Photo: Celebrations at Home -Inspirations for Stylish Entertaining; Stylish Tailgating with the Girls

It may still feel like summer, but the calendar says it is fall and that means it is football season a.k.a TAILGATING TIME.  If you are wanting to spice up your tailgate -in style and in taste -we have some recommendations for you.  First off, to add some pizzazz to your tailgate and make it a fun place to hang with your people, check out the lovely blog, Celebrations at Home -Inspirations for Stylish Entertaining and specifically read the “Stylish Tailgating with the Girls” post.  Such fun ideas to make it a cozy and cute sport hangout with the gals!  Of course this could be modified so that the “girly” factor” isn’t as high and the boys feel welcome to join too!  Below we have a recipe that is sure to draw in the fellas.

Tips for tailgating:

  • Pack plenty of food that doesn’t require constant refrigeration like fruit, veggies, hummus, cheese, chips/crackers, etc.
  • If you can, make sure to pick a space that will allow for an electrical hook-up.  This is great for a crock-pots and t.v. setup.
  • Think about using multi-purpose items.  For example, a flat top cooler can act as a surface to place food on.
  • Add some of your team spirit with banners, pom poms, pennants and team colors for the disposable ware.
  • Don’t forget a trash bag in case there’s not a public trash can nearby.
  • Bring wet anti-bacterial wipes to clean hands.
  • Paper towels are always needed.
  • Ask your friends to BYOC (bring your own chair).
  • Include water or other non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Now this is a crowd pleaser!  This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is so simple and can be made in a crock pot for added ease.



  • 1 (8-ounce) block reduced-fat cream cheese, roughly cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup hot sauce (recommend Frank’s)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt OR sour cream
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions (~3 green onions)
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning packet
  • Optional toppings: extra crumbled blue cheese, thinly-sliced green onions, chopped celery, and a drizzle of hot sauce


  1. Spray the inside of the bowl of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to the bowl of the slow cooker, and stir until combined.  You can also stir the ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then transfer that to the bowl of the slow cooker afterwards.
  3. Cook on high for 1.5 – 2 hours, or until the cheeses are all melted.  You can also cook this on low for 3-4 hours, or until the cheeses are all melted.
  4. Give the dip a good final stir, then transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with extra blue cheese and green onions if desired.
  5. Serve with chips. (recommend tortilla chips)

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Have fun out there and WOO PIG SOOIE!