Tailgating essentials to upgrade your pre-game experience

It's no wonder fall and football go hand in hand -- from the cooler weather to the excitement in the air before a big game, it's the perfect way to spend an autumn day. And no gameday is complete without a tailgate. Snacks, drinks and fraternizing with fellow fans is all part of the quintessential pre-game experience. Whether you're watching from the comfort of your couch or cheering on your favorite team from the stands, here are a few essentials to bring some luxury to your tailgating experience:

Cozy throws to go from sofa to stadium

Don't let a dip in temperature put a chill on your gameday experience. Come prepared with a soft, versatile throw blanket that will keep you warm all season long.

Alicia Adams Arena Travel Blanket

There's a reason the New York Times Gift Guide featured this baby-soft throw in 2017: it's 100% baby alpaca, it can be used as a blanket or a scarf, and it's fair-trade made in Peru. It also comes in a variety of colors with contrasting stitching so there's sure to be a combo to match your favorite team.

Matouk Pezzo throw

This soft-brushed cotton throw with a trendy fringed edge will look just as gorgeous draped over your sofa as it will wrapped around your shoulders. It comes in lots of colors (Azure is close to Panthers blue and Tangerine would work for Clemson) and is even machine-washable.

Lambswool throws

Inspired by the fall plaid that's all over the runway, our colorful lambswool throws are warm enough to keep you cozy through even the chilliest of playoff seasons. You can even wear it as a wrap -- just add blue jewelry for an instant Panthers gameday outfit, or a red lip if you're an NC State or Georgia Bulldogs fan.

Check out more throw options here.

Warm socks for cool gamedays

Kick your feet up in a camp chair (or in front of your T.V.) with Ugg's fleece-lined socks. Their festive pom-pom detail will liven up your gameday attire and they come in several colors like light blue for UNC fans and a dark maroon for the Gamecocks. Their uber-warm fleece lining will help keep your feet toasty through even the coldest night game.

Tailgate-approved tableware

This textured cheeseboard set is eye-catching enough for the countertop, but durable enough to survive a horde of hungry fans in the stadium parking lot. Make a football-shaped cheeseball or simply slice up your favorite varieties of cheese and sausage for a simple but stunning charcuterie spread.

Royalty embroidered cocktail napkins

Elevate the feel of your tailgate with these unique cocktail napkins fit for royalty -- how better to celebrate gameday here in the Queen City?

Upgraded clear stadium bags

Once your tailgate is over and you're ready to head into the game, don't forget your purse! Most NFL and college stadiums now require clear purses, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style and utility. We offer a few different bag styles and several different straps to keep your purse looking fashion-forward while still following security policy. Stop by the store to see all the options we have in stock.


Stock your purse with a luxurious lotion like this shea butter hand cream that will keep skin safe from dry winter weather and stadium restroom soaps that can rob your skin of moisture. Bonus: shea butter provides natural protection from UV rays so it's perfect to dab on if your seats happen to be in the sun.

Jewelry to complete your gameday look

Add a little glam to your gameday ensemble with a hide cuff bracelet. They come in several fun and funky prints and solids to go with every team and mascot, and their luxurious texture will lend a high-end feel to your look.

If you're looking for an eye-catching necklace or a statement pair of earrings, check out our selection of Kathleen Murphy jewelry. The unique colors and one-of-a-kind mixed textures will take these pieces from gameday to girls' night and beyond.


Stop by the store and let us help you find more tailgate and gameday essentials this football season.

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