Upscale Tail

by Melanie, September 19, 2013
Planning a tailgate this weekend?  Here are some fun ways to kick it up a notch, design-wise:

First, claim your space.  How cool would it be to have this baby parked in your tailgate spot?

Woody Trailer
Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2012

A little out of reach?  Yea, for us too.  Instead, try rolling out an indoor/outdoor rug to add instant style  to your parking space!

Swedish Rag Indoor/Outdoor from Dash & Albert
It’s affordable and portable, but best of all, no need to worry if somebody dribbles mustard on it — you can hose it off when you get home.

Next, VIP Seating.  You don’t have to sit in camp chairs!  Fun, portable seating comes in a variety of stylish options.
Surya Pouf
Anthropologie Terai Folding Chairs
Lee Industries Beachcomber Chair
Stadium blankets don’t need to be made of cheap fleece and branded by ESPN either…  
Surya Topanga Throw
Serena & Lilly Autumn Herring Bone Throw

Now prepare the field for the MVPs — the food and drink!  Tables, cloths and serveware don’t have to be plastic to be portable. 
Folding Wooden Picnic Table with Seats
Picnic at Ascot
Striped Paonia Tablecloth, Anthropologie
Sono Wood Bowls
Anthropologie Mason Jar Sippers
Add flowers in fall (or your team’s) colors to make the whole affair feel luxe (sure, the dudes may mock you, but they are just jealous of your style).
Artistry in Bloom
Southern Living

Pack a Stiff One:  Let your friends fill their mason jars with goodies from a stylish cooler.

“The Stiff One” Scout cooler in Real Housweaves

“The Stiff One” Scout cooler in Whose Your Plaiddy

This cooler may not be stylish, but it’s functionality more than makes up for it!

Cocktail Gator
Serve up the goods:  Classic tailgating foods with a gourmet twist:
Beer Cheese Dip
Gorgonzola-Thyme Stuffed Olives
Grilled East Coast Oysters with Corn & Jalapeño Salsita
Cheddar Dogs with Cider-braised Leeks & Apples
Grilled Nacho Pizza
Damn Delicious

Maybe set out some handy snacks with vintage style:

Oh Louise Designs

Stick it to your hot dogs with these stylish beauties:

Forged Iron Roasting Forks.

And don’t forget the grill!

Expedition 3 Triple Burner Stove
Camp Chef

So go ahead and kick it up a notch at your next tailgate party.  Your friends will cheer for your awesome sense of style.
Do it!
P.S.  If all of this sounds like too much work — and it does take work to be this fabulous — there is always the simple, yet stylish, table-hat option:

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