Since Ben and I didn’t have tickets to the opening game of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ football season yesterday, we brought the game, and the ultimate home tailgate, to us!

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Instead of huddling in a tiny tent somewhere in Iowa City while it was poured nearly the entire game, we setup shop in our cozy, dry garage. (Yes, we were those neighbors for the day! ;) )

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I laid out food and drinks galore, while Ben setup a tv to watch our boys take on Tennessee Tech. This is the way to do it!!!

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We masterminded the whole indoor tailgate party on Friday night circa 9pm, a couple Skinny Girl Margaritas (her) and Hoptoberfests (him) deep, which didn’t leave us a lot of time to cook much of anything. Instead I opted for buying the most basic, crowd-pleasing food options for the wide variety of people we had  invited to stop by.

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A plethora of munchies,

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including Parmesan Garlic Popchips (YUM!),

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freshly sliced peaches dusted with powdered sugar,

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assorted veggies & dips,

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smoked baby back ribs,

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and White Chocolate Covered Popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ok, this stuff is like crack. I don’t even know if I’ll ever be able to make it again because my hand was in the bowl ALL. DAY. LONG. It was AMAZING (the popcorn, not the fact that I ate about 16 cups of it!) FYI – I used puffcorn instead of popcorn. UNBELIEVABLE!

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Our guests, including my parents, started trickling in about 10:30am for an 11am kickoff.

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We grabbed a drink and got ready for another great season of college football!

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Our boys played relatively well, and won, considering the fact that it rained the entire game. The fans looked like they were having a great time regardless, but you know I have an irrational hatred for getting rained on. I was so glad to be home!

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Friends and more family trickled in and out throughout the game and the day.

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And at one point the rain stopped long enough for Ben to get an impromptu haircut!

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In the driveway. :lol:

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Please don’t judge us! ;)

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Oh boys, no, do it this way!

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Oh, tailgate shenanigans!

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Back to business. :)

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Aaron, our barber, cut Ben’s super long hair into a mohawk to rock for the day.

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But the resulting rat tale was just too much for anyone to look at longer than a few seconds.

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All cleaned up!

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The festivities lasted all through the afternoon, evening AND night, and Ben and I didn’t hit the hay until nearly 12 hours after we started.

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Party animals! Who are we?!

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We woke up feeling surprisingly good, and are off on a loooong, LOOOOONG, walk to burn off some of those extra calories. Gah – I forgot what an ish-show tailgating can be! Oh well, no regrets!

See ya!

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What’s your favorite tailgate treat?