Tablescape: Virginia Tech Tailgate

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ViriiIt’s that time of year–tailgate time! College football fans are preparing for a season of great games and terrific tailgates with their friends.

In the state of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) is now known as Virginia Tech, is a highly popular university. Their  mascot was originally known as a Hokie. Hokies were once called “Gobblers,” a nickname whose origin is widely disputed. One story claims it resulted from the way student athletes would “gobble” up their food. The name was already popular when Floyd Meade, a local resident, trained a large turkey to pull a cart at a football game in 1913. Throughout the years, trained turkeys would continue to gobble on command and perform stunts. In 1962, a student raised $200 for a costume; the resulting image of the mascot was an unusual turkey with a cardinal-like head, known as the Gobbler and then the Fighting Gobbler.

To create a Virginia Tech tailgate, I used the school colors of orange and burgundy in plastic tablecoverings on my portable table. At the local fabric store, I found a long strip of vinyl tablecovering with Virginia Tech logos on it that worked well as a background banner to hang in the back of my mini-van. I used two school folders with the VT logo as signs on the table, and made the folders stand up by using binder clips from the office supply store. My theme for the tailgate is “Watch Us Clean Up the Field,”  which I paired with a bottle of Orange Crush cleaner. I also used orange soccer cones for color. The lunch items for this tailgate were put in brown kraft gable boxes tied with orange and burgundy satin ribbons. Orange-flavored Gatorade were the color-coordinated drinks for the guests at the tailgate.

You can create your own colorful tailgate with your favorite college colors and loo or mascot. Com up with an appropriate theme and let your imagination go wild. Enjoy!


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