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New Year's Eve Dressing (with Team Spirit!)

For those bowl game traveling folks who are on location for New Year's Eve, you might be in need of a party dress with some school spirit.  When you are traveling with the team, you always want to coordinate with your team colors.     I've had many moments, in bowl game travels and in my college town, that have called for a cocktail dress suitable for a university-sponsored party.   While there are many places to get darling gameday dresses (check Gameday Style's "Gameday Uniform Style" category), NYE calls for a frock with a dressier edge. For a quick solution, you can use J.Crew is known for their basics with interesting details in many different colors every season (I stock up when my team color is one of their season's colors).  Here are a few sweet party dresses in their Bridesmaid and Party dress collection that you can get in a fun color. Blakely dress Selma dress Sinclair dress Keep your eyes out for cute bright evening shoe

New Year's & Gameday Recipes In Good Taste

I stumbled upon a fun blog and fantastic recipe resource, In Good Taste by Maris Callahan .   It is a food blog targeted toward young professionals with  contemporary and delicious food ideas.  Gameday Style is especially intrigued by Ms. Callahan's comprehensive guide to gameday recipes.  She confesses to not being a big football fan, but is a big fan of the food involved.  That's just fine...she loves gameday food and parties so she has some gameday style!  While she visits the occasional tailgate, the mainstay of her football partying occurs in homes.  I felt it highly applicable to include her collection of recipes to serve you for any casual at-home New Year's parties and gameday parties you might be attending or hosting.    Here is the link to the guide... http://ingoodtasteblog.net/in_good_taste/2011/09/75-recipes-for-weekend-football-parties.html And here are a few of my favorite recipes from it... A modern take on snack mix, using brown butt

Snack on the Stadium

With bowl week upon us, I felt it "important" to re-publish October's Snack Stadiums post.  Snack Stadiums strike me as the uber-appropriate addition to a holiday gameday party.  Whip one up in the next couple weeks or start planning for a Super Bowl Snack Stadium.  Enjoy! You are going to love this gallery of football stadiums made of  enough food for the entire party.   Holy Taco gives you the instructions to  create this beauty, complete with the dip field.   Click here for the instructions. Now this is the time I should let you know that there is an entire website  dedicated to these pieces of edible art/architecture/engineering feat.   www.snackadium.com .  I am not making this up!   Here's what you'll see over there:

Gameday Runway

Gameday Style has a colleague in the blogging world that also started up this fall.   Gameday Runway  now has an entire season under their belts...you can go over and take a look at all of the real gameday fashion submitted throughout the season by fans with lots of gameday style.   Perhaps you can use gamedayrunway.com to inspire your wardrobe for the upcoming couple weeks of celebrations (and bowl games!) This past week, Gameday Runway had a fantastic NFL gameday post.  They feature a group of gameday stylish gals having a bachelorette party at the game.  The following is direct from Gameday Runway.  Go to www.gamedayrunway.com to follow the runway and read more.  Cute stuff, girls! Redskins Party Girls! Why not turn one party into another? That’s what the ladies here did hosting a Bachelorette Party on Gameday! And a box at a  Washington Redskins  home game proved to be just the place!  Standing center in a group of friends was the Bride-to-be in a warm and appropria

Caramel Corn

One of my fall standards is Caramel Corn. I make it frequently...sometimes a batch for Friday night game weekend company and after my husband gets in from pre-game, and then another batch for tailgating or after the game on Saturday.  This is my grandmother's recipe that she used at her own version of a tailgate.  Every July, she would make Caramel Corn and put it into a brown paper grocery bag to transport into our box seats at the horse races.  Caramel Corn and lemonade hit up with some vodka reminds me of that fun memory!   Here is my faithful Caramel Corn recipe.  Wanted to share it with you so that you can use it for the holidays... beautiful photo by peppercorn press.com Mama's Caramel Corn 1 cup brown sugar 2 sticks butter 1 t. salt 1/2 c. corn syrup 1 t. maple syrup 1 t. vanilla Melt the above, stirring constantly.  As soon as it comes up to a boil, remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon baking soda.   Pour over about 8 cups of poppe

Everyone is Bowling!

It is time to bowl! Right along with all of the holiday prep that's occurring these days, there are some gamedays scattered here and there for bowl games. In a couple of weeks, we'll have some gamedays of non-stop football action, reminiscent of the fall.  Bowl season is a dominant force in my house, determining our Christmas and New Year's plans.  At this very moment, I am procrastinating packing the boxes and suitcases that will allow my family to celebrate Christmas in a hotel for a week, while my husband is working long hours game prepping at the bowl site.   To talk bowl games, Gameday Style brought in football101women.com.  They recently wrote about the coveted BCS bowl games and the complicated system used to select the teams playing in those games.  BCS Bowl Games Bring in the New Year with a Bang!  |  BY FOOTBALL101  |   COLLEGE FOOTBALL ,  FOOTBALL 101 BASICS The 2011-2012 college football regular season has come to a close, which means one t

Coolio Coolers

Need a gift idea for someone that takes their gameday seriously?   Perhaps a nice cooler would do the trick.   It's easy to find a plain cooler and paint it up!   Southern Tide  has held a cooler contest for the past two college tailgating seasons and here are what some folks came up with.    Customizing a cooler with one's favorite team would be a popular gift.  Need some help doing so?  There is an entire Facebook page dedicated to the painting of coolers right here... http://www.facebook.com/groups/5377024169 Here are a couple of darling team themed coolers from the Facebook page.  You'll find more photos and tons of tips at the page. Undecorated and simple, here is the best cooler your money can buy...a YETI.  Read about this "super cooler" right here at Bearings online magazine: http://southeast.bearingsguide.com/2011/09/01/super-coolers This cooler is an investment but the recipient of it will be appreciati

Be the Belle of the Bowl with Sportsanista

Sportsanista gives us the lowdown on getting our bowl game packing list together.   I've been working on mine...we leave for our game in 9 days!  Although I need different colors than her WV old gold and blue, this gives me enough inspiration to get some new pieces ordered before the team plane takes off from our college town.  Use her bowl game advice for wherever you're packing for! Be sure to click on over to her blog at sportsanista.blogspot.com  for some more fashion advice.  She addressed the great winter wardrobe debate just yesterday...pantyhose or no pantyhose? Be the Belle of the Bowl! With Bowl season only weeks away, the only thing on my mind is what do I wear?!?! For me, attending a bowl game was always one of the only opportunities to be a spectator and dress like one! With seeing the brand and wearing it to work on a daily basis, the last thing I wanted to do was wear a large logo on my chest. There are different ways of showing your school spir

Ornamental Gameday Style

You can google "(fill in the blank with your favorite team) University Christmas ornaments" and get all kinds of choices.  You can run to a campus bookstore, downtown spirit store or even Wal-mart and find all kinds of ornaments rooting for your team.  But head on over to Etsy and you'll find ornaments that are unique.  Everyone should be cordially fighting over these at this season's ornament exchanges! Click on each photo and it will take you right to the item on Etsy. This is Ole Miss ornament is called a Pinecone ornament.   Perhaps inspired by a  pinecone found in the Grove? My boys would love this ornament personalized with  their favorite Falcons player, #56 Sean Weatherspoon... For another Georgia team over in Athens... What a neat jersey ornament!  Order it personalized for little and big guys. Alabama residents will love these burlap cuties... Some more burlap in orange... And finally