For months, we have bemoaned the oppressive heat and pined for breezy tailgates with friends. And now, it is finally upon us. That’s right, ladies and gentleman, football season is here again, and this edition of FINDS is all about stepping up your game — your tailgate game, that is! Whether you’re putting on a tailgate, attending a tailgate, or tailgating at home on the couch, you need these gridiron-inspired FINDS.
Ole Miss, by damn!
If you live, eat, sleep and breathe Ole Miss athletics, then this FIND is meant for you. It is sure to be the crowning glory of your home’s football-viewing “man cave” or tailgate (though, getting these to the Grove would be undeniably labor-intensive). These amazing reclaimed panels are from the flooring of the Ole Miss Field House and have been styled and finished locally. They are the ultimate in game-day decor for the die-hard Rebels fan. Find the complete set for $40,000 at Palladio Home and Garden.
Dress up your table
There are endless uses for this gridiron Grub Paper, which is food-grade and can stand up to even the greasiest finger foods. Cover your dips and dishes, line your chip bowls, use it as a table runner — the possibilities are endless. Find it for $9 at Social.
The furriest fan
Who says that practical can’t be festive? If you love to bring your pup along to the tailgate, be sure to find doggy gear that shows your pride. This Rebel-red dog bed would fit right in at The Grove! Find it for $74.99 at Hollywood Feed.
Rendezvous for the road
Be the hero of the tailgate when you show up with barbecue nachos from Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous! Their nacho box comes with pork shoulder, Pancho’s cheese dip, Rendezvous barbecue sauce and seasoning, Flo’s pickled jalapeños and corn chips. Find it for $53 for local pickup at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous, after calling (901) 523-2746 to order 24 hours in advance, Tuesday through Friday. For out-of-town shipping, visit hogsfly.com.
Le Jardin has developed an entire tailgating menu to make hosting your tailgate a piece of cake, and we’re not just referencing their mini cheesecakes. The whole menu is prepared in advance and ready to go. Our favorite has to be the buffalo chicken sliders — tasty, delicious and perfect to eat with your hands while chatting and cheering with fellow fans. Find a dozen sliders for $26 at Le Jardin.
Sweets and treats
Bite-sized, mini cupcakes are a fitting and proper addition to any tailgating festivity! Frost Bake Shop offers scrumptious, unique flavors, like rocky road, snickerdoodle, coconut, banana and more, alongside the classics, like chocolate and vanilla. Mix and match flavors, or be a purist — whatever your fancy! If you purchase four dozen, you get the fifth free! Find the cupcakes, $15 for a multiple-flavored dozen and $12 for a single-flavored dozen, at Frost Bake Shop.
A tisket, a tasket
If over-the-top, whoop-de-do pre-game festivities aren’t your thing, you can always go another way. For a charming picnic tailgate, look no further than this darling set, complete with glasses, a serving board, a wine opener and more. Find it for $70 at Ménage.
Serve in style
Tailgate entertaining is whatever you make it. For the foodies among us, who says that you can’t enjoy the finer things along with the gritty game of football? This gorgeous, sturdy wooden serving tray is perfect for a cheese board or charcuterie spread. Find it for $118 at The Stovall Collection.
Keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot while showing off your team spirit. Even your Yetis can show team pride, and they come in a variety of different team logos. Find one for $39.99 at Buster’s Liquors and Wines.
Comfort is key
At any tailgate, you’ll see a variety of game-day looks — from dresses and heels to cut-offs and tees. If you aim for comfort, without sacrificing your team spirit, these soft tops are the ticket. Fun and whimsical, even the design is a step above your regular team t-shirt. Find one for $35 at Oak Hall.
Du jour denim
Being comfortable and being fashionable are not mutually exclusive, as made evident by this chic pair of 3×1 jeans. The high-waisted cut and soft denim ensure that you are comfortable and mobile, while the frayed hems keep you right on-trend for this season. Find a pair for $275 at 20twelve.
Dressed to the 50-yard line
If the man in your life likes to put his best fashion foot forward on game day, look no further than the Stantt dress shirts. They are custom made in just seven days for that perfect fit, and they come in almost any of your favorite teams’ colors. Stay stylish and spirited! Find one for $98 at James Davis.
Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty
For any Ole Miss fan who loves to dress for success, this little number is a must. It’s lightweight and breathable, with a silhouette that flows. It’s a head-turner that’s great for those early season games when the weather is warmest. Southern Muse has other stylish game-day attire, making it a must-visit boutique for fashionable fans. Find this dress for $99 at Southern Muse.
A little bling
If you’re the dressier game-day fan, then elevate your look with this beautiful dueling pearl cuff by Carden Avenue. At each end of the 14-karat gold-filled or sterling silver cuff you’ll see a small and a large mink, peacock or white freshwater pearl — and the juxtaposition of size makes quite the impact! Available exclusively at SB Shop, the sterling silver bracelet is $78, and the gold-filled is $88.
Go, Big Orange!
Don’t let it rain on your game-day parade! This Tennessee orange rain jacket will have you ready to cheer on the Vols, even when it’s raining. And if the University of Tennessee isn’t your team, these jackets come in more colors to match any team affiliation. Find one for $136 at Sorelle Boutique.
If you are looking for a quick way to elevate your outfit on game day, add this adorable faux-fur vest. Throw this neutral shaggy accent piece over those bold game-day colors to take your look from drab to fab. Find it for $24.99 at Sugar Plum Consignments.
Many stadiums have adopted new security measures, requiring that all game-day attendees carry clear bags into the game. Don’t settle for one of the generic clear handbags. Invest in a stylish clear purse that you can take into any game from here on out, like this fun number. Find it for $64 at Sachi.
Show your team pride and give your little teething cutie something to play with in one fell swoop. These chewable pieces of jewelry come in bright colors and are safe for the baby in your life. Find the bracelets for $20 each and the necklace for $42 at Cotton Tails.
The littlest fan
Even the youngest fans among us can show their team pride! This adorable ‘Bama bib is perfect for your little one to wear to the tailgate. Maybe their first words will be Roll Tide! If Alabama is not your favorite, there is a collection of other schools and styles to choose from. Find one for $28.95 at RSVP Baby.
Here’s to football season — happy tailgating!
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