Football Tailgate Wedding Rehearsal and Party Decor

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Football season is here, and I just love football tailgate themed parties.  That's why I was excited when my mom asked me to decorate for my little brother's rehearsal dinner a couple of years ago.  He and his wife are big UGA fans and love tailgating at the Georgia Bulldog football games.  So, they requested that we create a football tailgate themed wedding rehearsal.

Football Tailgate Table Centerpiece

For the table centerpieces, I started with wooden boxes that I got at Michael's.  I stained each one in weathered gray.


Wooden Box for Football Tailgate Table Centerpiece
Weathered Gray Wooden Box for Centerpiece After Staining

Each wooden box, was layered with a grass placemat (these can be found at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores around Easter time) and a chalkboard with a football play or quote.

Wedding Football Play for Rehearsal Dinner Chalkboards

Napkins in the shape of bow ties were placed at each place setting because my brother always wears bow ties to the games.  You can learn how to fold bow tie napkins in this post: Bow Tie Napkin Fold.

Football Themed Rehearsal Dinner Menu

Football Themed Rehearsal Dinner Menu Board

For the menu, they wanted barbecue and old-fashioned glass bottled Cokes.  In keeping with the Georgia Bulldog colors, I used black and white wrapping paper as a runner down the white tablecloths.  Since the 'Dawgs play "between the hedges,"  I used a variety of boxwood decor on the buffet table.  A chalkboard menu started the buffet line so that everyone would know their choices.

Football Tailgate Drink Station

The glass bottled Coke varieties were served cold from chrome drink tubs which were accented with red and black, more boxwood, a yarn wrapped monogram S, and tailgate picnic baskets.

Football Tailgate Themed Dessert Bar for Wedding Rehearsal

Football Tailgate Dessert Buffet Chalkboard

For the dessert buffet, my mom made a variety of yummy treats, but one of the highlights was hiring our local, handcrafted popsicle cart, King of Pops, to roll their cart right into the venue to serve the guests their ice cream of choice: sea salt caramel, Arnold Palmer, grapefruit mint, banana pudding, or key lime pie.

Football Tailgate Party Ice Cream Cart Dessert

Football Rehearsal Dinner Party Favors

 Football Wedding Tailgate Favors 

Our Southern hospitality just wouldn't let the guests go home empty handed, so we sent everyone away with homemade peanut brittle made by my mother-in-law.

Southern Football Tailgate Rehearsal Dinner Favors

It was a fun night "between the hedges" celebrating our football tailgate loving bride and groom.

Happy Tailgating!!


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Niki said...

Thanks so much!! It was fun coming up with football party ideas.