Are you ready for some football?!?  Tailgating has become more than just a pre-game party; it’s a celebration of friends, food, and football.   It’s that time of year for you to drag out your favorite team’s jersey, paint your face, and show off your team spirit.  Regardless of the final score, you and your fellow fans will enjoy the afternoon cheering on your team.

imgresTailgating is always exciting and festive.  Simply start with your team’s logo or team colors on everything you use.  It’s just like decorating for toddler’s birthday party. Every plate, cup, and napkin should reflect your theme.  Look around your house for items that can be incorporated in your decor.  Most sport fans have plastic souvenir cups and koozies. Use the cups to hold silverware, peanuts, pretzels, or a floral centerpiece.  A variety of different team koozies can be used as beverage tags, so everyone can identify their own drink.  My personal favorite is to use artificial turf that can be purchased at any home improvement store as a tablecloth.  Team pennants, banners, and flags will only add to the decor.  Football_Sweets_0402

A white plastic cooler is a thing of the past.  Custom painted coolers are a big hit this season to show off your game day spirit.  Not only do they serve the purpose of keeping perishable items from spoiling, but they will become a conversation piece.  Many display team colors, logo, and other team related memorabilia.

​Being entertained might come easily at tailgates, but if you really want to be the life of the party incorporate the game of corn hole.  It is a fun partner game that you toss beanbags until you have a winner. If you want to match your game set with your team of choice, custom painted sets are also available.  To keep the gathering spiced up, don’t forget your music!​


​A space where friends and family can sit down comfortably and enjoy a bite or two is a must. This could include a custom team tent and logo folding chairs. Food selections should be easy to eat on disposable plates.  Many guests might be standing, so finger foods and dips are typically ideal.  Toothpicks with team flags are fun and eliminate serving utensils.  Team decorated cupcakes and/or cookies are always a big hit in the sweet department. Remember to decorate around the food to add more spirit to your food table. Every little detail counts towards making your tailgate a huge success.

There are so many team related items on the market today.  Keep your eyes open and be creative.  Add a few new items each season and before you know it you will be the life of the party!  Go team!!!


Shelley Herod is the owner and designer for Designing Women, LLC from Woodstock, Georgia. She has been a local designer for the past 20 years. She graduated from Butler University  with a degree in merchandising and design. Shelley is a certified home stager and recently was selected by Executive Who’s Who. She is the veteran interior designer to the Junior Service League of Woodstock Christmas Home Tour, where she has been active for the past 10 years. She also works with wedding and special event venues as design coordinator to make dreams become reality. Designing Women is an active member of the The Atlanta Bridal Connection. Shelley can be reached at (770) 235-5640 or on her Facebook page: Designing Women.