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5 Tailgate Essentials You Can’t Forget on Game Day

College Football Season is Here, Friends
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It’s officially FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!  (Okay, I had to find a way to fit that in here somewhere!)  But no matter who your team is, you’ll agree that the excitement of another college football season is simply contagious.  The food, the drink, the culture that surrounds the tradition of tailgating is reason enough for celebrating, and when you pair that with great football (this is our year, Vols)…well it just can’t be beat. 

Hopefully you have some college football games on the books; a long day of tailgating and cheering on your favorite team is just good for the soul.  Before you go though, make sure you have all of the tailgate essentials to ensure that you set up a proper spread.  Check out the slideshow of what I consider to be the five most important tailgate essentials by clicking on the picture above.  Go Vols!  Cheers, Kat

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The Drinks

The Drinks

It wouldn't be a tailgate without a generous supply of beer and liquor. Feeling fancy? Consider mixing up these festive cocktails. And be sure to bring plenty of ice with your cooler.

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The Food

The Food

A great tailgate will never, EVER skimp on the grub! Whether it's homemade or takeout, everyone will appreciate the food throughout the day. For a few great go-to recipes like Dueling Deviled Eggs, Collard Greens & Cornbread Casserole and Chicken Wings, check out this post.

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The Digs

The Digs

Set up shop with a canopy tent, a set of foldable chairs, portable tables and of course, your team's flag. And while you're at it, don't forget the football for a little game of toss among the other fans.

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The Necessities

The Necessities

You'll need the proper utensils to ensure every fan is full and happy before AND after the game! Stock up on Solo cups (they're classic), and bring a set of plastic wine glasses and melamine plates.

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A Game Face

A Game Face

Okay so you have the booze, the food, and the tailgate properly set up. College football season is all about the passion—the upsets, the heartbreaks and the victories—so grab your game face and get ready to have a long, fun-filled day. Because after all, the winners start early!

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DIY Succulents

These Easy Homemade Pots Make the Best Gifts
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This tutorial is one of our most popular posts from the archives, and for good reason, too!  Our DIY succulents make for an easy, thoughtful homemade gift any time of year.  
 
The beauty about succulents is that they can really be all different shapes and sizes…and any type of pot or container will work as long as there’s a drainage hole (love these, these and these). 

As MKR taught us in the original post, you’ll want to stick to gritty, sandy, rocky soil.  Fill your pots 3/4 full with soil.  Next, remove succulents gently from containers, tapping off extra dirt, and arranging the succulents however you want inside the pots. If needed, add additional soil and gently pat around the arranged succulents. 

Succulents are pretty hard to kill, but you still do need to water them. However, don’t drown your arrangement with a cup of water, instead pouring a little and wait until the dirt completely absorbs the water, repeating 1-2 times once a week (during the warmer months). The rest of the year, the plants need much less water. 

As for sunlight, succulents do want it (and may lean towards the light if they aren’t getting enough).  But it’s best to keep them out of all-day sun.  If the succulents begin to yellow, that can mean too much sun or overwatering.  Happy planting!  Truly MKR

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An Easy, Fail-Proof Hostess Gift

You Can Never Go Wrong Gifting Simple Flower Arrangements
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Flowers make the best gift!
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If you’re finding yourself at a loss for a good, easy hostess gift, consider gifting a simple flower arrangement.  But I’m not talking about a store-bought bouquet from the grocery store down the road.  Instead, by taking the time to compile and curate a bouquet, you’re able to put a personal touch on a super quick solution (and who doesn’t love getting fresh flowers?!). 

MKR originally shared these great tips when gifting a simple flower arrangement, which I’ve leaned on for many hostess gift opportunities.  First, keep the bouquet simple and in-season. When in doubt on what to mix with what, compile a single-flower arrangement. Second, tend to the stems, trimming any excess leaves, twigs, etc. Third, use pretty wrapping paper, rustic kraft paper or ribbon to tie your bouquet together (roll into the paper at a diagonal for best results). Be sure to trim the ends of your stems with scissors or pruning shears to keep ends clean and tidy. Lastly, if your bouquet needs an extra pop (which I usually don’t think it does), consider adding fresh herbs or a stock varietal.

Tell me, are you bringing flowers to hosts this upcoming weekend?  Cheers, Kat

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