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Tailgating is not all about the men in your life! There are plenty of us women who love sports or a good sorority outing! I am sharing some great ideas and tips for an easy pick-up-n-go Girls Grill-gating Party!

Girls grill-gating parties are usually stylish and offer more of the comforts of home than the usual tailgating parties. Bringing fun and relaxation together for this American pastime is what this grill-gate party is all about!

Typically college football tailgating consists of fried meat, such as chicken and/or hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and beer. But when you get your girlfriends together, it's a different story. The fare is more upscale, healthier and commonly will include flowers and some other more feminine touches.

Food and Beverage Ideas
  • Serve easy-to-eat appetizers and finger foods
  • RITZ crackers are perfect with your favorite spinach dip recipe
  • Fresh carrot and celery sticks served in mini trophies stays within the theme
  • Football shaped bowls hold Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing for dipping
  • A fun take on chicken and waffles ~ waffle cones stuffed with Ranch Chicken Nuggets {find recipe at end of post}, feel free to drizzle with honey
  • Pasta salad provides color as well as balance to this meal
  • Grill corn on a portable grill with Kingsford® Charcoal
  • Caramel popcorn serves as a light snack
  • To quench your thirst, make sure you have Dr Pepper® on hand

Styling Details

  • We all recognize the black stripes from the referee uniforms, incorporate this particular pattern into your tailgating, or as we call it grill-gating, this college football season
  • Astro-turf represents the playing field and looks phenomenal under the stripes!
  • Striped gable boxes and whistles, add to your decor, while also incorporating a fun prop and doubling as left over boxes!
  • Providing food containers in the theme is a fun decor idea and is essential to hold food on the go
  • Showing your team spirit either with the colors or a fun game day banner such as ours, is a great way to root on your team. You can simply hang the banner across the back of the tailgate
  • Chairs with fluffy pillows allow your guests to sit in comfort and style
  • Wooden crates {to carry items needed for your tailgate party}, turned on their sides, make great tables for food and necessary pieces
  • Fresh flowers provide a more girly look, while staying with the theme

Ranch Chicken Nuggets Recipe
  • Simply purchase your favorite brand of chicken nuggets
  • Place nuggets on a cookie sheet
  • Using a basting brush, spread Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing generously over the chicken nuggets
  • Bake according to chicken nugget directions
  • Let cool
  • Add to waffle cones
  • Provide honey for drizzling
  • Enjoy!

Kingsford Charcoal and Dr Pepper are essential in throwing the perfect fall tailgate gathering, but when paired with the other products, it's a recipe for a TOUCHDOWN!

Also, check out this site with a great video of Emmitt Smith where he shares grilling tips and recipes. He challenges you to share your grilling photos and experiences. Your photo could end up on the Grill-gating website; just use the hashtag {#GrillGatingHero and #GrillGating} on Twitter and Instagram.

When you shop your local Walmart store, you can easily find these items in the aisles below.

Find these great products and more grill-gating inspiration here.

Whether you have a favorite team or not, you will be set with these tips and ideas for your next girls tailgating party!

Happy Grill-Gating!

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Styling/Photography | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Black Stripe Gable Boxes | Hobby Lobby
Black Stripe Lanterns | Oriental Trading
Whistles & Trophies | Party City