5 Tips To Set The Perfect Tailgate Spot

Yahoo… it is almost football time! Good times, good friends, good food and TAILGATING!! Whether you love an elaborate setup or a more casual spread, nothing says fall more in the south than college football tailgating. Bonnie and I love hanging out with friends and family at our old college campus…Clemson University. The memories we have are amazing. And the food….well nothing is better on a beautiful fall day!


 Some of you may be dreaming of how your team will do and how the players will perform. Me?  I am dreaming of how I will set up our tailgate spot! The food, the decor, and the atmosphere.  I am going to share with you my 5 tips to set up the perfect tailgate spot

An adorable DIY tailgating table! via Uncommon Designs

1. Set a pretty and functional table.

 Bringing style to your tailgate location  couldn’t be easier that adding a basic burlap tablecloth and a fun astro turf table runner.  They are both very inexpensive and you won’t cry at the end of the day if they get stained.  Add a little pizzazz with a fun  football banner and something that is special for your favorite team.

Astro Turf Runner and coozies for tailgating! via Uncommon Designs

2. Add in the unexpected.

Help your tailgate space really stand out with some unique touches.  Our friends and family really love our painted football untensil cans and the astro turf coozies are a huge hit! It really sparks the conversation to have something fun and unexpected.

Backyard Fun and Games for the Family via www.uncommondesignsonline.com

3. Bring the Fun!

 Let’s face it, tailgating food is always the center of any fun hangout, but don’t forget about some great game ideas!  Whether you are bringing your own cornhole game or breaking out the classic favorites, make sure that your guests have something to do.  If nothing else, bring a football for kids young and old to toss around!


{my sweet girls and my mom}


{Bonnie and her family}

4. Bring your favorite people.

The absolute best thing about our tailgate is who we share it with.  I have the fondest childhood memories spent with family and friends before Clemson football games.  I am so thrilled that I am able to pass that down to my girls.  Our family loves football, loves to gather together to tailgate, and loves each other.  A touchdown for sure!

5. Bring your favorite food.

You know…those simple but special recipes that your kids and family request each and every week! We have quite the spread on football Saturdays. There is always a different main dish bit the sweets, appetizers, and finger foods remain the same and are adored by all!

Simple and yummy Toffee Caramel Apple Dip recipe via Uncommon Designs

This Toffee Caramel Apple Dip is Bonnie’s “go to” appetizer for tailgating and all family events. Simple and so easy to put together.

We would love for you to check out our other fun and awesome Tailgating Ideas and Recipes!

What is your best tailgating tip?

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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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