Fantasy Drafts to Tailgating: Get Ready for Football Season

For NFL fans and their family members, the season is bigger than a 16-game schedule. There are parties to plan and tailgating menus to prepare, traditions to follow and fantasy football rosters to manage. Fans who have been around awhile know there’s nothing like the beginning of the season. Hopes are high. Anything can happen. Get in on the excitement with these articles on fantasy drafts, fashion tips and tailgating advice.

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Tips for Hosting a Successful Fantasy Football Draft Party
Almost a quarter of the entire American population participates in fantasy football at some point during the NFL season. Needless to say, fantasy sports are extremely popular, and with the regular season about to start, there are going to be plenty of fantasy football draft parties happening in the weeks leading up to the season. Get some tips on how to put together a draft party for your league and make it a monster success.

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Game Day Fashion Tips: Simple Touches to Support the Team
True fans don’t always feel the need to sport their team’s colors, but loyalties might be questioned if there isn’t at least a couple pieces of apparel hanging in a true fan’s closet or resting on the dresser. Fans have different fashion preferences, but with all the NFL gear out there, every fan can find an option that fits their taste. Get your outfit ready for football season with these game day fashion tips that focus on accessories.

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Unique Fall Football Traditions
As we leave behind summer fun and start heading back to school, we have an entire new set of fun activities to enjoy. In America, the fall season is football season. All across the country, people have many different ways of showing their school spirit or celebrating their favorite franchise. Here are some of the most unique fall football traditions that take place all around the United States throughout the fall and into the winter.

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Tailgating Essentials
Whether you’re a football fan or a friend along for the ride, the tailgating party is one of the most important elements of the fall football experience. Every region and team has different techniques for making the pre-party lively, but there are a few essential items everyone needs for their tailgating party. Here are a few tailgating essentials to create a spirited experience no matter what region you’re in or team you support.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties

Are you ready for some football?! LTD is! With football season ahead, we have a lot of party-planning to do. If you have a few tailgating parties on the calendar, it might be time to get started on your planning as well. To make it easy, we put together a list of items we think you’d like to have at your football party. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties.Football-steeler-flag

Mark Your Territory Make a bold statement about your favorite NFL team any time of day or night with this spirited garden flag. Bright fiber-optic lights embedded into the nylon fabric illuminate your team’s logo on one of the sides. Double-sided graphics make sure it reads correctly no matter how you hang it. Included timer automatically turns it on for 8 hours and off for 16 hours. Hidden in a waterproof, fabric-magic pocket, the timer easily sets and resets with the touch of a button. Fits your own standard garden pole. Can be displayed indoors, too.game-day-skincare

Weather Protection You’ll be prepared for anything when you head to the stadium with an NFL Game Day Skin Care set. It’s a handy collection of items that feature your favorite team’s logo on each bottle or tube. The products are gender neutral so they can be used by both men and women. Bottles have a convenient hanging loop for easy attachment to backpacks, belt loops, and more.collegiate-can-cooler

Brisk Beverages Keep your drink cold while you enjoy it with a Collegiate Freezable Can Cooler. It features your favorite NCAA team’s colors and has the logo prominently displayed on the front. Each lightweight cooler has water inside it that, when frozen, helps your beverage stay ice cold. Fits snugly around the can and has a rubberized plastic bottom so it won’t slip or scratch surfaces.ltd-football-scarf

Spirited Scarves Show your team spirit with an officially licensed NFL Reversible Infinity Scarf. This reversible scarf features both team colors, one on each side. Prominently adorning each side is a bold square patch of the team name and logo.nfl-serving

Bowl Backing NFL Gameday Sculpted Bowl is the only way to serve up chili, soup or dip at your party! Durable 23-oz. bowl has raised details on the exterior with your team’s logo on each side and a glazed finish. Double handles make it easy to carry. Ceramic. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Football is another excuse to throw a party and we love parties at LTD! From holiday cocktail parties to celebrating in stadium parking lots, look to LTD to make your fall parties fabulous.

9 Things to Enjoy Now that it’s Fall

fall-leavesAt 7:29pm on September 22nd, we officially enter autumn. As we say goodbye to our sundresses, beach towels and fun in the sun, remember there are so many things we can do in the fall that we couldn’t do during the summer. Here are 9 things to enjoy now that it’s fall.

Go Apple Picking The selection of types of apples at the grocery store starts to ramp up in September, but moving your cart through the produce section isn’t as grand of a fall experience as going to an actual orchard to select your own apples. It’s a grocery shopping trip in which you’ll want to take pictures and there’s no checkout line.

pie-pansBake Pie & Make Soup It’s finally time to let the oven heat up your house! And what better way to do it than by making soup to warm you up before making an apple pie with apples from your trip to the apple orchard?

Drink Spiced Apple Cider It has a short shelf life and it’s only made when the apples are harvested in the fall. Aside from seasonality of cider, it’s also delicious and it warms you up while the temperature outside starts to dip.

flannelSleep in Fleece P.J.s and Flannel Sheets   Fleece and Flannel are soft enough to want to touch all year, but it’s just too warm and insulating to sleep in during the summer; swapping out the crisp cotton sheets that kept you cool in the summer for fuzzy flannel is a welcome chore.

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Jump in a Pile of Leaves We have pools to jump in during the summer, but it’s not quite the same as having a cushion of autumn’s finest leaves to break your fall. The scent of leaves is much better than chlorine, too.

Scarves, Sweaters and Jeans There’s something about covering up to cancel out the cold with a cozy sweater, scarves and jeans that’s so comforting. Making the switch from bright colors of summer to snug clothes in subdued oranges and earth-tones always comes at just the right time.

Go for a Drive and Instagram the Fall Colors Yellow, orange and red move through the countryside almost as fast as you drive. It never lasts as long as we want and documenting it with photos never gets old.

Tailgating Being outside, grilling brats and enjoying the spirit of football fans only happens for a brief period between September and October. Even if you don’t like football, snacking and socializing in the cool air and the sun is still shining is as — if not more — lively than a summer barbecue.

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Carving Pumpkins 80% of pumpkins in the United States are available in October. That means you only have about a month to go to a pumpkin patch to select the best pumpkin and go for a hayride before putting your creative efforts into carving the perfect scary face. And don’t forget to save the seeds to roast for a uniquely fall snack.

A final farewell to summer doesn’t have to be a sad occasion; there are so many things to enjoy about fall we should embrace it while we wait for Old Man Winter to arrive.

5 Ideas for Easy Tailgating

It’s football season! That means the party is headed to the parking lot. Here are 5 ideas for easy tailgating.

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Fan Frills Proper tailgating etiquette suggests you get to the designated parking lot early enough to find a parking spot. If you find a spot, that means you have several hours to eat, drink and play before the big game. Since you have a lot of time to kill before the game, make sure you are comfortable. Bring plenty of collapsible chairs for you and guests – both invited and for guests passing through the lot.  For dedicated fans, a tent or canopy is a luxury for when the sun is bright or the rain and snow aren’t accommodating outdoor entertaining. Blankets, sweatshirts, ponchos, umbrellas, and stadium seats are also must-haves in case the weather is not on your side for game day.

Fan Fun If you do it right, your party will last all day and because it’s a party, you need entertainment. Tailgaters are always up for a good parking lot game. “Bags” and a ring toss game are a must for younger tailgaters while older tailgaters might prefer card games or bocce ball.

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Fan Fizz For drinks, keep it simple. Bring beer, limit the liquor and wine and keep the soda selection to a minimum. You can bring a lot, but you don’t have to bring everything. Label the coolers according to beverages so your guests don’t have to dig into a bin of ice packed with the wrong drinks. As a devoted fan, get in the spirit with spirits. Consider making a team themed drink to mix in a sealable container the night before the big game to make setup and dispensing easy.

Fan Fare Be aware of how much food you are bringing and how much table space you have. When you’re thinking of what you’re going to bring, consider exactly how you plan on serving it. If you’re having burgers and brats with chips from the grill you might only need cooking utensils not forks and spoons, but if you’re having pie for dessert, don’t let your guests eat it with their hands. A mini-grill is a must have for your meats, but don’t be afraid to get creative. Break out the cookbooks and come up with appetizers or side dish ideas that are a local tradition for your team – or even the opposing team. It’ll mix things up and make your tailgate party that much more fun. And, of course, do everything you can the night before – pack a condiment caddy, put together a container for burger toppings, marinate and skewer kebabs – so when you get up in the morning, all you have to do is put the coolers together and pack the car.

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Fan Fundamentals There are bound to be mishaps at any party and a tailgate party is no different. Be prepared for anything – plenty of napkins, toilet paper, water, ice, fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit. There are likely emergency services at the stadium, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Tailgating is the sport to celebrate sports, but the season only comes around once a year; do it right and you’ll do your team proud.