I have missed y’all! Phew, its been almost two weeks since I posted. I am so sorry, but I promise I have lots in the pipeline…
It’s the Friday after short week, so by this time you are over the Tuesday-Bluesday hump, and totally ready for the weekend [again]. And while it’s here, I just got hit in the face when I looked for out next holiday and realized it wasn’t until July 3. But hey, can I bring some light to the matter?
Okay I know it’s “technically” spring, but I count summer as months you can be out on a boat, so MY summer runs from Memorial Day until after Labor Day (it stays super-hot in VA in September, okay!?)
Summertime brings lots of travel, parties, concerts, and sunshine to the calendar, so stay tuned for lots of great ideas, clean recipes, and lots of real-life fun content here on The Whole Spot.
So open up that GoogleCal of yours, pick a date to plan something fun, and let’s get started, shall we? And I think tailgating is the right place to begin.
Tailgating season spans nearly all calendar-months, as it unofficially starts in the spring with the Derby, continues through the summer with concerts, then finishes in the fall/winter with college and NFL football.
I took a quiz the other day and it told me that I was an adult. Don’t judge the fact that I took a Seventeen-esque questionnaire to confirm the inevitable. Ugh. But whatever. The only thing we can do is enjoy the process.
Tailgating is like the adult version to power-hour. Instead of just music and beer, being a (fun) adult involves thinking ahead and probably serving a menu instead of just Chex Mix. We’re adults now, and we know what kind of shit goes into preserving shelf-stable foods, and we don’t want ‘em now. We are smarter—we know how those foods make us feel, and to be honest, if we are going to get a hangover, might as well have just a booze-induced hangover instead of one that is so sodium-ridden that it completely rips apart at our insides and we can’t see the next day…no one wants a food-hangover, too.
I had started this list out into two categories: do’s and don’ts, but don’t is so negative, and since I’m working on getting that out of my vocabulary, we’re going to go through a solid list here to make some #goodvibes happen. Some of these might seem to be common sense, but if you’re faced with prepping a tailgate soon (and remember, a lot of these can double for that picnic or outdoor party), at least you have a list to double check. Next week, I’ll post a good timeline for y’all to follow…cheers!
1. A solid menu—if you’re going potluck style, ask people to bring certain items so you don’t end up with the $8.99 tub of coleslaw that no one ate. A google doc works wonders here
2. If you want a hot food item, look for a 4 hour make ahead crock pot meal, your crockpot will keep food hot for a few hours unplugged!
3. Identify rules and regulations—are you allowed to grill/have an open flame?
4. Bring a family-sized hand sanitizer or wet wipes
5. Use paper over Styrofoam—Styrofoam doesn’t recycle!
6. Cups—if you want to take it up a notch, order custom cups from an etsy supplier, so guests can reuse again and remember your awesome event!
7. Empty your condiments into mason jars for travel instead of packing Costco sized containers—plus, it’s a lot more presentable, takes up way less space, and you won’t waste!
8. Have separate bags of ice—consumption, chilling beverages, keeping food cold. No one likes grass in their vodka soda because you were too lazy to get enough ice
9. Two words: napkin. holder.
10. Band-aids/first aid kit
11. Sunscreen, bug spray, citronella candles
12. Trash bags
13. Bottle opener and corkscrew
14. A tablecloth. Even if it is plastic. I don’t care. Turn it up a notch. This is listed under “necessities” for a reason.
15. Chairs…ask friends to bring or borrow so you have enough
1. Send a cute paperless post or design another evite so that your friends know all of the details.
2. Come up with a theme (this is easy if its sports-related) and ask your guests to dress accordingly
3. Pre-mix your cocktails but wait until you arrive to add any soda water (notice I did not say ginger ale. Or sprite. Both. Ew.)
4. Bring lawn games—everyone loves corn hole
5. Fly a flag so people can see where you are
6. A selfie stick so you can take a big group picture!
7. Make jello shots using real fruit juice and grass-fed, real gelatin
8. Bring a Bluetooth speaker--keep that car battery alive
9. Put a shelf into the back of your truck or SUV so you can have a makeshift bar. The height adds lots of extra space!
10. Finally, designated driver. Uber. Cabbie. Private car if you’re fancy. Whatever. Always cheaper than a DUI. Be safe y'all!
Have any other ideas?! I'm sure you do! Share in the comments!
xoxo until next week...