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Tate’s Amazing Tailg8 Football Party

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If you’re a football fan (or maybe planning to host a Super Bowl party next weekend!), then get ready to feast your eyes on this incredible party… Brittany of GreyGrey Designs appropriately titled it “Tate’s Tailg8 Party,” since the birthday boy was turning eight. How clever is that? As a Mom of three little boys myself (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs), I can totally appreciate a well styled boys birthday party!

There’s such a classic game-day feel to every detail in this bright football party – from the mini football penalty flag pie pops and the Coach’s cake pops to the creative chenille letterman’s jacket letters that spelled out the birthday boy’s name. I’m especially loving the amazing spread of cleverly titled football foods, complete with it’s own goal post, not to mention the classic color palette, astroturf, cones, and penalty flags used throughout. And the favor table – WOW! There’s so much great football inspiration here that can be tailored to your own favorite team…

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Keep reading for more GR8 PHOTOS + party details… 


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Brittany

“Last month, my one of my favorite clients threw her son an 8th birthday party.  This year she decided on a football theme because Tate loves football. When I realized that he was turning 8 this year, I thought a “Tailg8” party was the PERFECT THEME!

My inspiration for the party was classic, vintage football, with a varsity feel. I didn’t want to focus on a particular team or league. I thought it was way more kid-friendly to go retro and classic. We started off with the invitations. Doodlez Designs on Etsy customized these lanyard invitations for us. What a cute, fun detail to send kids a lanyard to wear, so that they feel like they are getting invited to something really special!

The dessert table was inspired by chenille letter jacket letters. I was obsessed with spelling out his name in chenille letters. Who didn’t love their letter jacket? Confession: (I wanted one of the fancy script names to go on mine.) I found a fabulous vendor who custom made them for me! These are also something he can keep forever in his room. Wendy always uses her pristine garage for Tate’s parties. So, we made several stations. One for dessert, one for favors, one for food, and one for beverages.

The backdrop for the dessert table was simply a large piece of astroturf taped onto some foamboard. Of course everyone has seen this look on the actual table, but I wanted to take it up to the backdrop. The fun chenille letters are definitely the focal point. My friend Melissa cut out the numbers for me on her Cricut. The adorable cake was made by Mad Lily Cakery, who is a new vendor for me. It turned out absolutely precious and was just perfect! So, if you are local in Memphis, check her out! I got that “football” sign at Hobby Lobby. It was black, but that was nothing a little spray paint can’t fix. I liked the idea of using those crates for a cake stand because they reminded me of old school bleachers. The vintage trophy cup is from an antique mall. The dessert station included the cake, Penalty Flag Pie Pops, Coin Toss Chocolates, Coach’s Cake Pops, and Sideline Sugar Cookies. We also used one of my favorite vendors, Mom’s Killer Cakes. Sarah knocked it out of the park (or scored a touchdown, I should say) with these helmet and football cake pops. They were absolutely perfect!

Everything was displayed on the cake table in grass mats. I covered styrofoam in grass printed scrapbook paper and then used my grass mats from Easter to provide some texture on top. The papers for these cones and the printables are from the wonderful Gwynn Wasson Designs , who did all the fabulous printables for me! Gywnn is a DREAM to work with and she bent over backwards to make my vision of a vintage tailgate party come true. The pom pom garland is from PomFlair. I actually WON this as a prize on a Children’s Party Network chat! So, ladies, next time we have a chat, you might get some good prizes! Carmen, I love this garland, it was the perfect addition!

For the savory food, I once again had help from the wonderful Karen at Simple Done Catering and Cupcakes . We focused on “football” food with a build-your-own Noseguard Nacho Bar, “Pigskins”-in-blanket, “Tate-r” Chips, Timeout Twice Baked Potatoes, Wide Receiver Wings, Shotgun Sausage and Cheese, Off Sides Sliders, Hail Mary Hot Bacon Dip, Quarterback Sack Sausage Dip, Chicken Con-Tenders, and a Field Goal Fruit Tray. The adorable goal post was made by the The Hip Hostess , my Memphis girls! I wrapped it with yellow duct tape to complete the look. That banner is from Shindigz. I reused the same letters from Tate’s Mario party last year and painted them the colors to match this scheme. For the favors, I wanted to do a “favor bar.” I have seen this done at several parties and I think that is perfect for this theme. The kids could take home their own mix of football themed goodies like koozies, football Mardi Gras beads, pencils, suckers, hacky sacks, and noisemakers.

I handmade the backdrop using butcher paper. The letters are from the teacher department at Hobby Lobby. They are reusable and super convenient. For the numbers, I had to hand cut and measure out everything. It was time consuming, but totally worth it. Most all the little favors are from Oriental Trading or Shindigz. I had these little muslin bags hand-stamped by Jennifer’s Cookies and Gwynn designed these adorable favor tags for me to use. I love the feel of the vintage football player that she used! In the driveway, I set up the guest tables with runners of astroturf, cones, and penalty flags. I punched a hole in the top of these cones from Target and stuck a dowel rod down into them to display these large printable party circles from Gwynn. And since this was a real party for really cute little guys, here is a precious picture of Tate getting serenaded by his buddies!”

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By |2018-06-10T06:39:33-07:00January 27th, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas. Friends are amazed that she no sooner has a great idea for a new product than it appears on her website – beautiful and ready for customers!

This artistic, high-energy entrepreneur with a degree in business discovered her flair for design as she settled into domestic life in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and first son six years ago. Since then, she’s had two more adorable boys and has begun two flourishing design-related businesses, one for custom home décor and one for print goods and party supplies.

Her flair for party details is the reason she is now developing a third business. A lover of “all things cupcake,” Jessica not only creates unique party décor but loves to cook savory snacks and bake sweet treats that creatively express the event’s theme. Lucky family members get to enjoy her design and culinary creations on a regular basis, and she’s now ready to share her party planning brilliance with the world. Watch for it!


  1. kristy {the purple pug} January 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I totally dig this party. Beautiful + butch at the same time. I adore the turf usage. The little helmets are the cutest. Ever.

  2. Do {Piggy Bank Parties} January 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    LoVe every yard of this party by GreyGrey Designs! Brittany can quarterback my team anytime!

  3. Ieesha Hill January 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i love this not only for a party but also for a Superbowl party! wit a little change hear and there to make it for “over 21” also

  4. Delicious Margarita January 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

    love that party!!

  5. Paula ~ Party Like Paula January 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Love it!!! Brittany did a great job : )

  6. antique engagement rings January 29, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Again i love the theme… the photos are wonderful!

  7. Devon November 11, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Love the details.. where did you get the astroturf? I’m having a hard time finding it. Thanks!

  8. Rochelle March 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    My son wants to have a football themed party also. What type of activities did you plan for the kids to do. Thanks

  9. SHEILA September 5, 2013 at 10:43 am


  10. Michelle October 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Looking to replicate some of these ideas for my son’s party! Where did you get the field paper used on the tables? the one under the turf.

  11. Jessica October 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I cant find helmets like these! I need some blue (preferably) or grey (if not blue) like the white ones you have on display for a football themed gender revel can you tell me where you found them?? Love the party! it looks beautiful!

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