Guess who’s game day ready over here?? Yep, it’s me (and my cousin Kevin!)!! While I’m not a huge football fan, my cousin Kevin LOVES his Clemson Tigers! When I asked Kevin if he wanted to help me put together a fun at-home tailgate, he jumped at the idea! Keep reading for 5 tips for the perfect at-home tailgate this fall featuring Christmas Tree Shops!
I was able to find everything I needed for my at-home tailgate at Christmas Tree Shops. No tailgate, whether it’s at home or at the field, is complete without lots of snacks, so that was my starting point! I grabbed a variety of chips, popcorn, nuts, cookies, and some delicious sparkling apple cider! Kevin and I both love Tate’s Cookies, which seem to always be in stock at Christmas Tree Shops for less than you’d buy at the regular grocery store. How cool?!
Aren’t these hay bales the best?! I LOVE them and get compliments from everyone who comes over to the house (since the tailgate I’ve repurposed them on my front porch steps). Not only do these hay bales make for the perfect fall decor, but they also double as seats for guests and tables for food. These hay bales were only $12.99 each! Christmas Tree Shops had a smaller size too that was less expensive, but I opted for the larger version knowing that it would be the perfect height to double as a bench.
Whether you’re tailgating on your front porch, in the back of your car, or the bed of your truck, you probably want to protect from any drink spills or snack crumbs. Not only did this $2.99 vinyl, gingham tablecloth make the back of my car look super cute, but it protected my car from any mess! Pro Tip: These tablecloths are super durable and the perfect size for the trunk of your car. I ended up keeping this tablecloth in my car so whenever I’m out and about and pick up pumpkins, mums, firewood, etc, I don’t have to worry about getting my car messy!
One of the ways you can really embrace the fall theme with your at-home tailgate is by thinking outside the box–or rather basket–when it comes to food presentation. Check out these adorable harvest baskets that were only $3.99 each. They totally played into the fall theme for my tailgate and were the perfect container to hold my pretzel rods and popcorn! I 100% plan to bring these when I go apple picking, so you’ll definitely be seeing them again!
Over the past week or so it’s really cooled down in Connecticut. As someone who is always cold, I’m a firm believer that blankets are an important part of any tailgate. Not only can they add a pop of color and make your tailgate setup feel more cozy, but they double as picnic blankets if you need extra seating on the ground! These beautiful throw blankets were from Christmas Tree Shops and both were under $20! While you’re at it, grab a few pillows to really make your tailgate cozy and comfortable!
Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be all ready to host the perfect at-home tailgate this fall come game day! Have you ever hosted or attended an at-home tailgate? I’d love to know in the comments below!