It's one of the best times of the year - college football started last week, NFL football started last night - we are right in the swing of things. College football might have started last week but tomorrow is Penn State's first home game. On many weekends throughout the fall, you can find us in State College, PA cheering on the Nittany Lions each weekend. We aren't going tomorrow because Derek has an event at work but we will surely be in attendance for next week's night game.
We've tailgated for years and years (believe me the items listed below weren't just accumulated overnight!), my parents have a vacation house to enjoy, we love the town, we love the season, we love everything about Penn State football.
I'm kicking off football season sharing a little bit about what we pack up each game day in our tailgate boxes to head down to the stadium. In the near future I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite game day tailgate recipes (we have our general menu down at this point) as well as my favorite NFL game day meals (aka enjoy from your own house not a tailgate parking lot) and a look back on my favorite tailgates in State College.
Must have tailgate items:
+Penn State Everything: including… Game day clothing/gear, tent, folding chairs, cornhole and latter golf, platters and bowls, plats/cups/napkins, table cloths, decorative folding tables, wine/bottle opener, acrylic wine glasses, small drink cooler for decoration + multiple bigger coolers, snack helmet (my favorite and cutest tailgate piece), beer koozies, Penn State specific foods - pasta, salsa, mustard, chocolate, etc.
+ Essentials: hand wipes, paper towels, wine stopper (must not forget this - it's the worst to realize you don't have!), speakers, glovers/blankets/etc., straws, utensils, serving utensils (another easy to forget but much needed), aluminum foil, extra toilet paper (you never know with those port-a-potties), any extra decorative decor, football to toss
I could easily share with you my favorite Penn State stores (online and in person) but I know everyone out there has their own team to root for so for that sake - I'll say that we have gotten more items than I can count from one of our favorite sports sites - Fans Edge.
+ Speaking of Penn State, we're heading into week two with a terrible loss against Temple last week (terrible as in the boys literally buried the game tape) but are hoping to change things tomorrow against Buffalo.
+ On the football note, I've already been asked if we can be home by 1pm on Sunday and have a game day meal - our house will be busy with the night games both nights - Cowboys on Sunday night and the Eagles on Monday night.
+ Time hop keeps reminding me that last year each day I was enjoying my honeymoon and each day I continue wishing I was back there enjoying currently.
+ The biggest task for the weekend is the big ole "closet clean out" and fall clothes swap. I will feel SO much better (well, hopefully - as long as I follow through) come Saturday afternoon once things are done. I'm already missing my bright colors…
+ Last but not least, my very favorite Loft is currently having 40% off (I live for these days!) and high on the to do list today is to sneak into the store for a few minutes. A couple of my favorites that I'm on the look for… this shirt I envision as part of a perfect Thanksgiving outfit. This tank top I have, love and is one of my favorites - I might need a few more colors. A top perfect for the fall transition is this one. For dresses, I'm hoping today to find this one and I need a new pair (or two) of jeans and crops.
Cheers to the weekend! Enjoy a cocktail, I know I can use one.