Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011 Tailgate Throwdown!

Ahhhhhhhhhh, football season. It's SO close. My most favorite time of the year. I'm a Florida Gator.

Yes, I know this is NOT news to some of you who read my blog regularly and/or know me.

I've gone to University of Florida football games since I was 15 years old with my family. We've personally witnessed them win two National Championships.  Besides that, I am an alumni of the University of Florida. So, I bleed orange and blue. 

Besides college football, my wonderful husband is a Jacksonville Jaguar season ticket holder and has been since the team was started.  He's bringing me around *sorta'* to the NFL too. Well, I DO have a Jaguars shirt. That counts, right? 

Bottom line, we know football at our house and in our family.

And, tailgating goes with football like peanut butter goes with jelly and frick goes with frack and Bert goes with Ernie, right?  So, when I met Lauren McKinsey in February and she lived in Gainesville, I didn't understand why she looked so puzzled when I spoke of my love for all things Gator football or tailgating. 

I tried to play on her love of all things cute and shove all manner of orange and blue items her way to ooh and ahh over (AND SHE DIDN'T!!!) I made it my mission to get her to come around.  After all, what's not to love? 

She's a party girl, so I knew tailgates would totally be up her alley.  So, after meeting another ever so cool party girl, She's {kinda} Crafty, who rivals me in my love for all things Gator, I knew we could both join forces and bring Lauren McKinsey over to the orange and blue side.  We are doing our joint party girl Gator tailgate in September (AND ON MY BIRTHDAY!  PARTY PERFECTION!), but that was not enough for us.

We are challenging YOU to show us your best tailgate stuff!!!   


We want you to show us your best, most SPIRITED, FANtastically CUTE tailgate party! It doesn't have to be a traditional parking lot tailgate, either, it can be a viewing party at your house, celebrating in your yard, at the stadium....wherever it is you get ready to cheer on your favorite college, pro, or high school sports team! It is easy to enter just set it up, party down, and then send us your photos. The judges will decide (un-biased for whatever team you choose to root for) who had the best tailgate party of the season.


Host a football tailgate, viewing party, or other football themed celebration - just whatever you do make it CUTE!!!
  1. Take lots a great photos of your set up as well as some action shots from the party.
  2. 2 options to get entered a)E-mail your photos or a link to your tailgate party to  or b) link your party down below 
  3. Deadline is midnight October 31, 2011.
  4. Our 3 judges will then have the hard task of deciding who we think really knows how to tailgate! 
  5. The challenge winner must live in the US (although we'd love to see parties from anywhere, the rewards can only be shipped domestically)


So what do you get for all your hard work?!? Well hopefully all your team spirit helped your team win and your friends and family had a blast, but even if your team didn't win the winner of the Tailgate Throwdown Challenge will receive:

A 10" custom Ribbon Wreath, in any school colors of your choice, handmade with love by She's{kinda}Crafty.
A custom cupcake package (your choice of team colors) from Great Gatherings  which includes Betty Crocker’s Big Book of Cupcakes, cupcake liners, designer sprinkles, custom icing colors, piping bag and tip!

Any printables package available in the  Lauren McKinsey online store!

A party tableware set for 8 from Polka Dot Market that includes Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, Dinner Napkins and  Luncheon Napkins of any of the large dot plate designs they have on their online store (which are all PERFECT to help you pull off the cutest tailgate party ever)!

A set of 10 poms in your choice of colors from Pom Flair.

Glittery Football Junk (a set of cupcake toppers including footballs and your team's name) from The Purple Pug!

A custom GAME DAY Posie Jute Tote bag from Nest of Posies! (Everyone is a winner with a special discount code from Nest of Posies - enter the code  FOOTBALLTIME at checkout and receive 15% off you bag purchase!)

A dozen yummy, custom cookies from the ultra talented Dandy Delights.


Bios coming soon!!

Nikki from Great Gatherings

Stacy from She's{kinda}Crafty

Lauren McKinsey

Start your planning now, football season will be here before you know it and we can't wait to see how y'all party your team on to victory!!

Grab a button and let everyone know you are up for the challenge!

Tailgate Throwdown


  1. What a great challenge!!
    I don't think I'd stand a chance with an FSU celebration (or an Ohio State one either) with you 3 judges!! hahaha

  2. I love this! Such a fun idea, can't wait to see the parties that are hosted and photos that are shared. :)

  3. Sent here from Lizard and Ladybug and we in this home are GATOR crazy. We too bleed orange and blue and when the seasons start we have a fun family party. I just may have to join this tailgating fun.

    Yeah Staci-- if you show FSU photos.. well... we'll still love ya but not sure that wins ya brownie points with the gator fan judges LOL kidding.

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  5. We do not discriminate! Staci- Show us your BEST FSU/OSU stuff! :)