Angela Marie Events designed this tailgate-themed tablescape that's gameday ready. Photo by Tasha Creel.

Game changer: Take tailgating to the next level

Food: Gourmet Girls;  Baseball Caps: Ten Little Piggies, Etsy; Plastic wine glasses: Moneauxs, Etsy;  Linens: Event RentalLSU mason jars: Target. Photos by Tasha Creel.


The action isn’t only on the field this football season—plenty of plays are made behind the scenes. This is especially true when it comes to tailgating. To score with friends and fans, it’s fun to pay as much attention to the decorations as you do to the dishes you serve. And sometimes the two come together.

“I love using food as décor,” says Angela DiVincenti of Angela Marie Events. “Here, the cupcakes and cookies are so cute and colorful, they enhance the overall scene.”

And this scene is replete with everything an LSU tiger fan could dream up: fantastic fare and adorable accessories. No detail is overlooked. Turn the page for additional inspiration to kick off the season with a bang.

Blueberry Lemonade

Ent Lemonade3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3⁄4 cups sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed  lemon juice
3 cups cold water
Ice cubes

Place blueberries and sugar in a blender and purée. Add lemon juice and water to a pitcher and strain puréed blueberries through a medium mesh sieve into pitcher. Stir well and pour into tall, ice-filled glasses

Ent Slaw
Cole Slaw

2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup shredded ramen noodles
6 cups shredded green or red
1 cup shredded carrots
1⁄2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1⁄2 cup roasted peanuts

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add shredded ramen noodles and sauté until lightly golden. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss with dressing right before serving.


1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. Thai chili paste
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. agave nectar
1 Tbsp. Tamari
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Recipe courtesy Gourmet Girls

Ent Sliders BSpicy Asian Pork Sliders

1 1⁄2 lbs. pork tenderloin, trimmed


3 Tbsp. Tamari
2 Tbsp. honey
1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1⁄2  tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

Combine marinade ingredients in a shallow pan. Place pork in pan, and marinate overnight. Heat grill to medium and cook pork until medium temperature. Let pork rest for 20 minutes, then slice thinly and assemble with the following ingredients:

24 cocktail rolls
Sliced jalapeños
Julienned carrots
Thinly sliced cucumber
24 sprigs cilantro

Recipe courtesy Gourmet Girls