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I hope you enjoy GENIUS TAILGATING RECIPES AND HACKS as we enter football season! The perfect football party or tailgate starts with the right recipes, decorations, and gear!

SEC football is like a religion here in the South. I love to watch the game and I love to socialize at the tailgate. I’m fortunate to tailgate on one of the prettiest campuses in the SEC, The University of Mississippi! We love our Rebels, we love the Grove and we love to tailgate! Sharing friendships, memories, food and, yes, cocktails is what we do best.

 football party or tailgate recipes


If you’re looking for inspiration on what to serve to get the party started while tailgating this football season, check out these delicious recipe ideas!

I got crafty for table decorations and painted these bottles.

painted bottles

The photos below are from The Grove during various home football games at the University of MS.

band in Grove
The Lexington Brothers entertain before a game.
Ole Miss cookies
Colonel Reb cookies
cupcake tower
Ole Miss tailgating
A typical tailgate setup.
Ole Miss tailgating centerpiece
Table decorations are top notch.
Ole Miss tailgating centerpiece
Another table centerpiece
double decker bus

The city of Oxford has two double-decker buses that run from The Grove to the Square (downtown) on game day, transporting people to the popular shopping area.

Ole Miss football helmet
Walking around the Grove at Ole Miss
Groove Loop on game day

Grove at Ole Miss on football Saturday
The Grove on game day, not an inch of space for another tent.

Grove at Ole Miss on football Saturday
The Grove on game day, not an inch of space for another tent.

Do you understand now why Ole Miss is always in the top 5 party schools? There is no better place to be!

Grove at Ole Miss on football Saturday

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  1. so how do you keep hot items hot, cold items cold, and bugs and debris off of everything? For me, keeping everything at the correct temp, not drying out, etc is overwhelming. We arrive at UGA at 7am and the tailgate may not end until 10pm. Just wonder how you handle it. Thanks

    1. We usually serve the mains in trays with sterno warmers (like this under them. We don’t put them out until 11ish and take them up when they’re empty. (Doesn’t take long…2 hours.) We leave the other dips/chips, desserts, etc out the whole time with food covers like this . We don’t really tailgate 12 hours. Usually 11ish until after the game for 2 pm game, or 2ish until after for 6pm game.

  2. That's some serious tailgating!! I've never tried it, but I live in a college town, so maybe some day!

  3. Visiting from SITS!! What a tailgating guide!! Awesome!!

  4. Looks like an amazing tailgating party! I've had fish tacos…the fish nachos is definitely a must try. You're hubby is definitely taking it all in 🙂 Congrats on your SITS DAY feature!

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