Tailgating Reunion

Back in late summer when football season was threatening, a group of my pledge sisters started working on a game date for us too rendezvous in Tuscaloosa. We thought it might be fun to have a little tailgate reunion and cheer on The University of Alabama Crimson Tide. It had been FAR too long since we’d all seen one another. We picked a few dates, polled everyone on Facebook and went with the weekend that the most people could come. It just so happened to be Homecoming Week at the Capstone!

I designed these invitations, which were emailed out to help us get a count for the tailgate tent we rented, as well as for food and drink.

The girls asked me to whip up some quick decorations for game day. I knew I wanted to try some paper pennants, but I was stuck on what to put them in that would be tall and skinny enough to support the sticks without tipping over. They had to be inexpensive, easy to carry, easy to toss and kid-friendly. Here’s what I came up with!

You will laugh when I tell you what these are. Last week I had to make a batch of HUGE oatmeal cookies for a fundraiser at my husband’s office. I had two small oatmeal containers left over. I wrapped them in houndstooth wrapping paper, added a pop of red with some leftover satin ribbon, and finished them off with some red thumbtacks I had lying around. Not bad, huh?

To give each arrangement some weight {and to keep everyone from having dragon breath}, I filled the containers with red and white peppermints. It really helped to keep the pennants in place, which was good because it was so windy out there! Which brings me to why these photos are taken on my back patio and not at the tailgate tent. We got stuck in game day traffic and were running late. In addition to the wind, it was hot, I was flustered, in need of beverage,  and I had my kids with me. Need I say more?

Here’s the finished product.

I made the pennants with scrapbook paper that I cut with my plotter and glued on super inexpensive dowels that I bought long and cut to varying lengths.

I added these paper mache elephants from the Michael’s dollar bin that I was hoarding for a rainy day.

Here’s an actual photo from the day of. I found a TON of different team-related downloadable coloring pages for the kids. There were even versions with practice handwriting lines where the kids could write “Roll Tide” over and over. I think they are readily available via Google search for any team and you can customize the wording on many of them. If I had it to do over again, I’d have brought clip boards or something hard they could each have colored on as surface area was at a minimum.I also made some little stickers for the kids to wear.

RTR! That’s “Roll Tide Roll” for the uninitiated.

We had a great time visiting and catching up, seeing each other children, many for the first time. I was struck by how much and how little everything had changed. Parts of campus and other places I spent so many hours all those years ago were virtually unrecognizable. And then I met up with a great group of friends who were all just as I had remembered them.

That’s me in the middle with two of them!

5 thoughts on “Tailgating Reunion

  1. looks awesome! I NEED some houndstooth wrapping paper. You look way taller than the statuesque 5′ 4″ I know you to be!

  2. Ok, let’s be clear… I AM NOT a fan of the Crimson Tide. 😉 I, however, AM a HUGE fan of PPP, and this gameday tailgate is ADORABLE!!! Great job, Eleanor!

    (P.S. GEAUX TIGERS!!!)

  3. Awesome, Eleanor! Everything was perfect. You have an amazing talent, and getting to see it in person was incredible. Thanks for all that you did. RTR and AXO LOVE!

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