to the overall party atmosphere.

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I love arrangements with a nod to the fabulous football fall season.   A lot of color and a little spice make a fabulous football tailgating combination. Get the tailgating tablescapes flower hook up with faux, fresh store-bought or from the home and garden section of your or your neighbor’s yard.  Crotons, dried hydrangeas, marigolds, branches, magnolia leaves and sunflowers pack well for transport as well as color impact.

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Pumpkin time is coming.  Painted, succulent topped, carved or fall on parade groupings in different sizes and colors, lanterns, serving bowl, soup tureen – the pumpkin is a decorative powerhouse.   I think nothing of packing up the wedding china and crystal (got to use it for something) for a head turning tablescape.  Sometimes you just gotta bring your tailgating tablescapes A game to the game day table.

Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail.  I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot.  I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.

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The first line of defense in pulling off a successful tailgating menu is to know your audience.  Are you playing to the beer & dogs crowd, or a cast of it doesn’t matter what we’re eating only what we’re drinking tailgating characters?

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Menus can be a kick in the end zone extra point tailgating winner when the theme is hometown, home state or home team related.  Fried alligator (University of Florida), all dog, no bull grilled hot dogs (Georgia Bulldogs), pulled pork sliders with razorback remoulade (Arkansas Razorbacks) to name a few tailgating menu ideas.

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Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect.  I use cake plates displays for cornbread, muffins, sweet breads and crackers.

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The Lodge cast iron bowl is a tailgating serving piece staple as much as the chili, soup, stew or hash brown casserole (gosh, that sounds good!) served in it.

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What started out as a fall inspired serving pieces idea board turned into a billboard for farmhouse chic pieces. The idea is to up your tailgating tablescape presentation game.  A lantern makes a great serving piece alternative.  Using plastic mason jars for serving the ever popular, ever easy salad, breads or desserts in a jar gives you the mason jar-farmhouse chic without the worry of breakage.  I really like the elm and faux slate melamine serving boards from the Webstaurant Store.  Melamine is break-resistant and the look of these boards complements a rustic, fall or farmhouse chic tablescape. You can’t go wrong with a chicken wire cloche. Copper beer tubs, farm animal plates and moss baskets all make stylish serving pieces.

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Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.  Regional cuisine ranks high in taste and popularity with hungry fans, and the cook friendly one pot principal scores extra points for easy.

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Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with Cajun cracklings has Louisiana written all over it.  New to our tailgating 2016 menu is the French Onion Field Goal burger recipe from Mantitlement.  Oh. My. Goal!

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Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s).  Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times. Fire up the grills and pretty up the tailgating tablescapes- it’s football tailgating season!

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A Most Fetching Friday: Blooming with Beauty

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is features images blooming with beauty, style and inspiration.  I don’t believe anyone would fault us for stepping back if for only a brief moment to admire objects of beauty, n’est-ce pas?

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The Berry

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Inside a Picture-Perfect Summer Garden Party in Charleston perfectly styled by Tara Guérard for One Kings Lane.

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Jill Sorensen 

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Halvorson Farmhouse, front porch cover try

A summer scene from Southern Living the magazine and the way of life.

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Elle Decor

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Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Philippians 4:8

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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

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Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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