The Art of Tailgating.

Who loves college football?

Me, me, me! (So what if it’s mainly for social reasons? Or to rate the football players’ butts…)
Since football season is here, it’s imperative to master the art of tailgating. Starting with…
 1. Gameday Outfit
To me, this is the most important thing I’m thinking about on gameday – what am I going to wear? 
This is a classic gameday outfit, meaning it contains all the staples of cute tailgating wear, and is something I’ve worn several times to Carolina games.

As it gets cooler out, scarves (1) are a great option because they keep you warm and they provide that pop of color for whatever team you’re cheering on. Red? Orange? Blue? Gold? They come in every color. I paired this scarf with a simple white tank (2) and high-waisted skirt (3) (which looks good on everyone) and matching earrings (4). Another gameday staple: cowboy boots (5). You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, and these are SO comfortable and cute!
Cowboy boots also look great with sundresses. Look for ruffles (1), strapless dresses (2), and one-shouldered styles (3). When looking for dresses in my school colors, a few of my favorite sites are LuLu’s, ModCloth, and Vestique
2. Accessories
Accessories are also important – you don’t want to be lugging a huge purse around the football stadium!
I recommend wearing a watch (1) so you can keep track of time, and bringing a small crossbody bag to fit your cell phone and tickets in – and nothing else. Crossbody bags keep your hands free and you aren’t forced to put your bag on the stadium floor – which is often gross. Another thing you can add to your outfit is the statement necklace (3). It’s the perfect way to add a pop of your team color to a simple outfit.
Also – don’t forget those sunglasses! It can get pretty bright in the stadium.
3. FOOD!
Perhaps the best part of tailgating is the delicious food. In the south, we’re all about good homecooked football food! And at a tailgate, you want the finger foods to be filling, but also delicious.
First up, pasta salad that’s all about team spirit. At The Pasta Shoppe, you can order collegiate noodles for almost any college team!
How cute is that?!
For some small sandwiches, try these Sassy Tailgate Sandwiches made with Black Forest ham and parmesan cheese. 
Recipe found here.
And how adorable are these Football bites made with cheddar cheese and sausage?
Recipe found here.
It wouldn’t be a tailgate without the dip and chips. Bring on the cheddar bacon goodness.
 Recipe found here.
And for dessert…
These mouth-watering dessert bars – containing chocolate (yes), peanut butter (YES), and Nutella (UM YESS!!!!). Somebody please make me these? 
Recipe found here.
Of course, I could go on about this forever, buuuut I should probably wrap this up.
Hope everyone is having a great Thursday!
Oh, and I guest-posted about health this morning over at Ashley’s lovely blog, Diary of a Reporter. If you haven’t already, check out her blog (and my post!).

Love, Cait

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  1. LOVE everything about this post. Especially the first outfit.. the scarf color is beautiful and those cowboy boots.. obsessed! I'm wearing cowboy boots this weekend to a game. πŸ™‚


  2. This post makes me wish I had gone to school in the US – my university experience has suffered from a total lack of tailgating!


  3. Tailgating: one of my favorite Fall things to do:-) I was rocking the pearls, leopard flats, and a latte last time! Classy! xoxo

  4. Love this post! I love the first outfit with the scarf! Scarves are my favorite fall accessory!

  5. Such a cute post! Those the football shaped cheese! Adorable! Happy Friday!

  6. I thought the cowboy boots were for mini bottles? Have times changed?

    Cute outfits….miss Carolina football!

  7. You make the most beautiful clothing and accessory sets! And I am totally going to get me some Ohio State pasta! How cool! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This was such a fun post to read! I love football for the social reasons, too πŸ™‚

  9. I love, love this post! and speaking of football… I'm about to email you, I need your help with a post πŸ™‚

  10. haha, tailgating is an art, isn't it! πŸ™‚ i LOVE that blue scarf. and i see those ham sandwiches all the time!

  11. Wow, sounds like you've got tailgating down to a science! I love football only for social reasons, too, haha. And those football bites are darling!

  12. Love, love, love your game day outfit- southern perfection! πŸ™‚

  13. That blue scarf is amazinggg. A must-have for me this fall!

  14. I just love this post! I am allll about tailgating… and football of course. πŸ™‚ I normally hop around to different tailgates (ie. fraternities) but this year I have been cooking and having a smaller tailgate with my really good friends. Perfect for senior year! Also – I just noticed I am in your daily reads list. It made me smile. I love your blog! I hope you had a great weekend.

  15. I love this post! It has everything from cute outfits to adorable receipes that I can't wait to try! And hello, the UNC pasta salad?! Ordering that today!

  16. I am going to check out that pasta now!! And I wish we lived closer so that we could hang out and you could dress me… πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

  17. I absolutely love the skirt and top with a scarf! I'm definitely going to have to borrow that for a game soon!

  18. I love every single thing on this post!! SO cute!

  19. Oh you're making me drool…I need to try all of this stuff!

  20. Love this post! My dad has season tickets to University of Michigan games so I have definitely been doing some tailgating with him this season. I am going to have to find some michigan pasta.


  21. Football season is one of my favorites! I always wear cowboy boots to the games too πŸ™‚

  22. I just gave you a blog award! Check out my post for more details!! πŸ™‚

  23. You nailed it!! Ham biscuits are a MUST at any tailgate!

  24. I have just awarded you The Versatile Blogger! Go check out my post πŸ™‚

  25. Me again!! A long while back you said you'd guest post for me! Would you still be up for it? If so, please email me at asap!

  26. Football season is soooo exciting and I just love dressing up for my favorite teams! I've added game day dresses to my line just for this season πŸ™‚

  27. that food looks insanely good! i love dressing for games too-i like to wear my school colors without wearing specific college tees πŸ™‚

  28. Anonymous

    Very cute post — all of the outfits are adorable but I especially love the first outfit! The color of that scarf is so pretty! The football bites would be adorable for tailgate!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower — so glad I found you on here! I really love finding other NC girls!


  29. Anonymous

    Have you seen these? They are perfect for Carolina games!