Tailgate at Home

Now that football season is in full swing, why not invite all your best pals over to a tailgate party right at home!

To get ‘the ball rolling’, I set out to create an easy and simple tailgate eats for guests to enjoy.  When throwing a tailgate, just don’t go for the usual spread of food on the back of your truck or car trunk.

I made an invitation food cards, mini pennants, cupcake toppers, and LOTS of cuts outs of footballs to give the tailgate spread a bit of flair and fun!

For this event, I pulled most of my inspiration from the green of the  football fields, brown leather from the football and referee uniforms as reflected in the bands I made for these hoagie wraps.  You’ll see that adding a strip of parchment paper around the wrap first will prevent any ink from the striped printed paper from touching your food, as printer ink is probably not the safest thing to ingest.  I added a football cut out and jute twine for a bit of extra detail and presented the wraps on a square white platter.

I really wanted to keep the items for the guests to snack on light, portable, but all still keeping with the tailgate theme.  We served snacks that were easy to carry and portable.

Game Day chili was served in these adorable tulip jars by Weck.   Fiery and delicious hot wings were placed in a small snack boats that I made using this template that was printed onto kraft paper cardstock and again, making sure to use a square of parchment to protect my food.

I loved how these drink cozies turned out.  They really make the bottles of root beer stand out on their own.  I created them using a 3″ strip of kraft paper and then, ran the paper through my paper crimper and sealed each wrap with a bit of tape.  Then I cut out the football image and glued one onto each wrapper for a simple but fun bottle wrapper!

Here is a fun way to include the kids when preparing for your tailgate fun.  These game day brownies were easy to make with store-bought mix.  After baking and cooling we iced the brownie and then allowed to freeze for about 15 minutes, then cut out football shapes and allowed the kids to add the football details with white frosting.

Snack like popcorn and pretzels were outfitted in paper bags and wrapped in parchment, respectively.  I made simple labels for the bags of popcorn and stuck cute mini pennants into the bags.  I created the pennants by cutting out small diamond shapes from the paper pack and then wrapping them around striped straws that I had on hand.  Each pretzel was placed in a parchment envelope that I made but folding a square of parchment into an envelope shape and simply tying a cord of jute twine around each and adding a football cut out to them.

I love making cupcakes for all my events and I certainly don’t mind popping a cupcake topper onto them for extra flair.  I created these easy toppers on my computer and used the green striped digipaper from the paper pack along with some striped paper I had on hand to make some of the toppers.  Alternately, adding the football cutouts would also work!

Once everyone has snacked on their delicious eats, they can work off they meals by playing a fun tailgate game of ladder-ball before game time!  At the last minute, I found these game on clearance at my local discount store and it was a fun time to be had by all!

If you can’t make it to the game or don’t want the hassle of waiting in long lines to enter your local team’s stadium, tailgating at home is a great way to get in on the fun of the season.

MG Party Planner, Keisha Sibert, Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams


  1. LOVE this!!! The burritos wrapped with the black & white striped paper is brilliant! And I just adore the football labels! Another awesome party from Keisha!!!

  2. I love it all, Keisha! We don’t ‘tailgate’ here in Australia so it’s great to see fun American traditions.

  3. Wow…such a new concept to me! Looks like great fun though!

  4. you did such a great job Keisha! i love the crimped paper + the casual yet so well put together look of the set up in the back of the truck!

  5. Great job Keisha!! What a fantastic spread! ♥ Monique @ The Crafty Clip

  6. We’re having a Massive football party this weekend for all my coworkers and friends at DISH, and these are exactly the tips I’ve been looking for! This is going to be a huge help. My favorite tip from last year that I’ll be re-deploying is to always have more than one game on. With my DISH Hopper, I’ll hook up three TVs in our living room. The Hopper has three tuners, so that will allow us to watch three different games at the same time in full HD! These other tips you have will come in handy, too! Thanks again!


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