September is the ultimate transitional month, bringing in cooler (we hope!) temperatures, warmer colors and loads of pigskin. Yes, it’s football season and, this month, we celebrate all things related to the gridiron! Enjoy the rivalries — and enjoy our September Memphis FINDS!
FOR THE TAILGATE
Elegant serving pieces
Go rustically chic at the next tailgate with these entertaining pieces from House. Rattan bamboo charger, $24; Moscow Mule cup, $18; rattan condiment holder, $34; rattan utensil holder, $34; custom napkin ring set, $48; and artisan Corksicle, $19.99.
Game Day must-haves
Tailgate in high style with a wicker picnic basket, $56; team-centric napkins, $5; a travel cocktail kit, $24; and a copper Solo cup, $16 — all from Menage Fine Stationery & Gifts
Wine and other adult beverages never looked so fashionable as they do when carried in a Corkcicle! Find the 24-oz. tumbler, $34; 16-oz., $28; and the Arctican koozie, $22 — all at Falling into Place.
Sturdy and stylish, these melamine tableware and accessories by Q Squared are just the ticket for entertaining in the Grove or at Tiger Lane. Prices range from $6-$45 at Social, a Shop for Gracious Living.
High function and fun, all in one package, these Scout coolers are perfect! Insulated Pleasure Chest, $27.95; Spirit Lift-tah bottle carrier, $7.95; and the multi-functional (think ice chest/gear tote/temporary seat) medium Rump Roost, $52.95, at RSVP Stationers.
Whether you use it for tailgating, to keep warm or as seat padding for the game, a gorgeous and classic American-made wool blanket is a tailgating essential. Finds these for $95 and up at Chestnut Hall.
Curb Market is a one-stop shop for fans on the go. We suggest you pick up the house-made curry chicken salad, two of the chef’s favorite local beers – Tiny Bomb and High Cotton, Ricki’s Cookies, fresh heirloom tomatoes and a cucumber salad.
Adult beverages to go
Who says kids are the only ones who can have cool to-go beverages? Pack the cooler with a variety of wines by the can (yes, can!) from Buster’s Liquors and Wines, including Sofia pop-top four-pack (with bendy straws!!) for $17.99, or single-serving cans of Underwood wines for $6.99 each.
Ice Mule coolers
Rugged and ready to go anywhere, Ice Mule coolers carry like a backpack but are a hard side cooler. The medium (15L) is $59.95, the large (20L) is $69.95. Both are found at Dixie Pickers. (SB Tip: If you buy a cooler from the folks at Dixie Pickers, you can bring it back and they will fill it up with ice. Now that’s cool!)
Need a quick pick-me-up for game day? Grab a selection of scrumptious wraps on your way to the stadium for $7.29 to $11.99 each at Wild Beet Salad Co. While the word “wrap” screams healthy, the crew will appreciate the variety of flavors available, including Thai Peanut (with avocado, cabbage, edamame, carrots, Chinese noodles, Mandarin oranges, and honey-peanut butter dressing) or the Steakhouse (romaine, steak, blue cheese and fried onions). YUM!
GAME DAY DRESSING
He can show his spirit, subtly, with a classic, hand-stitched needlepoint collegiate belt finished with full-grain chestnut colored leather and a solid brass buckle. Find these for $165 each Oak Hall.
His and her outfits
Dress to impress from head to toe in this complementary (but never matchy-matchy!) combo from Lansky 126: For her: a Tracy Reese denim dress, $178; Johnny Loves June bracelet, $75; Tom’s wedge, $119; AJ Morgan sunglasses, $20; Zadd bracelet, $30; Hammitt wristlet in Navy, $225; and Hatch felt hat, $45. For him: a True Grit pullover, $145; Seven for All Mankind jeans, $189; True Grit button-up, $135; AJ Morgan sunglasses, $20; and Bed Stu gray lace-ups, $95.
Sometimes, we just want to stay home in our jammies and watch the game from the couch but that doesn’t mean we have any less pride! These 100% cotton nightshirts featuring SEC and other teams come in S/M and L/XL, and cover all the essentials. Show your colors from the couch with a nightshirt-in-a-bag, $38, from A Fitting Place.
Gucci cross-body bag
Stadiums across the SEC and elsewhere are cracking down on the size of purses and bags being brought into the game, so that means you have to think small and fashionable when choosing an all-day purse that can go from tailgate to dinner. This gorgeous Soho cross-body bag from Gucci features an adjustable shoulder strap, smartphone pocket and three all-American shades of pebbled leather. At $980, it’s a splurge, but it’s classic and will last through this season and beyond. Find it at Joseph.
FOR THE FAMILY
Children’s plates and toys
For the young fan in the family, these Tailgatin’ for Tots melamine plate, bowl, cup and utensils sets are adorable. Find them for $27.95, along with hand-knit collegiate dolls, $28.95 each — both at RSVP Baby.
The family pup loves a good tailgate, especially when he or she plays with soft cookout-themed toys, $9.99 to $14.99. If pup needs a home during the game, the medium Gunner kennel, $499.99, is just the ticket, and a life size stuffed husky, $99.99, is a mascot everyone can get behind! All our furry friends FINDS are from Hollywood Feed.