It’s almost football season in Tennessee, which means it’s time to start preparing for tailgates. With games kicking off Sept. 1, you still have time a week to reference the schedule, call your friends and get a jump start on your checklist.
Not sure where to begin? Here are five tailgate staples that will have you counting down the minutes until game day.
1. Football with team logo
Just because you’re not on the team doesn’t mean you have to leave the football at home. Take a break from playing cornhole with an old-fashioned game of football toss. As a bonus, pick up one with your team’s logo.
Store: Sport Seasons, 56 White Bridge Road, Nashville
2. Bring the snacks
Spice up your traditional chips and dip combo with a couple tubs of chicken salad or bacon almond cheddar spread from The Food Company. The second spread is made with cheddar, mayo, Tabasco, scallions, spices and more.
Restaurant: The Food Company, 2211 Bandywood Drive, Nashville
3. Wine cup
This stainless steel and triple-insulated cup by Corkcicle keeps 12-ounce drinks cold for at least nine hours, which will come in handy for those all-day tailgates before a night game.
Store: The Kitchen, 6035 TN-100, Nashville
4. Show your team spirit
In the South, we’re not shy when it comes to wearing team colors on game day. Let everyone know which side you're on with an SEC belt from The Oxford Shop.
Store: The Oxford Shop, 3830 Bedford Avenue, Nashville
5. Get the grill
Is it your turn to bring the grill this tailgate season? Fill up before the game with the help of this 14-inch charcoal grill that cooks a few hamburgers at once.
Store: Hart Ace Hardware, 5304 Harding Pike, Nashville
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