Friday, August 28, 2009

Tailgate Time With a Wedding Twist

Tailgate Final - Page 002 Over at Kelly's Korner they're showing off wedding shower ideas, so I decided to dust off this post from last October to show you the party some of my friends hosted for my son and his bride to be.

It seems that all we're doing these days is having parties for our friends' children. Earlier in the month we gave THIS SHOWER, and just yesterday I wrote THIS POST about a bridal tea we hosted at my house last Sunday.

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When friends put their heads together, magic happens. Magic did indeed happen Friday night when 12 of my friends and their spouses pooled their talents to host a wedding shower in honor of Ben and Claire.

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At Wanda's suggestion, they used a Tailgate Party theme.  After all, it's football season in Alabama, and we are all fans of one team or another.  Under Connie's direction, they pulled together decor from all of our favorite teams—Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Louisville and North Carolina.  The serving table was all decked out in Razorback red, complete with pompoms, Hog hats, blankets, flags and balloons.  Guests sat at tables decorated to represent the other teams.
tailgate party 013tailgate party 012When we arrived we were greeted by the "Bride and Groom," dressed appropriately in Razorback attire.
Meanwhile, the hosts and hostesses had donned their favorite team colors.  Don tried to relive his college days at the University of Alabama by hiding a flask in his hip pocket.
 
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Even the food had a Razorback theme as we sipped Razor Ritas (frozen margaritas) and dined on everything from Pigtail Pasta and Sooiee Swirls to Razor Bites and Boar brownies.
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As favors for the hosts and hostesses, I made a Tailgate Party Cookbook. I asked each one to send me a favorite tailgate recipe and also to submit stories about their favorite tailgating or game day experiences. Here are a couple of pages.
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Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to head over to Kelly's Korner for more wedding shower ideas.

19 comments:

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

Ok, this takes the cake as the cutest idea of a shower I've seen today! I'm an Arkansas girl too, so I'm going to remember this idea for the next shower I host!

Life is good! said...

what a great shower! looks like a good time was had by all, even if it took what was in the flask to enjoy!

Newlywed Next Door said...

This is SUCH a cute shower idea! I'm a huge college football fan and would love to attend a shower like this!

Megan said...

I love that shower idea, and the cookbook with the stories is SO cute! I'm a Big XII girl, and might have to steal that idea :-)

Just Breathe said...

I have to say that one someone is a TRUE football fan they go all out when they have a party.
(I only watch the Superbowl and I do a really great spread) Can't imagine doing that every weekend!
Really cute shower.

Brittany said...

Stopping by from Kelly's Korner and just have to say that I LOVE this idea! We are all hoping that my SIL will get a ring soon, and my head is now turning in ideas to throw a party like this! Thanks for sharing!

Paige said...

Too Cool and what a refreshing change from all the girly showers with punch and cookies. So fun for the bride and groom to be!

Blue Creek Home said...

This is a great shower idea.
You can almost smell "football" in the air!! Gotta add a "War Eagle" here. Rhonda

Gina said...

Popped over here from Kelly. I am an Arkansas girl too and I really love this idea... well skipping the other SEC teams for me though. :)
Cute idea!
-Gina

Staci said...

This is a great idea! Great way to involve the guys, too!!

susan said...

What a cute idea! "The girlfriend" I wrote about in a TT and FF post is an Arkansas girl! Maybe I will keep these ideas if we ever get that far! You left out Hotty Toddy!

nanny said...

What a great idea for a shower theme!! I love it!!

Domestic Designer said...

What a wonderful idea! Looks like great fun!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a darling idea. I love unique and different and this certainly was. Looks like great fun was had by all. Congrats to the lucky couple.. hugs ~lynne~

darnold23 said...

This is such a great idea, and it looks as though you pulled it off perfectly. Thanks for sharing it. Did I tell you that my E delivered Kelly's baby? Small world again.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, that is such a cute party, and it sounds like it was such fun! What a cute idea for hostess gifts. laurie

Sue said...

What a great idea for a shower...You guys love your college football...that was one thing we had to get used to when we moved to Georgia....Up north...not so much...they don't even talk about it on the news during college football season....but your tailgate parties look so much fun...I think the people in Jersey are missing out on something...

Robin said...

What a fantastic shower! Such great ideas for anyone having a fall shower!!

{{{HUGS}}}

Robin :o)

Amy B. said...

What a great idea. The only way this could have been better is if it had featured LSU :)