What's All That Junk In Your Trunk?

This past weekend I went to watch my alma mater's football team kick some A$$.  They did not disappoint which was QUITE the welcome sight if you knew my team.  Perhaps you have heard of them?  The University of Colorado Buffaloes (we have a live buffalo as our mascot)?  *Little known fact:  The buffalo is actually a female despite popular perception as males would be too aggressive and fast for the handlers that run the buffalo around the stadium before every home game.  But enough bragging, last year my beloved Buffs (the games of which my family has had season tickets to and of which I have been attending, since I was 7 years old) were placed on several worst college football teams lists and experienced their worst record to date (oops!)... So a win for the team nearly brought tears to my eyes.. (I only wish I was joking!).

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Both of my parents and myself attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and we have all remained uber fans for years and years.  Our seats have also improved DRAMATICALLY since those old days when the biggest thing my sister and I looked forward to at the games was getting candy from the old man who always wore headphones during the game and sat next to us.  He would sneak it to us when my parents weren't looking (it wasn't creepy, I swear)!  He gave off the vibe of a grumpy old man and never spoke to us but would give us these bags he made with candy and peanuts at the beginning of the game.  We got to him, I'm sure of it!  I'm sure you're all bored of my nostalgic reminiscing, but have no fear: What I'm about to hit you all with is "The Art of Tailgating." 

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I have a lot of experience in this field and am going to be selective about what I post regarding such (in an effort to appeal to the largest amount of people, of course... Come on!).  My parents plan an epic tailgate for every home game along with 15 other families that includes an organized caravan to the tailgate lot, a theme based on the visiting team's origin, fresh cut sunflowers because they are the team's colors, table cloths, custom tents and most importantly, excellent wine and choice seafood (one of the group members is a seafood distributor for crying out loud!)

I had the privilege of attending this notorious tailgate this past weekend and was impressed as per usual.  So today I thought I would share some inspirational photos and tips for throwing a "proper" tailgate.   

*Unlike most of my posts when I say that finding photos was hard, this was quite the opposite and I am still not totally pleased with my editing choices... Which means, I will probably need to do another post for when the Broncos go to the Superbowl this year and I throw a Superbowl party.

Using the actual tailgate for a tailgate... I approve!

Using the actual tailgate for a tailgate... I approve!

Vintage Plaid Grill

Vintage Plaid Grill

I actually own both the above and below and have yet to use any of the elements.. But I bet they would be awesome!  Maybe one day... 

Vintage Plaid Ice Chest and Thermos

Vintage Plaid Ice Chest and Thermos

 Why GO to the bar, when you can bring the bar to you?  Props you party people!

 Why GO to the bar, when you can bring the bar to you?  Props you party people!

OBVIOUSLY they're at a polo match not a football game.. but they are definitely perfecting the "art."

OBVIOUSLY they're at a polo match not a football game.. but they are definitely perfecting the "art."

Some cute table "cloth" ideas:

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Got to applaud the homemade tailgate tent..

Got to applaud the homemade tailgate tent..

And now for the main event.... The FOOD, of course! 

BEST FOOTBALL SNACK EVER.

BEST FOOTBALL SNACK EVER.

These look bomb.  Just sayin'.. Shrimp wrapped chorizo bites. Salivating..

These look bomb.  Just sayin'.. Shrimp wrapped chorizo bites. Salivating..

Football Rice Krispy Treats... Well done.

Football Rice Krispy Treats... Well done.

What I'm going to officially call a "smorgasbord" of football-related hors devours:

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And if you're a real over-achiever and like to go above and beyond, I won't judge.. But I will demand an invitation, if you can pull off this: 

This right here is the content of my dreams.

This right here is the content of my dreams.

And with that, I wish you all a Happy Tailgating.. Because that actually is a verb.

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