Is it too early to tailgate?
August 15, 2013
Are you in full face paint yet? The Regular NFL season kicks off
with a Thursday, September 5 opener and
the Ravens are traveling to take on the Broncos. A full line-up
follows Sunday, September 8 and we find ourselves
in the mood for some tailgate food.
Only this year we're not going overboard when it comes to
planning the menu. That's not to say we can't appreciate a guacamole football field with sour
cream yard lines and tiny rye footballs (yum, just check
Pinterest). We wouldn't begrudge anyone from channeling their
catering goddess. But we're here to have fun with our family and
friends and maybe a little less fretting and fixing this year.
The grill keeps it simple with hamburgers, hotdogs, brats or
kebobs you can prep the night before. And there's nothing wrong
with opening a bag of chips for the tailgate or house party and
letting guests eat straight from the bag. Pair chips with this dip or a simple but satisfying warm
dip like this.
We also love a great serving dish, like
the glass and wood chip and dip bowl on the right from Target, but
we can also see the beauty in being low maintenance and just
putting out a bag of chips and a jar of salsa - tastes just as
Disclaimer: we did see this fairly simple and inexpensive fall idea for
serving drinks from Southern Living that we're dying to try.
Don't hate us because we aspire just a little. Keep it simple and
serve one or two drink choices, then ask everyone to bring
something they like.
Which brings us to a good point. Don't try to do it all
yourself. Ask everyone to bring something to pass. You can use free
party planning sites like evite or punchbowl to invite
guests and keep a running list of RSVPs and what everyone is
bringing. Of course, text, email and phone invites are still fast
and friendly and we kind of like that about them.
What's your position on Tailgate 2013? Check in on Facebook and let us know what
you're doing (or not), making and enjoying this year.
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