With the exception of the occasional hurricane interruption, fall Saturdays in the south are all about football! The ritual of getting the perfect tailgating outfit together and planning out a tasty spread are all part of the fun, no matter who you're rooting for. Here are some of my recommendations for the ultimate tailgate brunch.
What to wear:
I'm really excited to tell y'all about a great local clothing company called Borough that has you covered for everything fall, from tailgating to oyster roasting! I first met the owner Ashley at a market where we were both vendors, and later I found out we share the same alma mater (NC State). She is a very talented textile designer, and her fun and vibrant fabrics are all made in the Carolinas out of really soft organic cotton. She is a Charleston transplant like me, but through her prints her love of the Lowcountry is evident. She really knows how to dress the southern gal that loves to go all out for a good celebration, and I think that applies to most of the southern women I know! Check out two of her collections (tailgating and oyster roast) in this shoot I styled for Ashley. Also be sure to check out her new High Cotton design (which I happen to think would work great for a Tar Heel/Citadel tailgater or a stroll down King Street).
What to serve:
Now that you are all gussied up, you need to get your tailgating refreshments on the same level. I'm not the best chef, so I always stick with the "it's all in the presentation" mantra. I created a simple biscuit & bloody mary bar set-up to make those classic brunch staples a little more exciting. If you think you have to slave over a rolling pin to make these picture perfect bisuits, you need to know about a handy helper named Callie (as in Callie's Charleston biscuits). All I had to do was bake their handmade frozen delights straight from the package enough to reheat them. As I discovered while "letting them cool", they actually taste great without any toppings! I decided to spruce mine up anyway with a little Blackberry Patch syrup drizzled on top and also created a BPT (bacon, pimiento, and tomato). Plop the extras in Draper James' cute Game Day bowls and plates and you are ready to get this tailgate brunch party started (without having to wait in line for Bojangles all morning). To finish off the decor, Ashley lent me some of her fabric scraps as coasters for our bloody mary bar, and the DIY queen Coastal Kelder whipped up the cutest burlap football banner.