Tailgating Academy Style

It is officially September and you know what that means…FOOTBALL SEASON!!  If anyone knows us, they know we are huge college football fans, but specifically those from the University of Houston because  Diego and I both graduated from there and are super proud alumni.  Even though this 2021 season is nothing short of being ordinary we wanted to make it feel like it was in all ways possible.

When it comes to getting items to make it a full tailgating experience I always go to Academy Sports + Outdoors.  I have been shopping with them since I was kid and will continue to do so for life.  Academy always has everything you could need for a backyard tailgate from backyard games, UH apparel and game essentials, chairs, table details and more.

To celebrate football season, I’m combining my love of parties, food & football and sharing seven of my favorite tips on how to host a stylish tailgate with Academy Sports & Outdoors for a 2nd year in a row!!! 🙂

  1. Serve in Style- If you’re the hostess, the festive serving pieces are sometimes the most fun part of setting everything up! It really brings the tailgating them together with your University colors and details.

2. Outdoor Games-  Nothing says tailgating more than some washers and a nice cold soda or lemonade in your hand.  Plus having the HOUSTON sign in the background and playing with our kids at our alma mater after a year makes it even better.

3.Score with Snacks– Anything that is easy to make and easy to eat is your best bet.  This allows people to have some yummy food, but doesn’t keep you by the grill when all the action is going on.  Plus it is helpful to have a plethora of them so the kids will stay happy…we parents know how that is a must. 😉

  1. Pop Your Truck– If you have an SUV or a car with a large & open trunk, then you’re one step closer to a bona fide tailgate! Make sure to keep the snacks in the shade so they last longer and bring as much Red & White as you possibly can to make sure the whole UH parking lot is bleeding red!! Also, don’t forget to head to the stadium as early as you can to find the perfect tailgate spot!
  1. Your Team is your Theme– Get all your game gear out and decorate your car in your university colors.  We of course want red and white and all of it came from Academy Sports + Outdoors because they always have a huge UH section.

6.Fans– Get those closest to you and have so much fun!! Games are nothing without fans cheering them on.

7.Dress your Best- Head to Academy & put on your more stylish tailgating look and rep your team!! There is nothing more fun for me than when we go to games and see everyone decked out in their UH gear.  Plus it looks even better in mini form.

Are you just as excited about football season as I am? And what are some of your favorite tailgate traditions because I would absolutely love to hear them and where your Alma Mater is. 🙂


Thank you Academy Sports & Outdoors for sponsoring this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Photos are my Banavenue Photography.


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