Make Game Day Easy

This past weekend marked the end of summer but it also marked the beginning of a whole new season even better than summer…football. And with football comes fall, tailgating, and eventually boot and sweater season.

Now as young professionals, my friends and I are spread out among the states and football Saturdays often require some traveling and crashing at others’ apartments and houses, albeit with a [very slight amount of] sophistication from days past. Lucky for me, LSU’s first game was in AT&T Stadium (the stadium formerly known as Cowboy) against TCU this past Saturday and I had the privilege of hosting houseguests. We opted to have brunch with some friends at my place – avoid the Uptown brunch crowd, know that we all began with at least one substantial meal to cure the woes of the Friday night before, and allow for our own custom Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

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May I recommend you consider the same for your houseguests and visiting friends this football season? With Jimmy Dean sausage cooked ‘til brown in the skillet before adding in scrambled eggs to cook alongside, breakfast tacos were made easy. Add a little shredded cheese, salsa and other toppings, and the prep and cleanup was simple. For even more ease with selection, we served pre-cut melon and prepared muffins from the store. But the real excitement was the booze…

Johnny gets a kick out of vodka, hot sauce and making specialty cocktails, so he was my man for the Bloody Mary bar. He had the basics, hot sauce, pickles, celery and olives; along with several other choices of hot sauce, okra, mini corn, pieces of cheese, tomatoes, blue cheese-stuffed olives, beef jerky and more. Generally speaking, we were enjoying a side salad in a glass with our breakfast tacos.

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A week before the big game I realized my closet needed some fresh purple and possibly tiger-related gear for the season and I had little time to shop. So after my mild panic, I took to the Internet and sites like Piperlime and ShopStyle where you can search items by style, color and price range. I even used Google Shopping, which led me to 6pm.com and eBay. Three items later, all less than $100 each, I had purchased a new purple sleeveless top from Michael Kors (I’m wearing it in the picture from Saturday above), a Charlie Jade romper and Michael Kors tiger wrap dress. Success delivered to my door, without the need to run all over town. No matter what your team or colors, I suggest doing game day outfit shopping online and saving the headache.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Crossover Top | Piperlime
Charlie Jade Purple Silk Circle Print Amy Romper XS $158 | eBay
MICHAEL Michael Kors Petite Samburu Tiger L/S Wrap Dress Milk -...

So cheers, football season is officially here. Try these tips for a stress-free Saturday, or that is until the game starts!

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